18th Jul 1919. Work of the Rugby War Pensions Committee


The Disablement Sub-Committee of the Rugby War Pensions Local Committee have presented the following report of their work for the quarter ending June 30th :—The Sub-Committee has been strengthened by the addition of Mrs. Nickalls, and Mr Yates, who has always been a member of the committee, has been appointed vice-chairman. Five meetings of the sub-committee have been held during the quarter. 134 cases have been considered at the meetings. 159 men have been sent before the Medical Referee. Seven applicants have been interviewed and recommended for grants from the King’s Fund. 56 men are in receipt of treatment allowances. 11 men have had arrangements made for dental treatment. 47 appeals have been sent up for pensions claims since demobilisation and for increased pensions. 364 names have been added to the register since March 31st, 1919. Arrangements have been made for discharged men to attend at the Hospital of St. Cross for massage, dressings and others treatment since the Red Cross Hospitals were closed. Certain cases have occurred in which men have been receiving both treatment allowances and out-of-work donation. Arrangements have been made for closer working in conjunction with the local Employment Exchange to obviate such cases in the future. A number of meetings have been held at the Employment Exchange at which discharged men in receipt of out-of-work donation have appeared before the panels composed of members of the local Advisory Committee and the War Pensions Committee. A number of men have been found employment, but there are still some twenty cases in the district which present great difficulty. It will be apparent that the work in respect of disabled and discharged men has increased greatly during the last few months. It is hoped, however, that the peak may now have been reached, and that in future we may hope for a decrease.

The following is the report of the Rugby Sub-Committee for the quarter ended June 30th, 1919 :—Four hundred and two cases have been added to the register during the three months ending 30th June. During the quarter seven meetings have been held, at which 195 cases have been considered and decided. On April 1st the following villages were transferred from the Southam Sub-Committee to the Rugby Sub-Committee :—Birdingbury, Leamington Hastings and Kytes Hardwick, Willoughby, Broadwell, Grandborough and Woolscott, Wolfhampcote and Calcutt. There are now 48 villages under this sub-committee. Mr. Kettle has been appointed representative for Clifton and Newton, in place of Miss Carruthers, who is leaving the district, and the Rev. E Blake has been appointed for Brinklow in place of the Rev. G. A. Dawson, who has resigned. Mr. Blake has also taken over Stretton-under-Fosse as well. Owing to the appointment of a County Finance Officer, the appointment of a treasurer for the Rugby Sub-committee has been cancelled. The appointment and payment of a local accountant to assist Mr. Race in bringing the accounts up to date has been approved by the local committee. Our Vice-Chairman, Mr. H. Yates, has been made vice-chairman of the Disablement Sub-Committee as well. With the approval of the Rugby Welfare League Miss Abbott has been appointed full-time secretary to the Rugby Sub-Committee, subject to the sanction of the Ministry.


A stirring appeal for practical sympathy on behalf of the victims of famine and disease in all parts of the world, was made by Miss Elkin, of the Fight the Famine Committee, to a large open gathering held in connection with the Rugby Brotherhood, at the Co-operative Hall, on Sunday afternoon last.

In the course of her remarks, Miss Elkin quoted figures in support of her contention that tuberculosis and typhus had increased in some of the countries subject to their ravages by 300 per cent, since the year, and declared that the conditions in Armenia especially were almost unbelievable. Dr. Nansen had told them that in Petrograd there were no children living under two years of age, and in some of the hospitals of Vienna numbers of children of twelve months’ old and upwards were of practically the same weight as when they were born. The speaker observed that although we could fix boundaries for the various nationalities by the peace treaty, we could not cope with the famine and pestilence by the same system.

The collections were given to the Save the Children Fund. This fund has received the active sanction of the Government, and all subscriptions to it are doubled from the National Exchequer.

Mr. J. Bedford, the President of the Rugby Brotherhood, occupied the chair, and Miss Kate Morgan delightfully rendered two solos. The orchestral selections, under the direction of Mr. J. Turner, were greatly appreciated.


The Parents’ Association of Rugby Lower School at a meeting held at the School on Friday evening last, divided that the war memorial to old scholars who have made the supreme sacrifice, should take the form of an oak case for the protection of the organ.

Mr. C. Cockerill presided, and the Hon. Secretary (Mr. W. J. Ashby) give a statement of accounts for the war memorial fund. Subscriptions, together with bank interest, had realised £159 10s. £12 10s. 9d. had been expended, leaving a balance to date of £146 19s. 3d.

