News Snippets for 1935 & 1936

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for the period 1935 and 1936

As with all transcriptions there could be "typos" which is always a possibilty with audio trancriptions, although care has been taken.

The following index shows parish names that appear in some of the reports – allow for spelling variations; plus omissions are possible owing to human error.

The list is of transcribed names in the reports and articles:

ALLEN CLIFTON HAWKES LESTER SHAW
ALLSOP COWLISHAW HAWKSLEY LITCHFIELD SIDDONS
ASHLEY CURZON HAYNES LYNAM SMITH
BALDWIN DAKIN HAYWOOD MACDONALD STEVENSON
BARBER DAVIES HODGSON MANDER STOCKS
BARRATT DAWES HOLDEN MASON STREET
BEIGHTON DEACON HOLLINGSWORTH NEWCOMBE SULLEY
BISHOP DONALDSON HOLMES NIND TAYLOR
BOAG FANTOM HOMER PAGE THORPE
BOLTON FEATHERSTONE HOPKINSON PIGGIN TURNER
BOOTH FREEMAN HOUSLEY POYSER WETTON
BOWER GRATION HUTCHINSON RADFORD WILSON
BOWMER GRATTON JACKSON RANKIN WOOLLEY
BOWN GRIFFITHS JONES RICHARDS WRAGG
BROWN HALLAM KIRK RICHARDSON WYLES
BURTT HARRISON KNEEBONE RILEY YATES
BYARD HARTSHORNE LEE ROBINSON  
CHELU HASLAM LEES ROE  

In the transcriptions names have been capitalised to aid quick searches; also some transcriptions have had minor edits.

Many of the newspaper reports of weddings at the time contained full details of clothing, bestman, bridesmaids, congregation and a list of presents received. Only the basic marriage details have been transcribed. Similarly funeral reports often gave long lists of mourners and floral tributes received. Refer to the original newspapers, which can be found on the "Find My Past" website, if the additional information is of interest.

During this period there were a great many references to sports reports and Crich Parish Council meetings which have not been transcribed.

Belper News 4 January 1935
The golden wedding was celebrated on Saturday at the Conservative Hall, Mansfield, of Mr and Mrs G.H. HAWKSLEY, of Skegby. Mrs HAWKSLEY resided in Crich before her marriage and Mr HAWKSLEY was a resident of South Wingfield.
[there followed a report of the celebration]
Mr and Mrs HAWKSLEY were married at Crich Parish Church on December 27, 1884.

Derbyshire Times 4 January 1935
Treasured memories of a dear husband and father, Joseph BEIGHTON, Dial Farm, Crich, who passed away January 6, 1934.
In our memories a constant thought,
In our hearts a silent sorrow
From wife, daughter, father, brothers and sisters.

Derbyshire Times 11 January 1935
Birthday Greetings: January 15, Marion HARTSHORNE, Crich.

Ripley and Heanor News 18 January 1935
DEATHS – on December 28, at The Dimple, Crich, Ruth BOLTON, aged 34 years.

Belper News 18 January 1935
Roger BALDWIN (26), motor driver, Moorwood Moor, Crich, was fined £2 for using a motorcycle which was not insured in respect of third party risks, at Wessington, on December 26.

Derby Daily Telegraph 24 January 1935
Mr Luke WRAGG (65), The Common, Crich, died yesterday at the home of his daughter Mrs J. RILEY, Crich. A former miner, he had resided in Crich for a number of years.

Derby Daily Telegraph 28 January 1935
The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon at Crich Parish Church of Mr Luke WRAGG (65), of Crich, a member of Crich Comrades Club, and a former miner at South Wingfield Colliery.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 5 February 1935
Miss Constance May DAWES, daughter of the late Mr and Mrs A. DAWES, of Crich, and a member and chorister at Crich Baptist Church, was married at Crich Baptist Church on Saturday to Mr H. HALL, son of Mr and Mrs A. HALL, Milford near Derby.
[there followed a report of the wedding]
A reception was held at The Bowers, Crich.

Derbyshire Times 8 February 1935
The funeral took place on Monday, at Crich Parish Churchyard, the Rev J.B. BUNTING (Whatstandwell) officiating, of Mrs Julia MANDER, of “Woodview”, Park Head, Crich, who died at home the preceding Friday at the age of 78.
[there followed an obituary and details of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 9 February 1935
Mr W.G. COOPER (sanitary inspector) reported that the Housing and Sanitary Committee recommended the demolition of the Rising Sun Inn, Crich and the Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Fritchley, on the grounds that they were unfit for human habitation.

Belper News 22 February 1935
Mr Lewis FANTOM, a Crich cricketer, and the only son of Mr and Mrs S. FANTOM, Wessington Road, South Wingfield, was married at Crich Parish Church on Saturday, to Miss Nora WETTON, daughter of Mr and Mrs H. WETTON, Main Road, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 February 1935
A cablegram has been received by Mrs W. CURZON, of Fritchley, that her daughter, Mrs A. HASLAM (46), wife of Mr W. HASLAM, of Melbourne, Canada, has died at Melbourne. Mrs HASLAM was a chorister at Crich Baptist Church, and her husband was secretary of the church until their emigration to Canada 23 years ago. Mrs HASLAM leaves a son and daughter.

