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Wartime Quorn

This section contains extracts and accounts relating to Quorn in both world wars. It includes many photographs of Quorn service men and women, information about the American 82nd Airborne Division who were based in Quorn in WW2, transcriptions of names from the war memorial (including when and where they died) ,and many other pieces of interesting information relating to life in Quorn during wartime.

There are also references to the Boer and Crimea wars. As with so many other towns and villages, Quorn had its quota of war heroes and tales of courage, valour and self-sacrifice which should not be forgotten.


 Quorn war memorial, early 1920s  Quorn war memorial, early 1920s
The permanent Quorn War Memorial was opened in 1921. This photograph was taken shortly ...... cont.
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 Robert Hudson – The experience of an evacuee  Robert Hudson – The experience of an evacuee
In February 2017 Robert Hudson left a brief comment on one of the posts, on Quorn Village ...... cont.
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 William Edward Hallam 1898 to 1984  William Edward Hallam 1898 to 1984
William Hallam lived in Quorn at 32 Wood Lane, all his life. He fought in WW1 and was ...... cont.
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 Hidden heroes, Frank Hearn – a story of one man’s WW2  Hidden heroes, Frank Hearn – a story of one man’s WW2
Frank Hearn from Barrow Road in Quorn, was in the 64th Medium Regiment Royal Artillery ...... cont.
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 Letter from HMS Quorn during WW2  Letter from HMS Quorn during WW2
During WW2 Quorn Hunt Pony Club sent gifts and letters to the crew of HMS Quorn. The ...... cont.
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 Letter from HMS Quorn, 1941  Letter from HMS Quorn, 1941
During WW2, early in 1941, young Betty Morley from the Quorn Hunt Pony Club wrote to the ...... cont.
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 Quorn in WW2 – The girls who listened  Quorn in WW2 – The girls who listened
Beaumanor Hall at Old Woodhouse was one of the largest Y stations, or listening stations ...... cont.
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 Card from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp to Germany, 3rd June 1946  Card from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp to Germany, 3rd June 1946
Quorn POW camp was based in the grounds of Quorn House and the entrance was on Wood Lane, ...... cont.
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 Vena Grain, 1895 to 1989. Oral history interview from 1985  Vena Grain, 1895 to 1989. Oral history interview from 1985
Vena Grain was born in Leicester on 21st February 1895, and the family moved to Quorn in ...... cont.
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 Two photographs from Quorn in WW2  Two photographs from Quorn in WW2
These two photographs were taken during WW2 in 1942, in the back garden of 7 Mansfield ...... cont.
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 Quorn Wood Tragedy - Gamekeeper found shot - March 1917  Quorn Wood Tragedy - Gamekeeper found shot - March 1917
Loughborough Herald - March 15th 1917 A sad tragedy was discovered in Quorn Wood on ...... cont.
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 Food production from allotments and rabbits - WW1  Food production from allotments and rabbits - WW1
The two newspaper cuttings below reflect the efforts being made in Quorn during WW1, to ...... cont.
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 Food rationing in Quorn in WW1  Food rationing in Quorn in WW1
Loughborough Herald - 31st January 1918 Quorn News - Food Control The local Food ...... cont.
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 Quorn supporting the war effort – WW1 newspaper cuttings  Quorn supporting the war effort – WW1 newspaper cuttings
The three newspaper cuttings below all come from the Quorn News section in1916 and 1917. ...... cont.
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 Quorn Voluntary Training Corps - WW1  Quorn Voluntary Training Corps - WW1
Loughborough Herald - 11th March 1915 Citizens' Training Corps A meeting was held at ...... cont.
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 Belgian Refugees' Committee - WW1  Belgian Refugees' Committee - WW1
Loughborough Herald - 10th June 1915 Belgian Refugees' Committee The subscribers to ...... cont.
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 Walter Giles – Leaving Quorn Station, WW1  Walter Giles – Leaving Quorn Station, WW1
Walter Giles was born in Quorn in 1888. During WW1 he was a signaller and fought in the ...... cont.
