21st Apr 1917. Wounded Soldiers Entertained at the Co-operative Hall


Some idea of the large amount of voluntary work that is being done for our wounded soldiers in Rugby and district could be gathered from the large attendance at an entertainment given for their benefit at the Co-operative Hall on Saturday Afternoon. The promoters were the Educational Committee of the Co-operative Society, and invitations were sent to the wounded and sick in the different V.A.D Hospitals of the town and neighbourhood. About 300 soldiers in all assembled at the Hall, and they greatly appreciated the bill of fare provided for their relaxation. Artistes from the Rugby Picture Palaces gave “ turns,” which included vocal and instrumental music, humorous items, a ventriloquial sketch, &c, and every item was generously applauded. Cigarettes were distributed amongst the men, and afterwards they sat down to a bountiful tea, to which most of them were able to do full justice.


Sergt W Duckett, 61st Field Company, R.E, whose parents live at 38 Chester Street, Rugby, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallant and meritorious conduct in Ypres Salient between May, 1915, and February, 1916. He has also been promoted sergeant-major.

Mr Smith and friends entertained the wounded at Te Hira on Friday last week with a musical programme, sketches, &c. The programme was sustained by Misses Robinson, Ward, Brown and Hadfield, Mrs Ewer, Messrs J Smith and Haycock. Cigarettes and chocolates were passed round. The soldiers were very appreciative.

The Rugby postwomen entertained the wounded at Bilton Hall on Wednesday last with a long musical programme, &c. The pianists were Miss Lucas, Mrs Ewer, and Master Keen ; soloists, Mrs Ewer, Mrs Askew, Misses Lucas, Field, Messrs Davis and Smith ; recitations, Miss Ward and Mr Smith ; violin solos, Miss Coles ; sketch, “ Mixed Pickles,” Messrs Haycock and Smith, Misses Coles and Hadfield. Cigarettes, tobacco, and chocolates were given to the soldiers.


The news that Second-Lieut James Goodman, of Flecknoe, was killed at the head of his troop (Northants Yeomanry) by a shell in the recent fighting in France, will be received with great regret by numerous friends. Cricketers and hockey players in a wide circle—but particularly in the Rugby and Northampton districts—will feel genuinely grieved to learn of the death of the popular “ Jimmy ” Goodman. Apart from those who knew him in connection with these games, he had many friends in hunting and other circles, who will also sincerely mourn the loss of so good a sportsman. When at Wellingborough Grammar School he gained his colours at both cricket and association football. He had been in the Northamptonshire Yeomanry for some years, and at the outbreak of the War at once volunteered for active service.


Mr F Gamble, of Newbold, has received a letter from his son, Pte W Gamble, belonging to the 6th Leicesters, in which he states that he has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the field. The special act for which the medal was given was carrying messages under heavy shell fire on the Somme front last autumn. This is the first instance in the present War in which a soldier from Newbold has been awarded the medal.


Mr G A Passmore, of Ashby St Ledgers, has received official news that his elder son, Lieut Gilbert Passmore, of the 7th Northants, was wounded last week with gunshot wounds in the face, and is now in hospital in Manchester. Lieut Passmore returned to the front only a few weeks ago.



At the Appeals Tribunal at Coventry on Wednesday there were present : Messrs H W Wale (chairman), K Rotherham, P Lovett, S J Dicksee, and A E Craig. Lieut M E T Wratislaw (Military representative) and Mr F Channing (agricultural representative) also attended.


The Military appealed against the conditional exemption of Thomas William Harrowing (40), assembler, 26 Manor Road, Rugby.—Lieut Wratislaw pointed out that the man was given conditional exemption in February in order that he might be used as a substitute for a baker. The Military sent him to a place at Radford, and he then said he was not used to hand baking, but that he was accustomed to baking by machinery. He was subsequently sent to the Rugby Co-operative Society to release a man for the Army, but he proved a failure there too.—Mr Mitchell, manager of the Bakery Department, stated that the man was not a baker, and knew nothing of the work of the ovens.—Lieut Wratislaw said there was no doubt the man hoped the Tribunal would send him back to his father-in-law, where he could slack about.—Appeal upheld.


