The opportunity was taken at the gathering to take an official farewell to Mr W H Short, who relinquished his duties at the end of June. Speeches of appreciation and reminiscence were made by various members of the outdoor and indoor staff, the Mayor also adding his good wishes.
Mr Short, as man and boy, has completed over 46 years in the Post Office service. He commenced his adult employment at Bideford in March 1901 being appointed to the establishment in September 1905. He was promoted Inspector in September 1941.
Mr Short served in the Army during the first Great War from May 1916 to August 1919, seeing service overseas, being demobilised with the rank of Corporal.
For many years he had been the very capable hon. Secretary of the Bideford branch of the British Legion.
Mr Short was handed a cheque by the Head Postmaster to purchase something with which to remind him of the colleagues he had left behind. Mr Short, replying, said it was the parting of the ways at last, and that he could look back on his days with them in the Postal Service without regret. ‘You have been more than loyal – you have been friends’ he declared. There had been comradeship, good feeling, and fellowship which had weathered all storms. As long as memory lingered he would remember them. In reminiscent mood Mr Short recalled incidents in his life’s work. He concluded by thanking them all for their good and kind wishes to his wife and himself.