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1942: - One day in 1942 a "Wings
for Victory" fete was held to raise money for the war effort.
The Home Guard, Fire Service etc. all gave demonstrations.......
The Fire Service gave a demonstration of pumping
water from a mobile tank to a canvas water container. Needless
to say they were all trying to outdo each other and the length
of hose was very long. As soon as the water got up to good pressure
one of the lengths of hose burst soaking all the villagers that
were peering at it closely to see what was happening - 'Matsel
Mattishall Fire Brigade
Jimmy Barnard, unknown, George Lusher, Walter Everett, Arthur
Pearce, ? Scace, George Crown & Ted Savory.
Front: Gerald Hewitt, Jimmy Taylor, Oliver Neave,
Ron Farrow, Frank Peel, Albert Hawkins & Tom Fulcher.
"One evening one of the firewatchers
dressed up as a woman, walked on to Church Plain and asked one
of the Home Guard the way to Weston Airfield. The guard did not
think to ask the woman for identification and gave directions.
Afterwards they suddenly realised the woman might be a spy and
search parties were sent out round the village to look for her.
Needless to say' she' had vanished." -
'Matsel Wot Was'
George Lusher born in the March quarter
of 1906 the son of Thomas Lusher Farmer/Gardener and his wife Selina
Juby. In the March quarter of 1933 George married Ethel M Postle.
Ethel died in 1935 aged just 30 years old. George remarried in 1939
to Kathleen C Palmer the daughter of Henry John Palmer and Edith
Christinna Woods of Swanton Morley. George and Kathleen lived at
Kensington House on the Dereham Road Mattishall.
Dad's Army - Mattishall's Home
Back: Albert Earl,
Harry Johnson, Ted English, Jimmy Richmond , Alfred Stag, Fred Cole,
Zeak Waller, Chris Orton.
Front: Ted Matthews, Stanley Kerridge, Fred Faircloth,
Gerald Farrow, Edward Harrison, Lenny Barnard, Ted Norton.
The Home Guard had various points around
the village where they would stand guard. Land at Sandpit Farm was
used for shooting practice. They were issued with Uniforms - some
very illfitting. One farmer found his uniform to be so badly fitting
he obtained some khaki cloth (we know not from where) and made coats
for his two greyhounds. When questioned he said he had made the
coats from his uniform. During the Second World War people were
issued with identity cards. Signposts were removed in case of invasion.
Mattishall's Civil Defence
Back: Russell Fisher:
George Bailey: Harry Easter: Deveney Howard: unknown Betts: Bob
Front: Jessy Gogle: Fred Green: George Hurren:
Douglas Winton: Ted Wormack.
|This is a First World War picture. It was found in
the belongings of a local lady - can you identify it?
The late John Hill - sitting with his mum
Mattishall even had a knitting party:
1945: September 29th - Eastern Daily Press - News From
The Far East
Mattishall - Mr G. Osborne of Willow Farm, received
a telegram on Monday stating that their son, Garnet Osborne, p.o.w.
had arrived in Singapore and hopes to reach home soon. Mr and Mrs
Parnell have also received news that their son, Albert, who was
taken at Hong Kong is Safe.
1945: Oct - From Marshal of the
Royal Air Force, The Lord Portal of Hungleford, Chief of the Air
Staff, in recognition of Services rendered to the Royal Air Force
during the War Years 1939-1945.
On behalf of the Royal Air Force I send our warmest thanks to all
who have worked for the RAF Comfort Committee. By your generous
Gifts and your faithful service, maintained in the spirit of all
difficulties and hardships throughout the six years of war, you
have made a real contribution to the efficiency of our men and women
in all theatres of war and have thus played no small part in helping
them to victory.
|The leader bending down is Mollie Pearce the other
girls are unknown.
Iris Coe ©
Berry Hall, Hockering - On every Sunday
afternoon in August during the early 1900's the Mattishall Solver
Band marched from Mattishall to Berry Hall where they entertained
all corners, Mrs Hemnell is the girl in white at the front - The
bandmaster was a Mr Spooner.
1902: May 24 - Norwich Mercury
MATTISHALL BRASS BAND - is open to receive engagements for the coronation.
For terms apply William Tilney, Mattishall Burgh, Dereham.
William was born in the Dec quarter of 1868
the son of William Tilney (1839) a farm labourer and his wife Sarah.
William aso a farm labourer married Sarah Smalls of Mattishall in
the Dec quarter of 1895. It is unclear where William of any other
members of the band obtain there interest in music or bought their
The late May Smith nee Howard ©
Taken in the vicarage gardens
Standing: Miss Watson, Miss
Watson, Mrs W B Norton, Miss Fowler, Miss Graham, Miss Flory Green,
Mrs Frank Norton, Miss Milly Edwards, Mrs H Williamson, Miss Sabina
Seated: Miss Bear, Mrs Purple, Rev Graham, Mrs
Sitting on grass: The young girl is Eveline (May)
Jerry Hipperson ©
1926: Rectory Orchard, now the site of the Doctors
Back: unknown, unknown, Olive Norton, unknown,
Norma Mann, unknown, unknown, Miss Madoc, Nora Violet Gay, Ruby
Eastal, Joan High, unknown, unknown, unknown, Dick Savory.
Middle: Irene Muriel Gay, unknown, unknown, Kathrin
Randel, Miss Bear, Mrs Madoc, Evelyn Pearce, unknown, Kathryne Turner,
Clarice Turner, Doris Fisher.
Sitting: Robert Osborne, Harry Hewitt, unknown,
unknown, unknown, Joan Earl, Madge Earl, unknown, Kathleen Sparke
Gay, unknown, Dick Norton, George Parnell.
Can you fill in any names?
Another church group taken about 1929
- Can you fill in any names?
Top: unknown, unknown, unknown,
Rev Graham, unknown, unknown.
Middle Standing: unknown lady, unknown lady, Ruby
Eastel, behind-unknown, Joan High, behind-Nora Minns, unknown, behind-unknown,
unknown, unknown, unknown, Olive Bowman, unknown, unknown, unknown,
unknown, unknown, unknown lady, Hida Blanch, Mrs H Williamson.
Middle Sitting: unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown,
Eileen (Peggy) Tuttle, Doris Williamson, unknown, unknown, unknown,
Bottom: seated Mrs Fowler?, Gracie Bower, unknown
boy, unknown, boy, unknown boy, unknown, unknown, unknown boy, unknown,
unknown, unknown, unknown infant, Eveline (May) Howard, unknown,
unknown, seated Miss Watson, unknown male.
The late Russell Smith ©
Welgate - On the back of this postcard is written
'Welgate Worthies' It is not quite clear what the occasions was
but the meaning of Worthies is a person of distinguished character,
merit, or importance. The third man in from the right wearing the
bowler hat is Charles Herbert Smith (1894) The man second from the
right looks like Charles Webster (1885). Can you name any of the
Iris Coe ©
The following two pictures could
be some of the earliest pictures ever taken in this area:
This appears to be an outside Primitive Methodist Meeting - It
is believed to be local and the preacher looks very much like
Clare Fisher (1832) father to Isaac Fisher who bought the old
mill on Mill Road in 1891 now called Ivy Dene. Has anyone any
1832 - 1912
Iris Coe ©
This was in the same box, again we welcome any ideas.