26th Sep 1914, Recruiting at Rugby slows


As in other parts of England, recruiting in Rugby, compared with previous numbers, has been very slack during the past few days, and this is no doubt due to the new regulations issued by the War Office. As was intimated last week, the proposal to raise, billet, and feed a battalion at Rugby has been banned by the War Office, and this announcement has caused considerable disappointment in the town as there are a large number of small householders who are practically dependent upon lodgers, and whose rooms are now vacant owing to the rush to join the new army. These would have been only too glad to billet the recruits.

It is felt that the fact that the War Office has acquired Moseley College, Birmingham, as an auxiliary depot to Budbroke, is one of the reasons which caused the alteration in the decision to house and billet the battalions at Rugby and Coventry. Moseley College will accommodate 1,000 men, and will be in working order in a very few days, with Colonel Ludlow in charge.

During the short time which must elapse before the big depots are again open to take recruits, men enlisting, except in a few special regiments which are “ open ” are being sent home and paid at the rate of 3s per day.

“ It speaks well for the patriotism of England,” remarked Colonel Mulliner to our representative, “ that such an arrangement is extremely unpopular, and he added that almost without exception, the men begged to be allowed to get to work at once, urging that they did not come forward to receive an extra 3s per day but to try to serve their country. There is little doubt that this 3s per day has done much to reduce the number of recruits, and directly it is removed, and the men can go straight away to the depots, the number of men presenting themselves for enlistment will be greatly increased.

The raising of the height standard has also stopped some from joining, but in the opinion of Colonel Mulliner, this has not militated nearly so much against recruiting as the fact that the men feel that they are not really wanted if they are sent back to their homes to receive 3s per day.


It must not be supposed that recruiting has been stopped locally. On the contrary, men are still needed, and still more will be required in future, and Colonel Mulliner and his staff are in constant attendance at the Recruiting Office, Park Road, to receive enlistments.


A gratifying letter has been received by Mr J J McKinnell, chairman of the Urban District Council, from Col T Hackett Thompson, commander of the district, expressing his most sincere and grateful thanks for the energetic and patriotic way in which Mr McKinnell and the Urban Council have assisted Col Mulliner in recruiting work. “ I regret that the scheme which was propounded to house, feed, and train recruits in Rugby has temporarily fallen through,” the letter continues ; “ but I am by no means certain that the time will not yet come when such a scheme will still be most necessary, and I am well aware that without the valuable assistance of yourself and your council no such scheme could be successful.”


Chas Hall, clerk to Mr Harold Eaden, solicitor, Rugby, has joined Mr Winston Churchill’s Naval Brigade, and is now training at the Crystal Palace.
E R Gilbert (O.R), son of the late Mr H E Gilbert, Moat Street, has joined the Surrey Yeomanry.

Since our last list of recruits from the B.T.H Works was compiled the following have enlisted :

STAFF: J W Asher, H O Addicott, E Abbott, J H Atkinson, A W Booth, W Black, F W Burbury, W A Batchelor, W Bishop, H Buck, G Caulton, T Collins. C H Chaplain, R Davison, L Davis, D C G Davies, F W Few, T Forrester, F A Flint, F Goodman, T Gaiger, F Hall, H A Harrison, G H Hipwell, A W Hughes, L C Hookings, P F Jones, A W Johnson, O C Latcham, F P Liddington, B C Lane, F G Lovell, A Moore, A J L Koore, E Moorcroft, H F Mann, A Mason, T S Nicholls, F Ritchie, L Rose, J Richardson, H G Swales, E Scotton, A Scragg, F Thistlewood, W G Thompson, E W Timbers, H E Upstone, E C Watkin, H Walden, E Watts, and H M Wheatley.

WORKS: Emmett, Thompson, Fessey, Foss, Humphries, Phillips, Dowdswell, Elkins, Tapper, Moore, Crowther, Dixon, Wilson, Wood, Izzard, Kennard, Clarke, Bramley, Davis, Crosby, Leach, Holme, Thistlewood, Cox, Pee, Allen, Sutton, Taylor, Archer, Leach, Cox, Judge, Harris, Appleby, Lacey, Gould, Richardson, Dearn, Austin, Thomas, Woodford, Eagle, Sargeant, Jones, Phillips, Selby, Moore, Dunham, Burton, Lowndes, Linters, Harper, Bedford, Cashmore, Harratt, Hudson, Russell, Nichols, Young, and Kinnard.

Rugby Advertiser, 26th September 1914

19th Sep 1914, New Bilton Guardsman’s Experiences.

Corporal Collins, of the Coldstream Guards, son of Mr H Collins, of New Street, New Bilton, who has recently, in company with fifty other soldiers, brought a party of 350 German prisoners to England, has written home, and in the course of his letter says : ” We have had a rough voyage coming over, but not so rough as at the front ; it is ” a regular devil ” there, but I would like to go back again. I left the Battalion last Tuesday. We were close on the Germans then, in fact we had been fighting on the Monday. I had to leave to the Battalion to go to the Hospital, as I had a had a festered foot, and I had to travel 300 miles by train to a place called St Nazare, on the French coast to get to the Hospital. I was three days going and the train was half-a-mile long, with sick and wounded. When I got there on Thursday night I went to the Hospital, and asked to come out the next morning to go to the Front, but I got put on this job. There is one thing, I am safe now, but I would SOONER BE WITH THE BOYS again at the Front, although I don’t like the shells flying around. I was at the Battle of Mons, and I can tell you it has been “ a devil ” in France ; homes are desolate, and the roadside and fields are littered with dead Germans horses and the graves where our chaps are buried. There has been fighting every day since the Battle of Mons. I have seen sights which turn anyone. I have had some narrow escapes with my Company. These German prisoners are as happy as can be, and say they are better off now with the British,”

19th Sep 1914, More Recruits


K B Robinson, an employee of Messrs Parnell & Son (son of Mr Ben Robinson, of Rugby), has enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery.

Mr S D Delius, of Toft Cottage, Dunchurch, has obtained a commission in the Regular Army.

Stanley Hidden, son of Mr George Hidden, of Moultrie Road, Rugby, is on service with the “ B ” Squadron, Leicestershire Yeomanry, North Midland Mounted Brigade.

