15th Jul 1916. New Red Cross Hospital at Bilton Hall


Bilton Hall, which has been fully prepared and equipped by Mrs E D Miller, Vice-President of the Rugby District Division, was opened as a Red Cross Hospital on Friday in last Week. Mr Walter Barnett has very kindly lent the house, and the British Red Cross Society have laid on gas and water, and have provided the fittings and equipment necessary for the proper uses of a hospital from subscriptions collected by Mrs F D Miller in the Rugby District Division.

There are eight wards, and fifty patients can be accommodated at one time. The hospital differs from the majority of V.A.D Hospitals in one important respect, and that is that a modem and extremely well-equipped operating theatre has been provided.

Mrs G K Ansell has been appointed Commandant of this hospital, and Dunchurch V.A.D. (Warwick 64) and Hillmorton V.A.D. (Warwick 62) are the detachments on duty. Owing to the Quartermaster of Dunchurch (Warwick 64) being unable to undertake her duties, Mrs Barnett has been appointed Quartermaster of the building. The medical officers are : Dr B Relton and Dr H E Powell. Mrs Bannister has been appointed Sister-in-charge by the British Red Cross Society, and the night sister is Mrs Maghoney.

It is interesting to note that the patients at the Hospital come directly from France, and are not convalescents. On Friday 27 men, who had taken part in the great battle, arrived, and on Saturday this number was increased to 48.

Gifts of eggs, fruit, butter, vegetables, groceries, magazines, and newspapers will be gratefully received at the Hospital.

We are informed by Mrs E D Miller that the other two hospitals in her district—Newnham Paddox and Pailton House—are full, and that the former now has 43 patients.

Forty of the soldiers at Bilton Hall have been invited to the Garden Fete at Stretton-on-Dunsmore, advertised in another column, on Tuesday next.

The Rugby Town V.A.D. Hospital, “ Te Hira.”—

Our thanks are due to the following kind friends for gifts and donations during the past two weeks :—Mrs David, the Swinford Congregational Church, Bourton Parish, Mrs Liddington, Mr Bayes, Mrs Livingston, Mrs Hall, Miss Walton, Mrs Chandler, the children of Cambridge Street School, Church Lawford and Kings Newnham, Miss Holiday, Mrs Hopps, Mrs Richards, St Peter’s Working Party, Mrs Hensman, Mr Fisher, Mrs Burdekin, Miss Manley. Mrs Goodacre, Miss Smart, Mrs Bluemel, Mrs Barnwell, and Mrs James.

The following laundresses have offered their services free of charge, and we take this opportunity of thanking them :—Mrs Tite, Mrs Lambourne, Mrs Wilson, Mrs Cleaver, Mrs Thanlin, and Mrs Stibbard.

We are most grateful to Mr van den Arend, Mrs Thompson, Miss Campbell, and Mr Simmonds for the instant loan of their cars, and to the members of St John’s Ambulance Brigade and the Boy Scouts for their usual kind assistance in many ways.

(Signed) DOROTHEA WHARTON (Quartermaster).


The Government has decided that it is essential in the national interest that there shall not be any holiday, either general or local, until such subsequent date as may be announced.

There most be no slackening of output (munitions) even for a moment.

July 16 to 22.

This is War Savings Week.

How will you help ?

THE object of the National War Savings Week is to fix the attention of all classes on the supreme needs of the Nation in the present crisis of the War, and on the fact that these needs can be met only through the most rigid self-denial on the part of all.

In view of the great sacrifices that are being made by our Sailor and Soldiers, every patriotic person should do something definite in the way of saving labour or money to help to win the War.

How to save labour.

In particular, wherever possible, every man and woman should; for the duration of the War, limit their consumption of goods and their use of labour to bare necessities. When you save you help our Sailors and Soldiers to win the War. When you spend on things you do not need you help the Germans, because when you spend you make other people work for you, and the work of everyone is wanted now to help our fighting men, or to produce necessaries or to make goods for export.

Everybody can help.

For instance—

(1) Cut down your meat bills.
(2) Reduce the amount of coal, electric light and gas you use.
(3) Do not ask the shopkeeper to deliver small parcels—carry them home yourself.
(4) Give a regular order for your newspapers instead of buying them haphazard, and thus save waste of paper and labour.
(5) Do not buy any article unless you absolutely need it.

Every little helps, and if everyone will economise wherever and whenever possible much will be done.

Save money also.

During this week also every man, woman or child in the country should start to do something definite in the way of lending their money to their country.

By Saturday everyone should be able to show some definite proof of what he or she has lent to help to win the War.

What will you have to show ?

How to form a War Savings Association.

