14th Sep 1918. Rugby Volunteers Complimented


The Rugby (“ D ”) Company. 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment still continue to make rapid progress, and was warmly complimented by the new District Army Inspecting Officer, Lieut-Col Adrian Wayte. King’s Own Regiment, after an inspection on Sunday. Col Wayte, who was accompanied by the Battalion Commanding Officer, Lieut-Col F F Johnstone, inspected the Company in platoon in the various branches of training, and said he was very pleased with what he had seen. He added that he had never seen a Volunteer unit turned out so well as the Rugby Company, and it would be a great pleasure for him to send in a favourable report with regard to their progress.

Lieut-Col Johnstone distributed three of the silver spoons offered for the six highest individual scorers at the recent Battalion shooting competition at Wedgnock for the Lincoln-Chandler Cup. The recipients were : Sergt Murray, Corpl Seymour (who made a “ possible ” at the 200 yards range), and Pte Edwards. Col Johnstone congratulated the Company on having three such good shots in their ranks, and he expressed the hope that they would win the cup next year.


Lance-Corpl George John Plant, M.M, Coldstream Guards, formerly of Pailton, died of wounds on Aug 27.

Sergt F T Gambrell, Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, of 174 Cambridge Street, who was taken prisoner during the German offensive in March last, has been repatriated, and is now in hospital in London, where his wounds are being treated. A bullet went in the right side of his hip, and his thigh was broken. Before joining the Army he worked in the Winding Department at the B.T.H.

A commission in the Regular Forces (3rd Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) has been obtained by Mr T Eaton-Shore, who has been on active service since June, 1915, and will join his regiment at Dover. He is a son of the late Mr James Eaton-Shore, formerly works manager at Messrs Willans & Robinson’s Engineering Works.

Mr H Fretter, of Kilsby Station, has secured a commission in the Regular Forces (King’s Royal Rifles). For two years and three months he was with the Rifle Brigade in France, and was in the Battles of Ypres (1915), Somme (1916), and Cambrai (1917). It was after the last engagement that he was recommended for a commission.

Rifleman Horace Wilson, London Regiment, late of the K.R.R, son of Mrs Wilson, 41 Bridget Street, has been seriously wounded in France. He has lost his right leg and his left arm has been badly fractured. He joined the Army in September, 1914, and has served three years in France. He was formerly employed by the B.T.H.

Pte H E Haddon, Coldstream Guards (39), was killed in action on August 28th. He was a native of New Bilton, where he worked for a time as a bricklayer. His wife and four children reside at Yardley, Birmingham.

Pte Thomas Goodyer, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, a native of Barby, was killed in action on August 31st. He was 19 years of age, and joined the Army twelve months ago, previous to which he was employed as a window cleaner in Rugby. He had been in France five months.

Sapper T H Overton, Welsh Field Company, brother of Mrs R Bubb, Cambridge St., is down with dysentery in Egypt.

Mrs Bax, of 21 Oliver Street, Rugby, has received news that her youngest son, Stanley Bax (29371), 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, has been wounded in the left hand, and is now in hospital at Sheffield.

The names of Sir Michael Lakin, Bart, D.L, J.P. of the Warwickshire Territorial Force Association, and Mr J Hartwell, Remount Depot, Rugby, have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the War.

Pte A Backler, R.W.R, and Pte S A Orland, Machine Gun Corps, both of Rugby, have been taken prisoners by the Germans.

Lance-Corpl G Biddels, Yeomanry, Rugby, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for distinguished and gallant services rendered on the occasion of the destruction or damage by enemy action of hospital ships, transports, and storeships.

Several months ago we recorded the fact that Sergt J Webb, 1st Warwicks, of Dunchurch Road, Rugby, had been awarded the D.C.M. The official account of the action for which this distinction was awarded has now been published as under :—For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in handling his platoon. While trying to establish posts in a wood, he was twice surrounded, and it was only by his courage and skill that enabled the platoon to fight their way back. Later, during an attack, he again displayed the greatest courage and ability, penetrating far into the enemy’s position, and when forced to withdraw bringing back prisoners.

An intimation has been received by Mr & Mrs Williams, of 1 Market Street, Rugby, from the War Office, stating that their son, Harry Cecil Williams, of the 1st Royal West Kent Regiment, who was reported missing on October 26th last, is now believed to have been killed in action on that date.


There were only three Rugby cases before this Tribunal on Wednesday, when there were present : Messrs H W Wale (chairman), K Rotherham, P G Lovett , S J Dicksee. and W Johnson, jun. Mr T Meredith was the National Service representative.

George Francis Harris (41, C3), licensed victualler, Newbold-on-Avon, applied for exemption.—Mr Meredith explained that this case was adjourned at Easter for the man to get work of national importance, but nothing further had been heard of the this.—Applicant stated that he was now working as a semi-skilled mechanic at Willans & Robinson a and a national utility order to cover this work was made for six months.

