When the refugees arrived arrangements were already in hand for housing and maintaining them. Practically every church in the borough, and private individuals, took a share in this excellent work, and vied with each other in providing the most comfortable and cosy homes for the guests whom they had promised to support, and, when one reflects on the thoughtful consideration and admirable enthusiasm evinced by all sections of the community in this self -sect sacrificing work, of the anxious planning and scheming so that nothing should be wanting from the newly-furnished households, one thrills with pride in being connected with such a glorious effort of practical Christianity.
The total number of refugees was 137, all Belgians except two, who were of French nationality. They were provided for by the following at the addresses named:-
ASHTON ROAD U.M.C. Married couple and two children = 4. At 1 Turner Fold, Newton.
BARON ASHTON & MISS ASHTON. Man and two daughters; woman and two daughters = 6. At 32 Well Meadow, Flowery Field.
COMMITTEE OF ASHTON BROS‘. MANAGERS ; Man, wife, three daughters, and another Belgian = 6. At 20 Mulberry Street, Flowery Field.
MR. VAN AALTEN TOWN HALL BUILDINGS: Married couple, and three children = 5. At Werneth Hall Cottages Gee Cross.
MRS. JOSEPH ADAMSON'S COMMITTEE: Married couple and three daughters = 5. At 290 Mottram Road, Godley.
GEORGE STREET U.M.C. & HOVILEY BROW PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH: Married couple and three children = 5. At 24 Union Street, Hyde.
GEE CROSS WESLEYANS; Married couple and daughter = 3. At 5, Elm Grove, Hyde.
HYDE WESLEYAN CHURCH; Married couple, daughter and son-in-law = 4. Housed at 16 Port Street, Hyde.
HYDE P. S.A.; Mother and daughter = 2. At 22 Croft Street, Hyde
HYDE CHAPLE, GEE CROSS; Married couple and 7 children = 9. Slater's Farm, Gee Cross.
HYDE ST. GEORGE'S; Mother (whose husband was a prisoner of war in Germany) and nine children = 10. Town Hall Buildings, Hyde.
HYDE Y.M.C.A. Married couple and son = 3 At 3 Port Street, Hyde.
HOLY TRINITY, GEE CROSS; Married couple and boy = 3. Joel Lane, Gee Cross.
JOEL LANE PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL; Married couple and one child = 3. At 299 Stockport Road, Gee Cross.
MR. T. KERFOOT, POLE BANK; Man, wife, mother-in-law, and two children = 5. At 3 Harrison Street, Gee Cross.
MUSLIN STREET U.M. CHURCH; Married couple and five children = 7. At 120 Muslin Street, Newton.
St. MARY'S, NEWTON : Widow, married couple and two children = 5 At 36 Shaw Hall, Newton Hall.
NEWTON WESLEYAN CHURCH; Man and his stepsister = 2 Commercial Brow, Newton.
ROSEMOUNT PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH, NEWTON. Married Couple and one child; a young man; married couple and two children;: another married couple; a young woman = 11. Rosemount School.