27th Nov 1915. Work amongst the horses at the front

WORK AMONGST THE HORSES AT THE FRONT.

A very interesting lantern lecture on the special work of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in France, was gives in the Co-operative Hall on Wednesday evening by Mr L Y Squire. The Rev W H Payne Smith presided over a fairly good attendance, and before calling upon Mr Squire to give his lecture, pointed out that the R.S.P.C.A was the only one of the numerous societies which existed in England for the encouragement of proper treatment of animals whose help had been accepted by the Army Council.

Mr Squire then delivered his lecture, and stated that as soon as the war broke out the R.S P.C.A offered its services to the Army Veterinary Department, because they had over 200 inspectors in England and Wales, men who had been trained by Veterinary Lectures, etc, to look after horses, and the Society felt that these men could be more usefully occupied in that direction than in other ways. The Government replied to the effect that they had made their arrangements, and, as far as they knew, they would be able to get along all right, and, if necessary, they would call the Society in later. This was in August, 1914, but things grew so rapidly and developed so amazingly, that the Government were very soon desirous of their help, and asked them for assistance by starting a special fund for providing the many things necessary for horses at home and abroad. About November, last year, the Society was appointed an auxiliary to the Amy Veterinary Department. He pointed out that no one was allowed within 15 miles of the firing line unless they belonged to the Army, and therefore a good number of their inspectors were recruited into the Army. They could not drain the country of all their inspectors, because there was plenty of work for them, and it was not to be supposed that there was no cruelty going on at home now. As a matter of fact there was more now than for some years past, because the best horses had been commandeered by the Government, and a great many old crocks were showing themselves about the place, and must be stringently looked after. However, they had sent over their best men, and, in addition, they had trained and sent out 300 others, chiefly drawn from the groom class. Veterinary lectures and lessons in bandaging were given to those men, who were thus prepared for the work of the A.V.D at the front. At the present time the ordinary work of the Society was going on as usual. The number of convictions obtained was as high as before, and this work had to be done with 50 per cent of the staff with the Colours. Mr Squire pointed out that the money collected for their Special War Fund went direct to the horses of the British Army, all the work was being done by the Society’s staff at headquarters, and not one penny of the money was spent in salaries. Another phase of the Society’s work was the delivery of lectures on the horse and veterinary matters to the newly formed cavalry and artillery units of the Army, and he could assure them that these lectures were much appreciated by the men, who were as keen as mustard. Dealing with their work at the front, Mr Squire mentioned that the reason there was such a large number of casualties among horses was that they had to draw the supplies from the mechanical transport section to the actual war area. They had now three large horse hospitals at the front, two capable of accommodating 1,000 horses each, and the third 1,290 ; these were built at a cost of £31,000, and, so far, the results had been very satisfactory. Chloroform was how administered to all horses to be operated upon, and in cases where recovery was hopeless or, doubtful, the Animals were mercifully slaughtered. They also had a convalescent horse depot, for horses which had broken down through overwork ; here they had treated 100,000 animals, and of these 70,000 had been able to return to work. Twenty-eight horse ambulances and two motor ambulances for conveying the horses to the hospital, had also been sent out at a great expense. Despite all this there was a great deal more work to do, although they had the matter well in hand as far as France was concerned, but that was not the only field of operations, and there was urgent need for assistant in the other theatres of war. The Society had spent the money to the best of their ability as they went along, and there was very little in hand now, and they would want a lot more if they were going to look after the British horses in other sphere’s of hostilities, as they would have to do in the coming winter and spring.

Additional interest was lent to the lecture by the photographs which were projected on to the screen by Mr E H Hall.

The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the lecturer, proposed by Mr J J McKinnell. Members of the Rugby Womens’ Volunteer Reserve acted as stewards, and a collection was taken on behalf of the war work of the Society.

RUGBY TOWN RED CROSS HOSPITAL.

Te Hira, the house so kindly lent by Mr and Mrs St Hill, has been accepted by the War Office as Auxiliary Hospital to the 1st Southern General Hospital, R.A.M.C.T, Edgbaston, Birmingham. Te Hira has now to be equipped as soon as possible to receive 20 men and staff.

A large amount of the necessary articles for equipping the hospital has already been offered, but considerable expense will still have to be incurred before the hospital is completely furnished.

Some donations, which are acknowledged below, have just been received ; others will be welcome. It is not, however, proposed to ask for many more towards furnishing.

For running expenses assistance will probably, at first, be needed ; for this purpose it is hoped that a large number of weekly subscriptions, from 6d to 2/6 a week, will be forthcoming. Will those who feel disposed to do this send a postcard saying what they desire to subscribe, either to Mrs Wharton, Vine Cottage, Bilton, or to Mrs Prior, Dunchurch Road, Rugby.

Great help was given at our Red Cross Hospital last year by many tradesmen, laundresses, and others, who supplied articles of food, etc, without charge, for certain periods. Any help of that nature will be greatly appreciated. Those who are good enough to wish to help again should communicate, with the above-named ladies.

To help to swell our Funds we hope to organise a Red Cross day shortly. As no collection was made in Rugby for “ Our Day ” recently, it is hoped there will be a good response to the Rugby Town Red Cross Collection.

Donations Received.

Balance, of Red Cross Funds   £    s    d

collected by G Miller, Esq         8     6   7

Dr and Mrs Simey……….           1    0    0

The Misses Harris………            4   14   0

Mr Morris of the Empire…          10   0    0

Miss J Wratislaw……….             1     0    0

Mrs McCawley………….                   2    6

Miss R H Dukes                              2     6

Mr A J Shillitoe……….                       5    0

Rugby Lamp Factory……..         2    2    0

£27   12    7

A fully equipped bed has been given by the Misses Alderson, by Mrs Hopps, and by G Miller, Esq.

M. MICHELL,
Vice-President B.R.C. Society.

 

FARMERS’ RED CROSS GIFT.

COMPLETION OF CONVOY OF FIFTY AMBULANCES.

Fourteen motor ambulances of the latest pattern, approved by the War Office, were view on Tuesday afternoon in St James’s Square. They were the last of a convoy of fifty presented by British farmers to the British Red Cross Society and the St John’s Ambulance Association.

The cars have; accommodation for eight sitting patients, together with one attendant and a driver, or for four patients when stretchers as used. The complete convoy has cost £32,500, the price of each car being £450, and with each has been given a sum of £200 for its upkeep for six months. The chassis are of American manufacture, but the Bedford Motor Works, Willesden, are responsible for the body work.

There was no formal ceremony, but during the day many farmers and landowners from the country who had contributed to their cost inspected the cars, which came from the counties of Wiltshire (4), Warwickshire (2), Hereford (2), Stafford (1), Yorkshire (1), Northampton (1) Somerset (1), Monmouth (1), and Cheshire (1).

 

27th Nov 1915. Lord Derby’s Scheme

THE RECRUITING POSITION.
CLEAR DEFINITION BY LORD DERBY.

The following correspondence has been sent out for publication:—

Derby House, Stratford Place, W.
November 19, 1915.

My dear Prime Minister,

As some uncertainty exists as to the effect of the various statements recently made in Parliament and the Press on the subject of recruiting, may I endeavour to put the position in a few words ?

Married men are not to be called up until young unmarried men have been. If these young men do not come forward voluntarily, you will either release the married men from their pledge or introduce a Bill into Parliament to compel the young men to serve, which, if passed, would mean that the married men would be held to their enlistment. If, on the other hand, Parliament did not pass such a Bill, the married men would be automatically released from their engagement to serve.

By the expression “ young men coming forward to serve ” I think it should be taken to mean that the vast majority of young men not engaged in munition work or work necessary for the country should offer themselves for service, and men indispensable for civil employment and men who have personal reasons which are considered satisfactory by the local tribunals for relegation to a later class, can have their claims examined for such relegation in the way that has already been laid down.

If, after all these claims have been investigated and all the exemptions made mentioned above, there remains, a considerable number of young men not engaged in these pursuits who could perfectly be spared for military service, they should be compelled to serve. On the other hand, if the number should prove to be, as I hope it will, a really negligible minority, there would be no question of legislation.—Yours sincerely,
DERBY.

