25th Aug 1917. Commandeering Fat Bullocks


It was officially announced at Leicester on Saturday that the Government were determined to proceed with their scheme of commandeering fat bullocks to cover the needs of the Army and Navy at fixed prices already announced. Auctioneers and official buyers will proceed to the farms on and after September 1st, and select all bullocks sufficiently fleshed for slaughter and have them removed to the nearest railway stations. New weigh-bridges are being constructed as rapidly as possibly for weighing the cattle. At Leicester over 1,000 head per week will be dealt with, and in less than ten weeks it is estimated that 12,000 bullocks will be slaughtered in this country. In fact, all fat stock will be cleared off at least one month before Christmas. The Amy and Navy will only take over bullocks, and all the old cows and heifers will be left for meeting the requirements of the civil population. These will be sold in the ordinary way in open competition. After the official announcement many leading agriculturists expressed the view that a very grave position had been reached, and that in consequence of the action taken there would be a meat famine in the country at the beginning of the year. Thousands of head of cattle, it is maintained, will be slaughtered in an immature condition, involving great loss.

WHY NO FURTHER SUPPLIES OF SUGAR FOR JAM MAKING.—Mr Clynes (Secretary to Food Ministry), in a written answer, says the reasons which make it impossible to allot further supplies of sugar for domestic preserving are the strict limit on the total quantity which can be imported owing to urgent demands on all available tonnage, and the necessity of making allowance for possible losses due to enemy action. While fully recognising the importance of domestic preserving of fruit, the Food Controller does not feel justified in further depleting the available stocks for this purpose.


The Rugby Waste Paper Committee have now been in existence three months, and during that period nine tons of waste paper have been collected and despatched to the paper mills. The proceeds are being devoted to local charities, and householders and business firms can assist these objects by saving their old newspapers, magazines, account books, letters., &c.

On receipt of a postcard the Hon Secretary, Mr J R Barker, 9 Regent Street, Rugby, will arrange for the waste to be promptly collected. In the case of account books, and private documents, the strictest secrecy is observed, and if desired can be baled in the presence of the owner.


On July 31st the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee completed their second year’s work, and very promptly has a statement of accounts been issued. The balance sheet has been audited by Mr W G Atkinson, I.A., and an abstract appears elsewhere in this issue. The year’s receipts amount to £1,707 15s 9d, as against £545 13s 10d last year.

An example of the greatly-increased demands on the Committee is shown by the fact that in the first year £381 2s 8d was spent in food, clothing, and comforts for the local men who are prisoners of war in Germany, whereas in the year just completed the cost was £917 4s 5d. As the committee have over £100 per month to find to pay for the food parcels the balance in hand on July 31st of £694 15s 10d will at the present rate of expenditure only last about six months, provided of course there are no additions to the already long list of local prisoners of war.

The full and detailed balance sheet, which gives the amounts paid to every firm, may be inspected at the Hon Secretary’s office, 9 Regent Street, Rugby, any evening.


Major W. Elliott Batt, R.F.A., has been promoted to the rank of Lt.-Colonel.

Mr A W Reading, of 1 Campbell Street, New Bilton, has received news that his son, Pte H Reading, has been seriously wounded.

Mr. & Mrs. Barnwell, 56 Manor Road, Rugby, have received information that their eldest son, Gunner A. W. Barnwell, of the Howitzer Battery, has been wounded in the chest, and is now in the hospital in England.

Pte Fred Wood, 1/6 Royal Warwickshire Regiment, son of Mr W F Wood, Market Place, has been wounded in the head by a piece of high explosive shell, which penetrated his steel helmet. Pte Wood has been in France about 2½ years.

Flight Lieut W H Peberdy, R.N, son of Mr R W Peberdy, Albert Street, who was reported missing on January 14th, is now presumed by the War Office to have been killed on that date. Lieut Peberdy, who was an OLD Laurentian, was about 35 years of age.

