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Pontefract Years in Focus 1944

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1940s

PONTEFRACT IN 1944

18 August 1944
BACK FROM CAMP

Eighty-seven cadets of the Pontefract Squadron of the Air Training Corps are home after a week in camp at a Northern R.A.F. Thirty had flying trips during the week, and all took part in training and some of the activities of the station, and gained experience in the various sections. They were also lectured by the station's Briefing Officer, The cadets were accompanied  by their Commanding Officer, Flight-Lieutenant W. Bentley.

WORK FOR PRISONERS

A Flag Day in Pontefract on Saturday for the Pontefract Prisoner's Of War Club, was a most successful event, and the organiser, Mrs J.T. Miller, was able to announce 100-3s-1d had been collected. On Sunday, a service was held at St. Giles' Church, for Club members and other relatives of P.O.Ws. The Vicar of Pontefact, the Reverend A.P. Morley, conducted the service. The names of all the Pontefract men known to be missing were read and special prayers said on their behalf. The monthly Club meeting was held at the Municipal Offices on Monday. The Chairman, Councillor D. Sainter, presided and paid tribute to Mrs Miller for the work carried out for the Flag Day. He also announced that Cpl Brown, of Knottingley, had arrived home after escaping from Northern Italy. The announcement was greeted with applause. Miss E. Dawson, of Leeds, gave details of the position in P.O.W. camps in the Far East and said letters were still coming through. The parcels to Germany had been suspended for the time being but a large reserve had been built up in the camps and Geneva; and it was felt that in that matter, the position was good. Miss Dawson answered questions, and was thanked for her talk by Cr Sainter and Major Townbottom. The Chairman announced that a competition organised by Mr G. Anderson raised 12-5s-3d and other subscriptions included 4 from Mrs Murgatroyd [whist drive] The Secretary, Mr. W.H. Fellows, reported the receipt of many letters from prisoners of war, thanking the club for parcels and cigarettes.

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