THE DUNCHURCH AVENUE : PROPOSED MEMORIAL TO THE 29th DIVISION.
To the Editor of the Advertiser.
SIR,—It needs, I am sure, no apology on my part for a small intrusion on your space on behalf of the Warwickshire County Memorial to the 29th Division. Indeed, if I am not misinformed, the idea of such a memorial originated with you—hence, you will, I think, readily allow me to remind your numerous readers that that idea has taken shape, and that a large and representative County Committee has the matter in hand. Rugby will never forget the early months of 1915, when so many soldiers of regiments belonging to that Division were billeted here, nor will anyone who had the good fortune to be there ever forget the marvellously inspiring sight of the Division as it marched past the King along the famous Dunchurch—Coventry Avenue. That was on March 12th, and the Division embarked for the Dardanelles not many days after. What happened there we know, alas ! too well ; but what we also know and recall with the greatest pride is the magnificent heroism there displayed by the various regiments of the Division, to whose immortal memory the county hopes to raise a worthy memorial.
It is to consist, firstly, of the re-planting of some three miles of the Avenue, necessitated by the removal of old and dangerous trees ; and, secondly, of a granite monolith placed, where the Fosse Way crosses the Avenue, on the exact spot where the King stood when reviewing the Division. The Chairman of the Committee, Captain Oliver Bellasis, authorises me to receive and forward any donations that may be sent me towards the cost of the memorial, and I trust that Rugby will take a part, commensurate with its standing in the county and with its remembrance of the Division, in the raising of the £5,000 required.—I am, yours, &c,
A E DONKIN.
P.S.—May I add that next Wednesday, at 8 p.m, a concert will be given in the Speech Room—admission free—when Mr Basil Johnson’s many Rugby friends will have an opportunity of hearing and seeing him again. I hope that many friends of the men of the 29th Division will come, and will contribute to the collection that will be made in the room in aid of the memorial.
The first public intimation that the Duke of Buccleuch contemplated the removal of the trees was given in an article in the Rugby Advertiser of October 20, 1917, and we then suggested that the Avenue should be acquired by the county as a memorial to the 29th Division, and also the Warwickshire men from this side of the county who have fallen in the War. The following is an extract from that article :—
“ A rumour has been current that the Duke of Buccleuch proposes to convert the trees into timber, which is much in demand just now ; but we understand the proposal has been submitted to the Warwickshire County Council, who have, therefore, been afforded an opportunity of doing something, if they think well, to acquire the trees and maintain the Avenue in future.
“ If the question whether the sentimental aspect should prevail over the utilitarian were referred to public opinion, the answer would, we feel sure, undoubtedly be ‘ Woodman, spare the tree ’; and we quite believe the County Council would be influentially backed up—and helped financially if necessary—in any negotiations they might enter into to give effect to that wish.
“ Since the outbreak of the present War the historic fame of the Avenue has been accentuated by an event to which publicity was forbidden at the time, but which may now be safely recorded. We refer to the review by the King of the splendid troops, comprising the ‘ Immortal 29th Division,’ on the eve of their departure for Gallipoli, after being quartered in Rugby and other Warwickshire towns for two months. These brave men were formed up along the road, and after his arrival at Dunchurch Station his Majesty rode down the Avenue, inspecting them as he went along. At the point where the road is crossed by the Old Roman Fosse Road, and on the three-cornered piece of turf formed by the intersection of the roads, the King paused and reviewed with the deepest interest and pride as they marched past, the troops who were destined to win, by their extraordinary valour, the appellation ‘ Immortal,’ which the country unanimously attached to the Division.
“ After the War the desire to establish memorials will be prevalent, and the maintenance of the Avenue on the London Road would, we think, constitute an appropriate tribute not only to the 29th Division, but also to the Warwickshire men from this side of the county who have given their lives for their country.
“ It the County Council cannot legally expend money in acquiring and maintaining the Avenue, we have no doubt a sufficient fund could be raised in the county for the purpose.”
The Duke’s proposal came before the Warwickshire County Council in the following week on a very brief report by the Roads and Bridges Committee, Councillor F R Davenport (by letter), and Councillors J Johnson (Thurlaston), J J McKinnell, and Alderman Hunter personally, urged the Council to take up the matter, and these gentlemen, with Alderman Oliver Bellasis, were appointed a committee to approach the Duke. The negotiations have been successful, and we understand measurements have already been made on the site whereon it is proposed to erect the monolith mentioned in Mr Donkin’s letter.
Perhaps the most practical way in which the Rugby Advertiser can commend the project to the public is to start the subscription list on this side of the county with a donation of five guineas.—ED. R.A.
LOCAL WAR NOTES.
Lance-Corpl H Tranter, 9th R.W.R, son of Mrs H Tranter, 11 Jubilee Street, New Bilton, has been awarded the Military Medal. He is at present serving in Mesopotamia.