During this week it is hoped that every church, office, shop, factory, school, village, ward of a town, and club will start a War Savings Association. Even ten or twelve men and women are not too few. These Associations are for the purpose of enabling the members to save small weekly sums for the purchase of £1 for 15/6 War Savings Certificates.

Certificates bought at the Post Office by individuals earn interest at the rate of £5/4/7 per cent. Certificates bought through Associations may earn as much as £6 per cent.

Members of an Association are given special facilities of various kinds, and the National War Savings Committee or the Committee in your district will supply free of cost the rules for such societies, deposit books for members, all forms and account books needed for working the scheme, and a supply of leaflets, etc., for securing members.

Everyone who is willing to back up the fighting men by starting an Association should send this form at once.



To the Secretary, National War Savings Committee,
18, Abingdon Street, London, S.W.

Please send me free of charge full details of how to form a War Savings Association.


(Send this form or a postcard mentioning this paper.)




An officer was admitted to the Hospital of St Cross on Thursday evening with serious injuries sustained in an aeroplane accident.

We understand that the Rugby Howitzer Battery has been busily engaged of late, but that the men are in good health and spirits. Several have, however, been wounded.

Capt R Hopewell, of the 2/7th Worcesters, has been wounded in the shoulder and legs. Capt Hopewell (whose only brother was seriously wounded in Gallipoli) is the elder son of Mr E W Hopewell, formerly of Rugby and for many years headmaster of Hartlebury Grammar School. He was a schoolmaster up till the outbreak of the War, when he obtained a commission in the Worcesters.

Mrs W H Manning, of 1 Newland Street, New Bilton, has received news that her husband, a private in the R.A.M.C, was wounded by shrapnel on July 1st. Pte Manning was carrying in wounded at the time, and was the first member of his detachment to be hit. He is wounded in both legs above the knees, in the right arm and hand, and in the right eye. He has been at the front twelve months, and has had many narrow escapes. At present he is in a hospital in England. Pte Manning is an old member of E Company, and his parents live at 2 Dale Street, Rugby.


Captain Arnold L Thackhall Browett, Warwickshire Regiment, who has been killed in action, was the only surviving child of Mr and Mrs Thackhall Browett, of Corley, near Coventry. He was an officer in the old[?] 7th Battalion Warwicks, and re-joined in December, 1914. While in England he did good work in training young troops, and left for the front a few months ago. Captain Browett was a solicitor, a member of the firm of Messrs Browetts, Coventry. He was educated at Rugby, and married a daughter of the late Mr C [?] Barton, of Coventry. He leaves two children.

Mr J Watson, Pinfold Street, New Bilton, has received official intimation that his son, Pte Jim Watson, 1/7th Warwick Regiment, had been killed in action on July 2nd. Before the war he was employed at the Rugby Gas Works.

News was received at the B.T.H this week that Second-Lieut G H Foss, of the Border Regiment, has been killed in the recent heavy fighting. Lieut Foss, whose home is at Leamington, enlisted as a private in the Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry at the commencement of the War, and was subsequently granted a commission and posted to the Border Regiment. He was at the outbreak of war a special apprentice in the Millwrights’ Department at the B.T.H, and was very popular with his colleagues.

News was received on Thursday that Douglas Gould (Worcester Regiment), formerly employed at the Cambridge Street Stores of the Rugby Co-operative Society, has died of wounds received in the advance on July 3rd. His home is at Lutterworth.


ROLL OF HONOUR.—Another Bilton soldier, Lance-Corpl F Facer, who joined the K.R.R in the first month of the War, has been killed. He had been wounded, and was in England some months till convalescent, when he returned to France, and was almost at once sent up to the firing line. His wife has received a letter from the Platoon Sergeant, stating that Lance-Corpl Facer was killed instantly by a bomb on Sunday, July 2nd, while bravely doing his duty, much to the regret of his comrades, by whom he was much liked. He was buried in a British cemetery behind the lines. He was one of the most popular young men in Bilton, especially among members of the Football Club, of which he was captain, and was the best left half they ever had. He was light-hearted, generous, and forgiving, and his loss is regretted by many outside family circle.


Sapper E W Paget & Sergt T Cox have been home on leave for a few days. Mrs Tarr has received news that her husband, Pte C Tarr, has been wounded.

On Tuesday Mrs Seeney received the sad news that her son, Signaller William Seeney, had been killed in France. He was a bright, promising young soldier, and had been at the front since last summer. Mrs Seeney has received comforting letters from his officers and friends, who all speak very highly of him both as regards his work and his friendship to his comrades. Much sympathy is felt for Mrs Seeney and family.


The news came to Thurlaston on Wednesday morning to say that Pte W Sweeney, of the R.W.R, was killed. He was the youngest soldier belonging to Thurlaston, and was much liked in the place.