Arthur John Tapley (28, Grade 3), watchman, 35 King Edward Road, Rugby, appealed against the decision of the Rugby Rural Tribunal to exempt him till October 15th on condition that he engaged in agriculture. He said he was now a watchman at the B.T.H, and when he took up this work he released an ex-soldier for productive work.—The Chairman : Are you a skilled gardener ? Tapley : I am an expert.—The Chairman : Obviously a skilled gardener in this phase of the country’s history cannot be allowed to look after a gate, which in all probability could very well look after itself.—Tapley then save his reasons for objecting to the decision of the Lower Tribunal, and criticised a newspaper report of the proceedings before that body.—The Chairman : Now, do not make any allegations, against the Press. They are very long-suffering people and my experience of the press representatives is that they are uniformly fair. They do not report things which people do not say, neither do they, as some people allege, put inferences into people’s mouths which they do not intend.—A national utility order was made, Tapley’s services to be used for food production in his own trade.

The National Service representative appealed against the Urban Tribunal’s decision in the case of Philip Singer (38), tailor, 199 Railway Terrace.—Mr Meredith said the appeal was against the adjournment of this case on a technical legal point, which, he contended, was not arguable before that Court. Mr Eaden might argue that because his client was born in Ukrania or Lithuania he was not amenable to the Military Service Acts. Ukrania might not be a part of Russia. but that was a point which must be argued before a Court of Summary Jurisdiction. Under the convention made with the Allied States in July, 1917, Russian subjects were given the option of returning to their own country, or coming under the operation of the Military Service Act. Therefore, leaving all legal arguments out, he did not care whether the man came from Lithuania, Ukrania, or the moon ; if he had elected to reside in this country and to accept all the advantages of the country in times at peace, this carried an obligation to defend the country against its enemies in times of war.—Mr Eaden submitted that the duties of that Tribunal laid within limited bounds, and were restricted to the Military Service Acts, and in this case the Allied Countries Convention Act, under which it was contended his client was liable. As a matter of fact, the whole point as to whether this man, in company with 45 or 47 other men, similarly situated, came within this Act, was sub judice, and the test case on which they all depended had been adjourned till after the long vacation. He contended that at present the Ttibunal had no jurisdiction in this matter, but immediately the test case was settled in the High Court they would know how to deal with this case on its merits.—The Tribunal unanimously upheld the contention of Mr Meredith, and refused to sanction an appeal to the Central Tribunal.—Singer was given two months’ calling-up notice to enable him to complete the orders he has on hand.

CASUALTY.—Mrs J Seymour has received news that her husband, Corpl J Seymour, of the 4th South Midland Howitzer Brigade, is wounded and lying seriously ill with enteric fever at No. 9 Clearing Station, Italy.

ROLL OF HONOUR.—Mr & Mrs George Alsop received the sad news this week that their only son, Wilfred Alsop, Berks Regt., was killed in France on August 21st. He was only 19, and had just returned to France after being previously wounded. Much sympathy is felt with Mr & Mrs Alsop.—Gunner J Makepeace and Pte W Griffin have both been gassed, and are now in hospital.—Pte Leonard Sheasby is wounded.

Wilfred Warner, who is in Italy, has had the unpleasant experience of being buried by a shell, which exploded in the trench. He was dug out after being a few minutes under ground, and was fortunate to escape with no worse injury than a sprained back.—William Bicknell has been awarded the Military Medal for good work in a raid, when about 400 Austrians were captured and a number of mules and horses.—Cyril Sheasby, who has been missing since March 21st, has been posted as killed on that date. He was a well-developed lad of 18 years.



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(North Midland Division),
Westminster Buildings,
Parliament Street, Nottingham.

The Rugby Town V.A.D. Hospital, “ Te-Hira.”
This hospital re-opened on Monday, September 9th, with its full complement of 44 patients. We shall be very grateful for gifts of any kind, and we especially want a gramophone.  The following friends have already sent us welcome presents, for which we thank them :—Mrs Higginbotham, Mrs C Bluemel, Bourton parish, and Leamington Hastings parish.
CAMILE PRIOR (Quartermaster).


ALSOP.—In ever-loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte. WIFRED ALSOP, Royal Berks. Regt. killed in action on August 21, 1918 ; aged 20.
“ A faithful son, a loving brother,
One of the best toward his mother ;
He nobly answered his country’s call,
He gave his young life for one and all.”
—From his sorrowing Father, Mother, and Sisters.

ALSOP.—In loving memory of our dear nephew, Pte. W. E. ALSOP, Napton, who was killed in action “ somewhere in France ” on August 21, 1918 ; aged 20.
“ No one knows the silent heartache,
Only those can tell
Who have lost a loved one
Without saying ‘ Farewell.’
We pictured your safe returning,
And longed to clasp your hand,
But God postponed that meeting
Till we meet in that Better Land.”
—From his loving Aunt and Uncle and dear Cousin Will in Italy.

