RUGBY HERO DECORATED.
A pleasing ceremony was perfumed, in the Lower School field on Sunday morning, when, in the presence of several thousand people, including the members of the Discharged Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Association, Lance-Corpl Enticott, Oxon and Bucks L.I, son of Mr J Enticott, of 60 Union Street, was decorated by Lieut-Col F F Johnstone with the Military Medal and bar and the D.C.M.
Before making the presentation Lieut-Col Johnstone said it gave him very great pleasure to be amongst soldiers again, and more especially to be amongst men who had served their country and taken their part in this terrible War. Many of those on parade had been wounded, and they would all be very pleased to see those decorations conferred upon a man who had behaved most gallantly in the War. He noticed that several present had also distinguished themselves, and had been awarded the D.C.M, and no one would accord greater praise to Lance-Corpl Enticott than those men who had also conducted themselves well. Lance-Corpl Enticott had most conspicuously distinguished himself on several occasions, and had won the Military Medal for “ conspicuous bravery on the field and dressing the wounded and heavy shell fire on September 15, 1916, on the Somme.” He was awarded a bar to this medal for “ conspicuous conduct on May 3, 1916, in the Battle of Warnecourt, for dressing the wounded and getting them away under heavy shell fire.” He was also warded the D.C.M for, on August 23rd, at Hooge, going through two barrages—our own and the German—into a wood to fetch out the wounded and getting them away under heavy fire on August 24, 1917. Having pinned the decorations on Lance-Corpl Enticott’s breast, Lieut-Col Johnstone reminded them that nn man could have greater love than he who was willing to risk his life or give it up for his friend ; and although he was glad to say that Lance-Corpl Enticott had not given up his life, he had risked it a number of times. They were glad to see the return of such a noble soldier ; they trusted that he would have good luck in the future and a happy life ; and as he had to go back to the front, they also hoped that he would be protected and brought back safely to Rugby.
Lance-Corpl Enticott, in a brief, soldierly speech, returned thanks for his warm reception. He hoped soon to be living amongst them again, and that the War would finish during the coming year.
Hearty cheers were then given for Lance-Corpl Enticott, after which the company dispersed.
Lance-Corpl Enticott is an old St Matthew’s boy and a former member of the 1st Rugby Company Boys’ Brigade, and his old Captain, Mr W F Wood, was present during the ceremony.
LIEUT. NEVILLE HANDS AWARDED THE MILITARY CROSS.
The latest list of recipients of the Military Cross contains the name of Lieut Neville Hands, R.W.R, second son of Mr & Mrs F E Hands, Sheep Street. Lieut Hands, who is an Old Laurentian, enlisted in the 7th R.W.R as a private, and after a period of active service he was given a commission in March, 1916. He returned to France in the following September, and after taking part in the fighting on the Somme, he was appointed sniping and intelligence officer. He is now in charge of a Sniping Corps in Italy.
D.C.M FOR ANOTHER ST MATTHEW’S OLD BOY.
The last list of awards of the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field includes the name of Corpl W E Stay, Royal Garrison Artillery, son of Mr F Stay, 99 Grosvenor Road, Rugby. Corpl Stay is a former scholar of Matthew’s School, and the fourth old boy of that school to obtain this honour, previous recipients being the late Sergt W Bale, Lance-Corpl J Enticott, and Pte A Norman.
LOCAL WAR NOTES.
Lieut W S Stebbing, R.W.R, has been recently mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches for gallantry on the Western Front.
Bombardier A C Dandridge, son of Mr & Mrs C Dandridge. Railway Terrace, has been mentioned in despatches for distinguished service in the field. Before joining the Colours he was employed by the Urban District Council. He is an “ old boy ” of the St Matthew’s School.
The death occurred at Genoa Hospital, Italy, on Christmas Day, of Pte William Murphy, 3rd Royal Warwicks, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Wm Murphy, of 101 South Street, Rugby, The deceased, who was 19 years of age, enlisted eighteen months ago on attaining the age of 18. He served in France, from whence he was invalided for a time, but returned to France, and thence to Italy.