Gunner H J Allen, M.G.C, 57 Oxford Street, a member of the Rugby School and Steam Shed Bands, writes that he has had a breakdown in health, and is in hospital in France, where, by a strange coincidence, one of the physicians is Dr Beddow, of Rugby.
Corpl G B Stevenson, of the Tank Corps, eldest son of Mr & Mrs A Stevenson, “ Ivanhoe,” Manor Rood, Rugby, has been wounded in France, and brought over to St Leonard’s-on-Sea Hospital.
Pte A B Ingram, R.W.R, son of Mrs J E Ingram, 4 Bridle Road, New Bilton, is in a hospital at Calais suffering from the effects of mustard gas.
Sergt Farrier Bush, son of Mrs Bush, of Lower Street, Hillmorton, has been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry in the field.
MAJOR CLAUDE SEABROKES DISTINCTION.
The “ London Gazette ” announces that the King has conferred the Territorial decoration upon Lieut Col F M Chatterley and Major Claude Seabroke, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, for long, service with the Volunteer and Territorial Forces.
HOME FROM GERMANY.—Mr & Mrs F Varney, of Easenhall, received a pleasant surprise last week in the form of a message to the effect that their son Frank, of the Coldstream Guards, who was severely wounded and captured by the Germans on April 12th, had been repatriated, and this was quickly followed by the gallant fellow himself. Like many of the returned prisoners, Pte Varney is very reticent concerning his experiences in Germany, but there was a wealth of meaning in the hearty manner in which, addressing a representative of the Rugby Advertiser, he said: “It seems like being in heaven to be back home again, but I can hardly realise that it is home yet. ‘ Germany,’ he added, ‘ is in a terrible state, and the hardships experienced by the people are much greater than I had credited before I arrived there. The common people are unable to obtain leather shoes; and in place of tea, coffee, and cocoa they drink a substitute made of ground acorns. Their love for their country is intense, however, and were it not for this fact they would never hold out. The starved condition of the people,’ he concluded, ‘may be gauged from the fact that they will gladly pay 10s for a small tin of bully beef if any of the prisoners has one to spare.’” Shortly before he was captured Pte Varney was shot through the thigh, and this has caused partial paralysis of the foot. After a couple of months’ holiday at home he will be admitted to hospital for treatment.
MR & MRS ELLIOTT received notice last week that their youngest son, Percy George Elliott, was killed in France about July 9th. This is the second son that Mr & Mrs Elliott have lost in the War, and a third son is still in France. Percy joined up less than a year ago, and would have been 19 one day last week. Much sympathy is felt for the parents in this second bereavement. At the time of his death Elliott was in the London Regiment.
ON FURLOUGH.—The latest soldier visitants are Sapper Geo Gregson (R.E.) and Pte Alex Askew (N.Z. Medical Corps). The latter is the youngest of five brothers, the stalwart sons of Mrs Mark Askew, sen. He emigrated to New Zealand some years ago, and volunteered for service on the outbreak of the War. The five brothers have recently met for the first time for some twelve years beneath their widowed mother’s roof. The four elder brothers are Messrs Mark and Alfred Askew, both engaged on Government work ; Lance-Corpl John Askew (Grenadier Guards) and Pte Frank Askew (Welsh Regiment). The two latter are twins, and last November John was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, and Frank was severely wounded, and has since received his discharge.
THE SABIN BROTHERS.—Mr & Mrs Fred Sabin have just received news of their two soldier sons. Pte Edward Sabin (R.W.R) is suffering from gas poisoning, and is in hospital in France. Corpl H J Sabin (R.W.R) is with the Expeditionary Force in Mesopotamia.
In the report of the meeting on the Rugby Food Control Committee, which appeared in our last issue, it was stated that Mr Appleby reported that a Wolston dairyman, who is relinquishing business owing to a portion of his land being required by the landlord, supplied 17 houses in Wolston with milk. The figures as given by Mr Appleby however, should have been 77.
DEATH OF CAPT D W ANDERSON, M.M.—The sad news has just arrived at Wolston that Capt D W Anderson was killed in action in France on August 8th. Before war broke out he practised as a dentist at Coventry. The call of his country was too strong for him, and he enlisted as a private in the Hussara in September, 1914, but was soon transferred to the Black Watch. Here his energy and pluck were soon rewarded, and he was made a lieutenant. After a short period he resigned his commission, and joined the London Artists Rifles. His sterling worth was soon again acknowledged, and he received a commission in the 6th London Brigade. He then went out to France, and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the field, and at the same time promoted to a captaincy. Soon after this he obtained a bar to his Military Medal for conspicuous bravery. He was then given six months leave, but after spending four months was recalled just before the present great battle. Capt Anderson, before entering the Army, resided at Wolston for a number of years with the late Capt T Powell. He was well known and respected, and was always ready to assist in any good cause. He was an ardent supporter of the Wolston Horticultural Society, to which he gave a number of prizes for competition ; a vice-president of the Cricket Club, and a member of the Unionist Association ; and those institutions will miss his valuable help. Much sympathy is felt for Miss Eva Poxon, daughter of Mr John Poxon, to whom deceased was engaged.
