24th Jul 1915. Rugby Man Arrested by Sentry

PHOTOGRAPHY IN WAR TIME.

RUGBY MAN ARRESTED BY SENTRY.

At Bangor, on Saturday, Frank James Hawkins, 59 Regent Street, Rugby, electrical engineer, a visitor to Llandudno, was charged under the Defence of the Realm Act (a) with taking a photograph in the neighbourhood of Menai Bridge without authority or sanction of a competent military officer, with intent to assist the enemy, and (b) with being in possession of photographic instruments in the shape of a hand camera, etc.

Accused pleaded not guilty to the first charge, but admitted the second.

Private Jones, a sentry at the Carnarvonshire end of the Menai Suspension Bridge, said he saw the accused on top of a wall, apparently taking a photograph of the opposite side of the Straits, which included a view of the Anglesey end of the suspension bridge.

Hawkins said he was totally ignorant of the regulations on this subject. He was staying at Llandudno, and on the day in question went on a motor-cycle through the Pass of Llanberis, and came to Carnarvon, and thence towards Bangor, and seeing a road marked “ To Menai Bridge,” he took that road, as he wished to see the bridge. He got on a wall and saw a nice view of the village, and he thought he would photograph it.

The Bench expressed themselves quite satisfied that defendant had acted in ignorance imposed a light fine of 20s.

FROM AN INTERNMENT CAMP IN GERMANY.

“ TAFFY, THE CRANE DRIVER,” A PRISONER OF WAR.

The Rev F Potter, of St Marie’s College, Rugby, has received an interesting communication from Pte Wm Turner, of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, who formerly worked as a crane-driver at Messrs Willans & Robinson’s Works, and is now a prisoner in Germany. He says :-

“ I am going on quite well, hoping you and all the old country are the same. I am interned in a camp composed of Irishmen and Roman Catholics. Our camp is situated on a hill in the beautiful valley of the Rhine overlooking the city of Limburg on the Lahn. The treatment and the accommodation is all that can or could be desired in this camp. There are also Russian and French prisoners interned here, but separated by barbed wire from us. We do a little light work daily as exercise. You may probably be aware of the object in having all Irishmen together ; we are in the Catholic district.

“ I should like my friends and workmates of Messrs Willans & Robinson to know that I am still alive and well, after ten months on the Continent, but am now, unfortunately, guest of the German Government. They are sure to remember ‘Taffy, the crane-driver,’ as I was known at the Victoria Works. Probably you may have amongst your congregation in or around Rugby some good Samaritan who would like to help the prisoners here by sending a few little comforts, such as cigarettes, tobacco, or food-stuffs, as we depend chiefly on our good peopled for such luxuries. I ask nothing for myself, as my wife, who as you know lives at Ashby, sends me all I require, but for those who have neither relatives or friends. Should any be sent through me, I shall be only too pleased to distribute them amongst the most deserving causes, and will acknowledge all gifts to the best of my ability. We receive a little occasionally from ladies in England, but as the number of men is great (about 2,000), and by far exceed the supply received, the individual quantity is very infinitesimal. I trust that men from Rugby and district now serving at the front are quite well. My prayers and those of my comrades interned here are offered for their safe return to their homes in the near future. I trust you are quite well, and shall be only too pleased to hear from you or anyone wishing to communicate with me. Our treatment is very fair. We have every facility for cleanliness, and the German Authorities supply change of underclothing as required, so we have nothing very much to complain about. Wishing you and all the old country the best of luck and good wishes, and a speedy conclusion to the terrible war. I remain, Rev Sir, Yours very respectfully. No 7242 William Turner, Royal Munster Fusiliers (late crane-driver Victoria Works), Limburg, Lahn.”

The Catholic Chaplain, Father Crotty, Dominican at Limburg, writing to Father Potter about this man, among other things says : “ You may assure Mrs Turner that her husband is being well cared for. Yesterday, with the other prisoners of war, he took part in our grand procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the Irish Quarter of the lager.” This chaplain is an Englishman. Since this above was written, Pte Turner has sent a post-card saying that he has been removed from the above camp.

