Mason, Arthur Thomas. Died 31st Aug 1916

Arthur Thomas Mason was born in Rugby and baptised in St Andrews Parish Church on 9th November 1881. His father was Thomas, a compositor living in Lower Hillmorton Road. His mother was Louisa Margaret. We have been unable to locate a marriage for this couple. Thomas was born in Scotland although his father came from Stretton on Dunsmore and all but one of his siblings were born in Rugby. His eldest brother was born in Gloucestershire.

In 1891 Arthur Thomas was aged 9 and lived with his parents at 20 Railway Terrace. His father was still a compositor and Arthur had a younger sister, Ethel. In 1895 Thomas died at the age of 46, so by 1901 Arthur and Ethel were living with their widowed mother. Arthur was aged 18 and working as a auctioneer’s clerk, probably for his uncle, also Arthur Mason, who lived next door at number 40, an auctioneer and furniture dealer.

On 24th December 1905, Arthur Thomas Mason, aged 24 marred Maud Lilian King, 21, at Holy Trinity Church Rugby. By 1911 they had been married 5 years and had no children. Arthur was working as a storekeeper at electrical engineers. They lived at 61 Grosvenor Road, Rugby.

Arthur must have enlisted early in the war, in the 6th Bn, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (no. 13457) as the Rugby Advertiser of 13th November 1915 reported:

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.

On 9th September 1916 it reported that Sergeant Arthur Mason had been killed in action in France, probably in The Battle of Delville Wood. He was buried at Carnoy Military Cemetery.

His widow was living at 72 Park Road at the time, she died in 1931 aged 46.



Fothergill, William Alfred. Died 28th Aug 1916

William Alfred Fothergill was born on 14th December 1896 and baptised at Christ Church in East Greenwich on 31st January 1897. His father, Alonzo Benjamin Fothergill was born in 1897 in Devonport and his occupation was engineer. (Given his place of birth, he probably had a dockyard connection) Alonzo had married Lilley Bailey in Greenwich in 1887.

In 1901 the family were living in West Ferry Road in Poplar. William, aged 4 was the third of five children. A year or so before the 1911 census the family had moved to Rugby, living at 176 Lawford Road, New Bilton. Alonzo was an engineer fitter at B.T.H. William was an Errand Lad, aged 14

William Alfred Fothergill – photo by permission of Rugby Library.

At the start of the war Private William Alfred Fothergill was one of the members of the Rugby Infantry Company “who responded with such promptitude to the summons on Tuesday night, about 100 going by the first train and 40 by the next” as reported in the Rugby Advertiser of 8th August 1914. He arrived in France on 22nd March 1915.

A few months later, together with a friend, he sent a letter that was published in the Rugby Advertiser, 7 August, 1915:


DEAR SIR,-We now take the pleasure of writing a few lines to your paper to let the people of Rugby see we are getting on all right. We shall be glad to see old Rugby again. I must say we don’t get the chance to go to The Empire second house. Well, we must not grumble ; we are out here till it is over. I am sorry we have lost a few of the boys, as you have put in your paper a short time ago, and we are all very sorry to lose such good chaps. I am sure we shall get our own back. We have now taken over some trenches. I can tell you we get plenty of shells flying round us ; there are plenty flying about while I am writing this letter. . . . We have been against the Rugby Battery, who I am sure have done some very good work. What we have seen very good. I am sorry to say it has been very wet this last few days. It makes the trenches very bad. Never mind, we still keep smiling, but I must not say we are on a picnic—it is not a very nice game to play.—Wishing you and all at Rugby the best of luck, from two of the boys.

“ C ” Co. late “ E ” Co.
1/7th Batt R.War.R.

Private William Alfred Fothergill (Regt. no. 2020) died on 28th August 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

He is also remembered on the Croop Hill Memorial in Rugby.



* Private Aland (Regt. no. 2236) was wounded on 19th July 1916,suffering multiple gunshot wounds to his arm and right side. After a long spell in hospital he was discharged from the army in November 1917.

Hancox, George Hugh. Died 27th Aug 1916

George Hugh Hancox was born at Rock, Bewdley, Worcester, and his birth is registered in the September Quarter 1885 under the Cleobury M. Registration District. His parents were Henry and Emma Hancox, née Savage. George’s father was a bricklayer and George was their first child, born at Rock, Worcestershire. His parents other children were Edgar followed by Hugh, Mabel, Florence and Harold.   On the 1891 census, when George is 5 years old, the family are living at Sutton Common Kidderminster. By 1901 the family are all at 2 Whispering Street, Wribbenhall, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, and George is a Greengrocers Assistant. On the 1911 census George is in Rugby and is living at 79 York Street with the Rogers family and he is Greengrocers Assistant. He was a member of St. Matthews & Brotherhood Choirs and a member of the Early Closes Football Club and was well known and popular the town. George enlisted at Rugby and was with the 6th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He had been in France about 6 weeks and was at the Battle of the Somme when he received his fatal wounds and died 27th August 1916 and was buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery. Mr. E. C. Badham gave notice to The Rugby Advertiser of his death. George had been employed by Mr. Badham for between 8 to 9 years and said that George had his home at Kidderminster. Mr Badham was a Greengrocer and Fruiterer at 31a High Street, Rugby. George Hugh Hancox is remembered on the World War 1 memorial at Wribbenhall All Saints Church and appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral under Wribbenhall casualties with the information: 20274 The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Under Army Soldiers Effects 5th December 1916 George’s parents received £4 9s 3d and later received a war gratuity for £3 0s 0d sent June 1919

In the Probate Calendar it reads

George Hugh Hancox of Florentine Terrace Wribbenhall Worcestershire Private 7th battalion Royal Warwickshire died 27th August 1916 on active service in France. Probate Worcester 7th November to Emma Hancox (wife of Henry Hancox) and the said Henry Hancox bricklayer.   Effects:- £365 10s 8d.
George received posthumously The Victory Medal and the British Medal.

Private George Hugh Hancox

Service Number 20732

Royal Warwickshire Regiment

1/6 Battalion-Territorial

Buried Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery

Grave/Memorial Reference:- ll. A. 1.



