25th Dec 1915. Derby Recruits Called Up




Four groups under Lord Derby’s recruiting scheme have been called to the Colours by Royal Proclamation dated December 20. These men, the youngest of the unmarried recruits eligible for service (except those 18 years of age), are in

Group 2 (age 19-20) Group 4 (age 21-22)

Group 3 (age 20-21) Group 5 (age 22-23)

The men in the first group have not reached military age.

The Proclamation was issued on Saturday from the War Office, together with an announcement explaining the procedure to be followed. Men are required to present themselves for actual service on January 20. In order to facilitate matters a certain number of recruits will be called up for that date, another batch for the 21st, and so forth.

A notice giving fourteen days’ warning will be sent to each man stating when and where he should present himself, but it is pointed out that the exhibition of the Proclamation in public places is sufficient warning to the men concerned, even if they do not receive a private notice.

Claims for postponement to a later group must be made to the Local Tribunal not later than December 30.

Speaking at Bolton on Saturday Lord Derby declared that the pledge to married men would be carried out in the spirit as well as in the letter. All figures as to the number of men who had joined under the scheme were guesswork. He did not know the result himself.




There will be a ROUTE MARCH of the above Corps on SUNDAY, 2nd JANUARY, 1916, at 2.30 p.m., and the Commandant and Officers cordially invite all “ Grouped ” men under Lord Derby’s Scheme to join in this Route March and fall in at the DRILL HALL, PARK ROAD, as above stated.

It is hoped that the Route March will be accompanied by a Military Band, and on its return to the Drill Hall facilities will be given for “ Grouped ” men to become attached to, or enrolled members of, this Training Corps if they so desire, in order to, acquire some preliminary training.

An appeal is made to you to make a point of falling in,


2.30 p.m. at THE DRILL HALL.

Charles H. Fuller,


ENROLMENT SERVICE.—In connection with the 2nd Rugby Company of the Boys’ Brigade, the annual enrolment service was held at the Market Place Wesleyan Church on Sunday morning. The brigade fell in at the Recreation Ground, and under the command of Capt Faulkner and Lieuts Ternouth and Hartshorne, marched to the church, where the service, in which membership cards are distributed, and the Brigade is formally recognised, was conducted by the Rev Robinson Lang. Afterwards the boys were inspected by Staff-Sergt Knowles, H.A.C, a former officer of the Company, who expressed himself as well pleased with the bearing, of the members. The following particulars respecting the brigade were given during the enrolment service :—Past and present members who have joined H.M. Forces : 3 Officers, 2 Staff-Sergts, 16 N.C.O.’s, 3 Privates. One N.C.O (H Snutch) has been killed. One Officer and one Staff-Sergt offered under Derby scheme and rejected. One Officer (Capt J W Faulkner) and one Staff-Sergt offered under Derby scheme and accepted. Boys who have belonged for less than one year are not included in above return, which is of boys of from 1 to 5 years’ service in the Brigade.


After the rush of recruiting that has been going on for several weeks past, it was quite a relief to see the gathering at the Drill Hall on Tuesday, when a large number of ladies and gentlemen who have lately been busy writing out attestation forms, group cards, armlet receipts, etc, assembled to exchange views on the results of their voluntary labours, and receive the cordial thanks of Colonel F Johnstone and the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, for the excellent work they had accomplished.

It must be borne in mind that several of the ladies and gentlemen present have been giving their services for quite a long time. They undertook the work of Registration, which kept them busy for weeks prior to the commencement of Lord Derby’s scheme, and the efficient way in which this work was done was, to a great extent, responsible for the success achieved by the Recruiting Officer and the P.R.C in completing the work of recruiting. No one felt this more keenly than Colonel Johnstone, who in a few words expressed his grateful thanks to all present, and also to those who were unable to attend, for the patriotic support given to him and to the country, for by their efforts they were in reality doing their duty and assisting in the defence of the Empire. He was sure that the brave men who were defending our hearths and homes in the trenches would also feel grateful to all the workers, who had assisted in enrolling men to give their assistance to help them defeat such a brutal and unscrupulous foe as the German Huns had proved themselves to be.

Mr M E T Wratislaw, in replying for the P.R.C and the voluntary workers, thanked Colonel Johnstone for his remarks, and stated that in his belief each and everyone felt that it was their duty to assist the old country in the time of trial, and were therefore only too pleased to do their little bit.

Mr Arthur Bell, one of the Hon Secretaries to the P.R.C. said that he felt that it would be unwise to allow such an opportunity to pass without thanking all, on behalf of his Co-Secretary and himself, for although the work had been strenuous for all, the duties had been made pleasant by the splendid co-operation of the ladies and gentlemen, who had given up their time in assisting. He was allotted one of the most pleasant duties of that evening in being requested by the workers to present to Mr E Riley a small token of their respect. Mr Riley had been closely engaged in the work from early morning until nearly midnight for about three months, and his extreme affability at all times was deeply appreciated by everyone with whom he was came in contact. On their behalf he was pleased to present him with a silver-mounted salad bowl and servers, a silver-mounted umbrella, and, now that he would probably have a little spare time for a smoke, they included a pipe in case, and the necessary weed to fill it.

Mr Riley suitably responded.

The remainder of the evening was spent in an enjoyable whist drive.