C W Packwood, eldest son of Mr C J Packwood, of St Matthew Street, has joined the Rugby Howitzer Battery ; also H M Packwood, a nephew. Another of Mr Packwood’s sons—W D Packwood—has volunteered for the Canadian contingent, and has now joined the Balcartier Camp at Quebec.

Alexander Findlay, son of Mr James Findlay, Clifton Road, Rugby, has joined the Royal Engineers, and is now stationed at Chatham.

Amongst those connected with the Rugby Congregational Church who have enlisted are : D J Thomas (secretary to the Literary and Debating Society), W Bending, Basil Whitbread, Thompson, Theo Bayliss, W Judd, and Shield.

Among local O.R’s and others associated with Rugby School who have joined the above mentioned force, which is attached to the Royal Fusiliers, are the following :-

Mr V Edyvean-Walker, whose father held a commission in the Rugby Volunteers, has joined the London Battalion of the Force attached to the Royal Fusiliers.

Mr Harold Over, son of Mr Samuel Over, and grandson of the late Major S Over, both of whom have served in “ E ” Company, the latter as commanding officer for many years.

Mr S A G Pepperday, son of Mr J H Pepperday, High Street, Rugby, late King’s Dragoon Guards.

Mr George Dyson, musical director at Rugby School, who succeeded Mr Basil Johnson at Rugby last Easter, and consented to act as conductor to the Philharmonic Society. He will be absent next term.

Mr Ar Parsons, son of Mr W H Parsons, Rugby.


The following employees in the motor department of this firm have volunteered for service:
T Bates, A J Wyatt, and A Chapman, motor transport drivers ; H Jarvis and E Elson, Howitzer Battery ; A Bailey, A Wall, and S Batchelor, Royal Field Artillery.


The following members of the Cambridge Street Wesleyan Bible Class have joined Kitchener’s Army :—F Robotham, W Crisp, H Newman, H Clarke, H Smith, and G Hughes.


There are now three deliveries of letters in Rugby daily—at 7 a.m, 10.35 a.m, and 5 p.m. The latter time is found to suit business people than a delivery at 6.45 p.m. The 9.30 a.m and 5.15 p.m collections have been suspended, being regarded as the least important during the day.

Rugby Advertiser, 19th September 1914


12th Sep 1914, Villages Answer the Call

Quite forty have joined the forces from Bishops Itchington, including John Wall, G Walker, F King, L Smith, F Mann, J Robins, J Gubbins, W Bourton, W Boyles, A Taylor, D Townsend, E Morgan, T Gubbins, Smith, Hunt, H Morgan, T Thacker, F Overton, A Boyles, P Parish, R Coleman, C Wall, F Soden, H Sollis, J Dark, A Wilmer, H Potter, W Major, G Garrett, F Major, E Bicknell, W Morgan, and B West.

In addition to names given last week the following have joined :
P H Wykham, Len Glover, F Smith, W Butler, T Coles, Alex Doyle, A Nurberry, G Watts, J Willetts, H Barrs, W Guys, F Ward, and H Watts.

The following names should be added to the Braunston boys who have joined the Colours. The last 16 have joined the Royal Berks, and had a hearty send-off as they marched down the village to the station on Wednesday morning. Most of them had been Boy Scouts, and their marching was very smart. The majority of them belonged to the Football Club, which, in consequence, has been suspended until their return. This detachment brings the total from Braunston up to 64 :-A Luck, Tom Smith, R Fielding, P Taylor, W Dickens, S Capell, Bert Pateman, A Russell, W Nightingale, O Taylor, Fred Rushall, Sid Rushall, Bert Hall, Vic Hall, V Langham, T Smart, G Manning, Rex Hargrave, C Bennett, and J Bass.

George Sargeant has joined Lord Kitchener’s Army, and Phillip Prestige, landlord of the Fox and Hounds Inn, has re-joined the Colours. Mr Prestige has four brothers also serving – two in Colonial regiments, one in the Royal Field Artillery, and one in Lord Kitchener’s Army.

Arthur Hiron, Geo F Dale, Herbert Woodley (King’s Own Rifles) ; Sidney Gould (Royal Marines) ; Jesse Gould (Royal Garrison Artillery) ; Walter Bruce (South Staffordshire) ; Charles Varney and Sidney Druce (Guards) ; Sparks (16th Lancers).

Amongst those who have volunteered for the Army this week are : W H Hutton, W E Bradley, J Hancox, C Trenfield, R Trenfield, W Eden, H Eden, O Brown, E Musto. Others who have left Kineton Station this week have been : Edward Ingram, Idlicote ; Harry Davies, Dunchurch ; Parker, Townsend, W Gilks, W Mander, A E Smith, F Newbury, Radway ; F Woodfield, Oxhill; W Faulkner, Butlers Marston. Joseph Darlow, son of Mr J R Darlow, of Kineton, left on Wednesday for Kitchener’s army.

The roll now contains 50 names. Amongst those added since last report are :
Messrs Geoffrey Grimes, Sidney Lane, Walter Hart, Frank Lane, Arthur Lane, John Askew, Harry Cooke, Albert Poulton, Oliver Poulton, Tom Smith, jun, Charles Biddle, and Fred Kibbler.

David Harris, Wm Thos Hedge, Charles Green, Frederick John Hall, and Arthur Redley.

No less than 48 have gone from this village, as follows :
A Hutchings, R Wagg, P Gamble, E Underwood, S Pettifer, W Pettifer, W Oldham, W Wing, J Mawby, R Colledge, A Colledge, H Hawker, G Hawker, W Watts, E Watts, R Humphries, S Sutton, C West. J West, R Elkington, J Elkington, W Elkington, J Cox, F Cox, G Adams, W Jones, W Hirons, H Adams, F Hopkins, T Howard, C Howard, W Scarlett, J Webb, Price, G Coles, Everton, G Loydall, E Matthews, C Mathews, F Richards, G Payne, J Payne, W Underwood, A Summers, H Elkington, T Cox, and T Jones.

Charles Lea, Edward Rhead, Samuel Masters, and Wm Harris (Guards); Thomas Wright, John Smith, Albert Rhead, Clifford Izzard (Royal Warwickshire Regiment); Albert Bishop (Warwickshire Yeomanry) ; and Percy Keats (King’s Royal Rifles).