10, Downing Street, S.W.,
Nov. 19, 1915.

My dear Derby,
I have received your letter of to-day. It correctly expresses the intentions of the Government.—Yours sincerely.
H. H. Asquith.

Lord Derby sent the following telegram on Friday night to the joint secretaries of the Central Political Recruiting Committee, Glasgow :

“ With reference to last night’s meeting, cannot fully express my gratitude to you for all you did for me yesterday. Prime Minister has endorsed all I said, so married men need have no fear that faith will not be kept with them. Motto now :- ‘Full steam ahead ; line clear.’—DERBY.”

For more information about the Derby Scheme see here

LORD DERBY’S RECRUITING SCHEME.

LOCAL ENLISTMENTS UNDER THE GROUP SYSTEM.

The following have enlisted at the Rugby Drill Hall under the Group system. A considerable number of the men have enlisted under Reserve B for munition workers

[The following list of men has been sorted into alphabetical order for ease of use.]

SINGLE MEN.
Adnitt, Albert Edward, Yelvertoft
Adnitt, Horace Gilbert, Lilbourne
Aldridge, Frank, 152 Grosvenor Road, Rugby
Allen, Charles, 11 Rokeby Street, Rugby
Anderson, Frank, Nobottle, Northants
Anderson, Robert, West Haddon
Armstrong, Frank, 29 East Street, Rugby
Austin, Wilfred, 3 Oliver Street, Rugby
Aylmer, William, 46 Craven Road, Rugby
Balsham, Arthur, 55 Wood Street Rugby
Barfoot, William Henry, Willoughby
Barnett, Alfred Henry John, Newbold-on-Avon
Barnett, Ernest Geo, The Heath, Dunchurch
Barnwell, Mark, 61 Craven Road, Rugby
Barrs, Clifford Hubert Watts, King’s Head, Lutterworth
Batchelor, Charles, 7 Addison Terrace, Bilton
Baxter, John, 8 Union Street, Rugby
Baynton, George William, Draycote Hill
Beasley, Joseph, 1 Lodge Road, Rugby
Billing, Ernest Walter, 19 Caldecott Street, Rugby
Billingham, Percy, 18 East Street, Rugby
Bishop, John, 6 Northcote Road, Rugby
Blundell, Sidney Herbert, 49 James Street, Rugby
Blundell, Sidney Herbert, 49 James Street, Rugby
Bolton, Arthur William, 1 Clarence Road, New Bilton
Bolton, Ralph James. 31 King Edward Road, Rugby
Boneham, Cyril Seymour, 8 South 8treet, Rugby
Bonnick, Arthur, 20 West Leyes, Rugby
Bowell, Bertram Ottaway, 10 Cromwell Road, Rugby
Boyes, Thomas Wm, 42 Poplar Grove, Rugby
Bradshaw, John Walter, 68 Claremont Road, Rugby
Brown, Fredk William, 11 York Street, Rugby
Brown, Leonard Charles, 90 Claremont Road, Rugby
Browne, Rowland Wilson, 1 Charlotte Street, Rugby
Burnham, Rowland George, 95 Lawford Road, Rugby
Burton, Alfred Joseph, South View, Bilton
Butcher, Isaac, Houston Road, Brownsover
Butcher, John, Hillmorton Paddox
Butler, Ralph, 58 Cambridge Street, Rugby
Cane, John Alfred, South Kilworth
Carter, Harry, 61 New Street, New Bilton
Cave, John Henry, Newbold on-Avon
Chamberlain, Austin William, Bitteswell
Chater, Thos John, 32 Bridget Street, Rugby
Clarke, Benjamin Page, 3 Graham Road, Rugby
Clarke, Thomas, Newbold-on-Avon
Clarks, Edward John, 77 Wood Street, Rugby
Clarkson, Herbert Heap, 16 Bridget Street, Rugby
Clay, Sydney, 6 Bridge Street, Rugby
Cleaver, Frederick Harold, Newton
Cleaver, Herbert Alf, 43 Windsor Street, Rugby
Clements, George Henry, 32 Chester 8treet, Rugby
Cockerill, Arthur Ernest, Kings Newnham
Colwell, William John, 38 Newbold Road, Rugby
Conopo, Basil Eustace, Stretton-under-Fosse
Conopo,John, The Green, Kilsby
Cooper, Thomas, 17 Essex Street, Rugby
Corill, William L, 135 Grosvenor Road, Rugby
Cowley, Henry, 111A Clifton Road, Rugby
Cox, Ernest William, 15 Russell Street, Rugby
Cox, Fredk Andrew, Pailton Pastures
Crabtree, Bertram, 99 Wood Street, Rugby
Cross, Albert Charles, 113 Oxford Street, Rugby
Darke, Cecil, 49 Newland Street, New Bilton
Davie, Arthur Anderson, 78 Park Road, Rugby
Davies, William Herbert, School Street, Hillmorton
Davis, Levi, Harborough Magna
Day, Alfred Herbert, Old Crown Inn, Newbold-on-Avon
Day, Horace Cadwell, 45 Newbold Road, Rugby
Dean, Sydney James, 40 Oxford Street, Rugby
Deneage, Robert Napier, 54 Wood Street, Rugby
Downs, Robert, 32 Chester Street, Rugby
Dunkley, Harold George, 15 Chester Street, Rugby
Dunne, Joseph Sidney, 28 Dale Street, Rugby
Eaton, Chas, 6 Drury Lane, St Matthew’s St, Rugby
Edwards, Art Clement, Alton Hse, Boughton Rd, Rugby
Eldred, Fredk Charles, 68 Dunchurch Road, Rugby
Elliott, Harry Victor Randolf, 80 Bridget Street, Rugby
Everitt, Ernest, Birstall, Leicestershire
Facer, Percy William, 13 York Terrace, Dunchurch rd
Farmer, Fred, 24 Wood Street, Rugby
Fisher, William, 41 Lower Hillmorton Road, Rugby
Floyer, Fred Davis, 32 Abbey Street, Rugby
Franklin, Alec Edward, 37 Grosvenor Road, Rugby
Franklin, Harry Greenway, 36 Grosvenor Road, Rugby
Frankton, Harry, Long Lawford
Freemantle, James, 60 Windsor Street, Rugby
Freer, Harry Herbert, 7 Chester Street, Rugby
Garner, Robert Norman, Bitteswell
Gibson, Bertram, 28 Hunter Street, Rugby
Goodman, John, High Street, Hillmorton
Goring, Richard, 160 Lawford Road, New Bilton
Green, Harold, 56 Windsor Street, Rugby
Griffin, Archibald, 22 Windsor Street, Rugby
Griffith, Percy Harry, 36 Cambridge Street, Rugby
Grimes, James Alfred, 19 Corbett Street, Rugby
Gurney, Ernest, Winwick
Haddock, Vivian Otto, Winthorpe, Regent St, Rugby
Hall, Fredk George, 44 James Street, Rugby
Halsey, George Louis, 77 Lower Fish St, Northampton
Hammond, Thomas William, Hillmorton Paddox
Hammonds, Joseph, 20 Winfield Street, Rugby
Hancox, Henry, Stretton-on-Dunsmore
Harper, Fredk James, 9 New Street, New Bilton
Harris, Harvey Hazel, 23 New Street, New Bilton
Harris, Henry Robert, 81 Newbold Road, Rugby
Harrison, John Geo, 6 Vicarage Road, Smethwick
Harrowing, Arthur Clarence, 12 Paradise Street, Rugby
Harrowing, Fredk Wm, 48 King Edward Road, Rugby
Haynes, Albert Bernard, Monks Kirby
Heath, Frederick Charles, Newbold-on-Avon
Hedgetts, John, 40 Railway Terrace, Rugby
Henson, Wm Edward, 31 Bridget Street, Rugby
Herring, James Butler, 82 Bath Street, Rugby
Higgins, Edward, 30 Rokeby Street, Rugby
Hill, Arthur Edwin, 44 Grosvenor Road, Rugby
Hilliman, Arthur Geo, 66B Abbey Street, Rugby
Hillyard, Sidney James, 182 Lawford Road, New Bilton
Hilton, Ernest James, 76 South Street, Rugby
Hipwell, Albert Joseph, 149 Murray Road, Rugby
Hipwell, Rowland, Newbold-on-Avon
Hipwell, Thomas William, Cement Works, New Bilton
Hipwell, William Fred, Newbold-on-Avon
Hobday, Thomas George, Stretton-on-Dunsmore
