Since being involved in the Wickford history group, I have often been asked if I have seen a picture of Mr Bartlett with his dog and goose, who were seen in Wickford during the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Mr Bartlett was a retired Salvation Army officer who collected for local charities and the Salvation Army Self-Denial Fund.
An article in the Wickford Times dated Saturday 9th 1946 has a picture and article. The picture shows Ben, the Old English Sheepdog, and Billy the goose. By the time the picture was taken Ben had collected over £170.00 for various charities and was the proud possessor of a medal presented to him by the people of Wickford when he had collected one hundred guineas (£110).
Both photographs show the trio in the High street near Hall’s corner
Do you know where the medal is now and who presented it to him?