C. Mellows.

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30/10/1914 Recruiting at Broughton - A meeting was held in the school on Friday to obtain recruits for the Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. Mr. W. M. Richards presided, and Lord Sandwich made a stirring speech. His Lordship was ably supported by Capt. Musk and lieutenant Wootton. Several ladies were present, and were most enthusiastic, especially when three promising young men came forward to enlist. Altogether six young men have joined the Battalion, making eight from the village, and two had previously joined the Yeomanry.  

Lieut. C Mellows - He was one of five Lieutenants in charge of a contingent of 130 men of the Hunts. Reserve Battalion who had volunteered for active service in December 1914. They left from Huntingdon station in carriages attached to the 10:06 train for the East Coast.

29 January 1916 "Second Lieutenants C. MELLOWS and H. L. DYMOKE of the HUNTS. CYCLISTS have been appointed temporary Lieutenants."

1/9/1916    Second-Lieut. C. Mellows, of the Hunts. Cyclists, has been appointed Lieutenant.

From a local paper dated 21/9/1917 - Lieut. C. Mellows, son of the Town Clerk of Peterborough, of the Cyclists, has been gazetted captain.

From a local paper  24/12/1914 = " A rousing send off "   "A contingent of the Hunts. Reserve Battalion who have volunteered for active service, had a splendid send off on Saturday.  As they marched, headed by their band, the men presented a smart appearance in their new equipment and as a body they were all in good physique.  At the station the band played selections including "Three cheers for the red white and blue" and the men lustily sang "Tipperary."  Colonel Stanley was present.  The carriages were attached to the 10:06 train in which were a number of soldiers who during the wait, waltzed up and down the platform to the amusement of the spectators.  As the train started the band played the National anthem, and the cheers of the spectators both on the platform and roadway overlooking the station were vigorously by the men in the carriages.  The officers in command were Lieuts H. Cresswell H L Dymoke C. Mellows G H Abbott and N W Wadham. 

Lieut. C Mellows - He was one of five Lieutenants in charge of a contingent of 130 men of the Hunts. Reserve Battalion who had volunteered for active service in December 1914. They left from Huntingdon station in carriages attached to the 10:06 train for the East Coast.  

From Peterborough Standard 17/10/1914 under a heading "The Hunts. Cyclist Battalion." orders for Sunday (< 17/10/1914)  gave the following change of company responsibility for the officers, it was also stated that these changes were by no means permanent. Lieutenant Mellows to be posted to G Company.  

From a local paper dated 1/9/1917   Lieut. C. Mellows, son of the Town Clerk of Peterborough, of the Cyclists, has been gazetted captain.

March 1st 1915 unknown source          -  LIEUT C. MELLOWS IN MOTORING ACCIDENT   

A nasty accident befell Lieut. C. Mellows, second son of the Town Clerk of Peterborough ( Mr. W. Mellows), while motoring on the Yorkshire coast late on Sunday night.  Lieut. Mellows, who is with the 1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion, was going his round of a company on guard duty near Filey, and was riding his motor cycle, without having a headlight attached.  Another officer in the same Corps. Was motor cycling in the opposite direction, and in the dark a serious collision occurred.  Lieut. Mellows was picked up and conveyed to the V.A.D. Hospital at Filey, where he is undergoing treatment for severe cuts and shock.  Fortunately no bones were fractured.  Mr. W. Mellows was not acquainted with the accident until he received a short note from his son on Thursday.  A letter received this (Friday) morning contained further details, and we are pleased to state that Lieut. Mellows is making favourable progress.

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. . Martyn Smith