ROWLAND EVETTS KILLED.—On Friday morning, 7th inst, news was received from the War Office of the death of Rowland Evetts, Royal Warwicks, aged 20, the first of our Derby recruits. He enlisted early in the New Year, and left the village on January 20th. He returned every inch a soldier early in May for a short furlough, and sailed for France on May 12th. His death took place on June 26th. As previously reported, his father Lance-Corpl A T Evetts, was killed while serving with the Indian Expeditionary Force on April 5th last. Great sympathy is expressed with Mrs Evetts and family in their terrible double bereavement.


This week Mr and Mrs J Carter have received official notification from the War Office that their eldest son, Harold, was killed in action on the 1st inst, being shot through the head. The Lieutenant, in a letter to the parents, spoke very highly of the bravery of Harold Carter, who was his orderly. Harry Warner, eldest son of Mr and Mrs C Warner, was wounded and is now lying in hospital at Pendleton.



The following are their last-known addresses :—

  1. PICKLES, Railway Hotel, Rugby, age 28.
  2. SMITH, 18 Gas Street, Rugby, age 29.
  3. HEWITT, “ Zotha House,” Park Road, Rugby, age 30.
  4. W. WALKER, 37 Wood Street, Rugby, age 30.
  5. OWEN, 6 Drury Lane, Rugby, age 36.
  6. ROSS, Spring Hill, Rugby, age 18.
  7. JACKSON, White Lion, Warwick Street, Rugby, age 38.
  8. FRANCIS [or HEENEY], 186 Murray Road Rugby, age 39.
  9. W. ELLERTON, Bridget Street, New Bilton, age 24.
  10. E. CAPEWELL, Wharf Farm, Hillmorton, age 34.
  11. COOPER, Radford, age 39.
  12. FIELD, Mount Pleasant, Stockton, age 27.
  13. OLIVER, Radford Semele, age 31.


The following are their last-known addresses :—

H. E. TREECE, 17 Boughton Road, Brownsover age 26, married.

It must be clearly understood that Lists of Absentees are compiled after every endeavour has been made to trace the missing men, both by the Military Authorities and the Police who furnish a written report on each individual case.

Under these circumstances any mistakes made are owing to the default either of the employers or men concerned or their relatives, who have failed to notify the change of address as required by the National Registration Act.

The Public are invited to give all the assistance in their power to the Military Authorities by giving any INFORMATION in their possession which they consider would assist in the tracing of these absentees.

The Information should be given or sent to the,


The names of all giving information will be regarded as strictly confidential.
Recruiting Officer.
June 22nd, 1916.

AN ABSENTEE.—Pte Alfred Smith, of Princethorpe, pleaded guilty to being an absentee from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, before A E Donkin, Esq, at Rugby Police Court, on Thursday, and was remanded to await an escort.


The following resolution, passed by the Rugby Military Advisory Committee, has been forwarded to the Prime Minister :—

“ That the Rugby Military Advisory Committee considers the time has now arrived when the Government should take immediate steps to intern all naturalised and un-naturalised German sympathisers, especially now that the tradesmen of the town are having to close down their businesses, and so leave these people to capture their trades.


FACER.—Killed in action, Lance-Corpl. F. Facer, K.R.R., Old Bilton (in France), July 2, 1916, aged 23.
“ We loved him—oh ! no tongue can tell
How much we loved him and how well;
His fresh young life could not be saved,
And now he sleeps in a soldier’s grave.”
— Deeply mourned by his loving WIFE and BABY, FATHER, MOTHER, SISTERS, BROTHERS.

SAPTE.—Killed in action, on the 2nd July, Captain Anthony Sapte, Middlesex Regiment, beloved elder son of Fitzroy and Edith Sapte, of 21 Crediton Hill, N.W., and grandson of the late Captain William Sapte, of Rugby, aged 19 years.

WATSON.—In loving remembrance of Arthur James Watson (Jim), killed in action at France, July 2, 1916 ; age 19.
“ He sleeps not in his native land ;
But under foreign skies ;
Far from those that loved him best,
But in a hero’s grave he lies.”


BARNWELL.—In loving memory of our dearly beloved son and brother, Lance-Corpl. George T. Barnwell, died of wounds in France, July 15, 1915.
“ Dearly loved in life, deeply mourned in death.”
—From his loving FATHER and MOTHER, BROTHERS and SISTERS.

BARNWELL.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. George T. Barnwell, who died in France, July 15,1915.
“ No lips need speak where the heart mourns sincerely.”


These have to be discontinued after to-day July 15, as the School will be busy with military training and summer examinations.

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