10th Nov 1917. How to Save Food, Practical Suggestions


Sir Alfred Newton presided at a meeting on Tuesday morning, when Sir Arthur Yapp, Director of Food Economy, gave the first of a series of lectures on “ Food Ways and Means in War-Time.” The following practical suggestions for food saving were read by the Lecturer :—

No cream should be used except for infants and children ; as little milk should be used as possible ; no sugar taken in tea ; as little tea as possible should be used, and the morning cup should be given up. No more than one egg should be taken in any form in one day. No bread should be eaten at the mid-day or evening meals. Bacon and ham, essentially the foods of the poor and the working classes, should be used sparingly. He wanted to see all banquets and public dinners given up.

Sir Arthur Yapp said that the War was likely to drag on for a long time to come, and we could not afford to leave anything to chance. It was the long last mile which was the hardest to travel. The task of any one who preached economy in those days was a difficult one, but it was necessary that people at home should be convinced that economy in food must be practised by all if we were to win the War. There must be self-denial and self-sacrifice in all classes. Rich people said it was the poor and poor people said it was the rich who should be rationed, but his opinion was that there was waste and extravagance in all classes, which must be voluntarily suppressed. We were only being asked to do what German people were ordered to do in the first year of the War. A great many people were playing the game, but there was no guarantee of victory if the food supply was not properly husbanded at this time. We had to help our Allies as well as our people in the matter of food, and when the great American Army got to work we could not expect the help from the States and Canada which we were receiving.

All waste in food and unnecessary consumption must mean less efficiency at the battle fronts. Thank God there would be no need to give up the fight because of want of money, for money was assured, but the deficiency of freight and food might seriously hamper the progress of the War, especially if there was not great economy in the supplies available in the near future. A mighty effort, such as he believed the people would make if they realised the true position, could alone ensure national safety.


Pte W F Nash, of the Royal Warwicks, youngest son of Mr & Mrs Nash, Cemetery Lodge, Rugby, has been mentioned in despatches for the distinguishing himself in the field on October 4th.

Pte Clement F Scanlan, Worcestershire Regiment (step-son of Mr A E Treen, of Lawford Road, Rugby), been seriously wounded by a shell in the abdomen and thigh.

The Red Cross Hospital at Newnham Paddox in now closed for the winter mouths in order that Lady Denbigh and those who have been assisting her may have complete rest after the arduous work they have done since the hospital was opened.

The following is gazetted regarding the 2nd Battalion of the Warwickshire Volunteers :—C C Wharton to temporary Second-Lieutenant (September 22nd) ; Lloyd Chadwick to be temporary Second-Lieutenant (October 10th) ; W A Bezant to be temporary Quarter-Master, with the hon rank of Lieutenant (October 6th).

News has been received of the death in action of Second-Lieut Leonard Glover, R.F.A, youngest son of Mr J W Glover, J.P, of Warwick. He went to the front in the early stages of the campaign as a member of Lord Brooke’s troop of the Royal Horse Artillery, and on being recommended for a commission was posted to the Royal Field Artillery. His elder brother, Capt George Glover, is a prisoner of war in Germany.

John H Mawby, son of Alfred Mawby, Long Lawford, and nephew of the late Mr John Mawby, has been (from October 5th) gazetted to a Second-Lieutenant in the R.F.A. He was employed at the B.T.H Works before joining the Colours on September 2, 1914 He attained the rank of sergeant after 21 months’ service in France, and was recommended by his Commanding Officer for a commission. He passed through the R.A Cadet School at Exeter.


In the current issue of the “ St Andrew’s Parish Magazine ” the Rector, referring to the departure of the Rev P W Worster to take up work as Army chaplain at Woolwich, says :—“ I cannot let him go away without saying that, however loudly we applaud his decision, we very much regret his going. During the 2½ years that he has been here he has been a most generous and loyal colleague, always ready to do the hardest and humblest job, eager to hear other men’s burdens, unselfish and imperturbably sweet-tempered. Of his work with the King’s Messengers I cannot speak warmly enough. May God bring him back safe to us.”


On Thursday an aeroplane, while flying near Rugby, came down, falling about 300 feet, and the two officers—Lieuts. Price and Croeger—received such injuries that the former died immediately and the latter about hour 2 hours later, after being removed to hospital under the care of Surgeon-Major Collins.


Pte Thomas Bachelor, of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, who was reported missing, is now reported as a prisoner of war in Germany. His sister, Mrs Thornicroft, has made arrangements for his parcels to sent out.

AT LAST.—Several seats marked “ Soldiers only ” have been placed round the Clock Tower.

WOUNDED ENTERTAINED.—A concert was given last week to the wounded soldiers at Bilton Hall and “ Te Hira ” by the Rugby Amateur Dramatic and Social Club. Solos were given Mrs Ewer, Miss Stephenson, Mrs and Miss Lamb, Miss Coles, and Mr J Smith ; recitations by Mr J Smith; and a duet by Messrs Brown and J Swift. A sketch, “ Mixed Pickles,” was performed Misses Hadfield and Coles, and Messrs Haycock. Misses Poole and Lamb were the accompanists.