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 Men from Quorn who died in WW1, 1914 to 1919 - Details  Men from Quorn who died in WW1, 1914 to 1919 - Details
The PDF document attached to this item provides the details, as listed below, for the 78 ...... cont.
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 Dolls sale in aid of WW1  Dolls sale in aid of WW1
The White family from Rose Cottage on Loughborough Road in Quorn, were always involved in ...... cont.
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 Charles Kirbell White and Frank Cuthbert White – WW1 Quorn casualties  Charles Kirbell White and Frank Cuthbert White – WW1 Quorn casualties
Charles Kirbell White and his younger brother Frank Cuthbert White lived with their ...... cont.
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 Walter Giles – Born Quorn 1888, died 1973  Walter Giles – Born Quorn 1888, died 1973
Walter George Giles was born in Quorn in 1888. He was one of six children of George and ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 fundraising event, Saturday 26th September 1915  Quorn WW1 fundraising event, Saturday 26th September 1915
These two postcards were acquired several years ago, but it was only recently that they ...... cont.
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 WW1, Wrights factory ‘War Service’ lapel badge  WW1, Wrights factory ‘War Service’ lapel badge
During WW1 Wrights factory in Quorn was employing over 2,000 people and working round the ...... cont.
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 The 82nd Airborne in Quorn - memories from Clifford Newton  The 82nd Airborne in Quorn - memories from Clifford Newton
Clifford Newton, who was brought up in Quorn, kindly contacted Quorn Village On-line ...... cont.
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 The Ashby Volunteers - Death of the Sergeant Instructor  The Ashby Volunteers - Death of the Sergeant Instructor
Derby Mercury - 16th February 1870 It is with deep regret that we have to announce the ...... cont.
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 WW1 postcard sent to Quorn  WW1 postcard sent to Quorn
This postcard was sent during WW1 on 20th September 1915, by Bandsman Harry Rowland ...... cont.
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 Letters from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, February/March 1946  Letters from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, February/March 1946
Quorn POW camp was based in the grounds of Quorn House and the entrance was on Wood Lane, ...... cont.
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 Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, March 1947  Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, March 1947
Quorn POW camp was based in the grounds of Quorn House and the entrance was on Wood Lane, ...... cont.
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 Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, March 1946  Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, March 1946
Quorn POW camp was based in the grounds of Quorn House and the entrance was on Wood Lane, ...... cont.
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 Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, Christmas 1945  Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, Christmas 1945
Quorn POW camp was based in the grounds of Quorn House and the entrance was on Wood Lane, ...... cont.
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 Charles Kirbell White and Frank Cuthbert White – WW1 Quorn casualties  Charles Kirbell White and Frank Cuthbert White – WW1 Quorn casualties
Charles Kirbell White and his younger brother Frank Cuthbert White, lived with their ...... cont.
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 Quorn Soldiers who died in WW1  Quorn Soldiers who died in WW1
2014 marks one hundred years since the start of the First World War. Quorn lost 79 of its ...... cont.
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 Bernhard Wenke - a German prisoner of war in Quorn  Bernhard Wenke - a German prisoner of war in Quorn
Bernhard Wenke was a prisoner of war at Quorn POW Camp. His grandson Jürgen Schneider, ...... cont.
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 American 82nd Airborne men revisit Quorn and Loughborough  American 82nd Airborne men revisit Quorn and Loughborough
Loughborough Echo - 7th June 1974 Thirty years after the invasion of Normandy, which ...... cont.
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 Quorn Grammar School - Pupils' patriotic spirit 1915  Quorn Grammar School - Pupils' patriotic spirit 1915
Loughborough Herald - 16th December 1915 The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin has ...... cont.
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 Quorn’s Oldest Soldier -  “Warrior” Burton  Quorn’s Oldest Soldier - “Warrior” Burton
26th November 1948 – Loughborough Echo Mr Joseph Burton (“Warrior Burton”), who was 86 ...... cont.
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 Parcels Fund concert - 1939  Parcels Fund concert - 1939
Loughborough Echo - 1st December 1939 The Village Hall was well filled on Wednesday ...... cont.