Second Lieut Jones, R.F.A, son of Mr John Jones, of Cosford, has gained the Military Cross for valiant services. After serving in France for fifteen months he came home to receive his commission, and immediately after his return to the front in June performed the act for which he has now been rewarded.

Sergt E R Clarke, of Rugby, formerly of the Warwickshire Howitzer Battery (and now belonging to the R.F.A), who has been in France 2½ years, has been promoted to battery quarter-master.

The D.S.O has been awarded to Capt & Bt Maj Richard Nugent O’Connor, M.C, Scottish Rifles, for conspicuous gallantry and resource. In consequence of a change of situation, a revision of plans became necessary, but owing to darkness and heavy shelling confusion arose. By his courage and promptness he quickly restored order, and organised a successful attack. He is the son of Mrs O’Connor, of Overslade Manor, and is now a Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the H.A.C.

Mr & Mrs G Salmon, of 17 Lower Hillmorton Road, have received official information concerning their son, Rifleman J R Salmon, Rifle Brigade, reported wounded and missing on the 7th October, 1916. The Army Council have been regretfully constrained to conclude that he is dead, and that his death took place on the 7th October, 1916. Rifleman Salmon had been through much severe fighting. He was in the Battle of Loos on September 25, 1915, and was fighting on the Somme front, where he met his death. Rifleman Salmon was an apprentice at Messrs Foster & Dicksee, Ltd, and joined at the commencement of the War at the age of 17. At the time of his death he was attached to the bomb throwers He was an Old Murrayian.

Rifleman F Staines (Second Officer of the Rugby Fire Brigade) has sent to Mr W F Wood a model snake and two necklets made by Turkish prisoners of war, with the request that they shall be handed over to the Rugby Prisoners of War Committee to be disposed of in aid of the fund. Rifleman Staines is one of the guards at a camp for Turkish prisoners of war, and the prisoners are allowed to make various articles which are purchased by the guards or members of the public. The snake is composed of thousands of beads and is a handsome piece of work. It is very realistic and the necklets, too, are very attractive. It has not yet been decided how to dispose of the gifts, which are on view in the window of the Hon. Secretary to the fund, Mr J R Barker, 9 Regent Street, and it has been suggested that they would make excellent prizes in a draw. The kindness of Rifleman Staines in thus thinking of all the lads in captivity is greatly appreciated.


LANCE-CORPL. W WALKER, Northants Regiment, eldest son of Mr & Mrs J Walker, of High Street, Long Buckby, has died of wounds. He has been at the front for a considerable period, and was wounded once before in July, 1916. Four brothers are serving. Before the War he was in the employ of Brig-General Little at Dunsmore.


ILLNESS OF FLIGHT LIEUTENANT B HOLDEN.-The numerous friends of Mr B Holden will be very sorry to hear that he has had to undergo a serious operation. The operation, so far, has been successful, although he is still in a very weak state.

THE LATE COLONEL J H HOOLE, C.M.G.—This gentleman whose death from wounds was recorded in our last issue, was well known in Wolston and district, and the news was received with great regret. He was brother of the late Mrs C W Wilcox, of Wolston Manor. He has on several occasions been a generous subscriber to worthy objects in Wolston.


To the Editor of the Advertiser.

Sir,—In 1912 I selected Harbord, then curate of Pershore, to be the Vicar of Dunchurch. He had served two years as chaplain in the Boer War, and was, indeed, of the African Church, haying been ordained at Bloemfontein in 1900 ; but he was also a fine example of an English parochial priest. When the present War broke out he felt his call to go, and it could not be withstood, so he was accepted as chaplain and went. In the recent advance in Flanders he had been on duty all day with his batteries, which had been heavily shelled, and had just returned when he decided to go in front instead of back with the wagons so as to be near his men. In this act of comradeship he was hit by a shell and killed. One who saw him that day wrote to me : “ He has done a fine work, and is an example to many younger men. He has nobly upheld the honour of the clergy and died gallantly. The divisional chaplain speaks highly of him.”

