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

10 thoughts on “5th Sep 1914, Rugby’s Magnificent Response

  1. Reading the list of ‘Staff’ recruits from Willans and Robinson above, I would like to add that 9 out of these 16 early volunteers are remembered on our Drawing Office Memorial here at Alstom. Paul

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