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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS, 1914-1918
By that time the total amount subscribed to the Fund had been
£66,272 7s. 6d. and the sums paid for food had come to £61,2g8.
This was a magnificent achievement on the part of the Regimental
Care Committee, which took legitimate pride in the fact that the
Regiment's prisoners were being fully looked after without any
appeal to any central or other war fund.
It
had entailed heavy
clerical work on correspondence with the men, their relatives, Army
Record Offices, other Care Committees and similar bodies; this
fell on Mrs. Bowes, who handled it with skill, at first single-handed,
though later she had the help of two typists and several voluntary
workers and throughout the advice of Major B. Smyth. There was
also considerable work, carried out at the Depot under the Com–
mittee's direction, connected with the packing and despatching of
boots and clothing.
As already noted, the Bury and District and the Salford sub–
committees handed over the balances in their hands at the end of the
war to the Lancashire Fusiliers Compassionate Fund and were given
representation on its body of managers.
THE SALFORD BRIGADE BENEVOLENT FUND
AND
OTHER UNIT FUNDS
A full description has been given, in Chapter VIII of Volume
L
of the very responsible work carried out by the Salford Brigade
Committee under the chairmanship of Mr. (later Sir) Montague
Barlow, M.P.,
in
raising, equipping, administering and maintaining
the 15th, 16th, 19th, 20th and 21st Battalions of the Regiment.
Reference was made there to the Salford Brigade Benevolent Fund,
which, starting with the balance of a guarantee fund raised to
provide bands, additional medical appliances, dental outfits, sports
gear, camp cinematographs and the like, undertook similar duties
for those battalions to those discharged for the rest of the Regiment
by the Lancashire Fusiliers Compassionate Fund. The Salford
Fund owed much at its inception to the energy of Alderman
L
Frankenburg. On his death, Mr. George C. Haworth, a member of
the Salford Brigade Committee, became the Fund's treasurer.
Messrs. David Smith and Garnett, the accountants and auditors of
the Compassionate Fund, gave much-appreciated voluntary help,
as did their representative,
Mr.
David Garstang. The Fund was
generously supported and did most valuable work. When it finally
brought its activities to a close in 1926 it handed over a balance of
some £4,200 to the Lancashire Fusiliers Compassionate and War
Memorial Fund to be used for the benefit of ex-members of the
Salford Brigade and their dependents.
The only other similar fund appears to have been one raised for
two other Salford battalions, namely the 1st/7th and 2nd/7th, and
used to help their members, ex-members and dependents.