As his bishop who sent him out with prayer and blessing, I mourn him deeply, reverencing his devotion. He is an instance, among a great number of clergy known to me, manly Christian fellows, who have offered themselves unflinchingly to God and to their country, and whose sincerity as Churchmen has been shown in their self-sacrifice and courage.

Hartlebury Castle.

WEDDING.-A pretty wedding took place on Wednesday morning at St Oswald’s Church, New Bilton, parties being Mr Fred M Staines, son of Rifleman Staines (second officer of the Rugby Fire Brigade) and Miss Lilian Grant, daughter of Mr J Grant, 40 Stephen Street. Mr Staines, who is at present working at Glasgow, was formerly a corporal in the Rifle Brigade, and he was discharged after being dangerously wounded during the heavy fighting of 1915. The Rev H Stevens, a former vicar, promised to perform the ceremony, but he was unable to leave the ship, H.M. Dreadnought, of which he is chaplain, and the Rev G H Roper accordingly officiated. Sergt Hughes acted as best man, and the bridesmaids were Miss Fazey, Misses Kathleen and Margaret Grant (nieces). The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr Fred Grant, was dressed in chiffon poplin with veil and wreath of orange blossoms. For a number of years the bride was a teacher at the West Council School and a Sunday School teacher at New Bilton ; and, in addition to the presents from the former school, already recorded, the girls of the Sunday School gave her a pretty tea cosy. She also received numerous presents from past and present scholars.

SOON TIRED OF THE ARMY.—At Rugby Police Court on Thursday last week—before J J McKinnell, Esq—William Jephcott, 16 Pinfold Street, New Bilton, was charged with being an absentee from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.—Insp Lines, who arrested Jephcott, stated that the man joined the Army on August 1st, and deserted on the following day.—Remanded to await an escort.


DEAKIN.—In loving memory of AROL, the dearly beloved husband of Dinah Ethel Deakin, who died of wounds received in France on August 16th, and was buried at Proven, Belgium.—“ Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friends”—From his sorrowing Wife and Children.

ENSOR.—Reported missing on October 7, 1916, now reported killed on that date. Will, son of William and Emily Ensor, 41 Highbury Place, London. Friends, accept this intimation.


COCKERILL.—In loving memory of PTE T. COCKERILL (son of Mrs Grumble, Gas Street), who died from wounds in Canadian Hospital, France, on August 25, 1915. “ At Rest.”

FOTHERGILL.—In loving memory of WILLIAM ALFRED FOTHERGILL, of the 1st & 7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who died for his country in France on the 27th August, 1916 ; aged 19 years.
“ He sleeps not in his native land.
But ’neath foreign skies,
And far from those who loved him best,
In hero’s grave he lies.”

FOREHEAD.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. T. W. FOREHEAD who died of wounds on August 24,1915.—Never forgotten by his loving Wife and Baby ; also Mr. & Mrs. Dodson & Family.

WARD.—In loving memory of THOMAS WALTER, eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. T. Ward, 170 Lawford Road, New Bilton, who was reported missing August 6, 1915, since reported killed at the Dardanelles ; aged 25 years.
“ He sleeps not in his native land,
But ’neath some foreign sky,
And far from those that loved him best;
Yet we know not where he lies,
We often sit and think of him,
And think of how he died :
To think could not say ‘ Good-bye ’
Before closed his eyes.”
—From his loving Father and Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

WHITTAKER.—In loving memory Lance-Corpl. J. T. WHITTAKER (TOM), who died of wounds August 23, 1916.
“ In a far and distant churchyard,
Where the trees their branches wave,
Lies a loving soldier brother
In British soldier’s grave.
—From KITTY & STANLEY (sister and brother-in-law), Coventry ; ANNIE & JIM (sister and brother-in-law), Beverley, Yorkshire ; & CHARLIE in France.

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