Dawson, William Nathaniel. Died 27th Aug 1916

Private William Nathaniel Dawson

Service Number 307611/5958

Royal Warwickshire Regiment

1st/8th Territorial Battalion

Cemetery/Memorial Name: Thiepval Memorial

Grave/memorial Reference: Pier and Face 9 A 9B and 10 B

Private William Nathaniel Dawson was born in Rugby and registered in the third quarter of 1882, and was baptised 12th November 1882 at St. Andrews Church Rugby. William’s parents were John W. and Rebecca Dawson. He was the eldest of 6 children those being George, John, Ellen and Emma.   They were all living in 10 Corbett Street Rugby in 1891 and their father, John is working for the Railway and is only given as a Railway Servant.   By 1901 on the census for that year they are all residing at 46 Claremont Road Rugby, and William is a Railway Clerk, and his father is a Railway Engine Driver, and brother George is an Apprentice Steam Engine Fitter, and the youngest of the brothers John is an apprentice Butcher. On the 1911 census they are all at 114 Claremont Road Rugby, John the father is a Railway Loco Driver, John the brother is now a Butcher’s Assistant, sister Ellen is a Re Lamper, and sister Emma is a Capstan Lathe Operator, William is still given as a Railway Clerk.   According to William’s Army Record he signed a Short Service Attestation 23rd March 1915 and was assigned to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 23rd March 1916. He was Killed in Action 27th August 1916, aged 33 years, and has no known grave. His name is on the Thievpal Memorial in France, and is recorded on Rugby’s Memorial Gates. On the Army Registers of Soldiers Effects William’s father was sent £2 7s 6d on 3rd October 1916. On the National Probate Calendar of 1917 it says :

Dawson William Nathaniel of 114 Claremont Road Rugby Warwickshire. Private 8th Battalion Royal Warwickshire died on or since 27 August 1917 in France Administration London 7th November to John William Dawson engine driver.   Effects £424 9s 0d. Awarded the Victory Medal and the British Medal posthumously.

William’s name is recorded on Thievpal Memorial France and on Rugby Memorial Gates.

Corbey, Ernest. Died 27th Aug 1916

Private Ernest Corbey

Service Number:- 307616

Royal Warwickshire Regiment

1st 8th Battalion

Cemetery/Memorial Name Thiepval

Grave/memorial Reference Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B

Private Ernest Corbey was born in the second quarter of 1883, and was baptised 4th May 1883 at Withybrook Church. He was the eldest child of Lucy and Thomas Corby, their surname is sometimes spelt with or without the “e”. Ernest was followed by Thomas H., Amy E., John Frederick, Lewis Arthur, Horace, and Edith M. Their father was an agricultural labourer. On the census of 1891 are family are living at The Green, Little Lawford, Rugby and Ernest’s birth place is given as Combe Fields Warwickshire.   By 1901 the family are at Main Street, Long Lawford, Rugby and Ernest is working as a labourer at the Railway Station, he is 17 years old.   Thomas Corbey, the father dies June 1906 and was buried at Newbold-upon-Avon 11th June 1906, leaving Ernest’s mother a widow with 4 grown up children and three younger children.   By 1911 Ernest’s younger brother Thomas is working as a Loco Fireman and according to that year’s census Ernest is a general labourer. They both had joined the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants. Ernest joining in 1905 at the age of 22 and is given as a cleaner. The family eventually move into Rugby and reside at 6 Sun Street. Ernest was in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and was in France at the Battle of the Somme, where he was killed in action on 27th August 1916, aged 33 years and has no known grave.   His mother received £2 6s 3d from his effects authorised 20th October 1917 and later received £3 0s 0d War Gratuity sent to her 28th June 1919. He was awarded the British and Victory Medals posthumously. The only memorial to him is his name on the Thievpal Memorial, at Thiepval, France and on Rugby‘s Memorial Gates.



26th Aug 1916. Buy a Flag on War Prisoners’ Day


By so doing you will assist the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee to ensure a continuance of the Weekly Parcels of Food and Clothing to our own men.

The men who have fought for you, and are now experiencing the unspeakable hardships of German Prison Camp Life, look to you to help to keep them from starvation.

Here are some of the Messages received from Local Men this week :—

PTE. P. J. COLLOP (Monks Kirby), Suffolk Regt, interned at Friedrichsfeid

“ I now have the pleasure of writing to thank you and your helpers for your kindness to me, which I very much appreciate. The parcels have arrived up to date regularly, and I find them very satisfactory.”

SERGT. B. G. HITCHCOX (Rugby), 28th Canadians, interned at Dulman.

“ I was very surprised and heartily thankful to receive your welcome parcel, which arrived to-day in very good condition. I warmly appreciate your kindness and trust you will not forget me in the future.”

PTE. W. WILTSHIRE (New Bilton), Wiltshire Regt., interned at Osnabruck.

“ Just a line to let you know I am receiving parcels regularly, and in good condition. Again thanking all concerned for the parcels.”

PTE. A. H. DAVIS (Rugby), 8th Beds, interned at Dulmen.

“ The first issue of bread has arrived, for which I beg to thank you very much.”

PTE. J. SMITH (Stretton-under-Fosse), Royal Warwick Regt, interned at Friedrichfeld.

“ Have just received Dujon bread in good condition, with many thanks.”

PTE. T. DOO (Rugby), Suffolk Regt., interned at Doeberitz.

“ Many thanks for the parcels of food and bread, which I received quite safe and in good condition.”

PTE. P. MACE (Hillmorton), Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, interned at Mannheim.

“ I now have great pleasure in answering your most welcome parcel, which arrived in excellent condition, and, also, the contents were just what one needs in Camp.”

These letters contain an Appeal for Help, to which no British heart can remain unresponsive. The Food Parcels are absolutely essential, and they get there.


Hon. Secretary and Offices :
J. REGINALD BARKER, 9, Regent Street, Rugby. Supply Depot: Benn Buildings.

THE parcels sent by the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee to local men in Germany contained this week ¼ lb tea, tin milk, tin tomatoes, tin pineapple chunks, 1lb sugar, tin cocoa, tablet of soap, tin tongue, tin health salts, and 4-lb loaf of bread.


