Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Isle of Wight Observer:- Feb 5th 1916:  CARGO OF COAL SUNK – The British ship, Franz Fischer, which was sunk in the North Sea on Tuesday night by a bomb from a Zeppelin, had on board a cargo of coal for the Island Gaslight Companies, 500 tons of which was destined for the Ryde Gas-works.


Isle of Wight Observer:- Jan 8th 1916:  SMART CAPTURE – At the County Bench on Saturday, P.C. TARRANT, of the Ryde Borough Police Force, who gave evidence in a charge of burglary at Wootton, was highly commended by the Chairman (Colonel F. W. CRADOCK) on his capture of the prisoner as he was about to


Isle of Wight Observer:-   Dec 4th 1915:  JUNGLE ADVENTURES – This will be the subject of the Y.M.C.A. lecture at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening next, when Mr. Harry K. EUSTACE, who has lived and hunted in Central Africa for many years, will relate his thrilling experiences, which will be illustrated by photographic


Isle of Wight Observer:-   Nov 6th 1915:  DOGS – On Wednesday morning Walter JOLLIFFE, aged 8 years, living at Binstead, was victim of a ferocious attack by two or three bull dogs belonging to Mr. CROSBY-SMITH, of Newnham-road, Binstead. He was trundelling his hoop when the animals rushed out, biting him on the face,


Isle of Wight Times:-   Sept 2nd 1915: PRESENTATION – Capt. J. W. TRODD was on Tuesday evening presented with a Sam Browne belt and water bottle as a slight recognition of his services in connection with the Ryde Volunteer Training Corps. Company Commander W. E. WEEKS, who made the presentation, congratulated Capt. TRODD on


Isle of Wight County Press:- Aug 14th 1915: ANIMALS – All the best horses having been bought for the Army, traction and farm work has to be done by animals of inferior condition, also in many cases being in charge of men or boys unaccustomed to dealing with them owing to those who understand the


Isle of Wight Observer:- Jul 3rd 1915: WAR WORK – There has been a fine response to the appeal for war munition volunteers, and the call is being answered with enthusiasm and patriotism. It is only by every city, town and village, contributing its quota, that an adequate supply of skilled labour will be obtained.


Isle of Wight Observer:- Jun 12th 1915: LITERATURE – At Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Guardians thanks were passed to Mrs. GIBBS, of St. Helliers, Strand, for a gift of literature for the use of the inmates. Jun 12th 1915: SCHOOL OF ART – The Higher Education Sub-Committee reported that upon the recommendation of


Isle of Wight Observer May 1st 1915: BOWLING – The Ryde Bowling greens in the Eastern Esplanade Gardens will open for the season today. The greens are looking at their best. The opening match at the Bowling Club will be on Thursday next when the Mayor and Corporation will set the ball rolling in more


Isle of Wight Observer:- Apr 3rd 1915: CALL FOR CITIZEN SOLDIERS – Now that the King has bestowed his approval on the Volunteer Training Corps movement, and the War Office is inviting members to accept home service, it may be expected that the critics of Kitchener’s “last hope” will be silenced. Surely if a man