Private John Lines and A Taylor (King’s Royal Rifles) ; Tprs Wm Neal and John Pearson (Warwickshire Yeomanry) ; Ptes Walter Shearby and Wm Sheasby (Royal Field Artillery) ; Corpl W Richardson (3rd Grenadier Guards); Ptes John Slade, John Lines, Charles Green, and Victor Bygraves (R.F.A) ; Ptes Aubrey Izod and Frank Izod (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) ; Pte Harold Justice (Coldstream Guards) ; Pte James Tibbs (6th Warwicks) ; Ptes Wm Alsop and Walter Lines (East Kents) ; Ptes Clifford Hemmings and Frank Hands (Lancers) ; Leonard Bradbury (Army Service Corps). Navy : Able Seaman F F Burden (H.M.S Minerva) ; Wm Watson and Walter Fessey (H.M.S London).

Edward Jackson (lieutenant, 3rd R.W.R) ; G W Ball (Lancers) ; John Woodford and Henry Philpotts (South Staffordshire Regiment) ; James Clarke (King’s Own Rifles) ; Paul Edwards ; Charles Clarke, Archer Makepeace, Ernest Makepeace, William Makepeace (9th Royal Warwickshire Regiment) ; G T Bates (Hussars) ; Sidney Sleath, Fred Goldsmith, and Alf Lewis (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) ; Thomas Douglas (Royal Artillery), A R Perrin (Royal Engineers), Harold A Ball (Australian Field Hospital) ; Thomas Davenport (Rifle Brigade) ; John H Perry (R.A.M.C) ; and Thomas Andrews (Hon Artillery Company).

A large number of men responded to the call to arms last week ; but a few, to their great disappointment, were rejected as being medically unfit. Most of the following recruits and reserves left the village amid cheers on Tuesday morning :
William Bloxham, Harry Bloxham, Walter Radburn, Fred Ward, John Tompkins, Herbert Wing, Sidney Ward, John Mead, Charles Kenning, William Kenning, Alf Kenning, Herbert Hobday, Percy Glover, Herbert Gunton, John Gunton, George Damsell, Algernon Halliday, Fred Coles, William Billington, William Barry, and William Poole.

SHAWELL (Supplemental List).
C Farmer (Royal Field Artillery), and C Bramley (King’s Royal Rifles). The former has gone to Portsmouth and the latter to Winchester.

William Golby, Sidney Hammond, Arthur F Hancock, Thomas J Robinson, Herbert Payne, Chas W Dicks, and Jack Webb (King’s Own Rifles) ; Lieut W Bonn, Thomas Hitchcock, Alf Perkins and William Patty (Leicester Yeomanry) ; Walter Emery (Warwickshire Yeomanry) ; Thomas Ward (Engineers) ; Wm J Young and A Baker (Royal Artillery) ; Edward Hull (Hon Artillery Company).

The following left Tysoe on Wednesday to join Lord Kitchener’s Army : Joseph Smith, Harry Woodfield, Percy Walker, Walter Townsend, James Hancox, and Bert Walker.

WEST HADDON is doing its part in this time of national need. The following are members of H.M Navy, Army, and Territorial Forces :
Hon E A FitzRoy, M.P (Life Guards) ; Lieut O FitzRoy (R.N.) ; Midshipman M FitzRoy (R.N) ; Capt R Gordon (Wiltshire Yeomanry) ; Q.M Sergt Underwood, Sergt S Darker, and Corpl W James (Northants Yeomanry) ; T Osborn (R.N) ; F Raborn and J Nicholls (A.S.C) ; G Booker (Life Guards) ; R Naisby, T Goodman, and R Gardner (Northamptons) ; E Woodford and T Hancock (R.F.A) ; C Dove (A.S.C) ; W Goodman (R.G.A). The following have enlisted in the new Army (four not being accepted) :-M FitzRoy, C Parsons, J Steel, – Scotney, R Chitty, G Gurney, A Say, C Gurney, J Clarke, F Incley, C Nicholls, H Randall, W West, G Townley, S Cockram, L Atterbury, H Baxter, W Hancock, E Hancock, J Dunkley, G Dove, and F Dove.

George Wright and Bruce Nash (9th R.W.R).

John Haycock, Percy Ingram, and James W Parnell (9th R.W.R)

Walter Bishop (9th R.W.R).

George Pennington and Richard Crocksford have rejoined the Lancers and Warwicks respectively. In addition to these, Charles Johnson (reservist 2nd Northamptons) is serving with the Expeditonary Force, and William Clarke with the Royal Marines.

F W Asher, H Astil, R Adnitt, H Bacon, R Bartlett, D Bartlett, J Bayliss, T Boneham, W Brown, H Brown, W Booth, F Burton, C Barratt, F Barratt, L Chamberlain, W Chamberlain, H Chamberlian, C Cashmore, G Cashmore, E Crisp, T Cockerill, F Clarke, F Chambers, C Day, V Davenport, A Dunckley, F Dunckley, C England, E Fitter, F Finch, C Fletcher, R FitsMaurice, T Forester, T Gearing, T Goodman, G Griffiths, T Hinde, W Hancocks, C Hancocks, W Hobley, A Hirons, L Hirons, T Hewitt, J Haigh, E Hopkins, D Hopkins, W Haddon, C Matthews, P Mace, F Morgan, J Mole, T Newberry, G Reed, A Rainbow, N Roberts, P Roberts, H Rigby, C Slade, H Smith, H Smith, J Shaw, J Stevens, J Taylor, G Thornicroft, G Webb, H Webb, W Webb, E Watts, E Walduck, W. Wadsworth.
Total 71. Of these no less than 18 are members of the Temperance Club- besides two already in the Territorials ; and of this Miss Fenwick feels very proud. A full list is being placed on the Church door, which will be added to as others from the village leave.

The following from Grandborough, Woolscott, and Sawbridge, have joined Lord Kitchener’s Army ; the majority having enlisted in the Royal Horse Artillery : J Coling, J Dale, V J Bygrave, J Spencer, T I Coles, F W Coles, H C Seaton, A Coling, P Coling, L W Gilks, W T M Fevers, F Tabor, C Green. In addition to these, George Briscoe is with the Warwickshire Yeomanry.