DISCHARGED SAILORS AND SOLDIERS.—Messrs. J Smith and E Cooke represented the Rugby branch of the National Association of Discharged Sailor and Soldiers at the first annual conference at Blackburn recently. The following resolution from the Rugby branch was carried unanimously :—“ That this conference urges that the Minister of Pensions issue instructions to Medical Boards that discharged sailors or soldiers shall not be asked the questions : Are you working ? and What wages are you earning ?”


Continuing their recruiting rally, the “ B ” (Rugby) Company of the 2nd Warwickshire Volunteer Battalion gave a demonstration of the system of military training as carried out by them in accordance with the Army Regulations at their headquarters, the Howitzer Battery Drill Hall, on Sunday afternoon. The Officer Commanding (Capt C H Fuller) invited all interested to attend, and a large number of people gathered on the parade ground, amongst those present being the Battalion Commander, Col F F Johnstone. The Company was divided into instruction squads, and gave demonstrations of musketry, physical drill, bayonet fighting, bomb throwing, rifle grenade firing, and trench storming. The recruits were also taken in squad drill and physical exercise. At intervals the squads changed over in accordance with the general practice, so that during the afternoon all the men had instruction in the different parts of their training. Great interest was taken by the public in the various courses, and the interest which apparently attaches to the training ought to induce others to join the Corps. As there seemed to be a number of eligible men witnessing the instruction, the hope was expressed that the efforts of the Corps to add to their membership would be successful.

A very successful Bohemian concert was given at their headquarters on Wednesday evening last. The members of the Corps had decorated the large Drill Hall at the Howitzer Battery and the stage with very pleasing results. An excellent programme of music was presented to a large audience by the following members and friends of the Corps :—The Misses Nelson, Dukes, Barnwell and Phyllis Vann, Sergt-Major Cluett, Corpl Seymour, Ptes Farrar, Saddington, Everard, Browning, and Mr Gardner. All the items were excellently rendered and thoroughly enjoyed.

In the interval Major C P Nickalls, who was quite at home in his old headquarters, addressed the audience, and said that, as a Volunteer, he was proud to be again in the old hall, every beam of which had been hallowed by the boys of the Rugby Battery, who had shed their blood for their country. In peace time everyone knew the difficulties he had in raising the Battery, but in these days and in the crisis for which we were asked to prepare in the way of Home Defence no such difficulty ought to occur. He had taken out his Battery to France, and it had never been beaten, nor, he thought, equalled. Out of the members of the Battery only 25 had not been hit. Major Nickalls said that he had to thank the ladies very largely for the success of the recruiting in his Battery. They had a great influence over the men, and he hoped they would continue their interest with the present Volunteer movement. What had happened to Belgium and other countries might happen to us, and every man must be prepared to fight in order keep our enemies out of this country. For the Volunteers a man was not asked give up his home and his comforts, and leave everything he possessed—possibly for ever—which was near and dear to him. He was only asked to learn a little, and that little at home ; he was only asked to give 10 hours a month to drill and learn the practical bit, so that if an emergency does come he is of some use to his country and everything that we all hold dear. It simply meant a few drills close to their own home, and he could not think why more Rugby men did not come along and do it. No one could tell how long this War was going to last ; it might last some years ; but he did know that during this time it is the duty of every man to prepare himself, so far as he could, for anything which might come along. There were a great many men who said they had not got the time, but that is all rubbish. There is time with many if they will make it, and the sacrifice was worth it.

Capt C H Fuller also addressed the audience. and urged everyone to get rid of the feeling of “ self-satisfaction ” among many of those at home, which was growing to be the curse of the country, and in many cases amounted to a lack of patriotism. He asked them to consider the general outlook, and to bear in mind that it was only by enthusiasm that this War was going to be won, and by willingness on the part of the men left in this country, however busy they might be, to put themselves to some inconvenience in order to be prepared to assist in the protection of their country if necessity should arise.

Dr Relton, medical examining officer of the Corps, made a strong appeal for recruits, and said that we had arrived at a time when it was not a question of choice, but a matter of national necessity and our duty of citizenship that every man who is available for the purpose should be prepared, even at some inconvenience, to undertake the Volunteer training. He pointed out that in these days of danger there were other duties in the world besides putting in a hard day’s work and getting paid for it, and that the conditions of the men fighting at the front ought not to be lost sight of by those who were remaining at home and to whom our fighters looked for assistance of every kind.

Capt Fuller, in thanking the performers for their kind services, said that while they came with willingness to assist the Corps, they were expecting payment for their services, and the payment they asked for was a good result from the recruiting rally. He was quite sure nothing would please them more as a reward for their trouble than hear that the men were rolling in to increase the strength of the country.


