Hoping their son would return from the war

An elderly couple eligible for an almshouse decided against taking it up so they would be able to provide a home for their soldier son, assuming he returned safely.

14th June 1916
Barkers almshouses vacancy. The clerk reported that the vacancy had again been advertised and that the following applications had been received: vig:-

………….Eele. aged 73} Broad Commons, Hurst
Martha Eele. aged 70}
James Simpson. aged 84. Dunt Lane, Hurst.
Harriet Ann Cunnington. aged 76. Widow, Hyma Cotts, Twyford.
Fanny Hillier. aged 64. Widow, Twyford.

The clerk reported that the Eeles had withdrawn their application as they wished to keep the house together in the hope of their son returning in safety from the Great War.

Hurst Parochial Charities trustees’ minutes (D/QX30/1/4)