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Pontefract Years in Focus 1944

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1940s

PONTEFRACT IN 1944

January 1944 - AWARDED THE D.F.C
It is announced that Flying Officer Walter Rowley, whose home is stated to be at Pontefract, has been awarded the D.F.C.

January 1944 - UNUSUAL EXPERIENCES
Unusual experiences during seven years in foreign countries, most of the time with the K.O.Y.L.I., were recalled this week by Corporal Albert Matthewman.

18 February 1944 - AIRMAN PROMOTED
Pilot Officer Arthur Briggs, who is serving with the R.A.F. overseas, and whose home is at 'Kendale', Chequerfield Avenue, Pontefract, has been promoted to the rank of Flying Officer.

18 February 1944 - ANOTHER SALUTE
Mention was made in 'The Express' last week of a B.B.C. 'Salute' to the Yorks and Lancaster Regiment. Another salute to the regiment was decided upon in Pontefract yesterday week...

5 April 1944 - WON HIS WINGS
Mr. and Mrs W.L. Thrall of 27 St Oswald Avenue, Pontefract, have received news that their son, L./A.C. C.E. Thrall has been awarded his 'wings' and a commision in the R.A.F.

5 April 1944 - PRISONERS BAD LUCK
In a letter to his parents, Mr and Mrs W. Nowell, of 7 Spink Lane, Pontefract, Private Harry N. Nowell, who was a prisoner of war in Italy when the country capitulated, describes how he and two others escaped, but were recaptured

28 April 1944 - GUESTS OF THE VICEROY
Sergeant R. Shaw, whose home is at 67 St Giles Mount, Pontefract, was among a number of men of the Black Watch Regiment who were guests of the Viceroy of India at the Viceroy's House, New Delhi

28 April 1944 - SPECIAL SERVICES
The national day of prayer was observed at the Horsefair Methodist Church, Pontefract, on Sunday when there were normal congregations

May 1944 - FOR GALLANTRY
Among awards for gallantry and distinguished services in Italy, announced this week...

16 June 1944 - WOUNDED
Private Lawrence Wilson, aged 22, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, whose father, Mr. J.H. Wilson, lives in Denwell Terrace, Pontefract....

30 June 1944 - CASUALTY LIST
In the Casualty List published yesterday...

30 June 1944 - SECOND TIME WOUNDED
Mrs Mason, of Cromwell Crescent, Pontefract, has been notified officially that her husband, Private Sydney Mason..

30 June 1944 - SWIMMING GALA
A committee of the Pontefract Air Raid Warden's Service, consisting of Messrs L.D. Rose, (Chairman), J. Wakefield (Treasurer), A. Hawley, J.G. Dudley and W.H. Fellows, organised a swimming gala...

30 June 1944 - LOCAL INVADER WOUNDED
Mr. and Mrs John Walsh, of Baghill, Pontefract, have received news that their son Private E. [Teddy] Walsh of the Gordon Highlanders, is in hospital...

4 August 1944 - PONTEFRACT AND R.A.F DISPLAY
The Public Baths at Pontefract was on Wednesday a scene of great enthusiasm, in which swimmers alike took part.

4 August 1944 - THE MILITARY MEDAL
The Military Medal has been awarded to Sergeant F. Burniston of the Royal Horse Artillery, who made his home with his sister, Mrs Pritchard...

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...

18 August 1944 - SEAMAN WOUNDED
Able Seaman Frank William Henderson, the second son of M. and Mrs W.A. Henderson, of South Avenue, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract....

15 September 1944 - IN THREE CAMPAIGNS
Gunner William Bacon, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs H. Bacon, of 29 Duke Street, Pontefract, a veteran of three campaigns, has died of wounds in Italy

13 October 1944 - MET IN ITALY
Two Pontefract friends, who used to spend their annual holidays together, met recently at the Y.M.C.A. canteen in Italy

13 October 1944 - WOUNDED IN ITALY
Cpl B. Sherburn, whose mother Mrs W. Christie, lives at 61 East Avenue, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, has been wounded in Italy.


Years in Focus is researched by Maurice Haigh and reproduced with the kind permission of the Pontefract and Castleford Express.

Pontefract news from the 1930's


 

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