3rd Apr 1915. Departure of Territorials


The South Midland Division, which comprises the Birmingham and Warwickshire Territorials, left Essex, where they have been located some time, for foreign service last week-end.

Letters to hand state that the Battalion is already close up to the firing line.


The Howitzer Brigade was moved from its quarters at Great Baddow for foreign service.


The following have been recruited this week at the Rugby Drill Hall :-Royal Berks Regiment, C Noon ; Hants Regiment, J E Hunt ; Coldstream Guards, W Jaques ; Royal Engineers, A E Goldfinch ; A.S.C, T Winterburn and W Baines.


Mr H W Pratt, of Newton Manor, has enlisted in the Sportsmen’s Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, as a private.

Mr B R Relton, son of Dr B Relton, of Rugby, has just returned from the trenches in France on a short leave, and he has, we understand, received a commission as second-lieutenant.

“ The Astoroid,” the official journal of the B.T.H Club, issued this week, tells us that the total number of B.T.H employees who have joined the colours up to the present time is 1,085.

Pte W Gardner, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, a reservist, previous to being called up at the commencement of the war was employed by Mr W Lowe, New Bilton Post Office, has been wounded in the hand. The wound had now healed, and he is in a convalescent home at Milton Hill, Berks, but it is believed that he has lost the use of his hand.

Mrs Underwood, of Long Lawford, has received news from the front that her son, Private W Underwood, B Company, 1st Royal Warwick Regiment, has been killed in action. Pte Underwood was stationed in India for eight years, and returned to England two years ago. He was resting in his dug-out when a shell burst, and wounded him. While his comrades were assisting to remove him to a place of safety, he was struck by another shell, the wound this time proving fatal. In a letter to Mrs Underwood, the Captain of the Company, after detailing the facts and expressing the sympathy of deceased’s comrades, says he had known Pte Underwood for four years, and he would be particularly missed by the machine-gun section, as he was one of their best men. He was 30 years of age, and had been in the Army nearly 12 years.


There will be no drill on Saturday, April 3rd. Platoon drills will be as usual next week.

The rifle range will be closed on Friday, Saturday, and Monday next ; but will be open, as usual, on and after Tuesday, April 6th.


The usual monthly meeting of the members was held on Monday last, at the Court Room, Town Hall, Rugby, Mr J R Barker (chairman of the Chamber) presiding over a fair attendance of members.

The Secretary read a letter received from Major Nickalls, officer commanding 1st Company 5th Warwickshire R.F.A Battery(Howitzer), acknowledging the receipt of 48 pairs of pants for the use of the men of the Battery.


Not a little consternation was occasioned in the town on Tuesday evening by the ringing of the big bell of the School Chapel, which, it was announced, was to be sounded in conjunction with the B.T.H blower in the event of threatened Zeppelin raid. The occasion was, however, a service in the School Chapel; but this not being common knowledge, the authorities were inundated with enquiries as to the cause. Services were held on other evenings in the week, but in the circumstances the bell was not rung.

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