ARTICLES - Life In Appleby 1914-1918

THE APPLEBY LEGION

Posted 22nd October 2017 by Maggie Clowes

The Royal British Legion hasn’t always been around. A British Legion was formed in 1921 and didn’t become “Royal” until 1971. Find out about its beginnings in Appleby. In 1916 a national group calling itself the Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers was set up to protect their interests. Penrith had already formed a branch when a meeting wa…

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ELEVEN APPLEBY MEN WENT TO WAR

Posted 15th August 2017 by Maggie Clowes

The war was the Boer war fought between the British and the Dutch, both trying to gain control of South Africa at the beginning of the twentieth century. Short of regular troops, volunteers were called for and eleven men from appleby answered the call. In 1900 the Appleby Company of the 2nd Volunteer Brigade, Border Regiment marched away to serve in the second Boer War. Th…

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Wartime Health

Posted 14th May 2017 by Maggie Clowes

Appleby was immensely proud of its Red House Hospital run by VADs for convalescent service men but who looked after the civilian population? A TOWN WITH NO HOSPITAL In 1914 Appleby had two doctors - Dr Andrew Sprott and Dr Harvey de Montmorency both of whom were based in Boroughgate. in addition there was the Sick Nursing Association which had been set up by Lady Hothfiel…

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DYNAMIC DUO

Posted 6th April 2017 by Maggie Clowes

Alderman and Mrs Heelis were responsible for two FIRSTS in Appleby. The first married couple to be made Freemen of the town while she was the first woman to be so honoured. Why? Already well known and respected locally, the Heelis family came up trumps in the first World War. Alderman Edward Heelis was Mayor throughout the war years, ably supported by his wife. His son we…

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WARTIME WORK OF APPLEBY’S MAYORESS RECOGNISED

Posted 8th February 2017 by Maggie Clowes

Mrs Ann Heelis was the first woman to be awarded the Freedom of Appleby in recognition of her work in the town in the first World War. Her husband was Mayor throughout the war and she gave him her whole-hearted support. It was well known that without her encouragement he could not have carried on. By the end of 1914 she had set up a working party to knit and sew comforts…

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