Hobley, Walter James, 46 Winfield Street, Rugby
Holden, Jonathan, 18 Hunter Street, Rugby
Hopkins, Archibald Job, Long Lawford
Horne, David George, Hillmorton Paddox
Horsley, Horace, 33 Albert Street, Rugby
Howkins, Sidney Charles, 9 Manor Road, Rugby
Hughes, Thos Franklin, 109 Manor Road, Rugby
Jefford, Herbert Henry, 26 Oxford Street, Rugby
Jeffs, Wm Alfred, 15 Temple Street, Rugby
Jonees, Roy, 133 Murray Road, Rugby
Keenan, William John, 32 West Leyes, Rugby
Kendall, Thomas, 56 Manor Road, Rugby
Kettle, Arthur Stafford, 45 Newbold Road, Rugby
Knight, Oscar, Stockton
Langham, Harry, 14 New Street, New Bilton
Latter, Arthur Edward, 95 Oxford Street, Rugby
Lawman, Bertie, 60 Sun Street, Rugby
Layton, Bertram, 24 James Street, Rugby
Lee, Thomas Walter, 37 Abbey Street, Rugby
Leslie, Robert John, 11 Wood Street, Rugby
Liddiard, Hugh Wm Conway, 55 Park Road, Rugby
Liddington, Edward, 63 Murray Road, Rugby
Linnett, Frank, High Street, Hillmorton
Lovesey, John Alexander, 18 New Station, Rugby
Lucas, John, The Locks, Hillmorton
Ludlow, Wm Chas Robt, 109 Clifton Road, Rugby
Mackinnon, Angus Don, 45 Newbold Road, Rugby
Mackintosh, Donald Clements, 105 Abbey St, Rugby
Mann, Francis John, 71 Claremont Road, Rugby
Mansell, Thos Edward, 15 Charlotte Street, Rugby
Marlow, Harry Charles, 29 Chester Street, Rugby
Matheson, John Newbiggin, 36 Newbold Road, Rugby
Meacock, John Arthnr, 25 Manor Road, Rugby
Mellor, Clarence Hedley, 18 Grosvenor Road, Rugby
Millar, Stanley Jas, Belgrave, Clifton Road, Rugby
Mitchell, David, 24 Graham Road, Rugby
Mitchelson, Nathaniel Henry, 17 Corbett St, Rugby
Monckton, Harry Charles, 21 Grosvenor Road, Rugby
Montgomery, Nell, 56 Manor Road, Rugby
Morgan, John, Crick
Morgan, William George, 62 Windsor Street, Rugby
Morton, Frank Harold, 9 Northcote Road, Rugby
Mucklow, Joseph Edwin, 37 Wood Street, Rugby
Muddiman, Francis Albert, West Haddon
Neal, Charles, 92 Cambridge Street, Rugby
Needham, William Harry, 72 Park Road, Rugby
Newton, Bertram, 15 Park Road, Rugby
Noon, Percy William, 131 Bath Street, Rugby
Noon, Samuel Herbert, 134 Bath Street, Rugby
Norman, Percy, 15 York Place, Rugby
Oakley, John, 5 Grosvenor Street, Wolverhampton
Orland, Thomas, High Street, West Haddon
Pacey, Charles Edward, Newbold-on-Avon
Painton, Cecil James, 26 Acacia Grove, Rugby
Parish, Charles Henry, 130 Bath Street, Rugby
Pearson, Joseph, Marton
Pennefold, Leonard, 21 King Edward Rd, Rugby
Pitham, Harry, 21 Cambridge Street, Rugby
Pitham, John Thomas, 31 Pinfold Street, New Bilton
Pitts, Joe, 108 Claremont Road; Rugby
Pluthero, Cecil, 83 Clifton Road, Rugby
Poole, Jeremiah Chas, 18 Little Elborow Street, Rugby
Powell, John, 76 Craven Road, Rugby
Powers, Lewis, Clifton
Prentice, Francis John, 176 Cambridge Street, Rugby
Pringle, Bruce, 108 Claremont Road, Rugby
Prior, Charles Gordon, 7 Kimberley Road, Rugby
Rainbow, Gilbert William, Hillmorton Wharf
Randall, Edgar Mortimer, Bitteswell
Randle, John Harold, Bitteswell
Rankin, Stanley, 116 Bath Sheet, Rugby
Rawlings, Wilfred, Station House, Charwelton
Reeves, John Clarence, 14 Craven Road, Rugby
Reynolds, Mark Jas Bertram, 78 Oxford St, Rugby
Richards, Albert James, 6 Paradise Street, Rugby
Ridley, Fredk Samuel, 2 St John Street, Rugby
Ridley, John, 92 Abbey Street, Rugby
Ridley, Thomas, 92 Abbey Street, Rugby
Roberts, Wm Henry, 24 Murray Road, Rugby
Robertson, Alex Fullerton, 27 Murray Road, Rugby
Robinson, Herbert Harry, Newbold-on-Avon
Robinson, Maurice Edgar, Catthorpe
Robinson, Ridbd Wilmot, 52 King Edward Rd, Rugby
Rose, James Ashby, 36 Manor Road, Rugby
Rossiter, John Herbert, 17 Victoria Street, Rugby
Rowbotham, Fk Sydney, 43 Lr Hillmorton Rd, Rugby
Roxbee, Arthur Edwin, 60 Pennington. Street, Rugby
Russell, Harold John, 61 Abbey Street, Rugby
Sail, Edwin Charles, 8 South Street, Rugby
Sanders, Laurentz Wm, Buckby Wharf
Satchell, Wm Fredk Watson, 94 Park Road, Rugby
Saunders, John, 128 Wood Street, Rugby
Seamons, Arthur Stephen, Daventry Road, Dunchurch
Seaton, Albert Edward, 2 Pinfold Street, New Bilton
Sebs, Claude Theodore, 56 Bath Street, Rugby
Shanahan, James Cyril, 4 Manor Road, Rugby
Shipman, Walter, Chapel Street, Lutterworth
Siddons, John Walter, Queen Street, West Bromwich
Smith,. John Vincent, Easenhall
South, Raymond Mark, 31 Cambridge Street, Rugby
Southwell, Geo Henry Jas, 28 Claremont Road, Rugby
Spark, Richard Wilfred, 1 Lodge Road, Rugby
Spencer, Alfred Bert, 174 Oxford Street, Rugby
Spencer, James Bartlett, 94 Wood Street, Rugby
Spreadbury, Harry, 7 Lodge Road, Rugby
Squires, Francis John, 145 Claremont Road, Rugby
Steele, Albert William, 54 Windsor Street, Rugby
Steele, Frank Weir, 152 Grosvenor Road, Rugby
Stevenson, Edward Ernest, 15 Kimberley Road, Rugby
Stevenson, Thos Henry, 98 Lawford Road, Rugby
Stocks, Frank, 29 James Street, Rugby
Sutton, Edwd Geo Bromwich, 48 Windsor Street, Rugby
Taylor, Charles William, 28 King Street, Rugby
Taylor, William, 92 Murray Road, Rugby
Terry, Frank, 107 Cambridge Street, Rugby
Thompson, Thos Andrew, 174 Lawford Road, New Bilton
Tilley, Horace, Church Street, Clifton
Towers, Percy, Crick
Towler, William Herbert, 23 High Street, Rugby
Tudor, Horace, 8 Sandown Road, Rugby
Tudor, Walter James, 8 Sandown Road, Rugby
Twite, Reginald, 22 Plowman Street, Rugby
Tyers, Henry Percy. 19 Chapel Street, Rugby
Underwood, Walter Henry, Hillmorton Locks
Vale, Edmund Wm, 35 Temple Street, Rugby
Wallace, Charles James, 61 Bridget Street, Rugby
Wallace, Essan, 58 King Edward Road, Rugby
Warington, James, Bryn Euryn, Bilton
Warland, Harold Joseph, Crick
Warner, Sam, Stockton
Washbrook, Herbert, 27 Pinfold Street, New Bilton
Watkiss, Art Douglas, 80 King Edward Rd, Rugby
Watson, George, 95 South Street, Rugby
Watson, John James, 32 Albert Street, Rugby
Webb, Arthur Edward, 16 Alexandra Road, Rugby
Webb, Aubrey William, Ullesthorpe
West, Fredk Osborne, 8 Bridget Street, Rugby
Wheatley, Sam, Bilton
White, Archibald Harry, 12 Lodge Road, Rugby
Widdowson, Rowland, 24 Manor Road, Rugby
Williams, Ralph Walter James, 44 Newbold Rd, Rugby
Wills, John William, 26 Essex Street, Rugby
Winham, Bertie, 6 Chester Street, Rugby
Wolstenholm, Henry, Bolton, Lancs.
Wood, Albert Bowen, 5 Duke Street, Rugby
Wood, Arthur, Boughton Road, Rugby
Wright, Thomas William, Willey
Zeigler, Frank Herbert, 59 Campbell Street, New Bilton

