21st Mar 1919. Rugby War Memorial.

Rugby War Memorial

CITIZENS OF RUGBY and dwellers in the neighbourhood are invited to unite in promoting a Memorial in Rugby of the War.

It will be a token alike of thanksgiving to God for a great deliverance, and of gratitude to the men, and especially to the Rugby men, through whose work and sacrifice our victory was won.

It will include a Monument to commemorate in coming generations great deeds of the last four years, and to honour the memory of those who in the doing of them gave their all.

But the bulk of the money gathered will be used to erect, on a site already given, a Club and Institute for the use and benefit of Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen belonging to Rugby and the adjacent villages who have completed their military service.

Neither to them nor to their fallen comrades can our debt be discharged. But no one will stand aside from an attempt to acknowledge it on a scale worthy of our men, living and dead, and of their Town. For this will be needed generous giving. Some donations will be large. But there must also be many small ones. No Memorial can properly enshrine the common sentiment of all unless all have joined in it according to their power. It is hoped that means will be devised to make it as easy as possible for small contributors to give.

In the meantime subscriptions of all sizes which, if desired, may be spread by instalments over three years, will be accepted by any of the Rugby blanks, or by the Hon. Secretary, Mr. Arthur Morson, Benn Buildings, Rugby, and from time to time acknowledged in the Press.

President: Mrs. Arthur James, Coton House.
Chairman: Chairman of the Urban District Council.
Mrs. West, “ Bawnmore,” Bilton.
Rev. Caron Blagden.
Rev. Caron David, D.D.
Sergt.-Major Cain.
Mr. F. Van den Arend.
Mr. G. W. Walton.
Mr. H. Yates.
Mr. J. J. McKinnell.
Mr. W. H. Linnell.
Mr. W. Flint.
Mr. R. Corbett,
Mr. J Mann
Mr. R. C. Grace,
Mr. H. N. Sporborg, British Thomson Houston Co.. Ltd
Mr. C. s. Essex, Messrs. Willans & Robinson, Ltd.
Mr. Joynes, Rugby Trades & Labour Council.
Mr. Lewis Loverock, Rugby Chamber of Trade.
Mr. R. Friend, Rugby Master Builders’ Association.


An urgent appeal has been sent by Major Cecil Nickalls to the Rugby Territorial Comforts Committee for the undermentioned articles :— Gym or canvas shoes, light flannel or duck trousers. These articles are required for recreation purposes during the summer months. Also books and magazines. Will Rugbeians kindly assist in this worthy object and earn the grateful thanks of the men mentioned above, a considerable number of whom are Rugby men.

All that you give will be thankfully received by Mr. A. Adnitt, Regent Street, and will be sent off by the TERRITORIAL COMFORTS COMMITTEE.

The wedding took place on the 8th inst., at St. Michael’s Church, Battersea, of Dr. R. Elkington, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Elkington, Mill Street, Dunchurch, and Miss R. Perrin, of Battersea. Dr. Elkington has been through the war and did not get a scar. He joined the army some time before the war. The bride wore a dress of grey crepe de chine, with hat to match, and carried a bouquet of white carnations. The bridesmaids wore dresses of Saxe blue, with large black hats, and bouquet of pink carnations.

SOLDIERS’ WELCOME HOME.—It was a happy thought which inspired several gentlemen of Brinklow to provide an opportunity for the local soldiers, who have returned from the war, to spend a happy evening together, and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Walker greatly facilitated matters by lending their piano and large room for the purpose. The event took place on Wednesday evening, when a smoking concert was held and about 60 soldiers. were present. The company also included Mr. C. Pare (who presided), Messrs. W. E. Brown, G. Walker, F. Gwin, H. Gresley, T. Bartlett, E. Gardner, A. Pegg, Miller, Bryan, Spurgeon, and a party of vocalists and friends from Coventry. At the opening the Chairman gave a hearty welcome to the “ boys,” and expressed the gratitude of the village for the faithful services they had rendered during the war. Mr. F. Gwin also expressed his pleasure at having so many released, and hoped when they again met their numbers would be greatly increased. He claimed that Brinklow had done well in the war. One-fifth of the inhabitants had joined the colours, and those who remained behind had raised about £400 for various war organisations (cheers). A number of very good songs were given by the following :—Messrs. A. Tackley, Chas. Elstree, Tatton, Spurgeon, Martin (of Coventry), R. Walker. Ansell, Watkins, Cox, and Bartlett. Messrs. A. Tackley and Chas. Elstree were accompanists. A vote of thanks to the Chairman and vocalists, and expressions of mutual good will concluded a very pleasant evening.

