Spalding people asked to use savings for war effort

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The people of Spalding were being called on to make another big sacrifice for the war effort in 1916.

At a meeting in the town to start a War Savings Organisation, those gathered heard that the county had already given much.

In fact the report said the town of Spalding “had done remarkably well in every respect and connection with regard to the calls made on it during the war.”

It said: “The town has sent its sons in large numbers to the fighting line, where they have done exceptionally well, for it was admitted no regiment had performed better service at the front than the Lincolns.”

Those at home were being called upon to do their bit by providing “by means of our savings the necessary munitions etc to prosecute the war to a successful issue”.

The government had already given the “big people” good investments in War Loans, but still wanted more “silver bullets”.

A general appeal to the working classes was being made to assist the war effort by lending their “mites” to the government.

The meeting heard the latest government scheme for borrowing “every penny, shilling and pound” the people could save for war purposes.

War savings certificates for 15s 6d were being issued which entitled the holder to £1 in five years’ time.

The meeting heard this system was “especially for the benefit of the masses” who, while being unable to invest larger amounts in war bonds, could “by small contributions” buy the certificates “and by practising economy, be patriotically assisting their country to prosecute the war, and at the same time greatly benefit themselves”.

Every man, woman and child in the town and district were induced to invest every penny “they could save by economy” in the War Savings Certificates.