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Shortstown Heritage

Club events before 1925

The newspaper article shown below is taken from The Bedford Record in 1918 and is one of the few documents we have which show some of the names of employees who worked for Shorts at the time.

This is quite a rare report given that a news blackout was prevalent at the time especially as the original airships built by Shorts were intended for wartime use and as such information of the early years is very hard to come by.

From this article we learn that there was an internal cricket league for Shorts employees with no less than 13 teams taking part. This is an impressive number of sporty people from one company!

The report is of the final between the Electric and Fabric Department and 'Shed Section D' - it's a great pity that it does not list the other team names which would have given us an insight into the operations on site during these years.

Shorts sport 1918b

There does not appear to be any records of Shorts employees nor indeed Shortstown residents in these early years so we cannot be sure if any of the individuals named lived in Shortstown.

If anyone recognises any names mentioned please get in touch. Some are familiar and do crop up in later registers from 1925 onwards such as J Holland, W King, C M Pugh but could be different individuals. Others may have originally come from Rochester where Shorts were based.

As for 'man of the match' Captain P Burke can anyone tell us who he was and what his connection to airships was? Please make contact if you can help. Many thanks.

A report from The Bedford Record describing the Inter-departmental cricket final of Shorts employees in 1918.

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