A general meeting of this committee was held on Monday.—The Hon Secretary informed the committee that, in reply to the advertisement asking for particulars of men serving, with the date of enlistment, she had only received 150 names of men who had enlisted or been called up between August and December, 1914.—It was resolved to make a start with these 150 names as soon as possible.—After some discussion and the inspection of samples, it was decided to send out to each man a parcel containing a 2-lb tin of best boiled sweets, a pair of socks, and a small packet of boracic powder. Each parcel will also contain a card, bearing the town arms and a suitable couplet, and the name of each man will be written thereon. It is hoped that towards the end of the month the parcels will begin to go out to our splendid men abroad.



A correspondent writes :—

In a letter from the front to his father a member of the Warwickshire Regiment remarks :— “ As you say, the news in the paper is good : ‘ Slow, but sure.’ It looks all very well in print, but you want to be in it to understand what a mile or two advance means. I can’t understand the munition people being praised so much for foregoing their Bank Holiday. It proves how much the people of England know what war is. Do they realise that the men out here do seven days every week, and often twenty-four hours a day ? Some have been doing that for two years now. When the munition workers do finish they have a home and a bed to go to, not forgetting that in their spare time they can please themselves what they do.

“ What about this side of the water ? One is lucky to have a barn with a roof on, and if there is any clean straw it is hotel-de-luxe ! They ought to try a 16-mile march with a full pack on. It would do them a lot of good ; and then, when their clothes are saturated with perspiration, let them sleep in the open with only an overcoat to cover them. After that, if they were asked which they preferred—the Army or munition—I wonder which they would prefer ! What annoys me is, they seem to think they are little ‘ tin gods.’”


At Coventry Munitions Tribunal, on Friday last week, Thomas Fishwick, Rugby, asked for a discharge certificate on the ground of his wife’s health, it being necessary, he said, that she should live elsewhere. He also carried on the business of tobacconist, hairdresser, and furniture dealer.—Mr Carmichael : You have your hands full.—Applicant : No, because I have managers. He wished his discharge so that he could then dispose of his businesses.—The Court refused the application.

J Mulhern, Rugby, was said to have lost time and was fined £2.

Mr Carmichael presided at the sitting of Coventry Munitions Tribunal, held on Monday afternoon, and the assessors present were Mrs Givens for the men and women, and Mr A H Niblett for the employers. The list contained 25 cases, 10 being from Rugby.

Miss A Botterill, lamp operative, 94 Bridget Street, was summoned for absenting herself without leave. She sent a letter from Llandudno explaining her reasons for staying away, these being ill-health and the belief that the works were going to close down for the August-holidays. It was said by the firm that she took the holiday, though told she could not have the time. Her absence delayed several thousand lamps per week on a subsequent operation.—The Court imposed a fine of 15s.

A G Hanks, 2 Russell Street, was summoned for being absent from work in the Bank Holiday week. He was fined 10s, the Court taking into account that he was usually a good timekeeper.

S Fisher, 10 Chester Street, was summoned for absenting himself from work on various dates. He said he obtained permission on one day to spend it with his brother ; on the rest of the dates he was ill with his back. He was fined 5s.

F A Clewlow, handyman, 30 Sycamore Grove, was also summoned for being absent from work on one day. He received permission, it was stated, to stay out one day to attend a marriage, and remained out the next day as well. Fined 15s.

H Williams, fitter, Market St., was similarly charged. He said he had been with the firm for 13 years without a break, and sent a letter to the shop explaining his absence. He met with a cycle accident, and was hurt at the works.—The firm’s representative said the man was an old and good employee.—Defendant was fined 15s.—The Chairman said it was not fair to the other workers that certain men should take French leave.

H Page, 17 Essex Street, was similarly summoned. The condition of his health was the reason he gave for staying away.—Fined £1.—Defendant : Don’t stop any next week because I have got a short week.

A Smedley, 3 Market St., summoned for being absent, said he was absent with leave, and went with his wife and family to Old Colwyn.—The firm’s representative said that no holidays were allowed in Bank Holiday week.—Defendant said he had a day and a-half to cancel his arrangements after he had paid £1 on account of his holidays.-The representative said he never had leave, there only having been a preliminary inquiry with regard to holidays throughout the workshops. The man was a good worker and timekeeper.—The Court adjourned the case for a fortnight, as they would like to see the charge-hand and foreman.

W Bott, 22 Newland Street, New Bilton, was summoned for being absent without leave on Monday, August 7th, to Saturday, the 12th, inclusive; and was fined 15s.

G Hardy, turner, 67 Windsor Street, Rugby, was summoned for being absent without leave on August 11th and 12th and the morning of the 14th ; also with absenting himself from August 3rd to August 10th with a doctor’s certificate for diarrhoea. The firm produced written evidence from a fellow-workman, who had seen Hardy very much under the influence of drink on Friday, August 4th.—Another witness said that he stopped Hardy in the Market Place about 8.20 on Monday, the 7th inst, and informed him that he had had “ more than was good for him.” He appealed to his patriotism to go home, and go to work the next morning.—Evidence was also given to the effect that on August 8th, at 11.15 a.m, Hardy was served with drink in a local hotel.—Fined £3, to be paid by weekly instalments of 10s.

AN ABSENTEE.—At the Rugby Police Court, on Wednesday, before A E Donkin, Esq, Frank Reilly, 1 Lodge Road, Rugby, pleaded guilty to being absent without leave from the Gloucester Regiment.—Sergt Ghent stated that, as the result of a telegram from the O.C the Battalion, he saw defendant at No. 1 Lodge Road, and he then admitted that he should have returned the previous day.—Remanded in custody to await an escort.


In an account of the fighting round Thiepval the special correspondent of the “ Morning Post ” lays stress on the achievements of the Warwicks.

Mr F Stimpson, of Rugby, had three nephews serving on the Falmouth, which was sunk in the North Sea at the beginning of the week. Fortunately all of them were saved.

Gunner G Jones, son of Mr and Mrs M Jones, 49 Claremont Road, is progressing slowly but favourably in the Wellington Military Hospital, Liverpool, where he was admitted on August 5th suffering from shock. He had been at the front one year and nine months, having enlisted on August 26, 1914, in the 119th H.M R.G.A., and was drafted to the front in November of the same year.


