Knife and Fork Supper (2nd Battalion)

Knife and Fork Supper (2nd Battalion)

Postby kerchi » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:11 pm

The Whitehaven News, 4th December 1902

Knife and Fork Supper and Smoking Concert at Langdale

The I. Co. 2nd Border Regiment held the above on Friday evening, in the Elterwater Drill Hall. Capt. BOUSFIELD and Lieut. JONES-BALME were the donors. Mrs. CROSSFIELD, of the White Lion Hotel, was the caterer, and the supper maintained the already established reputation of Mrs. CROSSFIELD. Mrs. John BOWNESS, Mrs. Frank SMITH, Miss. Bird GASKELL, and Miss. HARTLEY, served at the tables.There was a good gathering of volunteers in uniform. The Langdale Brass Band were present, but not officially. They had been invited to the supper by the donors. There were also to be seen in the Company:

J. J. ASHBY, Elterwater Hall
Wm. PIERCE, Mere SYKE
Mr. BALDRY, Grasmere.

The music was led by Mr. SKELTON, Ambleside, on the piano. Songs were well rendered by:

Mr. BANKS, Ambleside
Mr. BALDRY, Grasmere
Mr. James THOMPSON, Langdale
Corpl. J. D. K. JOINER, Langdale
Mr. T. GIBSON, Ambleside
Sergt. H. COWARD, Langdale
Mr. Robert WALKER, LANGDALE
Mr. Matt. Walker, Langdale
Mr. HOGG, Ambleside
Private Ed. KIRKBY, Langdale
Mr. PIERCE, Langdale

Lieutenant JONES-BALME, High CloseSeveral of the above sang twice. Mr. WALKER, an old veteran sang "The Poor Old Horse," with good effect. Capt. BOUSFIELD addressed the gathering on the strength of the corps, and the need of recruits, to make up the number of a full company, a good number having resigned. He made it plain that an increase of recruits would be the best method of preserving their letter I., and saving them from becoming attached to some other company as a half company. He also spoke of the cups they had won this season with shooting, which were filled, and passed around, and several of the Company drank the health of Sergt.M'GARR and others. Mr. M'GARR suitably replied, and hoped the young men of the village would come forward and support the volunteers.Mr. BALDRY praised the officers and sergeant in a neat little speech. Mr. WALKER, and Mr. Wm. COLLINSON also made a few remarks. The former said if he had been a young man he would have offered for the front, when the war broke out with the others, who offered and were accepted.Mr. WALKER, Mr. COLLINSON, and Mr. BALDRY are old medalists, and though too old for active service they are not too old for manifesting an active interest in all the volunteer movements in the district.

Source: Cumberland and Westmorland Newspaper Transcriptions
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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