The following have gone from Clifton: Messrs W J Boyes, H Robinson, C S Hatton (R.W.R) ; C Crane, R G Flowers, E W Sutton (Rugby Howitzer Battery ) ; W Darlow, J H Batchelor, H Green (R.F.A) ; J Pescow, W J Hutt (Northants Regiment) ; R Allan, W Shaw (Northants Yeomanry) ; W J Bridgman (Wiltshire Regiment) ; W J Gilks, R Wade, A Clarke, F Jenkins, A Loydall (9th Lancers) ; J Vale, H A Harrison, T L Fee (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) ; T Middleton (16th Hussars) ; B Trimmer, J Williams, C Gardner, F Colbran, W Sleath, F Sleath, W Lintern, H Lake (King’s Royal Rifles) ; L Chalfield (Army Service Corps) ; and H Tailby (Royal Engineers). This constitutes five per cent of the total population of the village.

Those who have joined the Colours at Newton are : J Gurney, A Hammond (R.W.R) ; L Gilks, J Sutton, W Sutton, P Bromwich, and T Spriggs (Howitzer Battery) ; E Rollins, A Justice, F Tew, H Hammomd, W Hammond, and F Sutton (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) ; F Glover, W Moore, and T Townsend.

Further list : L Rose, W Gillings, H Sparkes, W White, H Davis, G Brown, M Nickells, W Sweeny, J Sweeny, E Walton, W Hirons, W Ridout.

In addition to those mentioned last week, the following have joined :- J Crofts and Harold Freeman (Royal Field Artillery) ; T Reeves (King’s Royal Rifles) ; Tom England (1st Warwicks) ; W Gilbert, and T Bourton. Arthur Lines has rejoined his old regiment, the Dublin Fusiliers, with which he fought through the Boer War and was taken prisioner.

H Norman is serving as gunnery lieutenant on H.M.S Gloucester, which has been in action twice already.

This parish has an excellent list to its credit. It is as follows :
In the Regular Army previous to the war : Arthur Dipper and George Dipper (Coldstream Guards) ; Geo J Warren, Fred Linnett, Jos Smith, and George Boneham (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) ; Percy Edmans (South Staffordshire Regiment) ; Wardopp Simpson (4th Dragoon Guards) ; W Donald Watson (Royal Scot’s Greys) ; Alf E Smith, Albert H Smith, Wm Percival Smith, and John J Waters (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) ; Austin B Smith (R.F.A) ; Herbert J Skinner (Army Service Corps) ; George Hibler (Rifle Brigade) ; Jos Kibler (Royal Welsh Fusiliers).
Territorial Forces : Harry Harvey,
Warwickshire Yeomanry ; Stephan Wells, Thomas Finch, Wm Fawdrey, John Sargent, and George W Jackson (7th Warwickshire Regiment).
Enlisted in Lord Kitchener’s Army : George Richardson, Isaac Warren, James Boneham, John Atkins, Wm Oldham, Wm Roberts, T Linnett, G Henry Humphries, Arthur Savage and L Turrell (King’s Royal Rifles) ; Homer Warren (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) ; Chas Fred Robbins, Chas Richardson, and Fred Hobday (Royal Warwickshire Regiment); E A Nix, Harry G Nix, and David Howkins, (Royal Berkshire Regiment) ; Chas Hancox, Chas Brookes, Frank Wilcox, Alf Falconbridge, and J Nicolas (Worcestershire Regiment).
Royal Navy : Herbert F Robbins (Royal Marines), Fred W Kibler, and Albert Lockett. Previously in Regular Army or Reserved Forces, 17 ; in Territorial forces, 6 ; joined Lord Kitchener’s Army, 22 ; Navy, 3 ; total 48.

During the past week the following young men have answered their country’s call:
Leonard Glover, chauffeur to Sir Theo Biddulph, Bart, gone to drive a motor transport wagon ; Alec Doyle, Percy Buggins, George Holloway, Fred Hirons (Oxford and Bucks Regiment) ; Bert Hollis (7th Warwicks) ; Bert Goodwin (Royal Artillery, Halifax). Other volunteers were : Gerard Blundell and Charles Hyde, but these were not the standard height

Messrs John Cooper, Frank Albert Howes, Alphonso Daniel Peake, Wm Edward Skinner (Reservists) ; Wm Fiddler and John Edward Grimsley (Territorials) ; George Ed Bates, George Bird, Sidney Cross, Wm Ewart Devonport, John Wm Hickman, John Chas Howes, Thomas Isom, Wm Payne, James Owen Steane, and Marvin Towers (Lord Kitchener’s Army).

John Haycock, James Parnell, and Percy Ingram (4th Battalion R.W.R), at Freshwater, Isle of Wight.

Recruiting here has still been very brisk. Mr T Powell has sent quite a large contingent from Wolston and the surrounding district. Amongst these were Mr D W Anderson, dental surgeon, of Coventry, who resides at Wolston and who has disposed of his business in order to fight for his country, and Mr T Mirams, the late Conservative agent for the Rugby Division. The following is the complete list to date :
From Wolston : J Lixenfield, H Smith, H Pathfield, G Worsey, and S Poxon, Royal Engineers ; W Powis, T Allen, T Thetford, and W Flowers, Royal Artillery ; F Elliott, G Owen, J Davis, T Walton, W Owen, E Lissaman, J Atkins, E Flowers, and A H Bunney, Warwick ; T Webb, W Webb, R Wells, F Howard, and H Orton, Royal Worcester ; L Greenway, H Warren, and G Postlethwaite, Oxford and Bucks Yeomanry ; W Flowers, Rifle Brigade ; A Dunbar and W Williams, Army Ordnance Corps ; D W Anderson, A H Main, and T Mirams, Hussars ; R Butlin, King’s Royal Rifles ; W Jameson, 18th Hussars.

W C Colledge, Royal Engineers ; H Everton, E Chambers, G Barwell, and H Mitchell, Royal Artillery ; F Webb, Royal Worcesters ; E Archer and F Cox, Oxford and Bucks Yeomanry ; C Ward and B Banbrook, Rifle Brigade ; G Webber, Coldstream Guards ; Ralph Wadley, Gloucester Regiment.

F Copeman, W Copeman, W Hanoox, and B Hall, King’s Royal Rifles ; F Garner, Royal Artillery ; J Castle, Staffordshire Regiment ; J Daniel, Royal Navy.

