Milkwall Charity Committee around 1914
Back Row: 1 not know, 2 Harry Dibben (Milkwall), 3 Jim Dibben (Milkwall), 4 Will Dibben (Milkwall), 5 Milson Howard (Coalway), 6 Jim Elsmore (Holly Lane, Ellwood), 7 not known, 8 Harry Williams, Upper Ellwood, 9 Elijah Sayce (Ellwood).
Middle Row: 1 Charlie Fox (Milkwall), 2 Ted Dibben (went to Australia), 3 Sid Dowler (Coalway), 4 not known , 5 Will Little (Palmers Flat), 6 Sidney Elsmore (Ellwood), 7 not known, 8 Fred Pritchard (Ellwood), 9 Tommy Roberts (Ellwood).
Front Row: 1 Tom Jordan (Lower Milkwall), 2 Fred Roberts (Sling), 3 Elton Rosser (Sling - Teacher at Ellwood; School Hon Sec. of Charity Committee), 4 Tom Liddington (Lower Milkwall- Chairman), 5 Joe Pope (Ellwood Schoolmaster- President), 6 Fred Jones 'Dipper' (Lower Milkwall), 7 Charlie Drake, (Milkwall), 8 Will Elsmore (Upper Ellwood).
Regular meetings were held at Milkwall Mission Hall. The object of the Milkwall and District Charity Committee was to raise money for local hospitals, and for deserving local people. There was a great effort on 'Band Sunday' when marching bands proceeded to the Scarr Bandstand. Up to 9 local bands were often present. Some collections amounted to £450. Afterwards the bands played themselves to Scarr Farm, owned by Willie Morgan, for bread, cheese and cider.
The above were recollections of the late Mr Cyril Elsmore.
Charles Watkins added (Feb 2012): "... Many thanks to Barbara Thomas for submitting this picture of Milkwall charity committee as it has enabled me to see my grandfather Jim Dibben and his 3 brothers, my great uncles only one of whom I met Will Dibben having spent almost every holiday in Milkwall as a youngster - thanks again Barbara".
Marj Rees added (July 2012): "... A nice surprise to find a picture of Harry Dibbin in the back row and his brothers. My Grandfather Alfred Rees married his widow Jesse Dibbin. Harry died in First World War. About 1926. She ran Clearwell Post Office with her daughter Annie for many years. Interesting that one of the brothers went to Australia. Jesse's son Arthur also emigrated there back in the 1940/50's. We spent many a weekend in Clearwel land as a treat could choose some sweets from the shop before going home".
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