The following is an extract from Divisional Orders by Major-General Colin Mackenzie. C.B, commanding the — Division, in which awards of the Military Cross for gallantry were set out :—

“ Captain Evelyn Penn Lucas, 2/4 Battalion Royal Berks Regiment, at Ferme du Bois, on the night 13-14 July, 1916, after careful organisation and training of the raiding party, of which he was in command, for the organisation of which he was solely responsible, proved himself a cool and capable leader ; and though himself wounded early in the attack, led his party up to the enemy wire, and continued to encourage his men to renew their efforts to attain their objective ; he kept communication with his Commanding Officer, and refused to come back to our own lines until he had seen the whole of his men who could be brought in back in safety, he himself being the last to re-enter our lines.”

Capt E P Lucas is son-in-law of the Rev R S Mitchison, of Barby, and this was the attack where Corpl Doyle, of Erankton, lost his life in behaving so gallantly bringing in the wounded.


Mr J Brooks, 41 Lawford Road, New Bilton, has received an intimation that his son, Pte J Brooks, of the Royal Warwicks, was wounded on the 1st of August. He was hit in the leg by shrapnel, and sustained a fractured bone. He is at present in hospital at Nottingham, where he is progressing favourably.


The casualty list on Thursday contained the name of Rifleman F Colbran, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, among those killed. Rifleman Colbran, who was about 22 years of age, was employed on Clifton Court Farm, where his father was bailiff, when the War broke out, and he enlisted in the K.R.R towards the end of 1914. He was a quiet young man, and generally respected by those who knew him.


Second-Lieut Albert E Rainbow, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who was killed on July 23rd, was an assistant at St Matthew’s School, Rugby, and afterwards an assistant master at Richmond British School when war broke out. He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers before receiving his commission. The Commanding Officer, in a letter to his mother, said : “ Lieut Rainbow was with his company advancing through a village under heavy shell fire, and the conditions were trying enough to have caused even the bravest man, however old, to have faltered. But he displayed no hesitation, and his conduct was a fine example and real help to his men.”


MR & MRS S Howard, of Long Lawford, have received news that their son, Pte Stephen Howard, died of wounds on August 1st. He was the third son to join the Army, and had only been in France a fortnight. He was 23 years of age.


DEATH OF RIFLEMAN ERNEST GRANT.—Mr and Mrs Grant, Newbold, received the sad news on Saturday last that their son, Ernest, was killed on the 12th inst. Rifleman Dick Collins, writing to deceased’s brother, Alfred, who had been serving at the front, but was sent home disabled about twelve months ago, said : “ The company was on night work ; they were spotted, and machine guns and artillery played on them. Ernest received a number of wounds from machine gun fire.” The writer adds: “ Well Alf, it is another terrible blow for you all, and I am sure I myself will miss him. He was my best friend out here, and we always did all we could for one another. All his section liked him, and you can take it from me that he will be missed by all. According to the nature of his wounds, he died an instantaneous death. We were both talking only the night before of what we hoped to do when we got home, and now we are not able to do so. It has upset me, and I feel I cannot write more just now. I know almost the exact place where he was buried, and I know everything that could have been done for him has been carried out. We are in a hot place, and you yourself only too well can understand what it is like. Well, Alf, I hope you will accept mine and all the boys’ deepest sympathy in the death of so good a soldier, and you have one consolation—he died doing his duty.” Corpl Arthur Parks also writes :- “

Dear Mrs Grant,—I expect that by now you have received the bad news that Ernest has passed away while doing his duty to God, King and country. I should not he surprised if he was doing something to protect one of his men, or working in what he new was a dangerous place where he would not let one of the men go. He was always doing that—looking after his men first and last—and not bothering about himself, strong was his faith in God. I know the chaps are very sorry, for he was liked by all. He was a fine fellow in every way.” Rifleman Ernest Grant was 26 years of age, and belonged to the Rifle Brigade. He was employed at the time of his enlistment in Kitchener’s Army on September 3, 1914, at Messrs Willans & Robinson’s. He was a member of the Church Choir and a bell-ringer ; also a playing member of the Newbold Football Club. He had numerous friends, and all who knew him could not help admiring his manly principles. This is the second son Mr and Mrs Grant have lost during the War, and a third has been sent homo disabled. Much sympathy is expressed by all with Mr and Mrs Grant and family in their sad trouble.


WEST KENTS.—It will be of interest to many people in the district to hear that Pte Horace Watts was amongst the number of the West Kents who, although surrounded, kept the Germans at bay for two days. He had previously been wounded in the War, but had returned to active service. He is the youngest son of Mr and Mrs G Watts, of Brandon Wood.


FOREHEAD.—In memory of Lance-Corpl. T. W. Forehead, who died of wounds in Gallipoli on August 24, 1915.—From his loving WIFE, DAUGHTER, FATHER-IN-LAW, MOTHER-IN-LAW, and FAMILY.

GOODMAN.—In loving memory of Pte. W. G. Goodman, 1st Royal Warwicks, killed in action between Cambrai and St. Quentin, August 27,1914, aged 29 years.
“ Father in Thy tender keeping
Leave we there our dear son sleeping.”


The adjourned inquest on Lieut George P Rogers and Second-Lieut Cyril de Frece, R.F.C who were killed by the collision of two aeroplanes on August 10th, was held on Wednesday.

Second-Lieut W S F Saundby, who stated that he was a qualified pilot, deposed that he went up in a machine with a mechanic, and engaged in manoeuvres—which he described in technical detail—with another and more powerful machine, which was being flown by Lieut Rogers, a skilled pilot, with Lieut de Frece as his passenger. Both machines were in perfect condition, and were flying well. When at a height of about 2,500ft Lieut Rogers was manoeuvring for close formation over the top, and witness dived down about 500ft. Lieut Rogers also came down, and was apparently endeavouring to pass over him to the front. Witness saw that if he continued at the same speed his machine would have caught the undercarriage of the other. To give Lieut Rogers time to get clear in front he reduced the angle of his descent and slackened speed, but his propellor struck the tail or fusilage of Lieut. Rogers’ machine and cut the whole of it off. It then became unmanageable, and dived to the ground. Meanwhile witness spiralled his machine safely down.

In reply to the Foreman of the Jury, witness said the rule of the Aeronautical Society used to be that machines were not to approach within 100 metres of each other, but it was found necessary to repeal it, and there was now no rule as to distance. They had to use their own discretion when in the air.

