10th Oct 1914, Local War Notes

Mr T H Paine, an ex-soldier, of Clifton, has re-joined his former regiment, the 19th Hussars.

Mr Goddard, butler at the Rev E Earle’s, Bilton Change, has left to join the Colours at the front.

Mr C T Morris Davies, the Welsh international hockey player, and captain of the Rugby Hockey Club, also Well-known in the cricket field, has joined the 6th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

The Northants Yeomanry, who have volunteered for foreign service, are being served out with new rifles, and also with swords. They expect to move south from Houghton Regis on Saturday preparatory to going to the front.

R W Lucas-Lucas is now at the camp at Valcartier, Quebec, and will serve with the Canadian contingent.

Lieutenant Guy B Lucas-Lucas returned from Australia on Tuesday, and rejoined the Howitzer Battery at Great Baddow, Chelmsford, on Wednesday.

The profits of the third scholars’ swimming gala, to be held at the Rugby Public Baths on Monday evening, will be devoted to the Prince of Wales’ National Relief Fund. An excellent programme, including the team race for the “ Flint ” Cup, which was won last year by St Matthew’s School, has been arranged.

The members of the local Howitzer Brigade, who are now located in Essex, are beginning to find the nights are getting cold, and that warmer clothing is needed. In another column we publish an appeal from Mrs West, of Bawnmore, wife of Col West, who is in Command of the Brigade, asking for garments, &c, and we would suggest that there are many friends of the Brigade in Rugby-mothers, wives, sisters, or sweethearts, who might be able to occupy their spare time in knitting cuffs to keep the wrists warm, belts, and other little comforts.

W J Farn (Mechanical Transport Army Service Corps), better known as “ Dolph ” Farn, is now in St Gabriel’s College, Camberwell, London, having been wounded just outside Rheims with shrapnel and falling masonry. The shrapnel shattered three fingers on his left hand. Among other exciting experiences was the retreat from Mons, Farn driving a traction engine in the retreat, but the engine was gradually overhauled by the Germans and eventually had to be abandoned. Farn only saw one B.T.H man at the front-Judd, of the B.T.H Turbine Extension-whom he saw outside Rheims on September 13th.


Recruiting has again been slack at the Drill Hall this week. Since the outbreak of hostilities, however, the number enlisting at Rugby has been 1,890, at Nuneaton 1,841, and at Atherstone 400. Rugby is thus a head of Nuneaton, despite the larger population of the mining town.


Past and present members of “ E ” Company, R.W.R, will hear with pleasure of the progress which Corpl A P White is making in the Royal Naval Air Service. Mr White was a member of the Company for a good number of years, and was very popular in all ranks. He was employed at the B.T.H. He is now chief petty officer in the navy, and left Rugby about two months ago for service. On September 1st, in company with about 30 other petty officers and mechanics, he went to the Central Flying School at Upavon for a month’s instruction in aero engines and aircraft. On the completion of his course he came out top at the examination, well in advance of the remainder, and consequently he has been transferred to the permanent staff of the school, as instructor in workshops-a satisfactory position, which was only gained by hard work and many hours of study.


“ Thank God, when the young lads fall, sir,
We still have the brave old boys.”

So runs the well-known song, and an inspiring example of the truth of this was afforded at Rugby Drill Hall recently when two veterans, who have long left the regular army, came forward as recruits, and were, to their great delight, accepted. Col-Sergt James Manning, aged 64 years and six months, was the first to present himself, and last Friday he left the Drill Hall for Dorchester, to rejoin his old regiment, the Dorsetshires, at his former rank of colour-sergeant-instructor. He is a fine specimen of a recruit, states the Recruiting Officer, and when he left the Drill Hall he was as “ lively as a cricket.” The other aged hero is Corpl George Goode, who, at the age of 58, has re-enlisted at his old rank in the Northamptonshire Regiment, to which he was formerly attached.


Corpl A J Harris, of the Motor Cycle Dispatch Riders’ Corps, now serving at the front, has written further letters home to his parents-Mr and Mrs A Harris, Dunchurch Road. He says he feels as fit as he has ever been in his life, and is learning to dodge the German shells. Details of the work being undertaken are not given, but Corpl Harris says the officers in command are very pleased with what the dispatch riders are doing.


One thought on “10th Oct 1914, Local War Notes

  1. Thank you for this information. I know little about my grandfather, but spotted the entry from W.J Farn in the 10th Oct 1914 notes. I know my grandfather drove a traction engine in WW1 and had a son, Dolph. He survived the war and died in about 1957.
    David Farn, Coventry.

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