B.T.H. MAN KILLED.

Mr and Mrs Davenport, of the Home Farm, Lindley Lodge, Nuneaton, have received the sad news that their son, Pte Henry Herbert Davenport, was killed by a German sniper on the morning of June 22nd. At the time he enlisted deceased was working at the B.T.H, and formerly at Churchover, where he was a schoolboy.

The following sympathetic letter from his captain has been received by Mrs Davenport, and we are sure the acquaintances of the young soldier will share the regret expressed by the officer :-“ Dear Madam,—It is with the deepest regret that I have to write and tell you of the death of your son, No 10608, Pte H Davenport. He was shot through the head by a German sniper, and died almost at once. He was buried close to where he fell, just behind the trench, and the spot is marked with a cross. The ground becomes the property of the British Government, and the grave will be well cared for. The Officers and the Company deeply sympathise with you in your great loss, and we all respected your son for his fine character and soldierly qualities. He was killed on the morning of the 22nd.—Yours with deep sympathy, A W T WEBB, Captain.”

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Pte Bertie Cecil Mander (Rugby), of the 4th Battalion of the Canadian contingent, has been wounded in action in Flanders.

Mr W J Peddell, auctioneer, Rugby,has been gazetted to a second-lieutenant in in the 10th South Staffs Regiment. Lieut Peddell has arranged with Messrs Tait, Sons, & Pallant to carry on his business during his absence.

Lce-Corpl Stanley Hidden son of Mr and Mrs George Hidden, Moultrie Road, Rugby, late of the Leicestershire Yeomanry, has received a commission as second-lieutenant in the Warwickshire Yeomanry.

Messrs Hoare, Clench, Jones, West, and Reynolds, all employees of the Co-operative Society, Rugby, presented themselves for enlistment at Coventry this week for the 7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Unfortunately Clench, Jones, and West were rejected for medical reasons, but have signified their intention of offering their services in the manufacture of munitions.

SAPPER SNOOK WOUNDED.

Mrs Snook, of 40 Lodge Road, has received news from the War Office that her second son, Sapper A E Snook, of the Royal Engineers, has been severely wounded in the scrotum and right thigh, and is now in a hospital in this country. Sapper Snook was with his brother and several friends when the shell which wounded him burst ; and although another Rugby man was wounded at the time, the rest had a marvellous escape. Mrs Snook has three sons with the colours. Two have been to the front, and the youngest is expecting to go shortly. All three enlisted at the commencement of the war, when they were employed at the B.T.H Works.

WOUNDED IN HAND AND FACE.

Pte Ernest Luthwaite, of the 1st Hampshire Regiment, son of Mr J Luthwaite, of 39 Lodge Road, Rugby, has been wounded in the right hand and the face. The news was communicated to Rugby by the Rev T L Bruce, chaplain of No. 1 Canadian General Hospital France, where Pte Luthwaite is under treatment as a patient. He is reported to be progressing favourably and to be comfortable and cheerful. Before he enlisted Pte Luthwaite was a glass blower in the Mazda Lamp Factory at the B.T.H Works. He joined the Army on the outbreak of the war, and has been in France about two months. When in Rugby he became a member of the Park Albions, and played at half-back for that club.

NEW BILTON MEN WOUNDED.

Mr E T Burton, of 35 Avenue Road, New Bilton has received an intimation from the War Office that his son, Pte M Burton, of the King’s Royal Rifles, was wounded (shot wound in right leg) on the 8th inst., “ somewhere in France.” He was taken to the 1st Canadian Hospital at Etaples, and has since been removed to the Military Hospital at Edmonton, Middlesex. Before enlisting in September he was engaged in the core-making department at Willans & Robinson’s Works. We understand that he is progressing favourably.