MAGISTERIAL.—At the Police Court on Friday in last week—before Mr A E Donkin—Thomas James Gandy, collier, no fixed abode, was charged with failing to report under the Military Service Act.—He pleaded not guilty.—P.C Bryan deposed that on the previous evening he met defendant in Warwick Street, and asked him to produce his registration card and Army discharge papers. Defendant replied that he had never been registered, nor had he been in the Army. He further stated that he would not have to go unto the Army because he had only recently come from Ireland. Witness took him into custody, and on the way to the Police Station he produced a registration card, which had been altered in several places. Defendant informed him that at the time that he was registered he was a miner, but the card produced was issued to a stable worker.—Defendant stated that he was willing to enlist, and that he tried to do so at Northampton Barracks on Wednesday, but owing to his age—he was 46—they would not accept him, but told him to wait until the first week in September.—Remanded to await an escort.
ABSENTEE.—At Rugby Police Court, on Thursday, Sapper Ernest Collins pleaded guilty to being an absentee from the Royal Engineers since August 8th. The magistrate, Mr A E Donkin, remanded him to await an escort.
MUNITION WORKER SUMMONED.— At Matlock Police Court, on Wednesday, William H Tattersall, munition worker, 21 Bull Street, New Bilton, was fined 10s for motor cycling beyond the area of his munition holiday permit, which allows motoring to holiday resorts and back, but not during a stay.
We are asked to state that Mrs. E D Miller, of Spring Hill, Rugby, has no connection with Mrs Miller, of the Warwickshire Fruit and Vegetable Collecting Society who was fined last week at Coventry for selling jam at more than the controlled price.
THE HORTICULTURAL SHOW & SPORTS AT CLIFTON MANOR.
The programme for this fete, which takes place at Clifton Manor to-day (Saturday), contains no less than 18 athletic and competitive events, including fire brigade contests and a horse race under conditions that cannot fail to cause a good deal of fun. The entries are numerous for all of them. The fruit and vegetable show, maypole dancing on the lawn, a drawing room concert, auction sale of gifts (including pigs and sheep), and an association football match and exposition of batting in the nets by J Arnold, the Worcestershire cricketer, and a number of the usual competitions make up an array of attractions rarely seen at a local fete.
BLACKBERRY PICKING.—Nearly 100 people booked from Rugby to Dunchurch Station for blackberry picking in the vicinity. A considerable number also cycled or walked out to the London Road.
AVON MILL PIG KEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION.
This association—the membership of which is confined to tenants of the Avon Mill allotments—was formed last spring ; and although at one time the prospects were far from being rosy, it has now turned the tide, and is apparently on a sound footing. The number of members is limited to 40, and the original subscription was £2, in addition to which a further call for £1 has been met. Some sheds on the allotment were converted into styes, and these served their purpose admirably, the only disadvantage being the lack of open-air runs. As a consequence, the pigs—24 in number—did not make as much progress as was hoped for and expected. This was particularly true of a batch of Tamworth pigs, which were bought at rather a high price soon after the association was formed. For a time the “ doing ” of these pigs was very unsatisfactory, and it was feared that they would result in a heavy financial loss to the association. However, expert advice was taken in time, and among other things an open-air run was recommended. This was at once provided, and as a result the condition of the pigs, which are insured, is steadily improving.
So far the all-important food question—which is a great handicap to the private pig-keeper—has not caused the association much anxiety. The committee employs a man to feed and tend the pigs, and they have been able to obtain a fair quantity of meal, and many of the members have assisted by contributions of garden and household refuse.
It is intended to fatten up the pigs for bacon, and to divide the meat among the members.
BACON.—The distribution of bacon for sale at 1s 8d per lb is proceeding. A considerable proportion of the bacon held by the Government is of this character, and it is being distributed to the wholesalers and retailers proportionately with bacon selling for more money. It is hoped that the public will assist by consuming this bacon, and will understand that every retailer must take his proportion, and cannot give his customers more than their share of the best cuts. The reduction in price due to the large stock held by the Government, and not to the quality of the bacon.
SAVE ALL FRUIT STONES AND NUT SHELLS.
It is not generally known that there is much virtue in fruit stones and nut shells, which are usually thrown away. The necessities of the present War have led to the discovery that charcoal made from these materials is of great value for use in the anti-gas masks now being worn by our soldiers, and that it affords greater protection against poison gas than any other known substance.
