24th Mar 1917. Medical Examination of Men of Military Age


At the Rugby Urban District Tribunal on Thursday evening the Chairman announced that all men of military age, whether they had been granted exemption or not, must be medically examined, otherwise they would be taken as passed for general service.


Wednesday was the first day of spring, but it was marked by wintry weather. Snow squalls occurred during the day, and at night a heavy fall covered the country to a depth of 2 or 3 inches. A bitterly cold wind from the North prevailed, and it is to be hoped that the old saying that where the wind is on March 21st it will remain for a lengthy period will be falsified. Very severe weather is being experienced in the North of England.


It is thought the time has arrived for the creation of a Rugby War Memorial Fund, having for its objects : (1) The erection of a permanent memorial at Rugby of Rugbeians who have fallen in the War ; and (2) provision for enabling the sons of Rugbeians who have fallen or been incapacitated in the War to be educated at Rugby. While it is thus proposed that the first object shall be the erection of a worthy memorial at Rugby, it is intended that the bulk of the fund shall be devoted to the second object. It is hoped that at least £50,000 will be contributed. A meeting for the consideration of the scheme will held in London shortly.


In response to an appeal for more doctors for practice at the Front, the Advisory Committee, after consultation with the medical gentlemen of the town, have arranged for Dr Gauld to go.


Pte J R Sacree, Lewis Gun Section, Rifle Brigade, has been awarded the Military Medal. He was assistant to Mr C T Tew, hosier, etc, of Regent Street, Rugby, for about two and a half years before the war broke out, and was one of the first to enroll in Kitchener’s Army. He has been serving in France about two years, and wounded no less than three times.


The V.C has been awarded to Sergt E J Mott, of the Borderers, who was with the regiment when it was billeted in Rugby before going to the Mediterranean. He received the honour for most conspicuous gallantry and initiative when, in an attack, the company to which he belonged was held up at a strong point by machine-gun fire. Although severely wounded in the eye, Sergt Mott made a rush for the gun, and after a fierce struggle seized the gunner and took him prisoner, capturing the gun. It was due to the dash and initiative of this non-commissioned officer that the left flank attack succeeded. Sergt Mott is also in possession of the. D.C.M, being oner of the first to earn it in Gallipoli, where he was wounded. He is very popular in the battalion, and his comrades are very proud of him.


Lieut Joe Greenwood, of the 6th Northamptonshire Regiment, son of the late Mr W Greenwood, of Newbold, has undergone a successful operation to his shoulder and arm. He is now going on satisfactorily, although progress will be slow, and it is not expected he will be able to leave the hospital for some months. In an appreciative letter, the Colonel of the Regiment speaks highly of the excellent and gallant services rendered by Lieut Greenwood whilst on active service.


BENCH.-Pte J. BENCH, 10th Royal Warwicks, the beloved and youngest son of Mr. T. Bench, 16 Sun Street, Rugby, died in Hospital in France of acute bronchitis, on March 5th.

GURNEY.-Killed in action on July 30, Pte H. GURNEY, R.W.R., eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Gurney, Church Lawford.
“Gone from the dear old faces
To a soldiers lonely grave—
A grave we may never see-
Beneath France’s blood-stained sod
There lies my dearest son.
Could I have raised your dying head,
Or heard your last farewell,
The grief would not have been so hard
Far those who loved you well.”
-From Mother, Father, Sister, Brother.


DALE.-In loving memory of FRANK DALE, Easenhall, who was killed at Ypres, March 22, 1915.
“ Oh, for a touch of the vanished hand,
And a sound of the voice that is still.

DODSON.-In loving memory of our dear son WILLIAM, died of wounds in France, March 24, 1915.
“ Two years have passed since Jesus called him,
As time goes on we miss him.
His loving smile, his kindly face,
No one can fill his vacant place.”
-From Mother, Father, Sister, Brothers.

FOX.-Sacred to the memory of our dearly loved son, NORMAN H. FOX, who was killed by sniper, March 21, 1915.
“ Though Thou, did’st call us to resign
The one we prized, he ne’er was ours –
We only yield Thee back Thine own :
Thy will be done.
-Still sorrowing : Mother and Father, Brother and Sister.

INGRAM.—In loving memory of PERCY W. F. INGRAM, the precious, the darling only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. H. Ingram, of Withybrook, who laid his life down at Albert in France, March 23, 1916.
“ He died unnoticed in the muddy trench-
Nay, God was with him, and he did not blench :
Filled him with holy fire that nought could quench,
And when He saw his work below was done,
He gently called to him :
‘ My son, my son, I need thee for a greater call[?], a nobler work than this.’ And together they climbed into a home above.
-From an ever broken-hearted Father and Mother and only baby, Sister Dorothy, who loved him better than life.

INGRAM.-In loving memory of my beloved, my only nephew, PERCY W. F. INGRAM, of Withybrook, also darling and only grandson of Mrs. Fred Smith, of Pailton, who was killed by sniper at Albert in France, March 23, 1916.
Ah soon we shall see his smiling face in a better world than this. We shall meet to part no more.
—From his living Auntie Cissie and Grandma, Hednesford.



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