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 Wartime Quorn - 1940  Wartime Quorn - 1940
These miscellaneous notes from the Loughborough Echo offer a snapshot in time of when ...... cont.
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 Urban District Council meeting - September 1915  Urban District Council meeting - September 1915
The reports of the UDC meetings offer us an insight as to how life on the home front ...... cont.
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 Evacuated to Quorn during WW2 – one boy’s story  Evacuated to Quorn during WW2 – one boy’s story
Barry Bradley from London got in touch with Quorn On-line Museum early in 2012. He was ...... cont.
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 The Williams family, Church Lane, Quorn  The Williams family, Church Lane, Quorn
Loughborough Herald - September 1917 A Quorn Soldier Family Portraits of Mr and Mrs ...... cont.
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 Outside Quorn Rawlins School gate, 1914  Outside Quorn Rawlins School gate, 1914
This unique photograph was taken outside Rawlins school gate. The year is almost ...... cont.
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 Quorn Military Medallist - 1917  Quorn Military Medallist - 1917
Loughborough Herald - 4th January 1917 Details are to hand of the deeds for which ...... cont.
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 A Quorn Soldier's Lucky Escapes - 1918  A Quorn Soldier's Lucky Escapes - 1918
Loughborough Herald - 3rd January 1918 Private Frank Bunney, writing to his parents at ...... cont.
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 Quorn Soldiers die in India - 1944  Quorn Soldiers die in India - 1944
Loughborough Herald - 28th July 1944 Mrs Allen, of Verandah Cottage, Quorn, has ...... cont.
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 Quorn brothers meet in Italy - 1944  Quorn brothers meet in Italy - 1944
Loughborough Herald - 4th February 1944 The above, Driver A W Brown, RASC., and Gunner ...... cont.
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 Quorn British Legion – a flourishing branch  Quorn British Legion – a flourishing branch
Loughborough Echo - 27th January 1939 Annual Dinner The second annual dinner of ...... cont.
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 Wrights evacuation practice - 1940  Wrights evacuation practice - 1940
Loughborough Echo - 10th May 1940 An evacuation practice was held at Messrs Wright ...... cont.
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 Bombardier George Whitehouse - 1942  Bombardier George Whitehouse - 1942
Loughborough Echo - 2nd October 1942 The above picture of Bdr. George Whitehouse has ...... cont.
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 Donald Towell - home on leave 1942  Donald Towell - home on leave 1942
Loughborough Echo - 27th March 1942 Chief Petty Officer Donald Towell, who is at home ...... cont.
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 Soldiers fined for taking army truck - 1953  Soldiers fined for taking army truck - 1953
Loughborough Monitor - 26th June 1953 Two Quorn soldiers who drove away an Army truck ...... cont.
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 Funeral of George Draper - 1925  Funeral of George Draper - 1925
Loughborough Monitor and Herald - 3rd December 1925 On Friday Mr George Draper, who ...... cont.
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 George Holmes  George Holmes
George Holmes was born in Quorn in 1896, the son of George and Georgina Holmes. He was ...... cont.
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 Captain Harold Wright  Captain Harold Wright
Harold Wright was a Captain in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Battalion. He was ...... cont.
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 William John Steer, 1886 to 1915  William John Steer, 1886 to 1915
William Steer (Leicestershire Yeomanry, Trooper 2144), was killed in action at ...... cont.
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 A German prisoner of war settles in the Quorn area  A German prisoner of war settles in the Quorn area
Joachim Claaus Fritz Berger was a German U-Boat sailor, who was captured in World War II ...... cont.
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 Quorn Warship Week - 1942  Quorn Warship Week - 1942
Loughborough Echo - 20th February 1942 A group taken at the formal opening of Quorn ...... cont.
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 Brothers meet on returning troop ship in 1945 - Charlie and Danny Smith from Barrow Road  Brothers meet on returning troop ship in 1945 - Charlie and Danny Smith from Barrow Road
This press cutting was supplied by Elaine Woodhams whose father, Edwin Smith (always ...... cont.