Crich Daily Telegraph 14 March 1935
The Funeral took Place at Crich Parish Church of Mr William T.E. CURZON (44), of Market-place, Crich, secretary and treasurer of Crich Comrades Club, a member of the Old Comrades Association and of the Crich Branch of the British Legion. Mr CURZON died in the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, where he had undergone an operation. He went to France at the outbreak of war and was wounded in 1915. Having an arm amputated.
[there followed a report of the funeral]
He is recorded on Crich Roll of Honour: William CURZON

Derbyshire Times 15 March 1935
COMRADES CLUB OFFICIAL
Legionnaires attend Funeral of Mr W.T.E. CURZON at Crich
A well-known Crich native and resident died on Friday in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, viz, Mr William Thomas Ellis CURZON, son of Mrs CURZON, and the late Mr Joseph CURZON, Crich. The deceased who was aged 44, had undergone an operation a few days previously. A wife and one son are bereaved.
Born Crich where he had always resided, Mr CURZON was the secretary and treasurer of Crich Comrades Club. His father was an old soldier, and Mr CURZON at the age of 16, became a bugle boy in the Territorials, previous to which he been a member of Crich C.L.P. he became attached to the 5th Notts and Derby territorials and remained with them until a year before the outbreak of the Great War. He joined up however at the outbreak of war and was in charge, a sergeant, of the first contingent of recruits from Crich. He was wounded at Gommecourt, on the Somme, and came back to Epsom, where, as result of his wound he had his left arm amputated. He was mentioned in dispatches. He was discharged in 1919.
In 1920 his activities led to the formation of a branch of the Old Comrades at Crich, of which he became secretary. A year later the branch was converted into Crich Comrades Club Limited. He was secretary until some time ago, when he was appointed to the dual position of secretary and treasurer.
He was also a member of O.C.A. Crich branch and Crich British Legion branch. He was interested in music and one-time he was bandmaster of Crich United Band. He was also conductor of Crich P.M.Choir. As a boy he worked at Lea Mills, and later worked for a short time at Wingfield Manor colliery.
THE FUNERAL
The funeral was on Tuesday, at Crich Parish Church, the Rev H.E. Jones (vicar) officiating. The hymns sung were "Jesu lover of my soul" and "O valiant hearts" Mr J. HAYWARD played the "Dead March". The mourners were – the Widow; Ken (son); Mrs J CURZON (mother); Nancy; Pem; and Mrs H. MOSS (sisters); Mr and Mrs J. CURZON (brother and sister-in-law); Mr W. TAYLOR (father-in-law); Mr Harry MOSS; Mr and Mrs W. TAYLOR; Mrs H. TAYLOR; Mr and Mrs Arthur ALLN; Mr and Mrs Edward MARTIN; ex-Sgt HOLMES and Mrs HOLMES, Fritchley; Miss Marjorie BLOUNT, Matlock; and other friends.
Capt Harry SLATER of Nottingham, represented the British Legion County Association and Mr John I. WOOLLEY the Old Comrades Association. Mr Norman SMITH (chairman) and other members represented Crich Comrades Club, and Mr John LISTER (chairman) and Mr E. BURT (secretary) represented Crich British Legion branch. Legionnaires were also present from Ambergate.
The bearers, members of Crich Comrades Club, were Messrs. Charles MASON, James H. DAWES, Thomas WOOD and John SULLEY. Mr Maurice DEACON (president of the club) was unable to be present, but he sent a letter of sympathy.
In addition to those from all the members of the family and friends, there were flowers from – Mr and Mrs Maurice DEACON (Chase Cliffe); Mr and Mrs P.P. TAYLOR; friends from Crich Trinity Methodist Church; Ambergate British Legion branch; members of Crich British Legion branch; members of Crich Comrades Club and O.C.A; his little friend Joy; Mrs ASHLEY and family and Lorna; Mrs R. HEAPPEY and Harry; Mr and Mrs HEAPPEY; Mr and Mrs G. TAYLOR

william Curzon photograph 1935
W.T.E. CURZON

Derby Daily Telegraph 15 March 1935
The funeral took place at Crich Parish Church of Mr George LITCHFIELD (63), of Hilts Cottages, Crich Mr LITCHFIELD was a native of Crich, and had been a quarryman for about half a century.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 5 April 1935
The death took place on Friday of Mrs Mary CURZON, aged 86, who was residing with her daughter, Mrs H. HOMER, at Over Holloway, for the past two years. She formerly resided at Crich of which village she was a native. She had been ill only a short period. She leaves a widower, one son and one daughter.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 5 April 1935
The hamlet of Wheatcroft, in the parish of Crich, has decided to have his own festivities for the Silver Jubilee. It was reported on Wednesday by Mr A.L. CLIFTON that there were 58 children, 27 adults aged 60 years and over, six widows, and 11 ex serviceman. In addition to the tea, it is intended to hold sports.

Derby Daily Telegraph 10 April 1935
Mr S. HOLLINGSWORTH, of Sun-lane, Crich, who is steward of the Comrades Club, Crich, received news yesterday of the death of his brother Mr Rubin HOLLINGSWORTH (72), who died at his home in Amherst, USA, following a stroke. A wife, two sons and three daughters are bereaved. Mr R. HOLLINGSWORTH was born at Crich, and emigrated to America 44 years ago. Two brothers George and Harry, reside in Amherst USA.

Derby Daily Telegraph 11 April 1933
The funeral took place at Crich Parish Church yesterday afternoon of Mrs H. HALLAM (34), wife of Mr George M. HALLAM of The Common, Crich and daughter of Mr and Mrs J. NEWCOMBE of Fritchley. Mrs HALLAM who died in the Derbyshire Women’s Hospital, was a member of the Crich Branch of the Mothers' Union, and had been a teacher at Fritchley Church Sunday School.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 12 April 1935
Silver Jubilee plan at Crich: arrangements were completed for holding an open-air United service on the Miners' Welfare Ground. Arrangements were also made for a procession through the village headed by the Crich Band.
[there were many reports of the Jubilee celebrations in the parish at this time]

Ripley and Heanor News 26 April 1935
The wedding took place at St Andrew's Church on Saturday of Miss Minnie LITCHFIELD, youngest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs G. LITCHFIELD, of Crich, and Mr Vernon WILDERS, eldest son of Mr and Mrs W WILDERS of Swanwick.
[there followed a report of the wedding].

Belper News 26 April 1935
The wedding was solemnised on Saturday at South Wingfield Church between Miss Lottie BOOTH, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs A. BOOTH, Platts Farm, South Wingfield, and Mr Stanley HOLTAM, Crich, son of Mr and Mrs HOLTAM, Barlboro’. This service was choral
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 6 May 1935
Miss Daisy Agnes CHELU, the only daughter of Mr and Mrs A.E. CHELU, Myrtle House, Whatstandwell, and a descendant of Jean ARMOUR, the wife of the poet BURNS, was married at Crich Parish Church on Saturday afternoon to Mr Arthur D. STOCKS, son of Mr and Mrs A.E. STOCKS, the Dimple, Crich. The bride is a lieutenant of the Crich Girl Guides and a teacher at Crich Church Sunday School.
[there followed a report of the wedding]
Note: Jean ARMOUR (1765–1834) eventually married Robert BURNS in 1788 after a long and complex relationship; they had nine children together.