S Ward and W Radburn, Oxford and Bucks Yeomanry ; S Read and J Jeacock, Royal Warwicks ; W Green and R Parker, Royal Worcesters ; P C Trenchard, Army Service Corps.

F Gothard and S Treen, Royal Worcesters.

D Saunders, J A Stevens, and F E Timms, Royal Worcesters.

G Waits, Royal Worcesters.

F Hopkins, Royal Warwicks.

The following volunteers were not passed :
F Gurney, J Billington, A G Bunney, R Patfield, L Powell, H Barton, G Makepeace, R Poulter, W Askew, and J Leech, all of Wolston ; W Sheasby, Bretford ; W Dunning, Ryton

John Wheildon (Warwickshire Yeomanry) ; Harry Bramble (10th Hussars) ; Harry Nash (7th Rifle Brigade) ; William Higgins and Wilfred Edden (R.F.A, British Expeditionary Force) ; Clementine Brisker (Royal North Lancashire Regiment) ; Sergt John Stevens (M.W.S Fort St George, Madras) ; John Page (2nd Royal Warwickshire) ; Andrew Webb (Army Reserve) ; George Olds (Royal Warwickshire Regiment).



12th Sep 1914, Rugby Residents’ Sons

The following young men, sons of prominent Rugby residents, have joined the colours :- Mr John McKinnell, son of Mr J J McKinnell, Hon Artillery Company ; Mr Arnold J G Hands and Mr Neville Hands, sons of Mr F E Hands, Hon Artillery Company and 7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment respectively ; Mr H N Salter and Mr Lewis Salter, sons of Mr H S Salter, O.T.C, 4th Leicesters and Rugby Howitzer Battery respectively ; and Mr R E Barnwell, son of Mr E F Barnwell, of Dunchurch Road, has joined the Hon Artillery Company.

Two well-known Rugby Churchmen-Messrs Tom Halliwell and Fred Morley-left the town on Tuesday to join the Army Medical Corps. Other Church-workers who have enlisted are : Mr T Lord, who is now in the Royal Engineers, and Mr H Hadley, who has joined the Royal Field Artillery.

Mr Bernard Relton, son of Dr Bernard Relton, of Rugby, has joined the Foreign Service Battalion of the Hon Artillery Company, and a nephew of Dr Relton, Lieut G C Relton, Old Rugbeian, is in the 1st Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. He is one of the officers reported to be missing. A nephew of Mrs Relton, Lieut Gordon Ball, is attached to the Royal Flying Corps, and is now at the front.

Gerald Loverock, son of Mr Lewis Loverock, has joined the Rugby Howitzer Battery ; L J Hunter, son of Mr T Hunter, J.P, C.C, has joined Mr Cross’s Troop of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry, now stationed at Dunstable ; and W C Hunter, another of Mr Hunter’s sons, has enlisted in the Rugby Howitzer Battery, and is now undergoing training at Chelmsford. E Wiggins (son of Mr W Wiggins) is also a member of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry. Two sons of Mr J E Cox, J.P, of Lodge Farm, Long Lawford, have enlisted. Grenville Muriel, son of Mr W D Muriel (hon secretary to the Hospital of St Cross) ; Cecil Brooks (son of Mr E W Brooks, manager of the Portland Cement Works) ; Thos Walding (son of Mrs Walding, of The Limes, Hillmorton Road), and quite a number of others, including several pupils at the B.T.H Works, have joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and left for Oxford on Friday last week. These comrades in arms have now been transferred to Camberley, T J G Lane,son of Mr J H Lane, of the Windmill Hotel, has joined the Rugby Howitzer Battery.

Mr Frank H Neville, assistant master at St Matthew’s Boys’ School, Rugby, has been given a commission in the Regular Army as second-lieutenant.

Mr A K Bennett, son of Mr A F Bennett, of Elmdon House, Rugby, has been appointed to a second-lieutenancy in the New Army. He is at present at the Oxford University camp, Churn, near Didcot, pending instructions as to which unit he is to join.


An interesting service took place in the Wesleyan Schoolroom on Sunday afternoon, when good-bye   was said to several members of the Young Men’s Class who had enlisted. Mr Wheatley (the teacher) gave an address, and Mr W C Musgrave (superintendent), in the name of the school, wished the recruits God-speed. Appropriate hymns were sung, including God be with you till we meet again, following which Mr Musgrave called for three cheers ; but many of those present were so overcome with emotion that they could not join heartily in this demonstration of goodwill. A collection was made on behalf of distressed boys and girls in Belgium, and the sum of £2 16s 6d was realised. This was sent to the Belgium Embassy in London, and a formal acknowledgement of the amount has since been received. The recruits from the Sunday School included Neville Hands, W Hopkinson, E Abbott, Bert Snutch. F Butler, L J Smith, Stanley Pryce, and F Dyche. H Reynolds, another scholar, has since volunteered.


Quite a good proportion of the players of Rugby F.C have joined the Army. A J Harris, the vice-captain, is already on active service in France ; R Friend has joined the Rugby Howitzer Battery, who have been accepted for duty abroad ; and others who are known to have joined the colours include :-J Crofts, G Osborne, G Reynolds, G White, A Bates, H Thompson, P W Clarke, A Ashworth, F Judge, and O Wootton. Harold Wood volunteered, but, much to his regret was rejected because he has varicose veins.


A good number of Messrs Foster & Dicksee’s employees have left to join different branches of His Majesty’s Army. Lieut P H Wykeham and A Groudle have gone from the staff, and the following are the names of employees who have enlisted :-H Phillips, S R Fleet, H Stevens, P Keyte, S Garrett, H Sheffield, H Webber, W Cleaver, W Hopkinson, A Dodd, T Bayliss, F T Evans, R Salmon, T Shone, N Roberts, G Bayliss, H Tailby, and W Ridout.

WILLIANS & ROBINSON, LTD.-Fourth list. Joined since Thursday, September 3rd :- Workmen : C Driver, G T Lines, T J West, A Cope, E G Makepeace, – Smith, N Macgregor, Chas Norman, – Cryer, F Knee, John Crofts, P Gamble, T W Ellerton, F A W Lee, F A Shelley, – Walters, – Jones, E A Dinan, C H Hemming, W Robins, – Wollaston, – Oakley, G Hubbard. Staff : H Prestidge, J Bowden, J McEwen, L G Smith.

