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Poster calling on the men of Oulton to a meeting in the 
Harold Hall.                                                                                             
 
OULTON PEOPLE AND THE WAR. 
A PUBLIC MEETING.
Rothwell Courier and Times. Saturday 15 August 1914.
 
Oulton and Woodlesford are not slow in showing a patriotic spirit in regard to the war, and with a view to formulating plans as to the way in which they could best help the troops, a public meeting was held in the Harold Hall, Oulton, on Wednesday night. 
 
The best response was made by the ladies, who turned up in large numbers, while there was a fairly large muster of men. Mr. J. Farrar J.P., presided, and, after a few had expressed their ideas, the ladies and gentlemen separated -  the ladies to obtain the names of those who were willing to help in the making of garments, and the men to devise the means of raising the necessary funds to provide material for the ladies to work upon.
 
Later, when both sessions met together again Mr. Farrar who was able to announce that the ladies were guaranteed a sum of £25 to commence with, while further sums would be forthcoming. 
 
Supporting Mr. Farrer were Major Simpson, Mr. B. Wood Higgins, Mr. C.F. Baddeley, Mr. Stamford, and Mr. G.E. Stringer.
 
The proceedings commenced with the singing of "God Save the King," after which Mr. Farrer explained the objects of the gathering.
 
The meeting, he said, was one of the most important ever held in the Hall. They had met there before many times, many happy times, but the present occasion was the saddest. They had met to assist the ladies, who were proposing to supply garments, etc., for those who were injured in the war. Nothing, he said, appealed more to the English people and to help their comrades in distress. (Applause).
 
Poster aimed at the women.
 
Mr. Stamford said the best thing would be for the ladies to form a committee. Major Simpson said in Oulton and Woodlesford they had two duties to perform. The first duty was to the nation and to their friends at home. It was in everyone's power to do something for the nation, and what it required most was men.
 
If the country was going to come out successfully in this war they must have men and those who had sons should send them to the front. The King was appealing for 100,000 men. Everyone could assist, and the best way they could assist the men at the Front was by sending out others to help.

The second duty was in regard to the men at the front. They could, first of all, look after the wives and children of the married men who had gone out, and they could administer to the comfort of the men who were fighting. 
 
It was not good for everyone to fight. It was vitally necessary that there should be sufficient men left to produce wealth. With regard to the first thing to be done, it was for them to look after the local women and children. Then the results of the work done ought to be distributed from a large centre, and the best way of carrying out the work of making garments would be for them to join some organisation in Leeds.
 
A national organisation would collect from the big centres. He instanced the enormous waste that had taken place in previous wars owing to the small committees not linking up with some central organization.
 
Mr. Capel Cure, who related what had taken place at the meeting convened by the Lady Mayoress of Leeds on Tuesday, said they had some difficulty in formulating plans, as they had no precedent to go by, but one thing was certain, that thousands of garments would be needed both for the sick and wounded and for the soldiers at the front. There was no need for anyone to say it was sectarian.  It was the cause of the British Empire. (Applause).
 
The men then adjourned to form a committee, which was elected as follows, with power to add to their number. Messrs, D.W. Hargreaves, A. Sharp, J.E. Davenport, G.E. Stringer, P.C. Higgins, C.F. Baddeley, G.M. Abbey, F. Ellis, C. Ripley, and H. Parkin. Mr. A. Sharp was appointed treasurer, and Mr. P.C. Higgins secretary.
 
As previously stated, a subscription list was started, and the sum of £25 was raised among Major Simpson, Mr. J. Farrar, Mr. Stamford, Mr. C.F. Baddeley, and Mr. G.E. Stringer. After the singing of "God Save the King," the meeting closed. 
 
For more stories from 1914 click on the link below.
 
 
Poster produced after the meeting.