Chief Scout (right), accompanied by Assistant County Commissioner
JT Homer, reviews a display by the Patshull Troop.
In June, The Chief Scout, Lord Baden Powell, was the special guest
at Wolverhampton's Molineux ground where more than 1,500 scouts
from across Staffordshire gathered for a special rally organised
by the County Scout Association.
Chief scout, accompanied by JT Homer, Assistant County Commissioner
, reviews a display by the Patsull troop
Scouters from Wolverhampton, Walsall, North Stafford, Tipton, Wordsley,
Hednesford, Lichfield and Dudley, were among those there to catch
a glimpse of the Chief Scout who was accompanied by Lady Baden Powell,
Chief of the Girl Guides. Lord Baden Powell took a keen interest
in the activities and said he was impressed by the turn-out of all
those at the rally.
Two killed and many injured at Wolverhampton: April 24.
St George's Billiard Hall, Garrick-street, Wolverhampton, on Friday
night completely collapsed with startling suddenness, burying billiard
players and spectators beneath the ruins.
At first it was believed that the deal-roll was heavy, for an
account given by a survivor was to the effect that there were 129
men and youths on the premises at the time of the collapse. A later
and probably more accurate estimate, however, gave the number as
about 40. Had the collapse occurred at a later hour, the probability
is that more serious loss of life would have resulted as the hall
was a very popular resort.
Two bodies were recovered and later identified at the mortuary
and of fifteen or sixteen men treated at the General Hospital five
were detained, seriously injured.
The catastrophe came with awful suddenness. It is easy to imagine
the scene. St George's Hall in Garrick-street is one of the best-known
buildings in Wolverhampton, and one of the oldest. Many important
political gatherings have there been held.
Walls and roof came tumbling in with tragic suddenness, trapping
instantly and completely, burying unfortunate players and spectators
I was on the scene shortly after the collapse and met several
young fellows coming away from the wrecked building. They were dazed
and covered from head to foot with dust. As far as one could tell
they had escaped injury, but were obviously nerve-shattered as a
result of the experience. They were fortunate to escape at all.
With one of these young men, I chatted for a few minutes.
"One piece tumbled in first," Smith said. "without the least warning
and while the billiard games were going on. Then another part fell
with a crash, and before long it all came in. I believe a number
are still in the ruins."
& Star remembers dead: By 1920, war memorials were being erected
up and down the country to pay tribute to those who fought and, in
so many cases, died during the Great War of 1914-18.
The Express & Star was no exception. In March of this year,
a Roll of Honour was erected just inside the newspaper's entrance
in Queen Street, Wolverhampton, as a permanent memorial to members
of staff who had served their country.
Six had lost their lives, including Eric Graham, elder son of
J. Douglas Graham, the then co-owner of the newspaper.
Eric, a second lieutenant of the Scottish Rifles, was killed at
Voyennes on the Western Front. He had previously been awarded the
Military Cross for gallantry and devotion to duty while braving
machine-gun fire during a patrol in October 1917.
Double triumph at the TT: There was a double celebration for
Wolverhampton in June as two local riders, Cyril Williams on an AJS,
and T C De la Hay on a Sunbeam, won their class at the TT Races on
the Isle of Man.
The news of De la Hay winning the "blue riband" of motor racing
at Sunbeamland in Wolverhampton, where Sunbeam cycles were made,
created great excitement at the factory as mechanics gave ringing
Hooters were sounded and the Union Jack raised over the premises.
The mechanics also abandoned work for the rest of the afternoon.
It was felt to be a great credit to Wolverhampton that the Junior
and Senior TT Races that year had been won by machines made in the
town. the two riders were also engaged in business in the area.
Cyril Williams was said to have displayed "pluck and endurance"
in his Junior Trophy race on the AJS, pushing his bike for much
of the last three-and-a- half-miles of the race. De la Hay won the
senior trophy race in 4hrs 22min 23sec. At the time he had been
eight years as head tester at the Molineux garage of Sunbeamland.
He lived at Penn.