Employees of the Rugby Co-operative Society who have enlisted are : H Louch, T Bunting, T Howes, R Baker, A Cole, H Waddoups, W Owen, D Gauld, H Renshaw, A Pennington, H Garner, F Chambers, and G Veasey (Police Reserve).

RUGBY PORTLAND CEMENT WORKS.-A Everton, F Shepberd, W Langham, H Smith, J W Cooper, W Curtis, W E Montgomery, W Button, J Williams, F A Smith, S Masters, R Fleet, G T Wills, G Bates, G Pettifer, E Underwood, L Hill, J W Parnell, A Reynolds, W Dodson, T Smith, W J Ellis, and C West.

8th Sep 1914, Tragic Death of a Rugby Recruit

At an inquest on Frank Badger (25), of 79 Victoria Street, New Bilton, who met with his death under tragic circumstances at the Barracks, Gillingham, Kent, on Thursday in last week, a verdict of “ Suicide whilst of an unsound mind ” was returned. Badger, who was formerly employed at the B.T.H Works, only enlisted in the Royal Engineers on Tuesday in last week. On Thursday morning, before hearing the sad news, his mother, who is an invalid and a widow, received a postcard from her son written the previous night, in which he said: “ We are going on all right. Sorry I have not had a chance to post before.” He had suffered from cardiac trouble for some time, but was in high spirits when he left Rugby.

This short piece appeared in the Tuesday Edition of the Rugby Advertiser on 8th September 1914. Frank Badger received a military funeral and is listed by the CWGC. He is not listed on the Rugby Memorial Gates, or any other local memorial. Perhaps his family didn’t want this sad event remembered.

If you are related to Frank Badger and think he should be added to the Rugby Gates, please get in touch with us.

5th Sep 1914, Warwickshire Yeomanry on the move

After spending a fortnight under canvas in Livermere Park, near Bury St Edmunds, the regiment, with the rest of the 1st South Midland Mounted Brigade, struck camp early on Friday morning and proceeded to march in the direction of Bungay, where they had been told they would be stationed for some time. After leaving Livermere, however, different instructions were received and the men were told they would not go to Bungay at all. Two days were spent marching through country districts, the whole Brigade bivouacing in parks or fields at nights. On the third day the whole brigade entrained at different stations, twelve long trains being necessary to take the men, horses, guns, transport and supply column, etc, to Berkshire, via London, where they arrived on Monday. For several nights now the men had slept in the open, lying on a waterproof sheet and wrapped in a blanket. It is probable that they will be without tents a great deal during the next few months, but few of them mind this. At present the nights are warm, and a saddle makes a good pillow, and men who have been working hard for perhaps 17 hours sleep well. They were all delighted with their reception at all the towns and villages they passed through on the march. During the two days they were marching through Suffolk and Norfolk every village turned out en masse on their approach. Apple, pear, and plum trees were quickly stripped by their owners, who then stood at the roadside giving the fruit to the troops as they went past. Fruit, biscuits, water, and bottles of beer were handed up with the greatest of liberality.
Cherne in the same county it is expected will be the next place for the regiment.


Efforts are being made by Lieut-Col R B Charteris to raise another squad of 120 men for active service abroad, with the Warwickshire Yeomanry. Old yeomen and men who can ride and shoot will receive preference. Application for enrolment should be made to the Headquarters, St John’s, Warwick, daily between the hours of 11 a.m and 5 p.m.

5th Sep 1914, Rugby’s Magnificent Response

Lord Kitchener’s appeal for young men to join the colours has been most loyally responded to so far as the Rugby district is concerned. By general consent the town and neighbourhood have done splendidly.
Col H H Mulliner, the recruiting officer for Rugby, and his staff have had a very busy week. Inducements offered by employers and others to young men to join the colours are now bearing fruit, and each day there are large numbers in attendance at the Drill Hall anxious to enlist for active service.
Enthusiasm for recruiting has been kindled in the villages around, and batches of suitable young men have come forward from several places.
Under the auspices of the Rugby Patriotic Association meetings have been held, and in almost every case the result has been gratifying.
At Barby, on Saturday night, Mr W Barnett (Bilton) was the speaker, and a number of young fellows volunteered for active service. A similar experience is recorded from Brinklow, where Dr Ring, who was in active service during the Boar War, made a successful appeal.
As soon as arrangements can be made the recruits who fulfil the requisite conditions are drafted to their respective headquarters for training. Two squads were sent from Rugby on Saturday. Once company, between 30 and 40 in number, wishing to join the Royal Engineers, took train at 4.12 p.m for Chatham ; and later in the afternoon rather larger contingent left Rugby by the Great Central Railway. In each instance the recruits marched to the station, headed by the Boys’ Brigade Bugle Band, and had an enthusiastic send-off.
On Sunday morning the men who have recently joined the Rugby Howitzer Battery to make up the complement needed for active service left to join their comrades at Great Barrow.
Stirring scenes were also witnessed at the Great Central Station on Monday evening, when upwards of 100 Rugby recruits were given an enthusiastic send-off. The young men were played from the Drill Hall through the town to the railway station by the Bugle Band of the 1st Rugby Company of the Boys’ Brigade, who also enlivened the interval on the platform while waiting for the train to convey the recruits to their training depots at Oxford, Bristol, Winchester, and Portsmouth. Altogether 125 recruits left Rugby on Monday for the various depots and 55 on Saturday. Some hundreds of people, including sweethearts and friends, assembled at the station and in the goods yard and as the train left the local volunteers for Lord Kitchener’s Army were loudly cheered.
A similar spectacle was witnessed on Tuesday evening, when another large batch of local recruits entrained ; whilst on Wednesday an enormous crowd assembled in the vicinity of the Great Central Station to take part in a “ send-off ” to 230 recruits, the demonstration eclipsing anything of the kind previously seen. The Boys’ Brigade Band again rendered service by heading the procession through streets lined by spectators, and the departure of the train was the signal for loud and continuous cheering.
The total return up to and including September 3rd for Rugby are 1,076, in other words, Rugby has already raised a battalion for Lord Kitchener’s Army. This number is exclusive of recruits who have been raised for the Territorial Forces. Taking the population of the Rugby Poor Law Union at 45,000, this shows a percentage of over two per cent, and compares very favourably with the Birmingham returns of about 12,000, with a population of over 1,000,000. The record day of recruiting was September 2nd, when 273 men enlisted at Rugby alone.
During the past week the Government have provided refreshments for intending recruits who have come from a distance, and these have been served in a shelter in the adjoining Park by ladies of the town.

