28th Nov 1914. War Casualties

We understand that two Dunchurch men were on H.M. battleship Bulwark, which has been blown up.

Sergt A Amos, of the 3rd Dragoon Guards, nephew of Mrs C W Bluemel, Northfield House, Rugby, has written to say that he is wounded and in hospital at Rouen.

Pte P Benjamin, 1st South Staffs, of 19 Newland Street, New Bilton, has written informing his aunt, with whom he lived, that he has been wounded in the side, the bullet being extracted from his back. He is at present in Netley Hospital.

Induced in the casualty lists between November 11th and 13th is the name of Captain the Hon Rupert Cecil Craven, of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, who is stated to have been wounded in action. Captain Craven, who was born in 1870, is the only surviving brother of the Earl of Craven, Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire.

Trooper F Kitchener, of the 11th Hussars, who formerly worked for Mr J H Lambert, baker, New Bilton, has been reported as missing. Mrs Lambert, however, received a letter from him dated two days after the day mentioned, when he was quite safe, and the inference is that he became detached from his company.

Mr J T Wrighton, of 34 Abbey Street, has received a letter from his son, Sapper William Wrighton, Royal Engineers, stating that he was wounded in the left arm on November 11th, and is at present in a hospital at Cardiff, where he is receiving every attention, and is making good progress. Sapper Wrighton, who is 20 years of age, has been in the army two years, and before enlisting was employed at Messrs Willans & Robinson’s, and was also a former member of “ E ” Company. He was a member of the Rifle Section which a few years ago won the Arthur James Challenge Cup.


The news of the death in action of Pte G Thornycroft, of the 1st Royal Warwicks, which we published last week, caused much regret in Hillmorton, where he was well known, and his wife has been the recipient of many expressions of sympathy, for which she wishes to thank all friends. At Hillmorton Parish Church on Sunday night the Vicar (Rev R Lever) fittingly alluded to the late soldier, and “ On the resurrection morning ” and other suitable hymns were sung.


Mrs H Oldershaw, of 129 Oxford Street, Rugby, and formerly of Bilton, on Wednesday evening received official notification from Capt Forbes, Grenadier Guards, that her husband, Pte Hy Oldershaw, Grenadier Guards, was buried in a large tomb at Rond de la Reine, Villers Coterrets Forest, about September 4th. Pte Oldershaw, whose photo we reproduced last week, was 25 years of age, and leaves a widow and infant child, with whom much sympathy will be felt.


News been received from Mr G T Hilton, of Rugby, who has taken up his duties in France, where he has charge of about 100 men. He speaks of the urgent need for warm clothing, and appeals for supplies of underwear, etc, to be sent out.

At a meeting on Monday night the Co-operative Employees’ Relief Committee decided to organise a whist drive. They also voted a guinea to the Belgian’ Relief Fund. The arrangement whereby refugees may obtain weekly, at the expense of the committee, 10s worth of groceries at the stores is still in force.

Pte Joseph Wm Shaw, of the Mill Farm, Clifton-on-Dunsmore, son of Mr and Mrs Shaw, late of Lilbourne, has been promoted to the rank of corparal, and is now on the permanent staff of the Army Veterinary Corps Hospital at Stockwood Park, Luton.

A signal honour has been paid to the Leicestershire Yeomanry. They are brigaded with the 1st Life Guards, are doing duty as infantry in the trenches, and using the rifle and the bayonet.

Mr J Hammond, the secretary of the B.T.H Athletic Club, has joined the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Two sons of Mr E Bluemel, of Penrhos House, Clifton Road, have recently enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company.

The Warwickshire Yeomanry, as part of the South Midland Brigade, have left Newbury for the East Coast.


Recruiting has been again fairly satisfactory at Rugby, 21 having enlisted during the past week, bringing the total up to 1,977, or 23 short of two battalions.


A notice has this week been posted at the B.T.H. Works, in which the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty wish to impress upon those employed in the establishment the importance of the Government work upon which they are engaged :-

” Their Lordships desire all engaged in this establishment to know that it is fully recognised that they, in carrying out the great work of providing for the requirements or the Royal Navy, are doing their duty for their King and Country equally with those who have joined H.M Forces for active service afloat or ashore.

“ Their Lordships fully appreciate the efforts which the employees are making, and trust that everything will be done to assist the Naval Authorities by pushing on all orders as rapidly as possible. A great and special effort is necessary.”


The children of the United States have sent a shipload of Christmas gifts for children of sailors and soldiers killed or missing ; also of those still serving.

The local Relief Committee (Benn Buildings, Rugby) will be glad to receive names and addresses of children who wish to participate in the gift.

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