Derby Daily Telegraph 7 May 1935
Crich was gay with flags and bunting for the festivities on Monday. There was a United service in the Welfare Ground in the afternoon, and the procession headed by the Crich United Silver Band, and a massed gathering in the Market-place, Fritchley joined in the procession and then march back to Fritchley for tea in the various schools. It is estimated that about 500 children from Fritchley and Crich were entertained to tea. Silver Jubilee mugs had been previously presented as the day schools. At Fritchley mugs were presented before the tea by Mr H. BISHOP, headmaster.
Unemployed, widows and persons of 60 years and over were entertained to tea, and including the children, about 1,200 had tea. Ex-servicemen were given a 1s voucher for tobacco. A bonfire on the cliff was lit by Scoutmaster R. PAGE, and there was also a fireworks display.
Tea was provided for everyone at Whatstandwell. The children gave a display of folk dancing, and there were sports in the Chase Cliffe grounds in the evening, and a display of fireworks. A service was conducted by Capt DAVIES.

Derby Daily Telegraph 9 May 1935
Mr William MacFarlane HARTSHORNE, a native of Crich, has died in a hospital in America. He was a son of Mrs E. HARTSHORNE, of Glen Williams, and lived with his mother there until his removal about 11 years ago to USA. As a lad he worked at Oakerthorpe pit.
[In WW1 he served with the Canadian Expeditionary force and is on Crich Roll of Honour: William McFarlane HARTSHORNE]

Belper News 10 May 1935
Crich Girl Guides, Rangers and Brownies formed a guard of honour at the wedding on Saturday, at Crich Parish Church, of Miss Daisy Agnes CHELU, only daughter of Mr and Mrs A.E. CHELU, Myrtle House, Whatstandwell and Mr Arthur Dawes STOCKS, son of Mr and Mrs A.E. STOCKS, The Dimple, Crich. The bride is a lieutenant in the 1st Crich Girl Guides, and has been keenly interested in the Rangers, to which she has been attached. She is also a vocalist, and took the leading part in the operetta recently, while she has also been a teacher at St Mary’s Sunday School. Recently she relinquished her position on the CME staff at Derby LMS, and her colleagues there presented her with an oak combined china and book cabinet. Crich Girl Guides gave her a silver toast rack suitably inscribed, and the Rangers gave electric reading lamps
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 10 May 1935
Yesterday, Mrs Maurice DEACON rang me up to tell me that she and her husband have decided to open their grounds at Chase Cliffe, Whatstandwell, on Sunday, as the rock and Italian gardens are now so lovely. The grounds are to be open from 2pm to 7pm at a charge of 6d a head. Chase Cliffe is noted for its quarry garden, which encircles the grounds.

Derby Daily Telegraph 15 May 1935
Councillor F.J. LYNAM, J.P., presiding over the winding-up meeting last night of the Silver Jubilee Committee at Crich, protested against the manner in which the procession at Crich had been partly spoiled as a result of the scholars from the Church School being withdrawn from the procession when it was proceeding to Fritchley. The other schools paraded to Fritchley, and it hurt him very much to see such a thing take place. The children and parents were also hurt by the action, had he made a strong protest against those responsible. Several Nonconformists present at the meeting also made a strong protest against the interference with the procession when the Jubilee Committee had made the arrangements. It was pointed out that the fireworks display had given great satisfaction. A letter was read from Mr A.L. CLIFTON thanking the Crich Jubilee Committee for the kind consideration and help given to Wheatcroft, which should enable them to carry out the celebrations in a manner worthy of the occasion. The meeting concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.
[Note there was a history of conflict in the parish between the church and the nonconformists]

Derby Daily Telegraph 23 May 1935
To give a better and more efficient service, it has been decided to amalgamate the two adult centres of County Library at Crich, which have been held in the Church and Council schools and to hold the library at the Miners' Welfare. The Welfare Committee has agreed to the use of the top room and this has been equipped with two bookcases. Mr W. LEES is to act as the honorary local librarian, and about 500 books will be in stock and available free of charge to all adult residents. The new centre will be open on Thursday evening May 30.
[ see more on the Crich Miners’ Welfare]

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 May 1935
A six years old Fritchley boy succumbed to severe head and body injuries in the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary yesterday morning, after lying unconscious since Sunday afternoon when he was involved in an accident outside his home. He was Ronald BARBER (6), son of William BARBER, of Hill Top, Fritchley. The boy was playing outside his home, and was involved in a collision with a motor-lorry which had been delivering fruit and vegetables to houses in the road. The lorry is owned by Messrs LESTER, of Crich, and was driven by Ewart LESTER, of Market-place Crich.

Derby Daily Telegraph 31 May 1935
The Rev H.E. JONES (Vicar) officiated at two funerals at Crich Parish Church. The first was the funeral of Ronald William BARBER (six), who died on Sunday in Derby Royal Infirmary from injuries sustained on Saturday afternoon when he was involved in a collision with a motor lorry outside his home in Fritchley. The funeral, was attended by his parents, uncles and ants, representatives from Fritchley Methodist Sunday School, and Mr A. BISHOP, headmaster of Fritchley Church Day School.
The other funeral was Mrs E. HOLMES (80), of Crich, who had lived in Crich more than 60 years. Three sons and three daughters attended the funeral.

Derby Daily Telegraph 31 May 1935
At the annual meeting of the Crich and District Nursing Association, Dr E. MACDONALD presiding, Mrs A. SMITH, secretary reported… During the year, she said, there had been a change of nurses, and 1,979 visits had been made by the nurses in 42 weeks. There were 31 maternity cases.