MARRIED MEN.
Adey, John Henry, 85 Craven Read, Rugby
Bazeley, George Henry, 8 Cambridge Street, Rugby
Bennett, Wm James, 44 Craven Road, Rugby
Britnell, John, 9 Newbold Road, Rugby
Brookes, Samuel James, Flecknoe
Buggins, Walt Hbt, 17 New Station, Rugby
Burrows, Chas Laurence, 38 Campbell Road, Bilton
Capell, Thomas Richard, Brinklow
Chalk, Arthur, 43 Avenue Road, New Bilton
Cleaver, Joseph, Jessamine Cottage, Yelvertoft
Cole, Fredk George, 58 Campbell Street, New Bilton
Cook, Edward, Long Buckby
Cox, Chas Benjamin, The Green, Long Lawford
Darling, William, 82 Murray Road, Rugby
Davis, Harry, High Street, Hillmorton
Day, Fredk William, 37 Bridget Street, Rugby
Dean, Edwin Jesse, 111 Wood Street, Rugby
Desney, John, 111A Clifton Road, Rugby
East, Henry James, 7 Graham Road, Rugby
Fawkes, Ernest, 46 Campbell Street, New Bilton
Fazakerley, John Hall, 24 Grosvenor Road, Rugby
Flavell, William, Harborough Magna
Franklin, James, 78 Windsor Street, Rugby
French, Francis Robert, 95 Cambridge Street, Rugby
Garbelt, Joseph Henry, 16 Bridget Street, Rugby
Garner, Thomas, 30 Newland Street, New Bilton
Gentles, Robert, 49 Pinfold Street, New Bilton
Girling, Walter Edward, The Green, Dunchurch
Hancox, William, 28 Plowman Street, Rugby
Head, George, 50 Winfield Street, Rugby
Hickman, Albert, Harborough Magna
Hobbs, Chas Fredk, 52 Pennington Street, Rugby
Horsman, Harry, Dunchurch
Howe, Harold Wm Walter, Browsover Road, Newbold
Howe, Walter James, 37 Rowland Street, Rugby
Hurlstone, Edwin Thomas, 19 Clarence Road, Rugby
Jennings, Arthur Henry, Dunchurch
Jolley, Charles Wm, 8 Warwick Street, Rugby
Jones, Charles, 36 Sandown Road, Rugby
Kempton, John, 156 Murray Road, Rugby
Kendall, Samuel, Bilton
King, Charles, 47 Union Street, Rugby
King, Sidney, 28 Newland Street, New Bilton
Mason, Harry, 3 Warwick Street, Rugby
Mercer, Thomas, 10 Argyle Street, Rugby
Messling, Basil Claude, 108 Abbey Street, Rugby
Miller, James, 78 Abbey Street, Rugby
Parnell, Wm Cotterell, 44 Clifton Road, Rugby
Peasgood, Ernest Walter, 11 Campbell St, New Bilton
Pebody, Frank Schofield, 22 Union Street, Rugby
Reynolds, Ernest Wm, 18 Dunchurch Road, Rugby
Rose, Edward, 44 Pinfold 8treet, Rugby
Rossiter, Albert Henry, 2 Rowland Street, Rugby
Rowe, John George, Barby
Scivens, Ed James, 59 Sandown Road, Rugby
Sewell, Harry Thos, The Cottage, Clifton Manor, Rugby
Shorthose, William, Hillmorton Paddox
Simpson, Geo, 58 Campbell Street, New Bilton
Sinclair, Fredk James, Newbold-on-Avon
Smith, Herbert Reginald, 38 South Street, Rugby
Smith, Jas Henry, 6 Alexandra Road, Rugby
Stansbridge, James, The Rectory, Harborough Magna
Stopps, Harry Ernest, 75 Sandown Road, Rugby
Stott, Albert Edwd, 3 Corbett Street Rugby
Sumner, George, 4 Campbell Street, New Bilton
Sutton, Walter, 8 Windsor Street, Rugby
Teal, Thos Wilfred, The Gardens, Street Ashton House
Terry, Benjamin, 58, Manor Road, Rugby
Tomes, Walter, 9 Alexandra Road, Rugby
Turnbull, Robert Fredk, 37 Benn Street, Rugby
Turner, Charles, 29 Rowland Street, Rugby
Vears, Harry, Hampstead House, Newbold-on-Avon
Ward, Anthony John, 34 Claremont Road, Rugby
Ward, Wm Arthur, 21 East Street, Rugby
Ward, Wm Irvine, The Cottage, Lower Hillmorton
Watkin, Algernon, Hillmorton Paddox
Waugh, Geottt Wm, 127 Grosvenor Road, Rugby
Webb, Wm Bryan, Newbold-on-Avon
Wellbourne, Wm Edwd, 83 Railway Terrace, Rugby
White, William Herbert, Kilsby
White, William, 35 Graham Road, Rugby
Wilkinson, Alfred, 52 Railway Terrace, Rugby
Woodcock, Charles Leonard, 42 Dale Street, Rugby
Wootton, Arthur, Hillmorton Paddox
Wootton, Henry, 74 York Street, Rugby

ENLISTED AT WARWICK.

Burden, R, 94 Oxford Street, Rugby
Burden, J T, Lodge Farm, Ryton-on-Dunsmore
Quarterman, W Stretton-on-Dunsmore

LORD DERBY’S SCHEME.

Of the nearly 200 this week enlisted under the Group System, 75 per cent are single men. A large percentage have been rejected, but this is due to the fact that many, who were aware that they could not join the Army, have applied to be attested in order to protect themselves from being branded as slackers. The numbers attested each day were :—Friday 31, Saturday 42, Monday 48, Tuesday 32, Wednesday 35.

 

27th Nov 1915. Local War Notes

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Earl Poulett is gazetted a temporal captain in the Warwickshire R.H.A (T.F).

Mr Harold Eaden, solicitor, Rugby, has enlisted in his group under Lord Derby’s scheme.

Armourer-Staff-Sergeant F H Dodson, 7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, writing to Mr T A Wise from the front, says : “ The other day there were three of us together out here, and the sum total of our years’ service was 100 years.”

Lance-Corpl N H Priday and Pte F Foss, of the 1/7 Royal Warwickshire Regiment, have been nominated to commissions, the former in the West Yorks (the Prince of Wales’ Own) and the latter in the East Yorks Regiment.

Mr W J Penn, son of Mr W Penn, farmer, of Wootton, has been gazetted second-lieutenant in the 12th Battalion Welsh Regiment, Nov 3rd. He is an old Northampton and County School boy , and of St John’s College, London. He has been Headmaster and Scoutmaster of Norton, near Daventry.

Sergt W C D Miles, son of Mr and Mrs Miles, of Catthorpe, has received a commission in the Westminster Dragoons. He is son-in-law to Mr and Mrs T C Thompson, of Murray Road, Rugby, and was a draughtsman on the Willesdon staff of the B.T.H Company when he enlisted, soon after war broke out. Previous to this, Lieut Miles was in the Drawing Office at the B.T.H at Rugby.