The following order as to lights in Rugby, Warwick, and Nuneaton has been issued by Capt Brinkley, Chief Constable of Warwickshire, in accordance with the provisions of an order made by the Secretary of State on December 15, 1915 :-

  1. Subject to the later provisions of this Order, all external lamps, flares, and fixed lights of all descriptions, and all aggregations of lights, whether public or private, must be extinguished, except such public lamps as in the opinion of the Chief Officer of Police are necessary for safety, and any other lights approved by him.

All lights which are not extinguished must be reduced to the minimum intensity consistent with safety, and shaded or obscured so as to render them invisible from above, and to cut off direct light in all directions above the horizontal.

  1. The intensity of the inside lighting of shops and shop fronts must be reduced or the lights obscured or shaded so that no more than a dull, subdued light is visible outside, and no part of the pavement or roadway or any building is distinctly illuminated thereby : in particular, all sources of light must be shaded with some opaque material so that all direct light therefrom is cut off from the windows and doors.
  2. In hotels, flats, dwelling houses and premises of all descriptions not coming under other provisions of this Order, inside lights must be so shaded or reduced, or the windows, skylights, or glass doors so screened by shutters or dark blinds or curtains, &c., that no more than a dull, subdued light is visible from any direction outside.
  3. In factories, workshops, and other such buildings which are illuminated at night, the roof areas and windows must be covered over or obscured, and the lighting intensity reduced to the minimum necessary for the safe and expeditious progress of work.

Provided that lighting may be maintained in armament works and other factories engaged in the manufacture of articles required for the fulfilment of Government contracts, to such extent as may be necessary for the safe and expeditious progress of work.

  1. The intensity of the lighting of railway stations, sidings, goods yards, &c, must be reduced to the minimum that will suffice for the safe and expeditious progress of work : the tops and sides of all external lights which cannot be dispensed with must be shaded or painted over.
  2. Passengers in railway carriages which are provided with blinds must keep the blinds lowered so as to cover the windows. The blinds may be lifted in case of necessity when the train is at a standstill at a station, but if lifted they must be lowered again before the train starts.
  3. With regard to lights on vehicles, the provisions of the Lights (Vehicles) Order of 15th December, 1915 (Statutory Rules and Orders No 1182), shall apply.
  4. In case of sudden emergency, all instructions as to the further reduction or extinction of lights given by or under the direction of a Competent Naval or Military Authority or the Chief Officer of Police shall be immediately obeyed.

This Order shall come into operation on 10th January, 1916.

The Orders of the 8th and 16th April, 1915, applying to the above-mentioned places are revoked from the 10th January.


The first part of the Order as to lights on vehicles extends the following provisions, which already apply in many areas, to the whole country outside the metropolitan area :—

(1) The lighting-up time for all vehicles is to be half an hour after sunset ;

(2) The requirement, to carry lights is extended to all vehicles using the roadway, including vehicles drawn or pushed by hand ; and

(3) All vehicles are required to carry a lamp showing a red light to the rear, and a separate lamp carried at the rear is made compulsory for all except hand vehicles.

As there may be a temporary shortage in the supply of lamps, the operation of the last requirement is postponed until February 10, 1916, in those areas where vehicles are not now required to carry rear lights. The definition of the word “ vehicle ” is : “ Any bicycle, tricycle, or velocipede, and any handcart, that is any vehicle drawn or propelled by hand.” The definition obviously includes perambulators, but it will probably be held that so long as perambulators keep to the footpath and do not use the roadway they will not require to be lighted.


Part II. of the Order relates to the prohibition of the use of headlights. and restrictions on other lights on vehicles, in certain areas. This part is of particular interest to the Midlands, many towns in which are included in the area to which it applies. The schedule includes the following places in Warwickshire :—Birmingham (City), Coventry (City), Leamington (Borough), Nuneaton (Borough), Rugby (Urban District), Warwick (Borough).

In these areas headlights are prohibited altogether. The restrictions as to other lights, such as side and rear lights, are :—

Electric Lamps.—The bulb must not exceed 12 watts, or give in use a greater candle-power than a 12-watt bulb as standardised for side-lights by the Engineering Standards Committee. The front glass, if circular, must not exceed 6 inches in diameter, and if rectangular, the longer side must also be obscured with one thickness of ordinary white tissue paper.

Acetylene Lamps—The burner must not consume more than 14 litres (½ cubic foot) per hour, and the above provisions as to the size of the front glass also apply. The whole of the front glass must be obscured with one thickness of white tissue paper or with paint, ground glass, or a disc of some other uncoloured material, so that the obscuring effect is not less than that of one thickness of ordinary white tissue paper.

Oil Lamps.—One burner only is allowed, and the wick must not be more than ¾-inch in width. Where the front glass has a lens or other device for concentrating the light or directing it towards the roadway, the front glass must be obscured in a similar manner to that provided in the case of acetylene lamps as above.

Side Panels. With the exception of small red or green side panels, these must be covered with some opaque material.

The material used for obscuring the light must not be wetted or treated in any other way to reduce its opacity.




THE Public are requested, owing to so many of the employees of the Council having joined H.M. Forces and the difficulty in obtaining the necessary labour, to assist the Council in keeping the Footpaths clean and to clear the Footpaths immediately after a fall of snow has taken place, by so doing they will minimise the inconvenience to pedestrians.

By Order,

Surveyor to the Council.
Surveyor’s Office,
Benn Buildings, Rugby.



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