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'News stories in 1948'

This section gives you an archive of the stories which made it into the national press during 1948.

'March 15'

Amersham Food Committee ordered an ivestigation into the reported posting overseas of rationed food by Polish soldiers. Parcels were apparently being sent home at a rate of hundreds each week. The Committee reported that although the soldiers were being fed by the army and werenot issued with ration cards they were getting access to emergency ration cards. Five food parcels were handed in at Great Missenden Post Office today and one of the parcels contained 2lb of butter and 1lb of tea.

'March 16'

A Southampton firm which applied to the Board of Trade for a licence received the following reply: "With reference to your application, would you please repeat the particulars of the items on p4. Unfortunately the rats have eaten the application."

'March 20'

J Proctor's Sheila Cottage wins the Grand National at Aintree. Ridden by A P Thompson in black and white, Sheila's Cottage closed in on the leader only 150 yards from the winning post, passing him and going on to be the first mare to win the National since 1902. Sheila's Cottage had run in the Grand National the year before and had fallen at the 12th fence. She was bought by Mr Proctor for £3,500 on New Year's Day in 1948.

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