May 24, 1902

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Nostalgia Editor

We have pleasure in recording an admirable act of courage on the part of two members of the Watford Parish Church Junior Guild.

On Sunday evening near Cassio Bridge, one of their number, William Emmerton, had the misfortune to fall into a lock of the Grand Junction Canal.

Arthur Phillips jumped into the water and attempted to rescue as Emmerton could not swim, but did not succeed in bringing his friend to a place of safety.

Both were in danger when another of the party, George Weekes, made a determined effort, and by skill in swimming with the feet, kept his two friends afloat, guiding them to the edge of the lock where they were assisted out of the water.

[From the Watford Observer of May 24, 1902]

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