Derby Daily Telegraph 31 May 1935
The funeral took place at Crich Parish Church yesterday of Mr John B. TAYLOR (73), of Crich. Mr TAYLOR was a native of Crich, and a well-known horse and cattle dealer.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Belper News 31 May 1935
Minor Scholarship awards in connection with the examination held by the Derbyshire Education Committee have been announced this week. Successful candidates include:
Betty E. BOOTH, Crich
Margaret HOUSLEY, Crich.

Derby Daily Telegraph 31 May 1935
Derby inquest witness says the driver had no chance. A verdict of accidental death was recorded at an inquest at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary today on Ronald William BARBER (5), of Hill Top, Fritchley, who was the victim of a road accident near his home on May 25.
[there followed a report of the inquest]

Derby Daily Telegraph 10 June 1935
At the funeral on Saturday afternoon at Crich Parish Church of Mrs F.E. HOPKINSON (62), wife of Mr Job HOPKINSON, of the Farm, Wheatcroft. Messrs H.HODGSON and A. GRETTON represented the Wheatcroft Institute, of which Mrs HOPKINSON had been an active and ardent worker. Several representatives were also present from Wheatcroft Methodist Church, of which Mrs HOPKINSON was a former member.

Derby Daily Telegraph 10 June 1935
Miss Nellie HAYNES, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs John HAYNES, of the Fields, Crich was married on Saturday at the Crich Parish Church, to Mr Frederick A. CATFORD, son of Mr and Mrs CATFORD, of London.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 13 June 1935
The funeral took place yesterday at Crich Parish Churchyard, of Mr John SULLEY (75), of The Hill, Fritchley, near Crich, who for many years was superintendent and society steward of Fritchley Methodist Church. He was a native of Fritchley and lived in the village all his life.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Ripley and Heanor News 14 June 1935
Miss Sheila LESTER, the younger daughter of Mr and Mrs J. LESTER, Market Place, Crich, was married on Monday at Crich Baptist Church, where she had been a chorister for many years, to Mr Francis Ernest WILSON, of Ambergate, a well-known footballer and cricketer of the Ambergate Club.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Belper News 14 June 1935
Miss Margaret Samson Young DONALDSON, daughter of Mr and Mrs James DONADSON, Woodgate, Whatstandwell, was married at Crich Parish Church, on Saturday, to Mr Thomas James Henry WESTON, son of Mrs WESTON and the late Mr T. WESTON, Mill Street, Belper.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Belper News 21 June 1935
Mr Walter GRIFFITHS (75), Dannah Street, Ripley, died at the home of his son-in-law and step-daughter, Mr and Mrs Joseph REDFERN, during the weekend. He came to Ripley from his home, Chapel Lane, Crich about three years ago. He had resided in Crich for about 12 years. A carpenter by trade, he worked for the County Council on the roads for a few years until he retired seven years ago. He was attached at one time to Crich Wesley Methodist Church, and was three times married. There is one step-daughter.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 24 June 1935
William KNEEBONE (26), of the Common, Crich, fell while cycling at the corner of Cromford-road and the Ripley Market Place last night. He was admitted to the Ripley Hospital suffering from cuts to the forehead and shock.

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 June 1935
Mr Alfred HASLAM, clerk to the Crich Parish Council, has received a letter by airmail informing him of the death in Melbourne, Australia, of his younger brother, Mr Frederick Henry HASLAM (58), son of the late Mr and Mrs T. HASLAM of Crich. Mr F.H. HASLAM went from Crich to Australia 23 years ago with another brother, Mr W. HASLAM.

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 June 1935
For riding a motorcycle without a red rear light at Belper, George SMITH, silk worker, of Bowmer Rough Farm,Chadwick Hall-lane, Crich, was fined 7s 6d.

Derby Daily Telegraph 6 July 1935
The funeral took place yesterday, at Hasland Cemetery, of Mrs Selina HARTSHORNE (85), widow of Mr John HARTSHORNE, formerly of Crich. Mrs HARTSHORNE was a native of North Wingfield, and during her residence at Plaistow Green, Crich, she was an active member and worker at the Moorwood Moor Primitive Methodist Church.
There were many church members and representatives from the Sisterhoods in the district present.

Derby Daily Telegraph 9 July 1935
The funeral took place yesterday at Crich Parish Church, of Mr A. ROBINSON (83), of Park Head, Crich. Mr ROBINSON was well-known farmer, and a native of Boston, Lincolnshire, but he lived in Derbyshire many years. He retired from farming at Wessington eleven years ago, and went to live at Crich with his daughter, Mrs S. PAGE.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 17 July 1935
At a meeting of the Crich group of school managers, the Rev H.E. JONES presiding, Miss E.N. FREEMAN, of Burton, was appointed infant mistress in Crich Carr Church School in succession to Miss LEES (resigned).

Derby Daily Telegraph 25 July 1935
The Belper magistrates today granted the final transfer of the licence of The Black Swan, Crich, from Thomas HUTCHINSON to William Bernard SHAW. The final transfer of the licence of The Rising Sun, Crich from Charles GRATTON To George FEATHERSTONE, was also approved.

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 July 1935
Mr John BOWMER, the Whatstandwell sub-postmaster, is retiring at the end of September. Mr BOWMER was appointed sub-postmaster in 1893, and he is one of the oldest sub- postmasters in the Matlock district. For many years he combined his duty with those of postman, giving up his delivery duties in 1927. Well-known in the district, Mr BOWMER is prominently associated with the Crich Carr Zion Methodist Church.