“ BUCK THE SLACKERS UP!”

Bandsman B Wilkins, of the Rifle Brigade, writing to a friend in Rugby on November 17th, says : “ I have seen the Rugby papers this week and I see the recruiting is getting better. That is what I like to see. England will need all she has got, so just buck the slackers up, and tell them the more men we can get, the better and easier they are making it for their comrades who are doing their bit out here. Nobody knows what Tommy’s troubles are till he gets out here and tries a bit ; so you see, the sooner we can get the men, the sooner we shall try and bring these terrible times to an end. Now, buck up, Rugby, and try and win back the men you have lost.”

PTE H DYER, OF DUNSMORE, KILLED.

News has been received at Dunsmore that Pte Henry E Dyer, who left his employment in the gardens at Dunsmore House to enlist in the 10th R.W.R last December, has died in Reading Hospital from wounds received at the Front. Pte Dyer, who was a native of Gloucestershire, and was 24 years of age, was wounded in the head and groin by a bomb while in a trench in France on September 6th, and succumbed to his injuries ten days afterwards. He had been at the front about two months when he received his fatal injuries. Pte Dyer had worked at Dunsmore Gardens for nearly a year before enlisting.

MURRAY SCHOOL NOTES.

Pte A S Horswell, a former member of the Murray School Staff, writing to Mr W T Coles Hodges from a “ dug out ” in the Mediterranean theatre,says : “We landed on August 9th, just three weeks after leaving England, and proceeded straight to the firing line under shrapnel fire, We saw life for four days. Talk about snipers ! They were up in the trees, absolutely surrounding us ; they were the chief cause of the casualties. Fortunately they were more or less indifferent shots, otherwise we should have come off worse than we did. Since then we have had various trips to the firing line, interspersed with spasms of “ fatigue ” work, unloading lighters, filling water-cans for the firing line, and digging. We see some glorious sunsets out here at times ; also some very fine play of light on various islands. I myself never believed the deep blue sea theory till we came out hero. In the Mediterranean you get a lovely ultra-marine in the day, which gradually darkens to deep indigo in the evening.”

Pte H F Baker, R.A.M.C, has been invalided home from the Dardanelles, and is now in hospital at Brighton. Amongst other things in a very interesting letter to his old headmaster, Mr Hodges, he describes the passing of the Rock of Gibraltar on the way home, and says : “ The top of the rock was hid from view by great white clouds. The peaks on the mainland were gilded under the sun’s rays, making a fine contrast.” He mentions that he met Arthur Webb, Lower Hillmorton Road, at Mudros, and adds that he looked very well.

Two members of the Murray School Staff have enlisted-Mr J H Fazakerley in the R.A.M.C, under Lord Derby’s scheme, and Mr A L Westbury in the R.E at Chatham, to which place he proceeded on Tuesday last.

LETTER FROM OLD ST MATTHEW’S BOY.

WHY SO MANY MEN ARE MISSING.

Lance-Corpl Harold Thompson, 6th Oxford & Bucks L.I., well-known in Rugby for his swimming prowess, an “ Old Boy” of St Matthew’s, writes to Mr R H Myers, the headmaster :—

“ We had the heaviest shelling from the Germans last week, but luckily our casualty list was all right, although the parapets were badly knocked about in places. We were just over a hundred yards from the German lines, so you can imagine that we were not over-anxious to look over the top during the day, for their snipers are very hot shots. It is very quiet all along our front now, and one would hardly think that a big engagement had taken place so recently as Sept 25th. The only remaining indications of a fight are the dead bodies between the lines, and these have to stop there, as it is so dangerous to go out to find the names, and that is what makes the missing list so great. We have sent out patrols nearly every night to find out any details about the bodies, but it is very difficult work and not very pleasant. One fellow went out and, losing his way, nearly walked into the German lines. They opened fire on him, but he happened to drop into a shell hole, and there he had to stop until the early hours of the morning, when the firing dropped off.

We happened to be in the firing on September 25th, and quite expected to go over the top, but our luck was out, and we had to cool our heels and wait, in case the Huns counter-attacked, but we were also disappointed in that. The bombardment previous to the attack was terrible. We could only see the German lines for five minutes after the guns started, but in that short time we could gather some idea of the destruction our guns were causing. About an hour before the attack started, it began to rain, and when the first soldier went over the parapet the ground was like a bog, but that did not prevent our fellows from charging impetuously. Since then it has developed into an artillery duel again. The French are still bombarding very heavily, and at night the sky is lit up all the time by the clash of the guns.

It is awful to see all the towns and villages destroyed as we move about to different parts of the line. The Huns seem to make a special mark of churches, and these is hardly a church round here that has not been damaged. The trenches are in a pretty bad condition. In places the mud and water are waist-deep. . . Please remember all the St Matthew’s “ Old Boy ” here to the teachers and pupils of the School.”

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL.

Sergt Vernon S Robinson, of the 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment, has been awarded the “ for conspicuous gallantry on the 25th September, 1915, near Vermelles. when he advanced by a communication trench leading from a trench just captured to one held by the enemy, with bombs, thus making certain that the trench was dear before is was blocked. On the 27th September he crossed several hundred yards of open country under heavy rifle fire and machine-gun fire to fetch bombs, which were urgently needed, and succeeded in bringing them to the point where they were required. In doing this Sergeant Robinson’s rifle, owing to the heavy fire, was smashed and rendered useless.”

Sergt Robinson, who is only 20 years of age, is a grandson of Mrs Robinson, 50 Manor Road, Rugby, and nephew of Mrs Lewis, 74 Manor Road. He came to Rugby six years ago, and was employed as an engine cleaner on the L & N.W.R. He was in the Special Reserve of the Royal Warwicks, and was undergoing his annual training in the Isle of Wight when the war broke out. He transferred to the Wiltshires, and went out to France in May last. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on the field, and has also received the French Military Medal.

THE ARMY’S WINTER KIT.

WARMER CLOTHES FOR THE KILTED TROOPS.

The coming of winter has found the War Office Department whose duty it is to clothe the Army fully prepared with supplies of warm clothing for the protection of the troops against the rigours of winter warfare. The following is a list of the apparel provided by the military authorities for each soldier at the front :-

Winter service cap.
Waterproof cover for cap.
Cap comforter.
Body belt.
Woollen vest and drawers.
Shirt.
Cardigan waistcoat.
Tunic and trousers.
Fur or leather (flannel lined) jacket.
Great-coat.
Waterproof cape.
Fingerless gloves.
Woollen gloves.
Socks, puttees, and boots.

In addition, gum boots reaching to the top of the thigh are provided for men actually in the trenches. The special needs of the kilted regiments have not been overlooked, and auxiliary warm clothing is provided for them.

The authorized scale of equipment, we are informed, allows two shirts and four pairs of socks for each man. From time to time complaints reach this country that men in this or that battalion are in want of socks and shirts ; and appeals for these articles or money for purchasing them are advertised. It is stated on good authority that there is no real necessity for such appeals, as ample Government supplies are available to meet all demands made through the proper channels. Mufflers and mittens, however, are not a “ Government supply,” and the making, purchase, and collection of them is a field in which the generosity and industry of the public will be warmly welcomed.

RUGBY TERRITORIALS COMFORTS’ COMMITTEE.

DEAR SIR,—May I make a final appeal before Christmas for donations, and gifts of socks, mufflers, mittens, groceries, plum puddings, etc, for our local Territorials, appealing especially to the subscribers and old members of the Rugby E Company, 7th Warwicks

We have received very generous contributions from supporters of the Howitzer Brigade, but very few from supporters of E Company.

The weather in France is now very bad and the cold intense, in addition to which men have to walk or stand about in 18 inches of mud and water ; this is confirmed by a commanding officer on leave this week.

We hope to send every man from Rugby a Christmas parcel of groceries, etc, and a warm Christmas present, but this cannot be done without better support from the friends of the units.

If every subscriber and old member of each unit would help, we could do much to help our gallant Territorials spend a happy Christmas.—Yours faithfully.

A. W. ADNITT.

2 Regent St, Rugby.

RECRUITING AT RUGBY.