SOLDIERS’ WELCOME.—The discharged and demobilised soldiers were entertained to supper on Saturday evening. About 80 soldiers “ fell in ” on the village green, and, headed by the Excelsior band, paraded the village, afterwards adjourning to the school, where an excellent cold supper had been prepared by a representative committee. A capital smoking concert followed, under the chairmanship of the Vicar, who extended a most hearty welcome to the company, making a special reference to those who had made the great sacrifice, the whole assembly standing while “ The Last Post ” was sounded by Pte. Albert Priest. Songs were given by Coventry friends and Messrs. W. Moore, A. Herbert, M. Herbert, S. Webb, and N. Russell, and selections by the band.


CHANT.—In affectionate remembrance of GEORGE CHANT, who fell in France on March 22, 1918.
“ He heard his Captain’s voice, life’s battle fought,
Life’s victory won—the soldier thus received
His welcome and his crown.”
—From his loving Wife and baby.

CLARKE.—In ever loving memory of Pte. WILLIAM ROBERT CLARKE, Oxford & Bucks, who has been missing since March the 21st.
“ One year has gone, but still we miss him,
From our memory he will never fade,
His life he gave for King and country,
In a far and distant grave.
We often sit and think of him,
And tenderly breathe his name.”
—Never forgotten : From his loving Mother, Father, Sister & brothers, Priory Row, Wolston.

DODSON.—In loving memory of our dear son, Rifleman WILLIAM DODSON, who died of wounds on March 24, 1915.
“ Gone is the face we loved so dear,
Silent your voice we long to hear ;
Your gentle hands, your loving face,
No one can take our dear one’s place.”
—From his loving Mother, Father, Brothers, Sister.

FRETTER.—In loving memory of our dear brother CHARLIE, who was killed in action on March 22, 1918.
“ There is a link death cannot sever,
Love and remembrance cling on for ever.”
—From his loving Brothers and Sister.

HARDMAN.—In loving memory of my dear husband, Gunner C. H. HARDMAN, killed in France on March 21, 1918.
“ The rolling stream of life flows on,
But still the vacant chair
Recalls the love, the voice, the smiles
Of him who once sat there.”
—From his loving Wife and Children.

HARDMAN.—In loving memory of GUNNER CHARLES HARDMAN, who was killed in action on March 21, 1918.—Never forgotten by his loving Father and Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

HARDMAN.—In loving memory of GUNNER CHARLES HARDMAN, killed in action on March 21, 1918.
“ This day brings back a memory
Of a loved one laid to rest.
And those who think of him to-day
Are those who loved him best.

HORSLEY.—In fond and loving memory of Pte. HORACE HORSLEY, of “ Scotia,” 33 Albert St., Rugby, who was killed in France on March 21, 1918.
“ Could we have raised his dying head,
Or heard his last farewell,
The grief would not have been so hard
For them that loved him well.”
—From his loving Mother and Brother Freeman.

LEESON.—In loving remembrance of our two dear sons, ALBERT (BERT); killed in action on March 20, 1917, and FRED (BOB), September 25, 1915.
“ The memories of their upright ways
Will linger with us all our days.”
—From Mother, Dad, Brothers, Sisters, and Hilda.

SMITH.—In loving memory of my dear Husband, Pte. THOMAS SMITH, who died of wounds in Ireland, March 17th, 1918.
“ One year has passed, my heart still sore,
Day by day I miss him more.
His welcome smile, his dear sweet face
Never on earth can be replaced.”
This day brings back a memory
Of a loved one laid to rest,
And those who think of him to-day
Are those who loved him best.”
—From his loving Wife and Child.

WILSON.—In proud and affectionate memory of Second-Lieut. E. T. WILSON (EDDIE), killed in action on March 23, 1918.



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