Derby Daily Telegraph 5 August 1935
Crich Guides, Brownies and Rangers formed a guard of honour on Saturday at the wedding at Crich Parish Church of Miss Nora HAYNES, only daughter of Mr and Mrs C. HAYNES, of The Dimple, Crich, and Mr John WYLES, son of ex-Sgt J. WYLES and the late Mrs WYLES of Ivy Dene, Crich. The bride is Tawny Owl of the Crich Brownies and district secretary. The bridegroom is secretary of Crich Church Council, and he is on the staff of the Westminster Bank at Derby. The service was choral.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 5 August 1935
At Crich Baptist Church on Saturday Miss Evelyn GRATTON, a chorister at the church, and daughter of Mr and Mrs J. GRATTON, of Alpine Cottage, Crich, was married to Mr Dennis SMITH, son of Mr and Mrs J. SMITH of Nether Heage.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 20 August 1935
The wedding has taken place at Crich Parish Church of Miss Gladys Mary HODGSON, of Beech Farm, Crich, and Mr Charles NEWBOROUGH, son of Mr and Mrs C. NEWBOROUGH, of Wessington.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 23 August 1935
The funeral took place yesterday at Crich Parish Church of Mr Thomas POYSER (76), of The Common, Crich.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 23 August 1935
Dr G.G. MACDONALD, of Crich, is seriously ill in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. On enquiry yesterday (Thursday) we were informed that he had had a better night and there was a little improvement.

Ripley and Heanor News 23 August 1935
A pretty wedding was solemnised at Crich Baptist Church on Saturday, the contracting parties being Miss Winifred Muriel STEVENSON, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Stanley STEVENSON, of Park View, Fritchley, and Mr Thomas Coupe HANDBURY, third son of Mr and Mrs James HANDBURY of Ivy Glen, Cobden Street, Ripley.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 26 August 1935
Dr George Godfrey MACDONALD, of Rosskeen, Crich, and alderman of the County Council and chairman of the Crich School Managers, died in the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary yesterday. Dr MACDONALD who was 74, has been a member of the County Council for 30 years and was a member of several committees, including the County Mental Hospital Committee and the Public Health and Housing Committee. He leaves a widow, four daughters, and a son. The funeral will be at Crich Parish Church on Wednesday, at 2.30.
[Note: there were subsequent articles about the death of, and tributes to, Dr MCDONALD]

Derby Daily Telegraph 14 September 1935
Mr and Mrs John BOWMER, of White House, Crich celebrated their golden wedding yesterday. They were married at Belper Baptist Church in 1885. Mrs BOWMER was born at Mill Green, Fritchley, and Mr BOWMER was born at a cottage against Crich Parish Church. Both have lived in the village all their life. For a number of years they were associated with Crich Baptist Church. As a sportsman Mr BOWMER is well-known throughout the district. He played with the Matlock Town Football team in the Midland League, Midland Alliance, and Derbyshire and Matlock Leagues. For several years one of his playing friends was Sam (“Rake”) HOLMES who later played for Derby County. Mr BOWMER was also a well-known local cricketer, and played for the Crich, Huthwaite, Matlock, and Butterley clubs. He told a “Telegraph” representative that he began work when 11 years of age for 4d per day. Mr and Mrs BOWMER have had a family of seven sons, four of whom are living. One son, Vernon, who was a lieutenant in the Great War, died from wounds. At one period five of their sons were playing football. There are nine grandchildren.

Derby Daily Telegraph 16 September 1935
The Rev E.H. JONES, vicar, officiated on Saturday afternoon at the wedding at Crich Parish Church of Miss Lorna WALKER, daughter of Mrs A. WALKER, Surgery-Lane, Crich, and Mr George William BROUGHTON, of Hartshay, Ripley.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Belper News 11 October 1935
Donald LYNAM, aged 16, of Rose Cottage, Whatstandwell, knocked down by a car at Ambergate on Saturday night and received injuries from which he died shortly afterwards.
[there followed a report on the accident, subsequent inquest and funeral wth photograph]
LYNAM was very popular in the district, and a Patrol Leader of Crich and District Boy Scouts having been formally associated with Crich Cubs. He was also a member of Whatstandwell Dramatic Society, and had taken part in the productions. He was a Sunday School teacher and chorister at Crich Carr Zion Methodist School and church.
[Note: his grandfather, Thomas THORPE, had died two days previously]

photo of Donald Lynam 1935

Belper News 11 October 1935
A well-known joiner, builder and farmer, Mr Thomas THORPE, died on Thursday week at Hill Top Farm, Crich, the residence of his son Mr George THORPE, with whom he had been residing for eight years. Age 78, Mr THORPE was born at Cuckney, near Mansfield, but he was only a few weeks old when he was taken to live at Mill Town, near Ashover, where he resided for many years. During his residence in that district he was organist at Ashover Hay Chapel. Mr THORPE removed to Plaistow Farm, Crich, where he resided about 40 years. And was associated with the Methodist Chapel at Wheatcroft, where he was organist for a number of years, and a trustee up to the time of his death. Realising the need in Wheatcroft for a building for indoor games etc. he built the present Institute and was chiefly instrumental in raising the money with subscriptions. His wife predeceased him 17 years ago last September.
[there followed a report of his funeral with photograph]
further information on the Wheatcroft Institute

photo of Thomas Thorpe 1935


Derby Daily Telegraph 11 October 1935
Mr and Mrs James NIND, of Hill Top, Fritchley, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary today. They were married on October 11, 1875, at Milford Parish Church, and have since lived in the Crich district. Both are active and in fairly good health. There is nothing old-fashioned about Mr NIND. At 81 he is a keen wireless “fan” and has been an enthusiast since the early days of broadcasting. He walks two or three miles every day, is a non-smoker, and can read without the aid of spectacles. A native of Gotherington, Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire, he spent his early days with the shepherds in the lonely Cotswolds. He began work with sheep at the age of nine. 60 years ago he came to Derbyshire. He was employed by the old Midland Railway Company in the permanent way department, and at the time of retirement 11 years ago he was a ganger, he was then 70 years of age, and an active workman. Mrs NIND who is a native of Crich, is still able to fulfil household duties, as she takes great pride in her trim little home. There are five daughters and three sons, 21 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. One of the daughters lives in Australia.

Derby Daily Telegraph; 14 October 1935
A junior football club has been formed at Crich under the leadership of Mr W. Lees, BA, of Crich, formerly headmaster of Fritchley Church School, and membership is open up to 20 years of age. The Crich Miners’ Welfare has granted the use of a portion of their playing field for matches.

