From a Newspaper clipping
Convalescent soldiers from Oaklands Hospital gave a New Year’s Day concert
A most enjoyable entertainment was given in the Village Hall on Wednesday afternoon by a party of convalescent soldiers from Oaklands Red Cross Hospital. On New Year’s Day the patients had given a concert at the hospital in honour of the Commandant (Mrs Rowcliffe) and as a token of their gratitude for her constant and many kindnesses to them, and it was decided that the concert should be repeated in the village for the benefit of the many generous supporters of the hospital among the residents. A large number accepted invitations, the hall being crowded and a delightful programme was given. For the arrangements chief credit is due to Sergt Lane, who also played the accompaniments throughout in masterly style and was rewarded by insistent calls from the audience at the close. The first part considered of a pierrot entertainment in which the following took part: Ptes Birmingham, Osler, Cohen, Birchall, R. Porter, Hewins, Roerig, Horseman, W. Porter and Dunderdale; Lance-Corps Dougherty and Cain; Gunner Stockwell and Driver Alexander, Pte Harpur of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, gave a realistic display of the Highland sword dance.
In the second part a series of tableaux was given as follows:
‘Mercy Kamerad’ Ptes Mann and Osler; ‘First Aid’ Ptes Birchall and Hewins; ‘A Frequent Occurrence’ Ptes Mann and Harpur and four Boys in Blue. ‘Off to Blighty and back to France’ Ptes Birchall and Hewins; ‘A Serious case’ Ptes Harpur (nurse) and Hewins (Patient); and ‘Rule Britannia’ Ptes Porter, Harpur and Mann: An improvisation entitled ‘We are the Oaklands, B’hoys’ set to music by Sergt Lane caused much amusement. The Commandant said a few words of welcome to the audience and the Rector (The Rev. P. Cunningham) thanked the artists at the close.
SHC Ref: 6520/52