From the Advertiser archives - January 3 edition

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In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago

100 years ago

January 4, 1913

Death of another link with ‘Tom Brown’:

Another of the very few remaining characters in ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays’ passed away on Monday in the person of Mr John George Holloway, who died at his resident at Worthing in his 90th year.

Mr Holloway as a boy was one of the seconds in the famous fight between ‘Slogger’ Williams and Tom Brown.

He was a member of Dr Arnold’s House and played in several Rugby matches against ‘The Rest’ of the School.

It was only at the end of September that one of the heroes of the famous fight passed away in the person of the Rev Augustus Orlebar, the original of the ‘Tom Brown’ of the famous story.

The original of ‘Slogger’ Williams - the Rev Chancellor Bulkeley Owen Jones - is still alive, and only a few months ago Mr Orlebar preached in his church.

Interesting, too, is the fact that while Mr Orlebar and Mr Jones were staying at Worthing they met Mr Holloway many years after their schooldays were over.

50 years ago

January 4, 1963

Charles Reginald Hoskyn, Rugby’s 81-years-old humanitarian, has been awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours.

The award follows closely on, in recognition of his services, his admission as an honorary Freeman of the Borough last year.

Dr Hoskyn, a man who never does things by halves, is probably the best known and certainly the most outspoken medical practitioner in Rugby.

Always the champion of the underdog, he came to Rugby in 1910 and at once made a name for himself as a medical practitioner of exceptional skill and talent. He continued his recreational pursuits assisting Rugby Football Club until the demands on his medical skill deprived him of this recreation.

During the First World War Dr Hoskyn served with the RAMC in France with the rank of captain, and performed one of the most remarkable surgical feats then recorded - that of amputating a leg with a table knife beneath a burning train.

For his heroic conduct he was awarded the Albert Medal in gold, the highest award for saving life outside the fighting line.

25 years ago

December 31, 1987

A baby boy born to a Braunston couple last week was the 1,000th child born at the Hospital of St Cross this year.

Baby Daniel Arthur Weston weighed in a 7lb 9oz when his mother Susan gave birth.

Dad Gary said their new son was a really nice Christmas present. “In fact, we said if he had been born a little bit later he’d have come gift wrapped!”

Apparently Daniel was also the first boy to have been born at the unit after a long succession of girls. They were pictured with sister Charlotte, 10 and brother Thomas, 7.

# The number of people leaving Rugby’s dole queue last month was 76, but only four of these were men.

Some of the vacancies have been created in the retail trade, with the Tesco development on Leicester Road lifting the town’s fortunes.

Figures for the Rugby and Daventry travel to work area show there are now 7.5% of the population without jobs, a drop of 0.2%.

This compares with a national figure of 9.5%. There were 472 unfilled vacancies in the area.