This postcard was found under the upstairs floorboards at 10 Mount Pleasant, Yardley Gobion, which was part of the remaining workhouse.
It was written after the end of the First World war on December 22nd 1918. It was sent from a woman in Germany to her brother, Albert Schulz, who was a German Prisoner of War stationed in a prison camp at Pattishall, which is just north of Towcester. Although he would have been living in Yardley Gobion, he would have had to go to Pattishall if he required replacement clothing or other materials and equipment.
Prisoners who worked on local farms were housed in the ‘Old Workhouse’, which is now known as Mount Pleasant, where all the buildings are the homes of local people.
The postcard has been translated below:
To Prisoner of War Albert Schulz
Hut 1550 Camp Pattishall
Your letters were received with thanks and we have seen from them that you are well.
Dear Brother, I wish you lots of luck in the New Year – more than the old one. I hope very much that in the New Year you will return home.
On Boxing Day, Fritz will celebrate his move, I shall stay at home and wait until you come – then we shall celebrate,
Your loving sister,
Wolverton Express - August 25th 1916
A meeting of the Potterspury Military Tribunal was held at the Workhouse, Yardley Gobion on Saturday evening. Mr. H. T. F. Weston, J.P. presided and there were also present: W. Patterson, S. P. Starsmore, P. F. Ridgeway, J. S. Tapper, O. Harris, J. Bishop and A. Weston; with Mr. J. F. Bliss (Agricultural Representative), Major J. S. Brougham (Military Representative) and the Clerk (Mr. W. Snelgrove).
In all twenty cases, the majority renewals, were dealt with. In the first, an Ashton man, unemployed through illness, the wife attended and stated that he complained of his insides and they could not find out what was really the matter with him.
A Member: Is he fit to travel?
The wife: If he does it knocks him up.
It was elicited that the man was an out-patient of Northampton Hospital, Major Brougham remarked that he seemed in a bad way. The case was put back for two months.
It was claimed for the head gardener of a Cosgrove landowner, married aged 36, that he was the only one on the premises that understood the acetylene gas plant.
A member, to the estate agent supporting the claim: Is there no one else on the farm you can get to learn it?
The agent: I asked one man over 60, but he would not touch it, as he was afraid he would get blown up (laughter).
Major Brougham: If he’s silly enough to light his pipe near it, otherwise there is no danger.
The tribunal endorsed the military recommendation for exemption until Sept. 30 final.
A Paulerspury farmer appealed for the renewal of the exemption of a horsekeeper, aged 28, single. Applicant said his farm was just over 200 acres, 90 of which was arable. He should never pretend to go with horses at 70 years of age; he might sit down and milk a cow.
Major Brougham: You don’t see a single man of that age working on the land in France.
Mr Bliss: I can’t see why they should not be kept on the land as well as in munitions work. They take these men away and then send you soldiers, engineers who are totally unfit for agricultural work at all. I had a man one day and he left the second. He put the machinery right.
The Chairman: That’s very handy.
Mr Bliss (drily): Handy for something. The question arose as to whether the man should be asked to join the V. T. C.
A member remarked if he worked honest and fair, how could they trot him about with the V.T.C. He went to drill and got back at eleven, and what was he fit for next morning. Really it should not be made a condition for farm hands. For shopkeepers and the like it might do them no end of good.
On being put it was carried by a majority that he should join the V.T.C. and be exempted a further four months.
Another application for a horsekeeper, single, of Deanshanger was made by the father, with 183 acres, who said he practically managed the farm. In answer to the question he said he had between 70 and 80 acres of grass, and finished his hay a week ago.
A member: A man told me he had nothing to do but go to Coventry, and he could get as many Irishmen as he wanted (laughter).
Applicant: They don’t do much if they come (renewed laughter).
Exemption renewed for four months.
A Deanshanger baker was granted conditional exemption.
A firm of implement makers asked for leave to make a further appeal for a man.
Messrs.. Dennis Faukner and Alsop, of Northampton, applied to re-open a case of a man whose case had been dismissed by the local tribunal and also by the county tribunal.
The tribunal decided they had no power to re-open the case.
A wheelwright and a farm labourer on a neighbouring estate were exempted one month and to the 1st November respectively.
In other agricultural claims four and five months were granted.
The adjourned case of a married man apprenticed as a motor mechanic to a Stony Stratford firm, again came up.
One month final was granted.
William Glenn was born and lived all his life in Yardley Gobion. He was a horse man on the farm first with Harry Weston then with Charlie Weston. He used to break the young horses in ready for farm work, and said by Florrie Eldred nee Glenn, "He did have some terrors at times".
Throughout the First World War, from 1914 while he was at Harry Weston’s farm at the Elms, William Glenn broke the young horses in so that they could then be sent off to the war. According to Florrie, he said many times they were "never safe for the poor soldiers to ride because he didn’t have them for long enough, but they had to keep sending them out".
On the outbreak of the war, hundreds of local horses were requisitioned by the War Office for Military use.