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A Heysham Village Committee during World War I

This 1915 photograph ‘Our Very Own Boys Committee’ has been given to Heysham Heritage by Phillip Rudkin and published in the Lancaster and Morecambe Guardian in the summer of 2013. The photograph is now framed and is in the Heritage Centre.

We have had suggestions as to whom some of them might be or subsequently were known as:

   1. ‘Ma’ McKlusky of the Ship Inn, Overton

   2. ‘Granny’ Hutchinson of nettle beer fame

   3  and 4. Mollie Owen and another relative of Philip Rudkin who gave us the photograph. 

   5. John Bolton, grandfather of Kath Gregson

   6. Mrs Charlesworth


If you have any further suggestions please could you tell us  enquire@heyshamheritage.org.uk

We apologise in advance for any mistakes in spelling and will correct them if advised.

When we first published this photograph we did not know where in the village it had been taken.’ We are now almost certain it was taken at the old Rectory which was demolished in the 1950s. During the first world war the old Rectory became an Auxiliary Hospital for wounded soldiers and assisting the regular staff of doctor and nurses were many local people who offered their services voluntarily. We think this is a Committee of the local volunteers who besides helping at the Rectory Hospital also organized events and raised funds for the Hospital.


In October 2017 we were presented with a short pamphlet compiled by Baldwin Bent in 1920 entitled Men of Heysham, a list of those who served in the armed forces in World War 1.
In the context of this page they constitute

                 ’Our very own boys’

If you wish to see a copy click here