A senior officer who witnessed the occurrence said it struck him that the machines were flying too close together to be safe, and he intended to mention it when they came down, but there was no regulation as to distance. A pilot had to judge what was a safe distance from the next machine. He thought the actual proximity of Lieut Saundby’s machine must have been obscured for the moment from Lieut Rogers’s view by the wings of the machine he was flying.

The Foreman expressed the sorrow of the Jury at the loss of such a brave pilot as Lieut Rogers was admitted to be, because at such a time the nation required all the skill they could get. The Jury felt the loss of these brave fellows, who risked their lives in the air for the good of their country.

The Coroner concurred, in these sentiments, and extended sympathy to all concerned.

The Jury returned a verdict of “ Accidental death,” and added that no blame was attached to anyone.

Hodge, Percy Henry. Died 24th Aug 1916

Percy was born in 1890 at Stroud in Gloucestershire, the third of the four children of William Henry Hodge and his wife Annie nee Holmes.   The other children, William, Mabel and Elsie, were all born in Bath as was their mother, and in all three censuses listing the family they are living in Bath, on the eastern outskirts at Twerton, south of the river Avon. William Hodge was a steam engine maker/turner in 1891 and living at 32 Brook Street with his family which also included his wife’s sister Fanny Holmes.   Annie’s birth was registered as Hannah Maria, the name under which she married William in 1880 in the Barton Regis registration district which covered St Georges Bristol where they were living in 1881. In 1901 she is named as Anna, and in 1911, when she signs the census form herself, she is called Annie.

William died at the end of 1900, but his family remained in Twerton, although they had moved to 36 Triangle by 1901, and to 54 Ringwood Place by 1911. At this time Percy is an engineer’s pattern maker in an iron foundry, which would probably have been the reason he moved for a greater opportunity to Rugby to work in the pattern shop of British Thomson Houston (BTH) as recorded in the Rugby Advertiser at his death.

According to Soldiers Died in the Great War, he lived in Bath but enlisted in Rugby in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, No A/2811. When he died he was a Corporal in the 8th Battalion which was sent to Boulogne on 15 May 1915, seeing action at Hooge in July 1915 and the second attack on Bellewaarde in the same year. The Battalion was involved in the action at Delville Wood during the Battle of the Somme in July 1915, Percy was killed in action the following month aged 26, and is commemorated on the memorial at Thiepval as well as on the BTH Memorial in Rugby.

The Rugby Advertiser of 23 September records his death among the local casualties, saying that he enlisted at the start of the war when he lived with his brother at 183 Oxford Street. His Commanding Officer wrote “He was in the front line with his squad of bombers preparatory to an attack on German trenches when a big shell landed on the trench killing him and two or three others.   He was buried where he fell.”   The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists 51 men of the 8th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps who died on that day and are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial as well as 79 men from other KRR Battalions.

Percy was awarded the British and Victory medals as well as the 1915 Star, having been drafted to France in May 1915. His effects (£9.16s) and a War Gratuity of £10 were awarded to his mother Annie.



Whittaker, James Thomas. Died 23rd Aug 1916

James (named as Thomas in the 1901 census) was born in Lincoln in the last quarter of 1891, the penultimate of the six children of James John Whittaker and his wife Elizabeth nee Wilkinson who were married in 1882 at Lincoln where Elizabeth was born. His siblings all born in Lincoln were Annie Elizabeth b 1884, (John) William b 1886, Frank b 1887, Kate b 1889 and Charles b 1895. In 1891 his parents were living with the four older children at 12 Unity Street, Lincoln.

James senior who was born in Brighton was a fitter and moved back to Rugby (where he had been living as an adolescent with his parents in the 1870s) between 1895 when Charles was born and 1901 when they were living at 7 Bridget Street. Both parents died before the 1911 census, Elizabeth in 1903 aged 50 and James John in 1910 aged 54, so their children were scattered by the time of the 1911 census. Annie was then a cook living in Beverley, Yorkshire, where she married James H Bruce in 1914. Kate remained in Rugby, a laundress boarding in Pennington Street.   She married Stanley Avery also in 1914.   Charles, who was only fifteen, was living with his father’s youngest brother Charles Frank Whittaker, a beerhouse holder, at 19 Rokeby Street, Rugby, his brother William , a clerk at an electrical works, was lodging at 74 Victoria Street, New Bilton, and his brother Frank was visiting the extensive Bird family at 1 Bridget Street, New Bilton.   James Thomas himself has not been found in the 1911 census.

James Thomas’s grandfather Thomas Whittaker who was also a fitter, first came to Rugby around 1870. He was born in Bolton but from the birthplaces of his children he travelled extensively round the country, perhaps with the railways? In 1854 in Wolverhampton he married Mary Walker, who was born in Leicester. They were in Cardiff for the birth of their first child Charlotte in 1855, then Brighton in 1857, Peckham Middx in 1859, Stoke on Trent in 1860, Manchester in 1863 and Stoke again in 1864.

James Thomas’s service record has been destroyed, but he must have joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Territorial soldier (No 1785) before the war started as the Regimental website states that James’s Battalion, the 1/7th, was stationed at Coventry at the outbreak of war, then moved to Chelmsford with the 1/5th and 1/6th Battalions which were all Territorial Forces.   They were all sent to France, landing at Le Havre on 22 March 1915 which is confirmed by James’s medal card.   These Battalions saw action along the Western Front, so James would have experienced a good deal of warfare in the following eighteen months. In 1916 his Battalion as part of the 48th Division (South Midlands) took part in the Battle of Albert during the opening stage of the Battle of the Somme, Bazentin Ridge, and Pozieres (which heavily involved Australian troops) in July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

He was wounded in conflict and sent to a Military Hospital at Boulogne where he died of his wounds on 23 August 1916 aged 24. At his death he was a Lance Corporal. He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery where the dead from the hospitals in Boulogne are buried. Unusually the gravestones here are laid flat because of the sandy soil.   The CWGC citation notes the he was the “Son of James Thomas and Elizabeth Whittaker, native of Rugby”.

He was awarded the British and Victory medals and the 1915 Star. The Register of Soldiers Effects notes that his back pay of £14.3.4d was divided among his siblings Kate Avery, Annie Bruce, John William, Frank and Charles (who requested his share be paid to his sister Kate). Kate also received James’s War Gratuity of £8.10s.