Therefore, when you consume stone fruit, whether cooked, preserved, or raw, carefully preserve every stone, and also nut shells of all kinds, no matter how small the quantity may be. There is urgent need of them, and the National Salvage Council want all they can get.
Mrs J F Dukes, 14 Sheep Street, Rugby, has kindly undertaken to receive them from people in this locality in large or small quantities, and send them on to headquarters. It will facilitate the handling if the stones are kept as dry and clean as possibly.
Anyone collecting in the villages around may also send their parcels to Mrs. Dukes, who will be pleased to include them with her own consignments.
MINISTRY OF FOOD.
THE SMALL APPLE (TEMPORARY PRICES) ORDER, 1918.
ON and AFTER the 19th August, 1918, no Apples capable of passing through a 2-inch ring other than the varieties included in the attached Schedule may be sold by a grower or other person, except to—
(a) A Licensed Jam Manufacturer, or
(b) A recognised Fruit Salesman who has given to the Grower a dated and written undertaking, signed by the salesman, that he will re-sell such fruit only to a Licensed Jam Manufacturer.
Particulars as to prices chargeable and all other information may be obtained at any Local Food Office.
Schedule referred to—
Beauty of Bath, Benoni, Nen’s Red, Cox’s Orange Pippins, Devonshire Quarrendon, Duchess’s Favourite, Duchess of Odenburgh, Feltham Beauty, Gladstone, Hunt’s Early, Irish Peach, James Grieve, Junesting (Red and White), King of the Pippins, Lady Sudeley, Langley Pippin, Miller’s Seedling, Worcester Pearmain, and Yellow Ingestree.
Infringements of this Order are summary offences against the Defence of the Realm Regulations.
J. MARSDEN SMEDLEY,
Divisional Commissioner for Food (North Midland Division).
22nd August, 1918.
BADGER.—In ever-loving memory of our dear son, ARTHUR FRANCIS BADGER, Machine Gun Company, who died of wounds received in action in France on August 27, 1917.
“ Sleep on, dear son, in a foreign grave ;
Your life for your country you nobly gave,
No friends stood near to say ‘ Good-bye,’
Safe in God’s Keeping now you lie,”
—Never forgotten by his Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters.
FLETCHER.—In loving memory of our dear son, Pte. G. FLETCHER, Napton, who was killed in France on August 27, 1917 ; aged 19 years.
“ A loving son, a faithful brother,
One of the best towards his mother.
He bravely answered duty’s call,
Gave his young life for one and all. ”
—Sadly missed by his loving Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters.
FLETCHER.—In loving memory of our dear nephew, Pte. G. FLETCHER, who was killed in France on August 27, 1917.
“ Days of sadness still come o’er us,
Tears in silence often flow,
Thinking of the day we lost you
Just a year ago.
Too far away thy grave to see,
But not too far to think of thee,”
—From his loving Aunt and Uncle and dear Cousin Will in Italy.
LINNETT.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte. FREDERICK LINNETT, who was killed in France on September 3, 1916 ; aged 26 years.
“ Two years have gone, and still we miss him ;
From our memory he’ll never fade,
His life he gave for King and country ;
In heaven we hope to meet again.
We often sit and think of him, and tenderly breathe his name ;
Nothing have we left of him
But his photo in a frame,”
—Never forgotten by his loving Mother and Father, Sister and Brothers.
MASON.—In dearest, proudest memory of my husband, Sergt. ARTHUR MASON, Oxford and Bucks L.I., killed in action on August 31, 1916. Buried at Carnoy, France.— “ The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
MURDEN.—In proud and loving memory of Pte. ROBERT EDWARD HENRY MURDEN, D.S.O., killed in action on September 3rd, 1916.—Not forgotten by his loving Wife.
WARD.—In loving memory of our dear son, THOMAS WARD, who was killed in action on August 6, 1915, at the Dardanelles—of 170 Lawford Road, New Bilton.
“ Sweet is the memory he left behind
Of a life that was manly, clean and kind.
His fight is fought, ho has gained his rest ;
We remember dear Tom as one of the best.”
Also WILLIAM WARD, who died on August 19th, 1917.
“ Not dead to us who love him still,
Not lost, but gone before.
He lives with us in memory still,
And will for evermore.”
—Ever remembered by their Mother, Father, Brother and Sisters.
WHITTAKER.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. J. T. WHITTAKER (TOM), who died of wounds on August 23rd, 1916:
“ in a far and distant churchyard,
Where the trees their branches wave.
Lies a loving soldier brother
In a British soldier’s grave.”
—From his Sisters and Brothers, Kitty, Annie, Aggie, Will, Frank, Charlie, Jim, and Stanley.