Recruiting from the B.T.H Works has gone on extensively during the past week. Up till Thursday it was calculated that no fewer than 30 per cent. of the eligible male adult employees of the firm at Rugby and the branch works at Coventry and Willsden had volunteered for various branches of the service. This is a record of which any firm may be proud. The class of recruits from the Works is of a very high order. The Company promise as far as possible, to reinstate at end of the war those who join his Majesty’s forces in the present crisis. Although every encouragement is given to young unmarried men to enlist, no undue pressure, we are assured, is being brought to bear by the firm. ” It is left with each individual to decide as to where his duty lies, whether in active service or in civil life,” our representative was informed.
In those positions where fresh help has to be employed to keep the Works going, no male candidates will be considered who are not over 35 years of age, or who cannot give proof by showing H.M.S certificate that they are medically unfit to enlist.
Reserve and Territorial Officers on the staff of the Company have rejoined their respective units in the Navy, Lancashire Fussilers, and the King’s Horse, and it is noteworthy that one of the officers not being able to obtain his former commission has volunteered as a gunner in a Howitzer Battery.
That the recruits from the Works are giving satisfaction will be gathered from the tribute paid by Lord Kitchener, the managing director, having received the following gratifying message from the War Office :—
“ Lord Kitchener begs to thank you for the valuable assistance you are giving to the work of securing recruits in this grave national emergency.”
The letter is signed by Major-General Rawlinson, director of recruiting, and dated Aug 31, 1914.
Since out last list was published men have come forward in larger numbers than ever. Monday’s total from the Works was 66 ; on Tuesday the numbers reached 102 ; and on Wednesday 56 ; whilst there appeared to be little , if any, diminution on Thursday.

These figures do not include the men on the staff who have enlisted. We append a supplement up to September 1st, since when quite a number of others have signified their readiness to join the colours. These volunteers include a good proportion of prominent members of the Athletic Club ;—
F Allen, C E Atkins, H Altree, H Adams, B Blake, O B Bates, G Olorenshaw, W Brown, G H Burnett, T A Brammar, L C Cox, E Cox, W Duckett, G B Dixon, J Davis, S C Davey, C Darling, H G Dawe, C H Fletton, A W Fairfield, E Grant, H R Gilbird, F Graham, A Hamnett, S Holdsworth, J Har[?]est, P Haggar, G G Hadley, A E Jones, F C Jinks, F Langford, H Lester, A J P McCarthy, C Nelsey, L A Nelson, H Overrille, P Prestidge, C W Pearce, A R Perring, A Shaw, R C Stephens, A Turner, T Thornton, L Turner, S Teague, J Vaughan and W M White.

This is an additional list of men who have left to join the Colours from August 27th up to and including September 2nd :—Skinner, Devonald, Kilby, Clarkson, Angrove, Twigger, Lummas, Taylor, Higgins, Snook, Harris, Boff, Hodge, Rich, Brearley, Joynes, Keeley, Cronin, Bellis, Herringshaw, Forsyth, Bromwich, Arnold, Keyse, Jones, Taylor, Armstrong, Sharpe, Loydall, Lissamer, Yapp, Colcutt, Yardley, Cannell, Roberts, Steele, Woodham, Emery, James, Duncan, Wright, Sharp, Pratt, Reeve, Badger, Tomlinson, Farn, Pulham, Jones, Wagstaff, Garside, Hardman, Timmins, Tuckley, Ashworth, Evans, Pick, Blundy, Cleaver, Hickinbotham, Dawson, Holder, Clarke. Emery, Cole, Towsnend, Fletcher, Mooe, Evans, York, Jones, Fisher, Mortimer, Berry, Coupland, Haigh, Varnish, Smith, Turner, Blower, Morgan, Morris Salmon, Howes Rawson, Bott, Burlerin, Duffin, Anderson, Altree, Boulcott, Gibson, Bird, Griffiths, Hancock, Jephcott, Moore, Plant, Dunne, Webb, Sharp, Malonery, Southern, Smith, Moulds, Elson, Newitt, Jenkins, Maycock, Wright, Wootton, Ogley, Hove, Stevens, Goodman, Tebbutt, Keeber, Spencer, Chambers, Going, ward, Foster, Wood, Gamble, Ashmore, Trimmer, Wade, Scott, Hill, Bourton, Lines, Hartup, Townesend, Ward, Morris, Davis, Glasse, Watts, Lee, Chamberlain, Boyes, Bradford, Humphries, Boneham, Macfarlane, Morris, Pintean, Fiddler, Worrall, Jenner, Rennie, Robinson, Richardson, Scotton, Holroyd, Edge, Fox, Atkinson, Pearce, Corbett, Snook, Toman, Davis, Healey, Hodgson, Scott, Scott, Hardman, Steadman, Darby, Moscrop, Robinson, Mawby, Staines, Essam, Jarvis, Tipton, Bracey, Billingham, Pottertbn, Woodbridge, Spreadbury, Dean, Pearson, Clark, Davis, Judd, Wilson, Lewis, Griffin, Marks, Elkington, Dunkley, Kittle, Norman, Mayes, Daniels, Warburton, Chambers, Cashmore, Elliott, Humphries, Roberts, Foster, Matthews, Fretter, Hirons, Griffin, Tysall, Green, Upperton, Evans, Smith, Smith, Bosworth, Sutton, Thomas, Smith, Lagoe, Peyton, Chamberlain, Bloxham, Wheeler, Vertigan, Hopkins, Angrave, Hipwell, Jackson, Clay, Potton, Hodson, Vears, Jeffery, Powell, Hughes, Johnson, Fiddler, Watkins, Hassett, Tomlinson, Mays, Capell, Humphries, Dodson, Allard, Whitbread, Coote, Timms, Snook, Wood, House, Keeley, Black, Harrison, Grant, Pegg, Kenny, Walters, Chadwick, Garratt, Pomeroy, Fee, Goodwin, Corbett, Pee, Whitehouse, Cave, Edwards, O’Brien, Holdon, Lennon, Thompson, Bottomley, Bennett, Haddon, Trevitt, Sale, Roberts, Hewitt, Batchelor, Burton, Timms, Franklin, Wilson, Cooper, Facer, Stibbard, Berridge, Lilley, Langley, Preston.