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 Quorn House during WW2  Quorn House during WW2
This photograph was donated by Sheila Brewer who was a nurse at Quorn House when it was a ...... cont.
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 William Shirley Northcote Toller, DSO, TD, JP, DL of Quorn  William Shirley Northcote Toller, DSO, TD, JP, DL of Quorn
William Shirley Northcote Toller was born in 1878 and came to live in Quorn from ...... cont.
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 Mr Jack Penfold of Quorn retires  Mr Jack Penfold of Quorn retires
Loughborough Echo - 4th February 1977 50 years in the Mason's trade A career ...... cont.
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 VE day parties in Quorn - 1945  VE day parties in Quorn - 1945
Loughborough Echo - 18th May 1945 Last week abounded in Victory teas for children, ...... cont.
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 Remembrance Sunday in the Early 1970s  Remembrance Sunday in the Early 1970s
This photograph was taken on Remembrance Sunday in the Memorial Gardens in the early ...... cont.
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 Wright's Military Webbing WW2  Wright's Military Webbing WW2
During the first and second world wars Wrights were one of the largest suppliers of ...... cont.
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 Wright's Military Webbing WW2  Wright's Military Webbing WW2
During the first and second world wars Wrights were one of the largest suppliers of ...... cont.
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 Wright's Military Webbing WW2  Wright's Military Webbing WW2
During the first and second world wars Wrights were one of the largest suppliers of ...... cont.
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 Quorn driver missing - 1942  Quorn driver missing - 1942
Loughborough Echo - 27th March 1942 Driver Dick Bumpus, R.A.S.C., whose parents live ...... cont.
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 Gunner Hammond safe - 1942  Gunner Hammond safe - 1942
Loughborough Echo - 4th September 1942 Gunner J Hammond, son of Mr and Mrs F Hammond, ...... cont.
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 Private Haywood - 1942  Private Haywood - 1942
Loughborough Echo - 11th September 1942 Pte. P J Haywood (centre), whose wife and ...... cont.
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 Tell-tale letters - 1919  Tell-tale letters - 1919
Loughborough Herald - 12th June 1919 Thomas William Smith, labourer, Great Casterton, ...... cont.
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 Golden Wedding anniversary - 1922  Golden Wedding anniversary - 1922
Loughborough Monitor and Herald - April 27th 1922 Mr and Mrs E Bunney of Quorn, who ...... cont.
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 Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent arriving at Quorn House  Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent arriving at Quorn House
During the Second World war, Quorn House on Meeting Street was used as a nursing station. ...... cont.
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 82nd Airborne at Quorn Camp 1944  82nd Airborne at Quorn Camp 1944
Kit inspection at Quorn Camp on the Quorn House estate in 1944.
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 News from Quorn officer - 1941  News from Quorn officer - 1941
28th November 1941 – Loughborough Echo Lt. Arthur Markham, who was recently reported a ...... cont.
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 Sqd.-Ldr L. Wright believed killed - Well known local flying officer  Sqd.-Ldr L. Wright believed killed - Well known local flying officer
Loughborough Echo 14th May 1943 After being reported missing after an operational ...... cont.
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 A fine record - Five Quorn brothers serving  A fine record - Five Quorn brothers serving
Loughborough Echo 14th May 1943 Mrs. Pike, of 7 Meynell Road has now five sons serving ...... cont.
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 Quorn soldier missing  Quorn soldier missing
Loughborough Echo 16th April 1943 Mr. and Mrs. G. Allen, of 78 Leicester Road, Quorn, ...... cont.
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 Quorn soldier prisoner of war  Quorn soldier prisoner of war
Loughborough Echo 4th June 1943 Mrs. Harris, of 4, Victoria Street, Quorn, has ...... cont.
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 Quorn man home from prison camp  Quorn man home from prison camp
Loughborough Echo 2nd November 1945 Victoria Street, Quorn’s smallest cul-de-sac, has ...... cont.
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 Met in Southern India  Met in Southern India
Loughborough Echo 9th November 1945 Flight Sergeant Vic Orton, of Quorn, and ...... cont.
