Tuesday, 01 December 2020

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Henley Standard, February 12, 1915

Whale oil

TPR H Young, a Henley man in the Royal Horse Guards, not at the front in France, writes to Mr A E Hobbs, of Hart Street, Henley, as follows, “I am A1. Am sorry to say I have had to leave General Allenbury, as my regiment went into action on February 2 at Ypres for 12 days and I had to go with them, worst luck. It is terrible up here now, very nearly knee-deep in water. They have given each of us a pair of those rubber boots that come up to your knees and we have put mustard in the bottom of them to keep our feet warm. Before we went up we oiled ourselves all over with whale oil - it is splendid to keep the wet and cold out.”

Mr Claud Batty applied for a music and dancing licence at the annual licensing sessions for the borough of Henley in respect of a room at the Little White Hart Hotel. He explained that he wanted the room for his dancing classes which were formerly held in the Assembly Room of the town hall but that was now being used in connection with the Red Cross Hospital.

On Friday, a straw rick was discovered on fire at the entrance to Mr Allnutt’s rick yard at Watlington Farm. The fire brigade was able to save several valuable ricks of wheat.

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