Fitzgibbon, Brian Normanby. Died 21st Aug 1916

 Brian Normanby Fitzgibbon was born on the 14th of April 1894 at Yate, Gloucestershire, England, and baptised at St Mary Yate on 17th May 1894.

He was the only son of John Arthur Fitzgibbon and Katharine Maud Randolph, who married 4th June 1882 at St. Peter, Fulham Middlesex. John was born 12th October 1854 in Middlesex, the son of Gerald Normanby Dillon and Lady Louisa Isabella Fitzgibbon. His father was the 13th Viscount Dillon of Costello-Gallin..

In the 1861 Census, Gerald’s occupation is shown as ‘The Hon. Clerk India Office’.

In 1871 John was a pupil in Edgbaston, Birmingham., but by the 1891 Census he had followed his father in changing his surname to Fitzgibbon.

Brian appears in the 1901 Census living with his parents and elder sister, Kathleen Beatrice Florence, born in 1891, in The Cottage, Yate, Gloucestershire. His father is shown as ‘Living on own means’, Brian is a scholar. The 1911 Census shows Brian continuing his education, at Rugby School, aged 16, and living at 2, Arnold Villas, with his sister, 20, and Servant Leah Thornycroft.

Unfortunately Brian’s Service Records did not survive the fire generated by a German bomb during World War 2. However the War Diary of the 6th Battalion of The Royal Irish Regiment has survived.

It is written initially by Lt. Colonel Finlay E P Curzon, and commences on 17/12/1915 with the Regiment leaving Blackdown, Hampshire to join the British Expeditionary Force as part of the 47th Infantry Brigade, of the 16th Infantry Division.

27 Officers, 826 men embarked at Southampton on the SS Marguerite, and 6 Officers, and 170 men embarked on the SS Bellerophon with the Regimental Transport. They disembarked at Le Havre on the 18th and went by train to Choques overnight. They marched to Drouvin and over the next week   they had instruction on Front Line Trench warfare in Reserve trenches.

From the 30th December to 8th January, they marched to Amettes, Borny, Hazebruck in Belgium, Verquin, Palfont, Matringham and Allomanye. They took up position in Front Line Trenches (FLT),

north east of Loos with other Scottish Regiments of the 47th Infantry Brigade.

Loos is a small settlement north-west of Lens and south-east of Bethune.

Their first fatality happened on 17th January, followed on the 26th by the death of Major G W Page at Noeux Les Mines. On that date the diarist records ‘no attacks but heavy shelling’.

29th January saw the Regiment on the march again, ending in Philosophe. Courses in musketry, bombing and drill occupied the men for 2 days.

They moved again on 8th February to Philosophe, and then into FLT, before being relieved 4 days later.

Into FLT again at Festubert, the front line consisting of 16 isolated breastworks, the support trench, 80 yards to the rear, was 8oo yards long of breastworks, with the reserve company in the village.

On the 19th February they marched to Beaumetz Les Aire and were inspected. As a result 48 Other Ranks were declared to be medically unfit to fight and were transferred to base.

Between the 11th and 14th March they were attached to the 12th Division and were clearing trenches and carrying bombs and RE material to the front of the Hohenzollern trenches at Allequin. They moved to Barbure in 40 motor lorries. 17th March 40 OR joined from their 3rd Battalion.

25th March, on the move, marched to Lilliers, train to Noeux Les Mines and finally marched to Loos.1 OR killed..

They were relieved on 28th March by the 6th Battalion Connaught Rangers. And went into billets at Philosophe. 31 March to 5th April, in reserve at Mazingarde, then they relieved the 49th Brigade at Hulloch at the sector from Stone Street to Posen Alley.

9th April they were relieved by the 7th Leinster Rangers, and themselves relieved the Connaught Rangers. During the period, 9th to 16th April their trenches were shelled resulting in 1 Officer and

7 OR killed and 12 OR wounded.

20th April, they moved back to Noeux-les-Mines. One man was killed accidentally during bombing


27th April, the Battalion were in support trenches, when the Germans attacked preceded by smoke and gas, but the 16th Division held firm.

They moved to the Front Line Trenches 2 days later at Puits, from Railway Alley to Gordon Alley.

On May 3rd they were relieved and moved back to the Support Trenches, but on the 7th, they returned to their previous trenches.

This pattern of time in Front Line Trenches, followed by days in the Support trenches and then in Reserve, continued throughout May, with little real infantry action. On the 9th May a small party of German soldiers entered their trenches, and were driven off without casualties. A heavy bombardment on 11th May killed 6 other ranks and wounded 12. On the 27th May a deserter was captured who said that an attack was in preparation.

June started with a heavy bombardment for 2 hours on the 3rd and on the 6th, 60 8” shells were fired but 50 were duds. One did blow out a dug out burying 6 men , all but 2 were dug out alive.

10th June, back in Reserve in Noeux Les Mines, they went through 7 days training in Musketry, Bombing and Bayonet fighting. On the 18th Sergeant T Cahill was awarded the DCM and Private J Bryant the Military Medal.

The next day a raid was made on Cameron Crater (in No Man’s Land) by 2 Officers and 20 OR. Sentries were killed and a large working party bombed. The party suffered no casualties. They were commended by the Brigadier and the Divisional General.

25th May, preparation for a gas and smoke attack took place, but the wind was too feeble, as it was the 28th. The next day saw an attack with rifle grenades and trench mortar bombs. There was only slight retaliation.

3rd July onwards they were in Divisional Reserve carrying huts and ladders. They also had rifle practice. Back in the FLT from 12th to 14th July they suffered intermittent shelling, with 5 OR killed and 19 wounded. On 15th July back in Divisional Support, 84 NCO’s joined them. !9th July they were carrying stores and ammunition to the FLT.

Heavy shelling killed 2 OR and wounded 4 on 21st July. They retaliated with a raid carried out by 2 groups each with 1 Officer and 12 OR. Bangalore torpedoes were used to cut the wire but were not successful, bombs were thrown.

25th to 31st July, in Divisional Reserve they were busy working and carrying to the FLT, no casualties.

9th August, FLT in Cameron and Haymarket Alleys. The trenches were badly damaged. The next day they came under heavy mortar fire which resulted in the killing of 8 OR and wounding 15. They returned to Brigade Reserve on 13th.

They took up places in the FLT on 17th August.