Derby Daily Telegraph 18 October 1935
The funeral took place yesterday at St Mary’s Parish Churchyard, Crich , of Mr John ROE (66) of Market-Place, Crich, who died on Tuesday. Mr ROE was a member of Crich Old Comrades Club.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 24 October 1935
Mr Walter BYARD (53), of Woodlea, The Common, Crich, died in the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary last night from complications following injuries he received on September 10. Mr BYARD was working in a quarry at Moorwood Moor , owned by Mr G. MERRIMAN, of Ambergate, when he was injured by a fall of stone.

Belper News 25 October 1935
The wedding took place at St John’s Church, Egremont, on October 12 of a former well-known billiards player of Crich Welfare and Comrades Clubs. Mr Wilfred WRAGG, Egremont, son of the late Mr and Mrs Luke WRAGG, Crich. The bride was Miss Elsie CULPIN, daughter of Mr and Mrs A.E. CULPIN, Egremont.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

1936

Derby Daily Telegraph 9 January 1936
Dr George Godfrey MACDONALD, JP, of Roskeen, Crich, for many years a member of the County Council, and also Medical Officer for the Crich District, who died on August 25, 1935, aged 74 years, left estate to the gross value of £32,798 12s 1d, with net personality £31,315 13s 3d. Estate duty of £3,624 11s 11d has been paid.
Probate of his will has been granted to his widow, Mrs Mary Howard MACDONALD , his daughter, Eileen Mary Munro MACDONALD, both of the above address, and his daughter Sheila MACDONALD , of the Royal Naval School, Twickenham.
[There followed details of the beneficiaries in the will]

Belper News 10 January 1936
The funeral took place on Friday at Crich Parish Church of Mr Nathanial Irvine HAWKES, aged 92, of Crich, whose death was reported last week.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 15 January 1936
The funeral will take place at Crich tomorrow of Dr Henry Joseph RANKIN (78), of Rosskeen, Crich, who died on Monday. Dr RANKIN had been in practice in Crich for 38 years as assistant to Dr G. MACDONALD, who died recently. He lived with Dr MACDONALD’s family. Before taking up medicine, Dr RANKIN was a captain in the Mercantile service. He then studied at Glasgow University, taking the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Master in Surgery. He was in practice for a short time in Yorkshire before going to Crich. He retired about four years ago, and had been ill for some time. Dr RANKIN took a keen interest in the affairs of Crich Parish Church, and for many years, up to about a year ago, was Vicar’s warden. As a Freemason, he was formerly a member of the Beaureper Lodge, and more recently, of Matlock Lodge. An Irishman by birth he was a bachelor.

Ripley and Heanor News 17 January 1936
Dr Henry Joseph RANKIN , who for 38 years was assistant to the late Dr MACDONALD, of Crich, died on Monday at 78 years of age. He lived with Dr MACDONALD’s family. He retired about four years ago. He took a great interest in church affairs, and up to recently was Vicar's warden.

Ripley and Heanor News 17 January 1936
Mr William Daniel HOLDEN (64) and Mr John Walker PIGGIN (58), both natives of Crich and connected with Crich Wesley Church and School for many years, have been buried together in the same grave in Crich Parish Churchyard. Mr PIGGIN had also been a lay preacher for a number of years, as well as a church and school worker. Mr HOLDEN in his younger days was a Sunday School teacher and church worker, and he was also for a number of years a member of Fritchley Foresters Club.

Belper News 24 January 1936
The wedding took place on Saturday, at St Mary’s Church, Crich, of Mr Harold BYARD, son of Mrs and the late Mr Walter BYARD, The Common, Crich, and Miss Nellie ALLEN, daughter of Mr and Mrs W.H. ALLEN The Dimple Villas, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ripley and Heanor News 31 January 1936
After a week’s illness the death took place on Monday of Miss Henrietta BOAG, third daughter of the late Mr Robert BOAG, of Woodbank Villa, Crich, at, 84 years of age. In 1921 Miss BOAG came to reside with her brother, Mr Henry B. BOAG of Chase Cottage, Ambergate, who was for a number of years manager of the Clay Cross Company”s lime kilns. He died six years ago. Prior to coming to live with her brother, Miss BOAG was in Russia from 1900 until 1920. She was there during the Revolution and travelled extensively in the position of governess and chaperon. Miss BOAG leaves one brother who is lying seriously ill.
The funeral took place at Crich Parish Church on Wednesday. The grave was lined with evergreens from the deceased’s own garden, and spread with a purple pall.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 24 February 1936
The funeral took place on Saturday at Crich Parish Church of Mr William BROWN (86), The Green, Fritchley. Mr BROWN, who lost his wife five months ago, was well-known in the village as one of the oldest residents.

Ripley and Heanor News 1 May 1936
DEATHS – on April 25, at The Common, Crich, Mary COWLISHAW, aged 85 years.

Derby Daily Telegraph 2 May 1936
Among others who have offered an opinion on the need for a better design of the new stamps and coinage is Mr Denys E. BOWER of Crich, treasurer of the Derbyshire Archaeological Society. He is bitter in his criticism of the present stamp issue. “It is most regrettable,” he writes, “that the country responsible for the introduction of the beautiful first adhesive postage stamp (the “Penny Black” of 1840) should have lowered is output to the present level… The laurel leaves on the redrawn penny look too much like bananas and the oak leaves like lumps of coal to be aesthetically satisfying worthy of our country – a good clear-court portrait, a simple direct design, and plain lettering.”
[there were other articles complaining about stamp design]

Derbyshire Times 8 May 1936
DEATHS – James Thomas LEE, beloved husband of Hannah Ruth, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 2 at “Aviemore” 26 Thornhill Road, Streetly, Birmingham (formerly of Victoria House, Crich).

Ripley and Heanor News 22 May 1936
The death took place on Monday of Mr Francis KIRK, of Derby Road, Swanwick, in his 80th year, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs F. TAYLOR. A quiet and retiring man Mr KIRK was well respected in the district. He came to Swanwick six years ago from Crich. Born in Nottinghamshire, he came to live at Crich as a child. His parents were “stockingers”, as the hosiery workers of a century ago were called, and it is related that he made two pairs of stockings a day when only nine years of age. He worked with his father in the little shop until he entered the employ of Smedleys, of Lea Mills. This firm he faithfully served until he retired at the age of 72. His hobby was playing a cornet, and he was a leading player in the famous Lea Mills Band for many years. During his active life he lived on the Common at Crich. His wife predeceased him 18 years ago. For many years he was a trustee of the ex-Primitive Methodist Chapel at Crich. He leaves three daughters and several grandchildren.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 28 May 1936
For failing to conform with “halt” signs at Heage, peddle-cyclist James GRATION (19), hosiery worker, of Common Side, Crich, was fined 7s 6d.