At the meeting of the Rugby Rural District Council, the Chairman drew attention to the proposal of the Duke of Buccleuch to cut down the elm trees on the Coventry Road. The County Council had taken the matter up, and had done their best to come to terms with the Duke, but had been unable to do so. They had, therefore formed a committee to deal with the matter, and hoped to arrange for a deputation to meet the Duke and try to see if some arrangements could be made to spare the trees. Before doing so, however, they had asked that Council to pass a resolution similar to the one passed by the County Council. He therefore proposed : “ Rugby Rural District Council has heard with deep regret that it is your gracious intention to cut down the elm trees which form the avenue on the Rugby and Coventry Road. As this avenue is so widely known as one of the most beautiful in Warwickshire, and also of historical interest, the Council hopes that your Grace may be induced to re-consider your decision and to allow the trees to remain.”—Mr Evans seconded.—Mr Burton supported, and said if the trees were cut down it would not only be a local loss, but a national loss.—The resolution was carried unanimously.


AMOS.—Killed in action on October 9th, 1917, Pte. HARRY AMOS, Gloucester Regiment, at Poelcappelle, the dearly beloved husband of Clara Amos, 41 Lodge Road.
“Do not ask us if we miss him ;
There is still his vacant place.
We shall ne’er forget his footsteps,
Nor his dear, sweet, smiling face.”

CHENEY.—In loving memory of Gunner LEONARD CHENEY, killed in action in France on November 2nd.—Sadly missed by his sorrowing Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

COWLEY.—In ever-loving memory our dear HARRY (JIM), only and dearly beloved son of the late Henry Cowley & Mrs. Cowley, Rockingham House, Clifton Road, who was killed in action “ somewhere in France ” on October 19, 1917.
“ United in life, not long undivided in death.”
“ Had we been asked, how well we know
We should say, ‘Oh, spare this blow’
Yes, with streaming tears, would say,
‘Lord, we love him—let him stay.’
He bravely answered duty’s call,
He gave his life for one and all ;
But the unknown grave is the bitterest blow,
None but his loved ones ever know.”
—From his broken-hearted Mother and Sister, George and his little Midge.

HARDMAN.—In loving memory our dear son, Pte. WILLIAM HARDMAN, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who died of wounds received in action on October 27, 1917.
“ He sleeps, not in his native land,
But under foreign skies ;
Far from those who loved him best ;
In a hero’s grave he lies.”
—From his loving Father and Mother, Sisters and Brothers.

HIRONS.—Killed in action in No Man’s Land on October 17th, 1917, Corpl. W. J. HIRONS, King’s Royal Rifles, son of Mrs. Helen Hirons, of Long Lawford ; aged 25.

HOUGHTON.—In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. W. T. HOUGHTON, 1/7th R.W. Regiment, who was killed in action on October 4, 1917, “ somewhere France ” aged 32 years.
“ Sleep on, loved one, in your far-off grave :
A grave I may never see ;
But as long as life and memory lasts
We shall always remember thee.”
—From his sorrowing Wife and Child.

HOUGHTON.—In loving memory of Pte. W. T. HOUGHTON, 1/7th R.W. Regiment, who was killed in action on October 4, 1917.
“ Not dead to those who loved him,
Not lost, but gone before ;
He lives with us in memory,
And will for evermore.”
—From his sorrowing Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

RANDLE.—In loving memory of our dear son, Gunner LEWIS RANDLE, R.G.A., who fell in action on October 19, 1917 ; aged 25.
“ Not dead to those who loved him ;
Not lost, but gone before.
He lives with us in Memory,
And will for evermore.”
—From his loving Mother, Father, Bothers and Sisters.


ASKEW.—In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. S. J. T. ASKEW, who died of wounds in France on November 11, 1916.
“ The call was short, the shock severe,
To part with one we loved so dear ;
Our hope in heaven that we may meet,
There our joy will be complete.”
—Still mourned by his Wife, Sisters and Brother.

CLARKE.—In ever-loving memory of WALTER, younger son of the late E. S. & Mrs. Clarke, 19 Temple Street, Rugby, who was killed in action in France on November 15, 1915.
“ Called away while young in years,
Away on a foreign shore.
He sleeps in an honoured soldier’s grave,
In peace for evermore.”
—Never forgotten by his Mother, Brother & Sisters.

ELKINGTON.—In ever-loving and affectionate remembrance of our dear son and brother, JOHN THOMAS ELKINGTON (JACK), who fell in action on November 10th, 1916. “ God’s will be done.”
“ Only a private soldier, but a mother’s son,
Buried on a field of battle, my duty I have done ;
I have served my King and Country, God knows I did my best ;
But now I sleep in Jesus—a soldiers laid to rest.
He sleeps beside his comrades,
In a hallowed grave unknown ;
But his name is written in letters of love
On the hearts he left at home.
A day of remembrance sad recall,
A dearly loved son and brother missed by all.”
—Deeply mourned by his Mother, Father, and Sisters of Long Lawford and Rugby, and his Brothers in France.

GARDNER.—Died of wounds on October 28th in France, Pte. CHARLES GARDNER, PO2163, 2nd Batt. Royal Marine Light Infantry, only son of Richard and Alice Gardner, Lower Shuckburgh ; aged 21 years.

PARKER.—In loving memory of TED, who died from wounds in France on November 3, 1914.—Not forgotten by Mother, Father, Brothers, and Sisters.



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