The Chairman stated that the original proposition of a clock had not met with the approval of the governors, but the present scheme now suggested would be satisfactory to everybody. He presented a design of the work, prepared by Messrs. Nicholson and Co., of Worcester, and this was accepted, with certain modifications, on the proposition of Mr. A. R. Everest, seconded by Mr. W. Eadon.

CATHOLIC WAR MEMORIAL.—A meeting of the congregation of St. Marie’s Church was held at the Boys’ Schoolroom, Rugby, on Sunday to discuss the erection of a memorial for the local men of the Roman Catholic persuasion who had fallen in the war. The Rev. Father Jarvis presided. Several proposals were submitted, including that of a monument outside the Churchyard representing the dead Christ on the lap of His Blessed Mother at the foot of the Cross. It was ultimately decided, however, to erect an actual sized Crucifix in the Hibbert Chapel of the Church, with a tablet opposite bearing the names of those who had made the extreme sacrifice. A sum of £245 is already assured for the fund, and this amount is likely to be further increased, as the collectors have not yet finished their rounds. The meeting considered that the funds already in hand warranted early undertaking of the work, and a resolution was passed asking the committee to take immediate steps in this direction. Expressions of thanks were accorded the chairman, committee, and the collectors for their efforts.


To the Editor of the Rugby Advertiser.
SIR,—I enclose a copy of a letter I have sent to Mr. Morson regarding the proposed War Memorial, and trust you will consider the question of sufficient importance to be worthy of the publicity of your columns.— Yours, etc.,
67 Clifton Road, Rugby.

Arthur Morson, Esq., M.B.E., Secretary Rugby and District War Memorial Committee, Benn Buildings, Rugby.

DEAR SIR,— I am in receipt of a circular letter from your committee inviting subscriptions and enclosing a copy of the appeal issued in the local press, which states that, after providing a monument, the bulk of the money gathered will be used to erect a club or institute for the demobilised soldiers, sailors, and airmen, belonging to Rugby and District. The desirability of a suitable memorial to those who have served their country in the great war is beyond question, and the publication of sufficient details to demonstrate the suitability of the proposed scheme would doubtless be much appreciated by those, who like myself, wish to pay their modest tribute, and would assist in obtaining the unanimity so desirable if the memorial is to adequately represent the gratitude and admiration of the community. Therefore, if you could give some information on the following points it would probably be welcomed by a wide circle. For convenience the points in question may be tabulated thus :—

(1) What is to become of the Institute as the number of members decreases as a result of change of domicile, death, etc. ?

(2) To whom will the management of the Institute be entrusted ? If it is not to be entirely in the hands of the members, is there not a risk of social, political, or religious patronage objectionable to the members ?

(3) Will there be any restrictions on the recreations open to members, or on the class of refreshment, it any, obtainable ?

(4) Is it intended to offer any restraint, moral otherwise, to the political and religious freedom of the members ?

(5) Will any of the facilities offered by the proposed Institute be more than can be obtained at a nominal subscription by membership of clubs and institutions at present existing in the town ?

(6) In what manner will the wives and families of members be benefited by the proposed Institution ?

(7) How will the proposed Institute benefit the wives and families of those who have sacrificed their lives in the national cause ?

(8) To what extent will privileges of membership be available to the women who, equally with the men, have served their country in nursing and other work in the theatres of war ?

The above are a few points on which it seems to me desirable to have information ; there are probably many others of equal or greater importance, and in order that the matter may receive the publicity it deserves. I am sending copies of this letter to the local press in the hope that you will reply by that means and thus lead to a full discussion which may result in the adoption of a generally accepted and representative memorial worthy of the town.—Yours faithfully,
67 Clifton Road, Rugby.


We have received the following letter, which we heartily commend to our readers. The fact that other towns have readily and quickly responded to a similar appeal should spur the inhabitants of Rugby on to see to it that they do not lag behind their neighbours in appreciation of the great work accomplished by the navy during the terrible years that are now past and gone. The Captain and crew of H.M.S. Rugby would naturally appreciate the honour of their flag having intimate association with their name-town, and it is to be hoped that there will be a hearty response to Mr. Hands’ appeal.

To the Editor Rugby Advertiser.

SIR,—About four months ago a naval officer informed me that there was in the navy list a ship named H.M.S. Rugby, and that it was the usual thing for the ladies of the town, or city, after which the ship was named, to present that ship with a silk flag.