The Battalion Diary records the events of 21st August:

The 6th Battalion Irish Regiment carried out a raid to the east of Harrison’s Crater with the assistance of a mine. The mine was blown at 2 am and the raiding party under 2/Lieutenant Kelly were in the enemy’s trenches within 5 minutes. Bangalore torpedo parties were arranged for, but owing to the loss of all officers commanding the parties and the heavy fire of all kinds these parties did not attain their objectives. At 3am the raiding parties are withdrawn after bombing down several dugouts and inflicting severe casualties amongst the enemy, unfortunately 2/Lieutenant R J Kelly and 10 O R in safe guarding the withdrawal of this party are reported missing, believed to be prisoners as a German next morning shouted ‘Tommy we have one officer and a man here’. Lt. B N Fitzgibbon was killed when i/c of one of the M G (Mine Group) 5 OR killed. 2/ Lieutenant M A Hurley wounded and 18 OR killed, 2/Lieutenant M A Hawley wounded and 18 OR, 2/ Lieutenant T B Keegan and AO C Patman shell shock 2 OR missing.

On the 24th of August the diarist records 107 killed 352 wounded and 5 missing (total464) since the Battalion landed in France. The diarist is now Captain V E Ward Simpson.

He was buried at Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery, a town 6 kilometres south of Bethune on the main road to Arras.

Lt. Brian Fitzgibbon was awarded the British War Medal, the 15 star the Victory medals.

Probate for his effects was given to his mother and his estate of £372 18 10.

He is recorded in both the British and Irish Casualties of WW1.



19th Aug 1916. The Fatal Flying Accident.


The inquest on Lieut Geo S Rogers and Second-Lieut Cyril de Frece, of the R.F.C, who were killed by the collision of two aeroplanes on Thursday in last week, was opened on Saturday by Mr E F Hadow. Mr J Lord was chosen foreman of the jury.

Alfred de Frece, solicitor, 155 Abbey Road, West Hampstead, and 2 Devonshire Square, identified his son’s body, and said he was 18 years of age. He had been associated with the Royal Flying Corps a little over two months ; previous to that he was in the Middlesex Yeomanry. He was a strong lad, with full possession of his sight and hearing.

Capt McEwen, R.F.C, identified the body of Lieut Rogers, who was 23 years of age. He was a Canadian, and belonged to the Canadian Expeditionary Force. His family resided at Barrie, Ontario. He had been attached to the corps for some time, and was a fully qualified pilot, and had full possession of his sight and hearing.

Dr William Chester Collins, attached to the R.F.C, said he saw the bodies a few minutes after the accident. Life was quite extinct in both cases. The bodies had been removed from under the wrecked aeroplane when he saw them. He accompanied and superintended their removal to the mortuary. He had that morning examined the bodies, and found that both officers had sustained fracture of the skull and dislocation of the vertebrae, either of which, apart from their other injuries, would be sufficient to cause instant death.

The Coroner explained that no other evidence was available at that date, and the inquest would be adjourned till Wednesday, August 23rd.

The Foreman, on behalf of the jury, expressed their sympathy with the relatives, in which the Coroner concurred.—Mr de Frece briefly acknowledged this.

Second-Lieut Cyril de Frece was the only son of Mr Alfred de Frece, a London solicitor. He was educated at the Haberdashers’ School, Taplow Grammar School, and in Brussels. His intention was to become an electrical engineer. He also studied under Professor Thompson at the City and Guilds School, London. He joined the Army in October, 1915, and was appointed to the R.F.C and given a commission in the first week in June.

Lieut Rogers, the pilot, was a remarkably skilful aviator.


The funeral of Lieut G S Rogers was arranged for Saturday, but on Friday evening a cablegram was received from his relatives, asking that he might be buried in Canada. The arrangements for the funeral were accordingly cancelled, and a memorial service was held instead. The members of the squadron to which the unfortunate officers were attached marched to the church, headed by the B.T.H Band, which played martial airs on the way to and from the service. The small village church was crowded to its fullest capacity, this being the first service of the kind ever held in the parish. The service, which was very brief, was conducted by the Vicar, and opened with the hymn, “ Peace, perfect peace,” the singing of which was led by the band. A short and sympathetic address was given by the Vicar. The “ Dead March ” from Saul and the sounding of the “ Last Post ” proved a fitting termination to an impressive service.

A number of beautiful floral tributes were sent by the officers of the Squadron, the men of the, Squadron, Capt McEwen, Mrs Balding and Vandy, a model floral aeroplane by the Staff of the Officers’ Mess, Mr and Mrs Richardson, and Mr Hayter ; and these were placed on a large Union Jack in front of the altar during the service.

The coffin containing the remains of Lieut Rogers was put on the train on route for Liverpool on Wednesday evening. A number of deceased’s colleagues were present, and as the train steamed out of the station the “ Last Post ” was sounded.

The funeral of Lieut de Frece took place at the Liberal Jewish Cemetery, Willesden, on Monday.


Mr W College, of 48 Church Street, Rugby, has this week received a postcard from his son, Pte W F College—who was reported missing—stating that he is now a prisoner in Germany.

From further information to hand it appears that Pte Sidney H Dicken, of the 14th Gloucester Battalion, son of Mr and Mrs W Dicken, of 131 Claremont Road, died from laceration of the abdomen, and that the officer of the regiment was killed outright by the same shell.

Mrs S Reynolds, of 26 West Leyes, received official notification that her son, Pte Arthur Reynolds, of the Royal Warwickshires, had been posted, as missing after the engagement on July 19th. She has since received a postcard from him to say he is a prisoner at Gefanenlager, Dulmen Camp, Germany. He enlisted on July 22, 1915, and went abroad to May 22, 1916.


Pte Fred Staines, of the Midland Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, 2nd officer of the Rugby Fire Brigade, has for some time past been ill in hospital in Egypt. From a letter, dictated by him, and received by relatives, it appears he has been down with typhoid fever, but he speaks very cheerfully of the satisfactory progress he is making, adding that he is in good hands, and that his friends have no need to worry about him.