Pte A W Kinzett, M.G.C, son of Mr & Mrs E Kinzett, Wolverton Fields, Stratford-on-Avon, died of wound received in action on December 2nd. He was a native of Dunchurch, and was educated at the Village School. Formerly employed at the Daimler Works, Coventry, he joined the Royal Warwicks in June, 1915. He went to France in the following April, and was invalided home in December, He was subsequently transferred to the M.G.C. and returned to France last April.
ROLL OF HONOUR.—Referring in the Parish Magazine to the death of Pte Chris Eccles, Royal Warwicks, at the front, the Rector Writes :— “ The memory of him will live on. A Bilton man, a familiar figure, a kindly disposition, and a generous heart made him well known to all in the village, while he was no less well known in the Parish Church, where he fulfilled the duties of a sidesman with diligence and affection. We miss him greatly.
Pte Ernest Cox is now reported missing.
OUR SOLDIERS.—Pte G Johnson, who was severely wounded in the arm and thigh and has been in hospital in France for some months, passed away on Friday last week. He was 35 years of age, and leaves a widow and one child.
We recently announced that Lance-Corpl Harwood F Hancox had been transferred from his prison camp in Germany to Switzerland, and this week Mr J R Barker, hon secretary of the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee, has received the following letter from him, dated December 28, 1917, in which he says : —“ I now take the pleasure of answering your kind letter, hoping you had a happy Christmas, as I can assure I and my comrades in Interlaken enjoyed ours. We had a good dinner and supper. After supper a concert was given, which was very good, our artistes being British soldiers, Canadians, and Australians. In the interval was the distribution of her Majesty Queen Mary’s gifts, also cigarettes from the English colony at Geneva. We had three quarters of an hour for dancing, which, after three years behind barbed wire, was a great treat to us. I think from the time your committee was first formed for the Rugby district I received your parcels fairly regularly. Of course, sometimes I might miss a week, and then got two sent on the next week, as I went from Soltau Lager to Lichtenhorst Lager in March, 1915, and all our parcels had to be addressed to Soltau for some time, as that was the headquarter camp. Afterwards we got them addressed direct to Lichtenhorst, where I remained till March, 1916, when I was sent on a farm with five more, but we always had our parcels sent through every week, and they were mostly in a good condition. I do not think I had more than four or five damaged. I am still getting the parcels sent on from Germany to me. I must thank you, the Rugby Committee, and all helpers for the great kindness the prisoners have received. If it had not been for the help in food and clothing there would not be many alive to tell the tale. You would not believe the number of Russians that have died through starvation. I was never with any Rugby men after I left Munster Lager. We had about 150 men join us here to-day from Germany, and they looked as if they had seen very hard times. I now close with best wishes to you and your committee. Wishing all ‘ A Happy New Year.’”
MORE WAR PRISONERS.
Corpl F Evans, 11th Rifle Brigade, whose home is at 13 James Street, Rugby, has written home to say he is a prisoner of war and interned at Wahn, but will shortly be removed to another camp.
Corpl S T Smith, K.R.R.C, is a prisoner of war in Germany, inturned at Dulmen. Corpl Smith’s home is at Barby, where he worked for Mr Thomas Pittom, and was also in the choir of Barby Church.
Sergt R G Elkington, K.R.R.C, son of Mrs W Elkington, Long Lawford, is a prisoner of war prisoner of war in Germany, inturned at Dulmen. He worked at Rugby Gas Works. He joined up in September, 1914, had been in France 2½ years. In April last he was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and personal bravery in the storming of the village of Metz.
Corpl J C Barclay, North Staffs Regt, who was recently reported prisoner of war, has now been transferred from Wahn to Dulmen.
These men have all been handed over to the care of the Rugby Prisoners of War Committee, and the Hon Secretary, Mr J R Barker, is arranging for the dispatch of standard food parcels and bread to them.
In addition to Bandsman Rowe and L-Corpl Harwood, F Hancox, Pte P Gamble Davis, of Dunchurch, and Pte P Mace, of Hillmorton, have also been transferred to Switzerland, where they will be well cared for.
Pte C Bragg, Royal Warwicks, whose home is at Brinklow, has succeeded in escaping from his internment camp in Germany, and has arrived in England.