Recruiting has not been quite so good at Rugby during the past week, either for immediate service or under Lord Derby’s Group Scheme [See next post]. The following have enlisted for immediate service with the Colours :—

KING’S ROYAL RIFLES.
H G King, 34 Campbell Street, New Bilton.
A Widdows, Heythorp, Oxon.
John Papworth, Clifton-on-Dunsmore.
A H Harwood, 24 Gas Street, Rugby.

ROYAL WARWICK REGIMENT.
T W Barrett, High Street, Hillmorton.
G Clarke, 42 Bath Street, Rugby.
W H Benjamin, Rowland Street, Rugby.
T Whiteman, 16 Winfield Street, Rugby.
Frank Boswell, Brook Street, Fenny Compton.
Geo Bradshaw, Hillmorton Wharf, Rugby.
W T Jeffs, Smith’s Lodging House, Gas St, Rugby.

3rd/7th WARWICKSHIRE REGT.
T Greasley, 108 Wood Street, Rugby.
H Moore, 47 Sandown Road, Rugby.

COLDSTREAM GUARDS.
A E Randall, 58 Manor Road, Rugby.

ROYAL ENGINEERS.
S Reader, Barrack Hill, Ravensthorpe, Northants.
S L Webb, Lawrence Sheriffe Cottages, Brownsover.

R.F.A.
Harry Hobley, Stretton-under-Fosse, Rugby.

NORTHANTS REGIMENT.
W T Cox, Ashby St Ledgers, Northants.

OXON & BUCK L.I.
G Spittle, Thurlaston, Rugby.

A. S. Corps.
John Robertson, 73 Heavy Tree Rd, Plumstead.
Geo Atkins, 70 Church End, Evers Holt, Woburn, Beds.

GRENADIER GUARDS.
P Gibbins, Willoughby, Rugby.

ARGYLE & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS.
J Gurden, 22 Sandown Road, Rugby.

DRIVER, R.E.
E Brown, Melton Mowbray.

LIVERPOOL REGIMENT.
J Wilson, 68 Nelson Road, Paisley.

20th Nov 1915. Recruiting at Rugby

RECRUITING AT RUGBY.

DISAPPOINTING RESULTS.

So far the results of the recruiting canvass locally have been very disappointing. Only 25 men have enlisted for immediate Service, and of these the percentage from Rugby town is very small.

The number attested under Lord Derby’s group scheme so far is about 300. but of these more than two-thirds are employed at the B.T.H and have only been accepted under the Reserve B scheme, and if these, and a number from Willans and Robinson’s and the Railway Companies are subtracted, the actual total will not be an imposing one.

From the classes which Lord Derby’s scheme was intended to bring in, the response has been most feeble, and unless them is a decided improvement within the next few days, it will have to be confessed that, locally, at least, the scheme has been a failure. If this is so, no blame will attach to those who have the working of the scheme in hand, for from the beginning their labours have been indefatigable. During the past few days a number of ladies have rendered good service in filling up the attestation forms of grouped men. Those who have enlisted during the past week for immediate service are :

ROYAL FLYING CORPS.
C Rhoades, 117 Oxford St, Rugby.
A Smith, 1 St Michael St, Lincoln.

A.S.C.
S Collins, Swinberby, Lincoln.

LEICESTERS.
A Marshall, 7 Decon St, Leicester.

14th GLOUCESTERS.
G W Coleman, Husbands Bosworth.

220th ARMY TROOP CO.
F G Shillitoe, 139 Clifton Rd, Rugby.

ROYAL ENGINEERS.
G W Hook. South Kilworth.
E Brown, Gas Street, Rugby.

K.R.R.
A G Dunkley, Watford, Rugby.
H H Curtlin, Thurlaston.
H G King, 34 Campbell St, New Bilton.

R.A.M.C.
A T Hopkins. 223 Hinckley Rd, Leicester.
W E Orton, 243 Coton Rd, Nuneaton.

GRENADIER GUARDS.
T Mann. Marton.
P Gibbins, Willougby.

ARGYLE & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS.
W Arnett, 4 York St, Rugby.
J Thompson. Haddington, Scotland.
A Guiden, 22 Sandown Rd, Rugby.

R.W.R.
J Webb, The Green, Long Lawford.
R Edkins, 3 Tank Cottages, Rugby.
O Cleaver, School Street, Hillmorton.

OXON & BUCKS L.I.
A Coleman, Milcombe, Banbury.
A Hitchman. Milrow Cottages, Bloxly, Worcester.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGIMENT.
H Kirby, Ashby St Ledgers.

During the past week upwards of 200 employees of the B.T.H Company have enlisted under the Reserve system applying to munition workers. Many of these are married men, but owing to the ambiguous attitude of the Government-as shown in the House of Commons on Tuesday night—upon the question of single men first, it is doubtful if the appeal to married men will meet with the success which was at first predicted when the situation appeared to be more clear.

RECRUITS WANTED FOR LOCAL TERRITORIALS.

Just now many young men are worrying themselves as to which group under Lord Derby’s scheme they should enrol themselves, and whether they will when called up, get into a branch of the service that will be congenial to them.

The 7th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, in which the old E Company of Rugby is embodied, is now in need of recruits, at least 500 being required to bring its respective units up to full strength, and many will perhaps be disposed to think that the local force has first claim upon them.

Enlistment in the Territorial regiments assures a man of having companions with the same associations, the same interests, and the same sentiments.

The terms of enlistment are the same as in any other branch of the forces-three years or the period of the war. There is no undertaking to continue a member of the Territorial force after the war is over.

A recruiting office for the battalion has been instituted at the Benn Buildings, Rugby.

The following local men have recently joined : W F P Colledge, 48 Church St ; H F Flower, 18 Vicarage Hill, Clifton ; W Hickingbotham, 33 Cambridge St ; E Slack, 55 Manor Rd ; E R Ford, 51 Grosvenor Rd ; E H Ford, 51 Grosvenor Road ; A N Dunkley, Newton ; M W Bolton, and H Berry.

MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE.

The many friends of Mr E R Stebbing will be pleased to hear he received the following letter on the 11th Inst.:

Warwick, 10th Nov., 1915.

SIR,—I am directed to inform you that his Majesty the King has approved of the grant of an Annuity of £10 from the 20th September, 1915, inclusive, together with a Silver Medal to you as a reward for your long and highly meritorious service.

(Signed) J H W SOUTHEY, Major, Staff Captain No 7 District.

The family has a good record of service of over 100 years, and also the following medals : 1 for Distinguished Conduct in the Field ; 3 for Meritorious Service ; 3 for Long Service and Good Conduct ; and 5 War Medals, with 19 Clasps for South Africa.

MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES.

In Sir Ian Hamilton’s despatch from the Dardanelles, published on Nov 6th, Second Corp Edward L Damant, of the Royal Naval Division, was honourably mentioned. Corp Damant came from South Africa to obtain experience in electrical engineering at the B.T.H in July, 1914. and joined the Royal Naval Division in October 1914. He took part in the naval engagement at the Dardanelles, and took part in the main landing at the Galipoli Peninsula in April.

SECOND LT. R. J. DUNN MISSING.

HIS WATCH FOUND ON A GERMAN OFFICER.

In a recent issue we mentioned that Sec-Lieut R J Dunn, youngest son of Mr W Dunn, of the Manor House, Kings Newnham, has been missing since September 25th. No further news came to hand till this week, when Mr Dunn received the following copy of a letter which had been written to the officer commanding the Royal Warwickshire Regiment :-

Maryport, Cumberland.
The O.C. Royal War. R.

DEAR SIR,—A wristlet watch has been sent to me by a friend who is now serving with the Cameron Highlanders in France, and who bayoneted a German officer and removed the watch from his wrist, to find that the real owner was an Englishman. The watch hears the name R. J. Dunn, 12th R.W.R., and my friend desires, to enquire about the gentleman’s family. Can you offer any information as to where the family, reside, or the gentleman himself ? I shall be glad of a reply.

The required information was sent to the writer of the letter, and Mr Dunn has received the watch.