Mr W Aland, of 30 Arnold Street, whose son, Pte Roy Aland, of the Royal Warwicks, has been badly wounded in France, has received a letter from Lieut Hubbard, attached to that regiment, in which he says :—“ Your boy was my orderly, and I always found him cool, collected, and resourceful. He was much liked and sought after by his comrades, and his loss has been keenly felt by us all. At the time he was wounded I was just posting the company along some trenches we had just taken over, and he was just behind me. A very severe bombardment was going on, and when the shell pitched the trench was instantly filled with smoke. It was difficult to see anything owing to the darkness ; but young Aland was master of himself, although so badly wounded. A stretcher was brought in about five minutes, and when he was placed on it and the bearers were about to lift he called out : ‘ Mr Hubbard, just a minute. Down the trench about five yards, in a bunk hole on the right, you will find a bag ; it’s your grub bag. I put it there for safety.’ I recite this incident to show the pluck and unselfishness and thought for others, which was truly admirable, coming from a man who was so badly wounded as your poor boy was. You have every reason to be proud of him. He was a splendid soldier, and in him we have suffered the loss of a good comrade. . . . Will you please remember me to him. I know he will put up a plucky fight, and do his best to carry out his watchword, ‘ Keep smiling.’


Second-Lieut N Edyean-Walker (Royal Fusiliers), nephew of Mr C H Fuller, solicitor, Rugby, and to whom he is articled, has been wounded in France, and is now in hospital in London.

News has been received that Pte James Pitham, of the Royal Warwicks, has been wounded in the thigh by shrapnel. He is a native of Rugby, and as a youth worked at the Rugby Lamp Factory, but joined the Army from Bedworth. Pte Pitham has two brothers serving with the colours.


News has been received that Pte G H Wright, R.W.R, of Church Gate, Willey, died in hospital from wounds on August 11th. Prior to his enlistment, Pte Wright was employed in the Winding Department at the B.T.H.


Pte J Shaw, of the Royal Warwicks, is reported to have been killed by the bursting of a shell on August 1st. He had only been at the front a fortnight. He was a bricklayer, whose home was at Dunchurch, and worked for Mr Cobley, of Rugby.

Deceased was buried behind the lines by the Army Chaplain. In a letter to Mrs Shaw, who is left with two little children, the O.C the Company says :- “ Although your husband had been with us fora short time only, he had shown a soldierly spirit, and his loss will be felt in the Company.”


The many friends of Sergt J W Milner, R.W.R, son of Mrs Milner, of 7 Bath Street, will regret to hear that he has been seriously wounded. His right knee was smashed, and the limb has since been amputated. Sergt Milner, who was a member of “ E ” Company, and was employed in the Accounts Office at the B.T.H before mobilisation, is still in a French hospital, and is doing well.


Sergt Harold Lee, R.W.R, who, as we reported last week, was seriously wounded on July 23rd, died in the Canadian Hospital, France, on August 6th, in the presence of his parents. Sergt Lee, who was 26 years of age, enlisted at the beginning of the War, and had been in France over twelve months. His home was at Cubbington, near Leamington, but between five and six years ago he took up work in the gardens of Dunsmore, and was employed there when war broke out. He was of a bright disposition, and was very popular with all whom he came in contact with.


Probably no member of the Isaak Walton Angling Association is better known, than Mr Fred Taylor, of 59 Abbey Street. Mr Taylor has two sons at the War, the elder of whom—Pte Wm Taylor, of the 6th Leicesters-has been severely wounded. He was shot through the arm and neck, and had his head badly hurt by shrapnel, his injuries including a broken jaw. He staggered some distance before being taken in hand by a member of the R.A.M.C, whose aid was very timely. Pte Taylor being much exhausted from loss of blood, and without prompt attention would probably have died. He is now in hospital in Surrey, where his parents have visited him. They found their son quite cheerful, in spite of numerous wounds, and he is reported to be making good progress towards recovery.



CORPL B PEARCE, of the Bedfords, one of the twin sons of Mr and Mrs Pearce, Coventry Road, has been made sergeant. He is the youngest soldier from Dunchurch who has attained that rank, and he has only been in the Army 18 months.

The people of this parish always take a great pride in the flower borders in front of their houses. Mr H Pearce and Mr W Busby have a fine lot of stocks ; and Mr J Cleaver, The Heath, makes a good show of all kinds of flowers not often seen at a cottage. Mr H Burrows, Mr F Stanton, and Mrs Burton, all of Mill Street, have excellent displays ; Mr Jennings bas a good show of stocks. The flowers on the front of the Dun Cow Hotel make quite an attractive display.

Second-Lieut J D Barnwell, of the R.W.R, second son of Mr W D Barnwell, farmer, who was wounded a short time ago in the foot, has had to have all the toes amputated. He is going on favourably.


DEVONPORT.—In loving memory of Alfred William, Royal Garrison Artillery, who died of wounds, July 7, 1916 (in France), aged 28 years. Also Arthur John, 6th Leicestershire Regiment, killed in action, July 17, 1916 (in France), aged 22 years.—Beloved sons of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Devenport, Napton Road, Southam.

DUNCUFF.—On August 3, 1916 (died of wounds in France), Arthur Francis, 6th Oxon and Bucks L.I., dearly beloved husband of Mildred G. Duncuff, Benn Street, aged 22 years.
“ Lord, ere I join the deadly strife,
And battles terrors dare ;
Fain would I render heart and life
To Thine Almighty care.
And when grim death in smoke wreaths robed
Comes thundering, o’er the scene,
What fear can reach a soldier’s heart
Whose trust in Thee has been.”

HOWKINS.—Killed in action on August 4th, in Egypt, Lieut. Maurice Howkins, West Riding R.H.A., elder son of Mr. and Mrs. William Howkins, of Hillmorton Grounds, Rugby ; aged 22 years. “ One of the brave boys, when shall their glory fade.”

ILIFF.—Killed in action, July 26th, Corpl. E. Iliff, Royal Warwicks, second and only surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Iliff, Dunchurch.

LOVEROCK.-Died of wounds received in action, Second-Lieut, Harold George Loverock, second son of Lewis Loverock, of Greylands, Hillmorton Road, Rugby, aged 25.

SHAW.—Killed in action “ somewhere in France,” August 1, 1916, Pte. J. C. Shaw (Jack), 11th Batt. R.W.R., aged 26 years 11 months, the dearly beloved husband of Edith Annie Shaw (nee Harris).
“ We often sit and think of you,
And tenderly breathe your name ;
Nothing left of you to look at
But your photo in a frame.”