Mrs C H Wood, of 11 Campbell Street, New Bilton, has received intimation from the War Office that her husband, Pte Wood, of the 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was wounded in the thorax by shrapnel on July 8th. Pte Wood, who joined the Army in January, and was previous to that time employed by Messrs Frost as a compositor, has written to his wife stating that he is going on well. He is at present in a General Hospital in France.

LANCE-CORPL. F. H. BOTTERILL WOUNDED.

“ A BULLET STRAIGHT IN THE EYE.”

Capt W F Wood, of the 1st Rugby Company Boys Brigade, has received a letter, dated County Hospital, Huntingdon, July 21st, from Lce-Corpl F H Botterill, of the 1st Royal Warwicks, announcing that he has been wounded, and giving some account of his experiences. We make the following extract from the letter:—“ As an old boy of your Company, I feel I am only doing my duty in writing to my Commanding Officer, and the one who first taught me the duties of a soldier. I have now been connected with the army for 12 years, but there has been far more stirring times this last twelve months than all the other, for I went to France last August. I have been with my old regiment, the 1st Royal Warwickshire, and I am proud to belong to it, for it has seen a lot of service, and we have always done our duty. I have seen very many of my old comrades go never to return, and my life has been spared on several occasions ; but they caught me at last, with a bullet straight in the eye. I am thankful it came out near my ear instead of going through my brain. I have lost my left eye, and it has been very hard to take my food, for I couldn’t open my mouth, but I am pleased to tell you I have had a wonderful recovery. My hearing has got normal also ; I can open my mouth much wider, and can see nicely to write a letter with my sound eye. I have seen a few exciting times, and the work was very hard last August and September. I went through the winter in the trenches, but they gave me a decent “ Easter Egg.” Still, I am very thankful my life has been spared, for the doctors all tell me I must have a “ strong spot,” but I am about “fed up.” This makes the fourth hospital I have been in, and it is rather monotonous after the life I have been leading, for I have never had anything worse than a cold. Still, I mustn’t worry, for I have always been in charge of a section, and I have seen many come and go, and some never to see the dear old home again.”

CAPTAIN OF RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB BUSY IN FRANCE.

George Renshaw, captain of Rugby F.C, has had a busy time since he enlisted seven months ago in the Army Service Corps. He has been in France six months, and is engaged in clerical work. In a communication received by his brother on Thursday he states that he is working daily from 4 a.m till 8 p.m, so has little time for letter-writing. The popular Rugby full back is cheerful and well, in spite of the fact that he has not slept in a bed for several months.

COMMENDATION FOR A B.T.H RECRUIT.

Lance-Corpl F Keeley, 4th Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps has received commendation from his Commanding Officer and Brigade Commander for his conduct in the field with the British Expeditionary Force. Corpl Keeley enlisted in August at Rugby, where he was working as a pattern-maker for the British Thomson-Houston Company. He gained his promotion to corporal, and was transferred from B Company to C Company for his conduct in the second battle of Ypres.

A REQUEST FOR RAZORS.

Pte H Holmes, 1664 B Company, 1st Royal Warwicks, serving with the British Expeditionary Force, whose home is at 47 Wood Street, Rugby, has written us stating that there are twelve or more men in the regiment to his knowledge without razors, and if any of our readers have old razors that will shave the men referred to would be glad of them. We understand that all men have razors served out to them as part of their equipment, but apparently the men Pte Holmes refers to have lost theirs. Our correspondent informs us that he went out to France on November 11th last year, and has been in hospital twice. He adds:” We are out of the trenches now for a longer rest. Our regiment took part in that affair on July 6th. We were called up on the night we were going to be relieved, but had to stop owing to the Germans keeping on counter-attacking. The Old Warwicks helped to hold them back well.”

CREDITABLE RECORD OF A HILL FAMILY.