Lieut Dunn, who had been in the O.T.C. at Birmingham University three years, joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry at the commencement of the war, and received his commission in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (12th Battalion) soon afterwards. On July 9th he was attached to the Royal Engineers for special service, and went out on July 12th.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

One of the effects of the shortage of labour, in consequence of the war, will no doubt be an increased use of machinery. Apparatus for milking cows, driven by oil engine, is gaining in favour, and is being introduced into a number of dairies in the Rugby district.

GRAMAPHONES GONE ASTRAY.-Will the correspondent who sent a letter from “ The boys of old E Company ” for publication please communicate with the Editor. Name and address was not given in accordance with our rule.

Two members of the clerical staff of the Locomotive Department at Rugby have joined the colours and left this week. Edgar H Ford has enlisted in the 7th Warwicks, and Edgar Jones has joined the King’s Liverpool “ Pals.” Their places have been taken by female clerks, these being the first women employed in the Locomotive Department at Rugby.

In our last issue we reported that Pte Percy Woodhams, of Cambridge Street, Rugby, had been reported missing. The name should have been Woodhouse, and we may also mention that he has two brothers also serving in the forces—one, Arthur, in the Rugby Howitzer Battery, and the other—Alfred—in the Worcester Howitzer Battery.

RUGBY HOWITZERS’ EARLY MORNING PARADE.

A Rugbeian, who is serving with the Rugby Howitzer Battery, “ somewhere in France,” has recently written to his father giving an amusing account of an early morning parade at the front.
“ Hi! Hello ! D’yer ’ear me ? Six o’clock ? You lazy devils !” This is the first thing that disturbs you in the morning—the voice of the “ awakener,” if you are lucky enough not to be on night duty ! You give a half-turn, not a whole one—this is only developed after a lot of practice—or you would find yourself on the ground. The bunks are not too broad. A spot of water gently drops cold upon your neck ! This is the first warning you receive that it has been a wet night. . . .
Then you sit up and look at one another, to see which will be the first out to light the fire. I’m very good at the “ looking ” part.
“ Come on, —- It’s about tune you jumped out and lit the fire for me once in your life. We’ve only ten minutes to roll.”
I jump out, catch hold of an old Rugby Advertiser, ram it in the stove, put on some sticks, and light it with one hand, while I struggle with boots and putties with the other, in the first glimmer, of the dawning day.
A shrill blast of a whistle informs us that we now have only five minutes to roll call. Then there’s a rush through mud and over trenches to out hidden place of parade. . . Two more blasts of the whittle. Then our gallant Sergt-Major yells, “ Fall in.” This disturbs the mist, and one can see if one has got both boots still on. Oh! that early morning parade !
It reminds me of some picture I have seen. I think it was called, “ All that was left of them,” or something like that. We look as if we have just come out of a stiff engagement, instead of from a “ good night’s rest.” I am sure some of the men can grow an inch of beard in a night ! It must be the moist air or the rum issue.
“ Battery, ‘shun ! No 1, call the roll !” This is the second order of the morning. Then our noble No 1 catches hold of his moustache with his thumb and first finger—it wouldn’t stand more so early in the morning—and giving a gentle twist so as not to break it, starts calling over the roll.
Perhaps during; this part of the proceedings the Germans will gently drop a shell into the village. Then there is a rush. “ Left section ! Stand to ! Fire No 3 gun.” Another German shell drops into the village ! “ Fire No 4 gun !”
This is a little game we are playing now. Every time the Germans shell our village, we shell theirs. “ Shell for shell,” or, I should say, “ Two for every one of theirs,” for we endeavour to be as generous as possible in the way of shells. In fact, I think if the Major has his way, the Germans would hardly have a village left for us to shell. It reminds one of two old women arguing, both wanting the last word. And it is only since there has been such an increase in munition manufacture that we have been able to beat them at the game.”

Clarke, Walter. Died 15th Nov 1915

Walter Clarke was born in Barby in 1889. His father was Edward Thomas Clarke, a builder and grocer, and Martha (nee COLEMAN). Both parents were born in Barby but must have spent a brief time in Rugby, as their two elder children were born there. In 1905 Edward Clarke died at the age of 50 and the family moved to Rugby. In 1911 Martha was living at 19 Temple Street with Walter, aged 21 and his brother Edward Thomas, 23, a bricklayer. Walter was employed as a factory hand.

When the war started, Walter was one of the first to enlist on 7th September 1914, at the age of 23 years and 3 months. He was 5ft 5½in tall with brown eyes and dark brown hair. He joined the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment. This battalion was a mixture of recruits from Dorset, 400 volunteers from London, 400 from Warwickshire and 70 Welsh miners. The battalion was part of the 17th Northern Division which was intended for Home Defence duties, so much time was spent training at Bovington Camp. However by 1915 they were needed in France and Walter arrived in Boulogne on 14th July 1915 and they were soon serving in the trenches near Ypres.

Water Clarke died on 15th November 1915, presumably as a result of sniper fire. His death was reported in the Rugby Advertiser of 18th December 1915:

Pte R Compton, a life-long friend of deceased, in a letter to Mrs Clarke, states that they were talking together in the trench a few minutes before the occurrence. He adds that Pte Carke died almost instantly; he passed away quite peacefully, and never spoke or moved. He was buried right away from the firing line, and the Sergts and men of the platoon sent their sympathy to his friends.

The Captain of his company, in a letter of sympathy to Mrs Clarke, says: “He was a good soldier, and I was sorry to lose him. In your great loss you have one consolation – he died fighting for his country against a cruel, treacherous, and barbarous race, the greatest honour a man can have in this life.”

Pte Clarke, who was only 26 years of age, was very popular with his companions.

Walter Clarke is buried at Birr Cross Roads Cemetery. He was transferred from his original grave at Gordon House No 1 Cemetery on 3rd April 1919 together with three other men from the Dorsetshire Regiment. The inscription on his headstone reads “of Rugby, Warwickshire”

Note: The Commonwealth War Grave Commission gives his date of death as 5th November 1915 – the same date as the death of the other men in the original grave. His Service record and other documents record his death as 15th November 1915.

 

RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM

13th Nov 1915. Letter from old St Matthew’s boys

LETTER FROM OLD ST. MATTHEW’S BOYS.

Pte Frank Morley, R.A.M.C, an “old boy” of St Matthew’s School, writing from Gallipoli to Mr R H Myers, the headmaster, say :-

It is always a pleasure to receive the Advertiser and read of the doings of the “ old boys.” St Matthew’s has indeed contributed its quota, and I feel proud to be included amongst the number.

We, in company with the 11th Division, took part in the new landing on the Peninsula. As you are aware, we did not quite achieve our object, but I feel sure that the surprise landing demoralized the Turks, who were anticipating an attack from the Asiatic coast.

It seems to me that people at home are only just beginning to realise the gravity of the situation. The fighting out here is of a different character, and on a different scale to that in France. I think Mr Winston Churchill aptly described the position when he said, “ The armies there are like men fighting on a high and narrow scaffolding above the surface of the earth.” We must indeed be prepared to make great sacrifices before the final goal is reached.

I will not trouble you with details of the new landing. We certainly had an exciting time, and for the first ten days had to work like Trojans, We were generally up at 3.30 a.m, and walked fully three miles to the Regimental Aid Post to collect the wounded. Motor or horse transport was out of the question, as there were no roads, and the ground generally very rough and treacherous. It was a poor sort of “ joy ride ” the patients had, yet I cannot call to mind, a single word of complaint.

The Warwickshire Yeomanry came along a fortnight after the landing was made. They acquitted themselves well in their first engagement, for it was no easy task to cross an open plain with shells bursting thick and furious. They helped to carry out a good piece of work, and all honour due to them.

We have had a splendid opportunity of watching the Navy at work, and can fully appreciate their good work. Without their aid it would be absolutely impossible to land, let alone exist, on the Peninsula.

For the present we have turned our back on the Peninsula, and are now in a different country, where we await orders. Mr Censor will not permit me to disclose our whereabouts, so I must leave you guessing.

Pte Arthur Tacey, A.S.C, another “ Old boy,” writes to Mr Myers from the Dardanelles :- “ We are having a hard time of it out here, strenuous work every day and nothing to eat but biscuits, bully beef, and jam. Still, we are not downhearted, and keep looking for the bright side, which we hope will not be very long in appearing now, though we all feel that we are on a very funny outing. One’s thoughts often turn to the old school and the happy times spent there. In the waits in our dug-outs we often amuse ourselves with making up doggerel rhymes, and I send you my last contribution.”