Pte Bert Holmes, Royal Warwicks, son of Mrs Everington, 47 Wood Street, Rugby, has been reported missing since November 20th. Apprenticed at Willans & Robinson’s, he joined up immediately on the outbreak of war, and had been in France since November, 1914. He was last seen wounded and lying in a shell hole. A search party sent out failed to find him, and it is believed he is a prisoner of war. Holmes was an old Murray School boy.
The number of men now on the Rugby list who still have to be provided for is 77, the cost being £213 13s 6d every four weeks.
BRITISH HEROES OF THE AIR.
Of our airmen on the Western Front the names of two who have met with remarkable success recur constantly in conversation among flying men in France, at home, and even overseas. One is Capt J Byford McCudden, M.C., of London. So far he has brought down 34 German machines.
The other man is Capt Philip Fletcher Fullard, D.S.O, M.C. He is a fine, upstanding young fellow, who loves every form of sport. Next to flying, football is his favourite recreation and in a game in which he took part in France a few weeks ago he sustained a fractured leg. The accident necessitated a stay in a London hospital from which he has just been discharged, and checked his record of air triumphs.
Capt Fullard went fresh from school into an Officers’ Training Corps. He has flown in France for about six months, and during that time has brought down 42 enemy machines and three balloons. In a single day he brought down four German aeroplanes—his record day’s “ bag.” On another occasion he and another airman brought down seven enemy machines before breakfast, Fullard accounting for three of them. Up to the middle of October the squadron to which he belongs had brought down 200 enemy machines, and their number now stands at about 250. The outstanding feature of Capt Fullard’s record is the few casualties his “ flight ” has suffered. For three months he worked with the same flight of six pilots without a casualty among them, and in that time they brought down more enemy machines than any other flight in France. He has a narrow escape when fighting a German two-seater, his goggles being shot away from his eyes. The Very lights in his machine caught fire and set the woodwork of the aeroplane alight, but he managed to get his burning machine back to the British lines. Capt Fullard respects the fighting capacity of the Boche airman, and considers they are good in a tight corner.
Capt Fullard, is the son of the late Mr Thomas Fletcher Fullard, of Hatfied, and Mrs Fullard, who now lives at Rugby. He was educated at Norwich Grammar School, and in 1915 joined the Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps. Passing high in his examination, he was offered a commission in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, but was selected as suitable for flying work, and joined the Royal Flying Corps. He went to Upavon, and was given a post as instructor there. In April, 1917, he was sent to the front. He has gained the D.S.O and the Military Cross, with a bar.
RUGBY AND CRICK RURAL DISTRICT.
At the first meeting of the Rugby and Crick Joint Committee on the 22nd ult, there were present : Mrs Anderson, Mrs Draper, Mrs Neilson, Mrs Peet, Mrs Townsend, Rev R S Mitchison, and Messrs A Appleby, J Cripps, J C Harrison, H Tarbox, A T Watson, and W Woodward.
H Tarbox was unanimously appointed Chairman of the Joint Committee, and Mr F Fellows Executive Officer and Enforcement Officer for the joint district.
A circular was received giving details of the Milk Priority Scheme which the Government propose should be adopted in the districts where there is a shortage of milk, and consideration of this matter was adjourned so that each member might receive a print. A Finance Committee was appointed, consisting of the Chairman and Messrs A Appleby and J Cripps.
Applications were received from bakers in the district for a supply of potatoes (for use in bread) and as the applications were from a very small proportion of bakers, it was resolved that the Commissioner for the district to be asked whether there was any likelihood of the use of potatoes in bread being made compulsory upon the bakers in this area. It was pointed out that this is a fairly large potato-growing district, and a good proportion were of varieties that would not keep, and it would be better for the potatoes to be used in this way rather than they should be allowed to bad and waste. The Executive Officer was directed to arrange for supplies of potatoes to the bakers who applied for them.
A number of certificates were granted to retailers of meat, and the Executive Officer pointed out that apparently these applications were from shopkeepers who sold sausages.