For a father, three sons, and a son-in-law to be serving with the colours is a record of which any family might well be proud. The hamlet of Hill, near Leamington Hastings, has a household that claims this distinction. Mr Wm Cleaver, the father, is in the 7th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and is engaged in guarding bridges at Rugby. His eldest son is Sergt W H Cleaver, of the 19th Hussars, who went out to the front last August. He was slightly wounded in the foot, and has been home for a short time, but is now back again at the war. His injury was caused by shrapnel, and another piece of the shell became embedded in his cap. Both bits of metal are being retained as souvenirs. The other two sons, Privates A H Cleaver and B J Cleaver, are in the 3rd Gloucester Regiment, to which they have been transferred from the 19th Hussars. They are expecting to leave for the front this week. The son-in-law, Pte John Prestidge,is serving with the South Staffordshire Regiment at the Dardanelles.

RECRUITING AT RUGBY.

The following men have been attested at the Rugby Drill Hall this week :—J A Bryan, Royal Engineers ; Thos Hellier Edward, T H Johnson, and F Proctor, A.S.C ; A Hill and E Brown, A.V.C ; T Stewart, R.A.M.C ; C Denton and T Smith, R.F.A ; M A Adnitt, D Smith, and R Redding, R.W.R ; J Myers, K.O.Y.L.I ; J O’Donnell, 14th Gloucesters (Bantams) ; A Brown, Rifle Brigade.

FURTHER TIDINGS OF THE RUGBY HOWITZERS.

Sergt-Major Hopewell, of the Rugby Howitzer Brigade, has written to Mr W F Wood, of Market Place, Rugby, giving an account of recent fighting, in which the local Howitzers took part. The letter is dated, July 4th. Referring to the Boys’ Brigade, he says:—

“ I think it is a splendid organization, and the large number of men that we have who are past members of your Company show that the patriotic instinct instilled in them in youth grows up with them in after life. We all hope you will have an excellent camp and the very best of weather to enable you to enjoy it to the full.”

He then proceeds: “ I will just briefly relate what has occurred since I wrote to you last. We did our usual amount of firing up till Sunday, June 6th, 1915, when we had a good day’s “ sport,” which commenced by the Engineers exploding two mines under the German trenches. This was a signal for our artillery and machine-guns being turned on the enemy’s position, which was a network of trenches. In the report of the day’s action, which was issued by the General of our Army Corps, our battery was very favourably mentioned. The enemy made three different attacks since them, each preceded by the explosion of a mine, but in every case the saps were short, resulting in the mines exploding between the trenches instead of under our’s, so the damage to our people was practically nil. They sent over 400 shells in one of these spasms in about an hour, and we also had eight rounds in and about our gun position—one coming through a dug-out and another bursting it the edge of a gun platform. Luckily, no one was hurt, as all the men were at the other end of the gun position. We also had several close to the billet, but with nil results, and another farm near by was burnt down by their incendiary shells. Our observing party were shelled out of their station the other day, about 30 falling all round the place in the morning, and one hit the building in the afternoon, but they were all in the dug-out by then, so no harm was done. The village near to where we were also had a bad gruelling for about three weeks, but it didn’t make the civilians clear out, although a good many of them were wounded. The Germans attacked, very heavily for about two hours a week last Thursday night, and some of their infantry got as far as our trenches, but were repulsed, leaving twenty or thirty dead behind them. We have had a little recreation in the form of a ‘smoker’ now and again, and we also played another battalion at footer and beat them 1—0, and another battalion at cricket, and beat them by 11 runs, so you will see it is not all fighting here. We have very little fear from the gases now, as every man is supplied with a new pattern smoke helmet and respirator, and both have been proved very efficient by actual experiment. We moved from our position a week last Saturday for an alleged rest, so had our final hate in the morning by putting 15 rounds into their trenches, and started on trek in the evening, arriving at our present destination Tuesday night. The march was very interesting, as we saw a good deal of the country, marching from about 6 p.m until midnight each day, and having the days to ourselves except for stables and harness cleaning. We are at present staying in a mining village, which is very pretty, as it is so thickly wooded, and has evidently been part of a large estate at some time or other.

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