The Military appealed against the exemption til June 1st, given to George Smith (36, married), general service, auctioneer’s clerk, employed by Messrs Cropper Steward Cattell.—Lieut Wratislaw pointed out that Mr Cattell had not satisfied the Military that he had made a real effort to get a substitute. They had taken the clerk of a similar firm in the town, and other arrangements had been made there.—Mr H Lupton Reddish, for respondent, said Mr Cattell had supplied another local auctioneer with a clerk when his man was called up. He was an agricultural auctioneer and tenant right valuer, and in addition to holding a weekly sale at Rugby Cattle Market, he was trustee for a number of estates and agent for several others, which required constant supervision. — In reply to questions, it was stated that the man released by Mr Cattell was 50 years of age. He was released because the auctioneer in question had no one to assist him.—Mr Rotherham pointed out that respondent knew this man Smith would be called up, and yet he released a man over military age, and retained one of military age.-Mr Reddish : It was practically done to assist the Military. —Mr Wratislaw : There was no question of substitution.—Mr Reddish said both the Military and Mr Cattell had unsuccessfully tried to get a substitute.—Lieut Wratislaw said the Military could have sent him as substitute a low category man who had been engaged in another auctioneer’s office.—Mr Cattell replied that the man in question knew nothing about cattle and sheep.—Lieut Wratislaw : He was competent to take charge of the accounts. He was accustomed to figures, but he would not be competent as a tenant right valuer or to value stock.—Mr Reddish intimated that Mr Cattell informed him that the man released gave him notice because Mr Wiggins offered him more money.—The Chairman : You should have kept him by offering more.—The Chairman : This sale (Rugby Market) is held one day a week. There happens to be six days in a week. We think the appeal ought to be upheld on national grounds, but we will ask the Military not to call him up for 56 days from now.


Mr H W Worthington represented Sidney Strong, Royal Oak Inn, Hillmorton Wharf, a small-holder, who had been exempted till March 31st, and now asked for a further period. He pointed out that the man had a quantity of stock on his holding. He also assisted another farmer, Mr Gibbs, who had met with an accident, and it was in consideration of this that his original exemption was granted. Mr Gibbs had not yet quite recovered from his accident, and was unable to do the work of the farm. Mr Strong was prepared to help him in this work.—Mr Channing expressed the opinion that Mr Strong was doing his best in the national interest to assist his neighbours, and he thought he should be retained, if possible.—Exempted for two months ; no further application without leave.


In view of the serious inconvenience which would be caused to the civil population if the only remaining practical optician and lens grinder in the town was taken, Ernest Eugene Crowhurst (39, married), of Albert Street, Rugby, who was represented by Mr H W Worthington, was exempted till June 30th.


At Tuesday’s meeting of Warwickshire Education Committee the Dismissals Committee reported that the managers of Rugby Eastlands Boys’ School appointed Mr Trew Cary as assistant teacher at that school. After his appointment it transpired that Mr Cary was a conscientious objector, and the teachers of the school asked the managers to re-consider his appointment. The managers thereupon decided to dismiss him. Mr Cary asked for an inquiry under rule 25 of the rules for school management. Councillor Dewar and Miss McClure represented the managers at the inquiry, and Mr Cary was also present. After hearing the evidence, it was decided to confirm Mr Cary’s dismissal. Mr Cary informed the committee that in order to take up his post Rugby at once he had resigned without notice a temporary appointment at Yeovil, and had lost a month’s salary in consequence. They decided to pay Mr Cary the salary thus lost, viz, £3 3s 1d, and his return fare from Yeovil, £1 10s.—The report was adopted without comment.


A party of Rugby boys, who have been working on the Devonshire farm controlled by the Army Canteen Committee for the first half of their holidays, have just given place to a party of Clifton boys, who will complete the work of planting during the remainder of the month.


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