Summerdown Convalescent Hospital,

E Division, Hut 1, Eastbourne.

5/11/15.

DEAR SIR,—I am writing to ask you if you would kindly be good enough to insert this in your paper, as you see by the above address that I am writing this from a convalescent hospital and pleased to say that I am progressing favourably. I should, however, like the people of Rugby to know how the boys answered the country’s call last August ; as near as I can say about 100 enlisted in the 5th Oxford and Bucks, and I am pleased to say there are still some of them left, although, perhaps, few. We had what they call our baptism of fire on June 16th while waiting in reserve for the 6th Division. Here we lost one officer and 50 N.C.O and men whale taking over the position on June 19th. I might say I unluckily got gassed and somewhat blinded, and was away from my regiment six weeks. When I did rejoin on August 17th I luckily escaped a shell, which burst only a matter of a few feet off ; but on September 25th I was wounded and now I am enjoying my convalescent rest. I tell you it is not really so bad being a soldier, and if this letter should reach the eye of any “ slacker,” I hope it will have some effect in changing his mind, for I can assure them that men are wanted and will be had. So play the game and join.

I am, yours faithfully,

PTE. E. JACKSON.

OUR YOUNGEST TERRITORIAL.

We reproduce a photograph of Alfred Charles Hayward, son of Mr H E and Mrs Hayward, of 38 Winfield Street, Rugby, who is, we understand, the youngest of Rugby’s Territorials. Before the outbreak of war he was attached to E/Company of the 1/7th Warwickshires, and went with them to Rhyl for the annual encampment during the August Bank Holiday week in 1914. He was then within a month of being 14 years of age. As will be remembered, the battalion had scarcely, arrived in camp when they were ordered to mobolise at their war station in the south of England. They were eventually moved by stages to Leighton Buzzard, from whence they had a route march of 135 miles through Dunstable, Hitchin, Ware, Epping, Brentwood, Stock, Chelmsford, and other places to Totham. This occupied 11 days, and the distances covered each day ranged from 3 to 20 miles. On another occasion they went out on a three days’ march. Young Hayward marched with them, and never had to fall out. The sight of such a youngster striding along with the regiment naturally attracted much attention from spectators, and if is said that sympathetic mothers were often moved to mingle tears with admiration. He was medically examined and reported fit, but not old enough for active service, and when the battalion went to France, Bugler Hayward returned to Coventry to act with the reserve lines. He is still there waiting for the time when he can go on active service. It would be interesting to know whether there if a younger territorial in the country.

 

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Lance-corporal Arthur Mason, 6th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, who has been spending eight day’s leave at his mother’s resident 40 Rutland Gardens, Hove, returned to Flanders on November 6th.

Mr J Walker, of 58 Lawford Road. Rugby, who went to East Africa with Colonel Driscoll’s Legion of Frontiersmen in April, is now serving as second-lieutenant, the promotion dating from September 8th.

It is reported that six members of the 1/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment-the County battalion—have been reported for Distinguished Conduct in the Field : Second-Lieuts Brian Ash and Sherwood ; Pte P W Hancocks (a Warwick man), Lce-Cpl Berry, Sergt Gerrard, and Q-M Shepherd.

A considerable number, of the clerical staff at the London and North-Western Railway Company’s works at Crewe have received permission to join the colours, and their places will be taken temporarily by women. Many of the unmarried men are enlisting under Lord Derby’s group scheme.

Mr H Pratt, of 4 School Street, Rugby, has enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps, and left Rugby for the Farnborough Flying Station yesterday (Friday) morning.

Since it was drafted to the front in June last, the 5th Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, in which many Rugby and district men enlisted, has been continuously engaged in strenuous work in an important position of the British line where fighting had been most desperate, and it has nobly upheld the glorious traditions of this famous regiment. The casualties have been exceptionally heavy, and are as under : Officers killed, 13 ; wounded, 19 ; N.C.O’s and men killed, wounded, and missing, nearly 900.

THE KING’S MESSENGER.

Corpl Fred Clarke, who carried out instructions to summon a doctor to attend his Majesty the King on the occasion of his recent accident in France, has been recognised by Hillmorton people from his portrait in a pictorial paper as a soldier of the same name who at the time he enlisted resided in the village.

ANOTHER LOCAL SOLDIER MISSING.

Pte Percy Woodhams, of the 2nd Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, is reported to have been missing since September 25th, the date of the great advance by the Allies in France. At the time Pte Woodhams enlisted, shortly after the outbreak of war, his father resided in Cambridge Street but he has since left the neighbourhood. Pte Woodhams was working at the B.T.H until within a short time of his enlistment.

TWO LOSSES IN TWELVE MONTHS.

Official news was received by Mrs Dodd on Saturday that her son, Corpl E Dodd, of the 5th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, was killed in action on October 16th. Corpl Dodd, whose home was at 11 Bennett Street, joined, the regiment when the war broke out. He formerly worked at the Gas Works and subsequently for Mr Young, contractor. He was 37 years of age and single. He became a smart soldiers and five weeks after enlistment was made corporal. Although he joined in August, 1914, he did not go out till October 1st, and he was killed on the 16th. On the 20th October last year his father died from the effects of an accident, so that Mrs Dodd has sustained two heavy losses within the twelve months, and the greatest sympathy will be extended to her.

LORD DERBY’S RECRUITING SCHEME.

CANVASSING COMMENCES LOCALLY,

The great efforts to secure recruits for the Army inaugurated by Lord Derby it now in full swing locally. Sub-canvassing committee rooms have been opened in the various wards, the blue cards were issued on Monday, and canvassing commenced the same evening.

The voluntary system is now on its trial, and only three weeks remain in which to prove whether it will or will not suffice to give up the number of men required to carry the war to a successful issue. To make the scheme a success every eligible man who can be spared should enlist, either for immediate service, or in the reserve, and it therefore behoves everyone to ask themselves whether the reasons which the held to be valid for not enlisting are not, after all, mere excuses.

Rugby has already done remarkably well—few towns have done better-but there are still many young men who could well be spared and who have no legitimate excuse for holding back, who should answer to the call ; and the fact that the single men are to be called on first will doubtless assist many married men, hesitating between two duties, to make a decision.

So far, the result of the canvass has been disappointing, and eligible men have not responded to the call with the readiness which was at one time anticipated. Only a few men have, so far, enlisted under the group system. The only regiments which are open at present are infantry of the line.

The groups in which recruits may place themselves are for single men numbered 1 to 23, for each year of age respectively, from 18 to 40; and for married men the groups are numbered 24 to 46 inclusive for ages respectively 18 to 40.

The following have enlisted during the past week :-W J Timms, G Beck, A Frisby, S H Garlick, B Hardy, T C Manby, E C Long, J R M Cave, R.G.A ; T W Rennison, 13th Batt E Yorks ; L A Fudge, H W Driver, R.H.A ; P Smith, W Nown, W J Dunkley, G Baker, C Allen, G Hollis, R.F.A ; E G Bristow, W G Heighton, H C Robinson, W J Riley, F J Hornby, A Varney, A Richardson, R.W.R ; C P Croft, C T Newcomb, K.R.R ; A Varney, 220 F Co, R.E ; J Masters, Coldstream Guarda ; W Parrett, F C Warren, C W Maycock, G Blundell, R.E ; J O’Brian, and J Webster, R Scots Fusiliers.

Armistice Day

Today we remember all the Men of Rugby who Died.

Not just the 400+ who died in World War 1, 1914-1919 and who are listed on the Rugby Memorial Gates. A quarter of these have biographies on this website, the rest will appear on the centenary of their death.

Also the 75 men listed on the Gates who died in World War 2, 1939-1945. Their names can be found here .

Men are listed on other Memorials. In the village where they lived, at the church where they worshipped or at their place of work. Some of them can be found here.

Finally we remember the rest, omitted from any memorial, by accident or neglect.

RUGBY REMEMBERS THEM

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