Spalding’s half-million to war in 1917

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Spalding and district had contributed over half a million pounds to the war effort in 1917.

That money had gone through the four Spalding banks in a fortnight as contributions to the Victory War Loan.

The report said it was generally conceded that “the Spalding district has contributed handsomely”.

The money had come from few large individual amounts, but a large number of subscribers, and each day “saw a steady flow of patriots offering their ‘bit’ in the great and what is hoped to be the final offensive to crush the enemy”.

The report said the only surprising factor of the loan locally was “the large amount of gold handed in at the banks for the loan”.

Some subscribers received a mention, such as the River Welland Trust which contributed £2,000; Spalding Urban District Council (£600); and Spalding Grammar School pupils – who gave £1,800.

At the Post Office, postmaster Mr Bolton was “greatly pleased if not surprised” at the amount paid over the counter for the new Loan and for War Savings Certificates.

He had kept the office open until 9pm on the Friday for War Loan subscriptions and people were coming from town and country up to the last minute to bring in their few pounds to subscribe.

Other contributions that merited a mention were the trustees of the Surfleet Risegate Friendly Society, whose headquarters were at the Duke of York Inn in Risegate (£150); the Lodge of Oddfellows at Gosberton had contributed a further £100, making a total of £500, and the Gosberton Oddfellows (State Society) had invested an additional £160, making a total of £320.

The amount of War Loan contributed in Bourne was thought to exceed £85,000.