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 May 1936
Miss Jessie RICHARDSON, The Homestead, Crich, has been elected Carnival Queen for Crich and Fritchley Hospital Carnival. Her attendance are Misses Eva BARBER, and Marjorie SMITH (Crich) and Muriel ROE (Fritchley). The dressers are to be supplied by Mr J.B. MARSDEN-SMEDLEY (Lea Mills).

Derby Daily Telegraph 8 June 1936
Crich Hosiery Queen

photo of Jessie Richardson 1936

Derbyshire Times 19 June 1936
Denys Eyre BOWER, archaeologist, of Crich, was fined 10s at Matlock on Wednesday, for failing to observe a “halt” sign at Cromford Tors on May 23. Pc PARKER proved the case. The Chairman said defendant had sent a letter but it must be understood that letters written to the Court were not evidence at all and might be ignored.

Derby Daily Telegraph 25 June 1936
A non-stop programme of eight hours duration has been planned for the annual carnival organised by the Crich and Fritchley Hospital Committee, which is to be held on Saturday.
[there followed a report of the events]
The proceeds of the carnival will be given to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the Women’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital.

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 June 1936
Mary WETTON (16), of The Common, Crich, was injured when she was in collision with a pedal cyclist on Holloway Hill, near Crich, yesterday. She suffered head injuries, and was taken to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and detained.

Derby Daily Telegraph 17 July 1936
Ronald DAWES (10), of Market-place, Crich, overbalanced from an overhanging rock on Crich Tors yesterday. He fell several feet, but escaped with an injured arm and abrasions. He was later admitted to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

Ripley and Heanor News 31 July 1936
The interment took place last Thursday in Crich Parish Churchyard, of Mrs Sarah H. BOWN (67), wife of Mr W. BOWN of Hill Crest, Fritchley. Mrs BOWN, who died on Monday, was a teacher at Fritchley Church of England School for about 40 years, and retired four years ago. She was a member of the Crich and Fritchley Nursing Association, the Mothers' Union, and Fritchley Women’s Institute.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Ripley and Heanor News 31 July 1936
The marriage took place on Saturday last at Crich Parish Church of Mr James Edward HARRISON, youngest son of Mr and Mrs HARRISON of Nether Heage, and Miss Cicely TURNER, daughter of Mr and Mrs C. TURNER, of Park Head, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ripley and Heaney News 7 August 1936
A wedding was solemnised on Saturday between Ms Edna Amy MASON, daughter of Mr and Mrs E. MASON, of Derwent View, Whatstandwell, and Mr Frank Edward PALFREE, son of Mr and Mrs J. GOUGH, of Longland Villas, Ambergate, at the Zion Chapel, Crich Carr.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 17 August 1936
The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon at Crich Parish Church of Mrs Elsie SIDDONS, of East View, Crich, who died on Wednesday. She was a member of the Crich Branch of the Mothers' Union and was well-known in the village.

Derbyshire Times 21 August 1936
The deaths took place on August 8 of Mr Isaac WOOLLEY, aged 88, a native of Crich Carr, who had resided in Alfreton for the past 25 years. Since the death of his wife in 1926, he lived with his youngest son, Mr Joseph WOOLEY, Meadow Lane, Alfreton.
[there followed a report of the funeral and a photograph]

photo of Isaac Woolley 1936

Ripley and Heanor News 21 August 1936
A very pretty wedding was solemnised at Heage Parish Church on Saturday the contracting parties being Miss Mary Elizabeth ROE, youngest daughter of Mrs ROE and the late Mr John ROE, of Crich, and Mr George Henry RHODES, “Glenfield,” Nether Heage.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 21 August 1936
On August 8, 1936, at the Friends Meeting House, Hampstead, London, John Ormiston, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Joseph BURTT, of Crich, near Matlock to Etha Mary, eldest daughter of Major and Mrs W.H. CLOSE, of 53 Hillfield Court, Belsize Avenue, London.

Ripley and Heanor News 28 August 1936
At Ripley Parish Church on Monday, Miss Doris May GILBERT, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs William GILBERT, of Hill Street, Ripley, was married to Mr Frederick William JACKSON, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Herbert JACKSON, of Plaistow Green Farm, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 26 September 1936
The funeral took place yesterday at Crich Parish Churchyard of Miss Ursula HARRISON (58), of Church View, Crich, who died as the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. She had been a member of Mount Tabor Methodist Church, Crich, for many years. In addition to the family mourners, members of Mount Tabor Church and the School Attended the Funeral.

Long Eaton Advertiser 2 October 1936
The wedding took place at the Attenborough Parish Church last Saturday afternoon of Mr George M. HALLAM, of Crich, and Misss Muriel BRENTNALL, the second daughter of Mr and Mrs G. BRENTNALL, of “The Firs” Park-Road, Chilwell.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 2 October 1936
On Tuesday, a presentation was made by Mr John VALLANCE on behalf of the employers of the Warehouse and Mending Departments of Messrs John Smedley Ltd,Lea Mills, on the retirement of Miss S.A. WILSON, Crich, who had completed over 50 years service with the firm. She retired on pension.

Derby Daily Telegraph 2 October 1936
John William ALLSOP, of School House, Crich, was summoned for 25s arrears on an order granted to the Ashbourne Public Assistance Committee for the maintenance of his mother. An order to pay 1s a week off the arrears and 13s costs was made.

Belper News 16 October 1936
The matron of Belper Isolation Hospital acknowledges with thanks the gifts received from Capt Edward DAVIES, Bown’s Hill, Crich, of food and eggs from the harvest festival.

