THE Oxford branch of the St John Ambulance Brigade received a £500 motor ambulance, which had been subscribed for publicly.

It was thought to be one of only a few ambulances in Great Britain which would carry eight stretchers.

It was to be used only in Oxford for the conveyance of the wounded from the station to the hospitals. It was designed and built by Charles Raworth and Son, of St Aldate’s, to the order of Dr Coventon, superintendent of the brigade.

  • ABINGDON Fatstock Show was held as usual and entries were said to be “above average”.

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  • War or no war, Abingdon’s annual fatstock show went ahead as planned. The picture shows the sheep pens and Lady the cow 
  • WHILE local members of the Royal Oxfordshire Hussars were covering themselves with glory, rawer material was being trained at home to emulate their example, at Christ Church Meadow in Oxford.
  • A GREETINGS card was sent by Dr FV Darbishire, of Balliol College, a prisoner of war in Germany, interned since November 8 on a racecourse near Berlin, to his brother, BV Darbishire, well known in connection with the Oxford School of Geography.
  • JOHN Walton, 83, of Adderbury, near Banbury, claimed to be the oldest and longest-serving bellringer in Great Britain – he had been ringing bells for a remarkable 68 years.
  • IT HAD become fashionable to collect German mementos, particularly helmets, one of which was on display at Mr R Wenborn’s shop in Cornmarket Street, Oxford.
  • OFFICER’S steward Gammon, of Old Headington, Oxford, dived off the quarter deck of his ship, HM destroyer Laertes, and rescued a seaman who fell overboard approaching Harwich harbour. He was recommended for a bravery award.