A number of letters were received from the Secretary of Food Economy Sub-committee in the district asking for leaflets and for arrangements to be made for speakers to address meetings, and for cookery demonstrations. The Executive Officer promised to send leaflets, and to ask Mr W E Lovsey, of Birmingham, the Assistant Divisional Commissioner, if he would come into this area and address meetings.
The question of the distribution in the Rural area of margarine commandeered in the Urban District was fully discussed, and the Committee is taking up this matter with the Urban authorities.
THE MEAT SHORTAGE.
BUTCHERS’ SUPPLIES TO BE CUT DOWN BY HALF.
A meeting of butchers of the town and district to consider a new order concerning the supplies of meat was held at the Benn Buildings on Tuesday morning. Mr H Tarbox presided, and there was a good attendance.
A memorandum from the Divisional Commissioner was read to the effect that in future all meat retailers will only be allowed to receive 50 per cent. of the quantity sold by them in October last, and pointing out that particulars of the weekly meat supplies required by butchers in the district should be forwarded to the Auctioneer-Chairman of the Cattle Purchase Committee, but any serious complaints or difficulties should be reported to the Live Stocks Sub-Commissioner for the County, Mr H F Knightley, Sheep Street, Stratford-on-Avon. Dead meat, either home-killed or frozen, hitherto purchased from wholesalers, must continue to be obtained through the same channel as far as possible. “ It seems probable,” the Commissioner continued, “ that Local Food Control Committees will be required to take an active part in meat distribution, and if the matter is one that affects your area to any great extent I suggest that you make arrangements accordingly.”
A copy of the form which each retailer has to fill up weekly was also produced.
Mr Reeve drew attention to the fact that the dead cattle did not yield the percentage of meat that it should do, and instead of paying 1s 2½d per lb for their meat, they were really paying 1s 4¼d ; but the Chairman pointed out that the new regulations were to ensure that they obtained a supply of meat. It had nothing to do with the price.—Mr Reeve : But there is no use for us to stop in our shops to sell meat at a loss, as we are doing at present. It is hard to think that we have got to cut meat at a loss to feed the public. Sheep are 2s per lb ; and how are we to get a living at that price ? He pointed out that some butchers only had one small beast per week ; and if, in consequence of this supply being cut down by half they had to close their shops, would other butchers be allowed more meat to supply his customers ?—Mr Burton replied in the affirmative.—In reply to Mr Waite, the Chairman said if the butchers neglected to make their returns they would probably find themselves without any meat.—The butchers present, however, expressed themselves as willing to do all they could in the matter ; and two committees to assist the Executive Officers were appointed, viz : Urban District, Messrs H V Wait and C W Clayson ; Rural District, Messrs Wooley (Dunchurch) and B Page (Wolston). Mr A H Reeve was nominated to receive beasts consigned to the Rugby butchers by the Authorities.
SOLDIER’S WONDERFUL ESCAPE.—An Army Sergeant travelling on the Euston to Scotland express on Friday evening in last week had a wonderful escape from death. When the train, which was travelling at about seventy miles an hour, was near Stow tunnel, a few miles south of Weedon, the man accidentally fell out. The accident was reported by some comrades on arriving at Rugby, and Night Stationmaster Walton immediately left with a search train and an ambulance party. In the meantime the soldier had regained consciousness and had walked to the Heyford signal-box. He was conveyed to Rugby and taken to the Hospital of St Cross, where his injuries, which consisted mainly of severe cuts on the head, were attended to.
SAVE THE MEN !
THE Chemico BODY SHIELD is BULLET-PROOF.
SEND ONE TO YOUR MAN AT THE FRONT.
Call and see the many testimonials of lives saved
SOLE AGENT: CHAS. T. TEW, TAILOR, 7 Regent Street, Rugby.
MURPHY.—In loving memory of WILLIAM, the eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Murphy, of 101 South Street, Rugby, who died in Genoa Hospital, Italy, at the early age of 19, on December 25, 1917.
“ Oh ! how sadly we shall miss him ;
There will a vacant place.
We shall never forget his footsteps,
Or his dear, familiar face.”
—From his loving Father, Mother, Sister & Brothers.