At last night’s Council meeting this question was raised, and it was referred to me to deal with.

I, therefore, make an appeal to the ladies of Rugby to subscribe the amount required, viz., about £20. Any sum, however small, will be received and acknowledged by me.—Yours, etc.,

34 Sheep Street, Rugby.


At the meeting of the Urban District Council on Tuesday, the Clerk (Mr. A. Morson, M.B.E.) read a letter from Lieut. Noel Pennington, officer commanding H.M.S. Rugby, thanking the Council for the copy of the town arms and the implied permission to use them. He added that the ship’s company would be delighted for the Council to reproduce the photograph of the ship as a picture postcard.

With regard to the presentation of a flag by the ladies of the town, Mr. Hands, who originally made the suggestion, was asked if he had any further information on the subject. He replied in the negative, but added that he would be pleased to forward the idea if it was the wish of the Council.

Mr. Loverock said he had made inquiries as to the cost of the flag, and found it would work out at £20.

Mr. Hands : Is that a full-sized one ?

Mr. Loverock : Yes; four yards.

Mr. Hands : That is a small flag.

The matter was left to Mr. Hands to make the necessary arrangements.


BROWN.—In loving memory of my dear husband, JOHN WILLIAM BROWN, 10th Royal Warwicks, who died at Dulmen, Germany, on July 13, 1918.
“ There is a link Death cannot sever,
Love and remembrance last for ever.”
—From his loving Wife.

DAVENPORT.—In ever-loving memory of our dear son and brother, Gunner L. E. DAVENPORT, of Harborough Magna, killed in action July 18, 1916.
“ You are always in our hearts, dear son,
Tis sweet to breathe your name ;
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.”
—From his ever-loving Mother and Father and Sisters.

DICKEN.—In ever-loving memory of Lance-Corpl. SIDNEY HAROLD DICKEN, who died of wounds in France on July 20, 1916, aged 22.—“ Peace, perfect peace.”—From his loving Mother, Father, Sisters and Brothers.

DICKEN.—In ever-loving memory of our dear brother, Lance-Corpl. SIDNEY H. DICKEN, 14th Gloucester Regiment (Bantams), who died of wounds in France on July 20, 1916.
“ Father, in Try tender keeping,
Leave we there our dear one sleeping.”
—Never forgotten by his loving brother and sister, Will and Amy.”

HIPWELL.—In ever-loving memory of our dear son, Pte. John Hipwell, Lilbourne, who died of wounds received in action in France, on July 23rd, 1916. Interred in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt, south-west of Albert.
“ Days of sadness still come o’er us,
Tears in silence often flow,
Thinking of the day we lost you,
Just three years ago.
Too far away thy grave to see,
But not too far to think of thee.”
Never forgotten by his FATHER, MOTHER, SISTER and BROTHERS.

LENTON.—In loving memory of our dear brother, Pte. W. H. Lenton, who died of wounds in France on July 19, 1916.—Never forgotten by Erne, Fred and Ethel, 64 Wood Street.

LENTON.—In proud and loving memory of our dear brother WILL, who was killed France on July 19, 1916.—Still sadly missed by Tom, Ma and Family.

PAYNE.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. E. PAYNE, who was killed in action on July 15, 1916.
“ Sleep on, dear husband, and take your rest,
We miss you most who lover you best.
When days seem long and friends are few,
Dear husband, how I miss you.
God called you home, it was his will,
But in our hearts we love you still.”
—Gone but not forgotten by his Wife & Children.

PAYNE.—In ever-loving memory of my dear son, Lance-Corpl. ERNEST PAYNE, killed in action at Verdun on July 15, 1916.
“ We often pause to think, dear son,
And wonder how you died,
With no one near who loved you dear,
Before you closed your eyes.
You nobly did your duty,
And like a hero fell ;
Could we have held your drooping head,
Or heard your last farewell.”
—Sadly missed from. From his ever-loving Father, Sisters and Brothers.

THOMPSON.—In loving memory of Pte. A. H. THOMPSON, who died of wounds in France on July 17, 1917.—Not forgotten by his Brothers and Sisters.

WHITBREAD.—In loving memory of BASIL, 2nd-Lieut., R.W.R., killed in action in France on July 22, 1916, in his 20th year, only son of Mr and Mrs. Whitbread, Arnold Cottage, Church Walk.

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