Workmen ; W Buttery, F Johnson, T G Ramsey, R E Ladbrooke, T H Taylor, F J Evans, L Dunbar, W Middleton, S Bending, A Lewis, G H White, F Draper, F Angell, A Entwhistle, F Jones, S Hicks, R A Bradshaw, E MuckloW, J Gammage. H Brown, Coléclough, A F Brassington, R C Young, F J Izzard, Wm Leeson, J W Clark, W J Makepeace, R Barratt, E Birch, N Macgregor, S Hollingsworth, W R S Tallis, E W Bradshaw, Sayers, Thomalin, Ward, E Spooner, E A Hull, H Thompson, H C Rogers, E Grant, G Stibbard,. E Cox, A J Potter, A E J Watts, G E Waine, J Evans, A G Grant, B P Young, D C Martin, A T Preece, J H Slaney, J R Handyside, P E Russell, G H O Osborne, C L Smith, E Baker, A F Duncuff, H Jones, W Hurris, G Stewart, H Rheadhead. A Beal, E Grant, F W Cooknall, P W Barker, and F Hales.
Staff : A Thompson, W R Gamble, C Haines, T Campbell, G F Lewis, P W Clark, J Hughes, C H Waugh, H M Packwood, H R Ainsley, J R Hayward, L G Higgs, A Gibson, A L Jenkins, J Miller, and J Pethybridge.

Local printers who have joined the colours include D Kennard, F Favell, and L Daniels (Mr G B Over’s). L Stewart and A Abbott (Rugby Advertiser).
In addition to Territorials, the following have gone from Messrs Frost and Sons’ establishment for Lord Kitchener’s army :- W Cooke, E Piper, F Tucker, S Price, G Hazle, G Barrett, A Mobbs, L J Newton, W Munnings, J Redfearn, A Pullen, J Pyne, C Roberts, and E Negus.

The following is a list of men from the Locomotive Department of the L & N-W Railway at Rugby :—E J Clarke, A W Beech, G A Steele, H D Waters, G Ward. H W Clay (2), E V Sutton, J W G Hughes, J Hope, H T Hughes, A A J White, C H Thatcher, E H Williams, W Clarke, J Hemmings, D J Goode, J Robson, W Hirons, F J Hamson, H Lewis, J W Collier, G W L Wright, S W Partridge, C H Suter, C M Marsh, R W Morris, W J Boyes, F C Shaw, D Smith, R A Tomes, H Rogers, W J Wing, F E W Cave, J J Brookes, J T Joyce, D C Smith, W R Clarke, L G Eaton, H H Newman, E Jiggle, A C Alsop, T F Moore, W Kirk, J C Driver, A W Cooke, H E Parker, G L Higgs, A H Goode, J T Hubbard, K Bostock, A E Hirons, P J Joyce, A W Nicholls, C J Masters, J JMarlow, H J Goffin, E Moore, P Batchelor, N Webb, E H Robinson, H J Whitfield, C J Crane, A J Renshaw, L W West, E E Clements, W E Davenport, J O Long, C Farmer, L Griffiths, F A Lee, E H Starke, H W Burnham, H English, F Robson, C E Clarke, A Rainhow, S Roach, R T Paxton, C A Jeeves, F W Gurney, J H Batchelor, S W Cockram, A Sinclair, F T Sheffield, H Seaton, H Mansfield, H J Ford, H J Clark, G B Hancock, A J Curtis, G Gunn, and A Bustin. From Erecting Shops : A Ashwin, W R Bolton, E Welch, W Page, T Montgomery, D McNicol, W Chater, J C Birch, A E West, T Daffey, E Watts, E C Busson, G E Middleditch, R Clowes, E H White, and W T Walton.

Rugby Advertiser 5th September 1914

Oldershaw, Herbert, Died 4th Sep 1914

Herbert Oldershaw.   1890 – 1914 Regn No 13655.

Herbert was the son of Sarah Elizabeth & Samuel Oldershaw, born in 1890 in St Mary’s Nottingham. Samuel looks like to have been a full-time serving soldier, having served in Ireland where their first child Annie Elizabeth was born. The two boys, Philip & Herbert were born in Nottingham.

Philip was also in WW1 but as a “Leading Signalman” on the Torpedo Boat “HMS Bulwark”

Herbert was married   in March Qtr 1913 to Violet A Chambers   in Nottingham, they settled in Rugby where Herbert worked at BTH in the Turbine Dept.   Violet & Herbert had a daughter , Ivy born June Qtr 1914 in Rugby. Shortly before leaving for France.

The information below is taken from his Regimental No 13655.

Herbert Oldershaw served in the Grenadier Guards, 2nd Battalion, Regimental No 13655.

He was awarded 3 medals;   Victory Medal, British Medal, 14 Star   and Clasp. As found on the Medal Roll of Honour.   Qualifying Date. 13th August 1914. Also stated “Dead Body Found.” 4th September 1914. A matter of 22 days. Or 4 days at Foret de Retz as descried below.

The Guards Grave, Villers-Cotterets is a small town 22 klm South-West of Soissons. Guards’ Grave Cemetery shown below. He was buried in a small cemetery with his other comrades of Grenadier Guards. He is remembered on a small stone cross in “Guards Grave, Villers-Cotterets Forest.   Dept; Aisne. Picardie France. Plot No 33.

“ The Forêt de Retz was the scene of a rearguard action fought by the 4th (Guards) Brigade on 1 September 1914. In the aftermath of the fighting, many of the dead Guardsmen were buried by the people of Villers-Cotterêts. The cemetery was formed by the Irish Guards when the British forces regained this territory two months later and contains 98 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 20 of which are unidentified. Just north of the cemetery on the road to Vivières stands a memorial to the Coldstream, Grenadier and Irish Guardsmen who were killed or mortally wounded during the rearguard action. The memorial, which was unveiled in 1922, was placed there by Lady Edward Cecil, the mother of Captain George Edward Cecil of the Coldstream Guards who fell during the fighting on 1 September and is buried in the cemetery.” (PIC)