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November 1918

Isle of Wight Observer:

Nov 2nd 1918:  “MY FOUR YEARS IN GERMANY” – On Monday November 11th for 6 days the patrons assembled at the Theatre Royal will have the privilege of witnessing for the first time the greatest real Film-Drama that has ever been played in the history of the world.  In the presentation of its complete ten reels will be unfolded the tragic story of the lying effrontery of the Kaiser and his clique of gilded criminals, and the hatching of the plot that was intended to wreck the peace of the world.

Nov 2nd 1918:  EX-SERVICEMENS ASSOCIATION – The first general meeting of this new local society was held at the Welby Institute, West Street, on Tuesday evening.  The Vicar, the Rev. Hugh Le FLEMING consented to undertake the duties of Treasurer. A Managing Committee of six members was formed.  By the kindness of the Trustees of the Welby Institute, the Association’s head quarters will be the rooms in that building formerly used by the Mens’ Guild.

Nov 2nd 1918:  MEETING – The Hon. Mabel GOUGH-CALTHORPE presided at a well attended meeting at the Town Hall on Thursday afternoon assembled to witness the performance of a short play entitled “The Girl Who Wouldn’t” by members of the 1st Ryde Company of the Girl Guides, and to hear an address by Lady BADEN-POWELL on the work of the Girl Guides.

Nov 9th 1918:  FLAGS OF VICTORY – The Union Jack and the national flag of Italy were flying side by side at the Town Hall on Monday, in honour of the surrender of Austria-Hungary to the Allies.

Nov 9th 1918:  GUNFIRE FROM FORTS – The Commander of the Portsmouth Garrison announces that gun-firing will take place by day and night on suitable days from forts in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, during the period November 4th to 9th.  Night practice will be carried out during the week.

Nov 9th 1918:  CHRYSANTHEMUM BAZAAR – A very successful two days’ bazaar was held at Primitive Methodist Schoolroom, on Wednesday and Thursday.  Mrs. E. JAMES, of Binstead, opened it. The stalls were daintily arranged. There was a concert each evening.  The effort realised the splendid sum of £109.

Nov 9th 1918:  HONOUR FOR A RYDE MAN – Mr. T. J. W. WHEATLEY, who bravely rescued a young woman from drowning off the Pier in February last, has been awarded the Bronze Medal of the Royal Humane Society for his courageous act.  Mr. WHEATLEY, who is now in the Royal Air Force, has been granted special leave by his colonel to attend the meeting of the Corporation on Saturday next, when the medal will be presented by the Mayor.

Nov 9th 1918:  LAMP-POST ACCIDENT – On Saturday afternoon while the gun-carriage which was in attendance for a military funeral was attempting to turn in a narrow part of High Street, one of the wheels came into violent contact with the lamp-post outside Mr. H. G. JOLLIFFE’s shop, at the corner of High Street and Green Street, with the result that the lamp-post was broken right off at the pavement, and the lamp entirely smashed. Fortunately, the gun carriage was empty at the time.

Nov 23rd 1918:  GRATUITY FOR ARMY MEN – It is announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that a special gratuity will be payable to the warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the Army and Royal Air Force.

Nov 30th 1918:  SPECIAL CONSTABLES’ DINNER – On Thursday evening Mr Capel MORRIS gave a dinner at Yelf’s Hotel, Ryde, to the Special Constables and Regulars of the Borough Police.  His Worship the Mayor, was with the company, and the string band of the Royal Marine Artillery attended. Stars were presented to several of the Chief Constables for their length of service.

Nov 30th 1918:  THE CINEMA – The programme for the week end includes “Littlest Rebels” featuring the wonderful child actress, Mimi YVONNE, and the 8th episode of “The Mystery Ship.”