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Thirty men from the 2nd Volunteer Battalion joined others from East Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Cambridge University to train at Bury. At 5.30 am, in a blinding snowstorm, they were cheered off at Bury train station by hundreds of local people. Rural life was however, in decline as foreign food imports undermined agricultural prices and thus wages.On May 12th they joined the 1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment, at the Vet River. Most people lived in the 500 villages and towns of under 5000 people. Also in decline was the use of water for transport as well as power.Water mills along the river were finding it hard to compete with newer steam driven roller mills.
In the first few months the British suffered many reverses.
Patriotism ran high in these days of Empire, and Queen Victoria sent consignments of chocolate to the troops wishing them a Happy New Year for January 1st, 1900.
In Bury St Edmunds it was decided to celebrate the occasion along with the Queen's birthday on 24th May, and the Mayor had to quickly get arrangements made for a School holiday and a half day shop and business closure.
Bury was home to about 16,000 people, and building continued to be needed to house them. A good builder might make £10 profit on a house sold for £100. Houses were largely built in pairs, or small terraces, like the pair of grandly named "villas" illustrated here in Hospital Road.
At Nether Hall in Thurston he kept a grand house, stables, a pack of deer hounds, and a herd of deer.
He is pictured here in 1916, but looking every inch the Edwardian sporting gentleman.
The extra ornamental detailing probably indicated a higher priced dwelling than normal.
Bury still voted Conservative, this time electing the very well known brewer, now Sir E Walter Greene, Bt, who lived his life as a wealthy sporting country gentleman.
Colonel Baden-Powell had led a masterly defence, until a relief column finally arrived on 17th May, 1900, after a 217 day siege.
When news reached home the streets were full of celebrating crowds in towns and cities all over the country.
Under the Electric Lighting Act of 1882, local authorities were empowered to set up electricity undertakings.