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 Quorn airman in India  Quorn airman in India
Loughborough Echo 30th July 1943 Sergt. Victor Orton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles ...... cont.
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 Sqd.-Ldr. Leonard Wright reported missing -  Former ADC to British  Embassy in Egypt  Sqd.-Ldr. Leonard Wright reported missing - Former ADC to British Embassy in Egypt
Loughborough Echo 16th April, 1943 Mr. and Mrs. Wright, of Woodhouse Road, Quorn, have ...... cont.
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 Quorn Airman Missing - Fl. Sgt. Peter Dean  Quorn Airman Missing - Fl. Sgt. Peter Dean
Loughborough Echo - 25th September 1942 Mr and Mrs Dean, 4 Forest-rd., Quorn, have ...... cont.
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 Quorn Sailor  Quorn Sailor
Loughborough Echo 6th March 1942 Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sutton, of 47 Leicester Road, ...... cont.
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 Serving on H.M.S. “Renown”  Serving on H.M.S. “Renown”
Loughborough Echo 6th March 1942 One of the 14 Leicestershire men serving on H.M.S. ...... cont.
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 Quorn Warship Week  Quorn Warship Week
Loughborough Echo 27th February 1942 Children at a fancy dress competition with Quorn ...... cont.
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 Quorn Warship Week  Quorn Warship Week
Loughborough Echo 20th February 1942 A group taken at the formal opening of Quorn ...... cont.
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 L/Cpl. R Cochrane and Miss B. Gamble  L/Cpl. R Cochrane and Miss B. Gamble
Loughborough Echo 18th December 1942 At the Baptist Chapel, Quorn on Wednesday, the ...... cont.
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 Quorn yeoman wounded 1902  Quorn yeoman wounded 1902
This snippet from the Loughborough Herald dated 23rd January 1902 reads: "A Quorn Yeoman ...... cont.
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 US 82nd Airborne Division - The veterans visit Quorn  US 82nd Airborne Division - The veterans visit Quorn
The 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the US 82nd Airborne Division were based in ...... cont.
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 Quorn soldier killed - 1944  Quorn soldier killed - 1944
Loughborough Herald - 17th November 1944 Mrs Mary Halford, of Church Path, Quorn, has ...... cont.
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 Taken prisoner but escaped - adventure of Quorn soldier  Taken prisoner but escaped - adventure of Quorn soldier
Loughborough Herald - 14th January 1944 Pte. Ted Walker, son of Mr and Mrs Walker who ...... cont.
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 Victory Effort by Quorn British Legion - 1945  Victory Effort by Quorn British Legion - 1945
Loughborough Echo - 20th July 1945 The Quorn and District Branch of the British Legion ...... cont.
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 War Tribunal - 1917  War Tribunal - 1917
Loughborough Herald - 19th March 1917 (Tribunals were held locally to consider ...... cont.
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 Proposed communal kitchen at Quorn - scheme rejected - 1918  Proposed communal kitchen at Quorn - scheme rejected - 1918
Loughborough Herald - 28th February 1918 In connection with the Food Economy Campaign, ...... cont.
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 Honour for a Quorn Yeoman 1915  Honour for a Quorn Yeoman 1915
Loughborough Herald - 15th July 1915 Official intimation has been received at the ...... cont.
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 Messrs M Wright and Sons Ltd - £1,600 towards a “Spitfire”  Messrs M Wright and Sons Ltd - £1,600 towards a “Spitfire”
Loughborough Echo - 7th March 1941 Letter from Lord Beaverbrook The management and ...... cont.
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 Quorn Fete in aid of British Legion - 1947  Quorn Fete in aid of British Legion - 1947
Loughborough Monitor - 21st August 1947 A garden fete, organised by Quorn branch of ...... cont.
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 A soldier's outburst - 1918  A soldier's outburst - 1918
Loughborough Herald - 24th October 1918 Exciting scene in Loughborough Police Court - ...... cont.
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 Village Hall as wartime canteen - 1941  Village Hall as wartime canteen - 1941
Loughborough Echo - 3rd January 1941 The village hall, which Quorn people are ...... cont.
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