Ripley and Heanor News 23 October 1936
Harold BOOTH (42), miner, of Plaistow Green, Crich, was accused at Belper Police Court last Thursday of assaulting William YATES, labourer, of Crich, on October 3. BOOTH, who pleaded guilty, was fined 10s and ordered to pay £1 1s 6d costs. Evidence was given by YATES that while he was picking potatoes and Crich BOOTH came up and questioned him regarding a cockerel which had been lamed. Then, without provocation, he alleged, he was struck over the eye.

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 October 1936
Charles DAKIN, butcher, of The Common, Crich, was fined 10s for moving two pigs to Woodside Farm slaughterhouse, Crich, without a licence at Crich. For causing the pigs to be moved, Samuel BARRATT, of the Bull’s Head Inn, Crich, was fined 5s. He was also fined 5s for failing to keep a record of the movement of the pigs.
DAKIN did not know that the pigs were on licence, and he had them slaughtered the same day as they were moved.

Derby Daily Telegraph 12 November 1936
For riding a motorcycle which made excessive noise, at Belper, Eric STOCKS (22), dairyman, of The Dimple, Crich, was fined 10s.

Derby Daily Telegraph 4 December 1936
A Crich schoolboy and his 18-years-old brother were killed in a mysterious accident in a lonely hillside lane while returning home late at night. They were found lying in the roadway with the older youth’s cycle and two stray horses close by.
The boys were Wilfred JACKSON (13) and Herbert JACKSON , two of the ten children of Mr and Mrs H. JACKSON, who live at a farm at Plaistow Green, Crich. Wilfred was killed almost outright and Herbert died two hours after admission to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. It is believed that they were both riding on the cycle and collided with the two stray horses at the bottom of a steep hill. Both boys suffered multiple injuries, and one of the horses was slightly cut. The boys had been assisting their parents fish and chip shop in Crich Village, and had left there shortly before 10 pm to return home. Their mother and father were returning to the farmhouse from the shop when they learned of the accident. [unclear] saw the boys walking the cycle towards the top of the hill which runs down from the back of Crich Stand towards their home. Mr J. SMITH, a Crich butcher, told a “Telegraph” representative that he found both boys lying in the road with an overturned cycle nearby. The two horses, both of which appeared frightened, was standing at the side of the road. He immediately sent for assistance, and later the eldest of the two brothers did at the Infirmary. Mr SMITH added that the night was clear, and it was possible to see some distance although there was no moon. It is believed that the two horses which are owned by Mr L. STREET a Plaistow Green farmer broke through a barbed wire fence at the side of the field and strayed into the lane. Herbert JACKSON was an apprentice to a Ripley hairdresser and Wilfred attended the village school at Crich. the Derby Borough Coroner will hold the inquest on both brothers at Derby tomorrow evening.

Derby Daily Telegraph 9 December 1936
Amidst impressive scenes the bodies of the boy victims of Crich is only double tragedy for a century were interred yesterday in the churchyard of the old Parish Church. The funeral was that of Wilfred JACKSON (13) and Herbert Jackson (18), to of the 10 children of Mr and Mrs H. JACKSON, who live at a farm at Plaistow Green, Crich. The two boys were found lying in the roadway within a few hundred yards of their home on Thursday. One was dead and the other dying. Nearby were wrecked bicycle and two stray horses. The funeral cortege , she included Boy Scouts and Rovers and members of Standard 7 of Crich Church School, where the younger boy attended, passed between lines of mourning villagers. The Parish Church was crowded for the service, and many people were unable to obtain admission. A large crowd waited outside in the churchyard.
The Vicar of Crich, the Rev H.E JONES, officiated assisted by Capt Edward DAVIES, one of the lay readers. After the service, the crowd stood with bared heads in the little churchyard that overlooks Crich Moors while the two bodies were laid in one grave, within sight of the farm.

photo of Wilfred Jackson 1936

Derbyshire Times 11 December 1936
Mr W.W. SHEPHARD presented a petition, at Alfreton County Court, on Tuesday on behalf of James RICHARDS, of Bull Bridge, for the grant of letters of administration of the estate of the late Margaret RADFORD, of Crich. He explained that the matter had been in the High Court and in that court before that day, and now it was remitted to judge LONGSON for certain directions. There were five interested parties to the application, two of them living in America, including brothers and sisters and other relatives. The estate was valued at £504 10s which was in a Belper savings bank. There were also small items of furniture scattered about of small value. The Public Assistance Committee – the woman died in the public institution – claimed £12 8s 7d. She was 71 years old and died on November 19, 1929.

Derby Daily Telegraph 24 December 1936
John Salathiel STREET (65), a farmer of Moor Edge Farm Parkgate, Crich, was accused of Belper Police Court today of being the owner of two horses found straying at Crich. Police-constable THORNTON stated that at 10.30 pm on December 3 he was called to an accident at Ten Acre-lane, Crich, and found two horses straying on the highway. He put the horses into a field and from subsequent enquiries he ascertained that the horses belong to STREET. STREET said that the horses were put into the field at 4.30 pm and were all right when he went to bed. He was fined 10s.
[There were subsequent newspaper articles about this accident one of which has a photograph of both brothers]

photo of the Jackson brothers 1936
Wilftred’s full name was Wilfred Leslie

Note: in the several reports in to accident there was some variation into who was involved in the aftermath. One report bears out a personal remembrance in an oral family history record given to the webmaster many years ago. Mr FURNISS, a printer of Derby, was being driven by his chauffeur to visit his daughter and husband, Eva and George ALLCOCK, at Edge Moor Farm when they came across the accident. Quickly returning to the village to summon assistance Mr ALLCOCK, in deep shock, was dropped off at the Jovial Dutchman for a brandy to steady his nerves while his chauffeur went to raise the alarm then on returning he collected his employer, now fortified, and returned to the scene of the accident to assist in any way they could.

Belper News 25 December 1936
Life-saving Bronze Medallions have been awarded to Miss ASHLEY, of Whatstandwell C.of E. School, and Miss HAYWOOD, of Crich School, members of a life-saving class teachers and conducted at the Herbert Strutt Baths, Belper, during the summer.