GOODYER.—In ever-loving memory of my dearest and eldest son.,Pte. THOMAS H. GOODYER, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action “somewhere in France ” on August 31, 1918 ; aged 19 years.
“ He bravely answered duty’s call,
He gave his life for one and all ;
But the unknown grave is the bitterest blow,
None but our aching hearts can tell.”
“ Peace, perfect peace.”
—Deeply mourned by his sorrowing Mother, Sisters and Brothers.

HADDON.—Killed in action on August 28th, Pte. H. E. HADDON, Coldstream Guards, aged 39, the dearly beloved husband of Florence Haddon, Church Road, Yardley.
“ Only those who have lost a loved one
Know the bitterness of ‘ Gone’ ”
—Deeply mourned by his sorrowing Wife and dear Children.


BARNETT.—In loving memory of Pte. J. W. BARNETT, 6399 1/24th Queen’s London Regiment, who fell in action in France on September 11, 1916.
“ Not dead to us who love him still,
Not lost, but gone before ;
He lives with us in memory still,
And will for evermore.”
—From his loving Wife, Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

COLING.—In loving memory of Gunner JOHN THOMAS COLING, R.F.A., the beloved son of Mr. & Mrs. John Coling, Grandborough, who died of wounds at Rouen on September 10, 1916.
“ Anchored by love, death cannot sever ;
Sadly we miss thee, and will for ever.
Too far away thy grave to see,
But not too far to think of thee.”

PEARCE.—In loving memory of Gunner H. C. PEARCE, the beloved son of H. & C. Pearce, Dunchurch, who was killed in action on September 11, 1917.
“ We do not forget him, nor do we intend ;
We think of him daily, and will to the end.
We miss him and mourn him in silence unseen,
And dwell on the memory of days that have been.”
—Not forgotten by his Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

VEARS.—Killed in action in France on September 11, 1917, FREDERICK, dearly beloved eldest grandson of Mrs. F. Draper, Long Buckby ; aged 21 years.
“ Not dead to us, we love him still ;
Not lost, but gone before.
He lives with us in memory still,
And will for evermore.”
—From Grandma, Aunts and Uncles.


7th Sep 1918. Grand Fete at Clifton Manor


One of the most successful fetes held in the Rugby district for some years took place on Saturday in the charming grounds of Clifton Manor, kindly lent by Mr T S Townsend, J.P, C.C, in aid of the Red Cross Society, Rugby Prisoners of War Fund, and the Clifton Comforts Fund. Upwards of 4,500 people paid for admission, visitors attending from Rugby and the whole of the surrounding district ; and, in view of the fact that practically all the attractions were “ extras,” and were all well patronised, the deserving objects above mentioned will benefit by well over £350. The arrangements were made by an able committee, of which Mr T S Townsend was the energetic chairman. This office is generally regarded as a sinecure, and is more often treated as such ; but Mr Townsend threw his whole energy and enthusiasm into the task, and the great success achieved was largely due to his efforts, which were loyally supported by Mrs Townsend and the Rev C E Morton (hon secretaries), and Mr M R Trower (hon treasurer), and officers and men of the Royal Air Force. From start to finish everything worked smoothly, and the only complaint heard was that one of the attractions were so many and varied that it was impossible for anyone to witness the whole of them.


The principal attraction during the afternoon was the athletic sports, which were keenly contested. The officials were : Referee, Mr A G Cannon, A.A.A ; judges, Capt Miller (horse racing, Chief Master Mechanic Booker, R.A.F, Mr Gilks, and Mr T Ewart ; starter, Lieut C Clayden, R.A.F ; clerks of course, Messrs A S Kettle and J T Rees ; stewards, Sergt-Major Edwards, and Mr W H Hoflin.

The Tug-o’-War Competition provided some strenuous tussles, one of the best of which was produced by the meeting of the R.A.F and the Rugby Police. The latter was the heavier team, but the R.A.F were masters of their craft, and won by two clear pulls. Willans & Robinson’s Foundry Department proved too much for Mr Buck’s team, and Clifton gained a fairly easy victory over Hillmorton. In the second round the RA.F defeated Willans & Robinson’s, and in the final Clifton, who had drawn a bye in the second round, gained a popular victory over the RAF.

The Ladies’ Tug-o’-War was won easily by the B.T.H Testing Department Team, which had no difficulty in pulling over the W.R.A.F and Clifton Land Girls. In the first round the Land Girls quickly accounted for the B.T.H Girls’ Club.

During the progress of the tug-o’-war competition an officer of the RAF gave a thrilling display of “ stunt ” flying, which was followed with breathless interest. Loops, spirals, spins and dives, and other intricate evolutions followed each other with bewildering rapidity, and time after time it seemed to the uninitiated as though the display must end in disaster. After a particularly daring evolution, in which he gave a representation of a falling machine and a wonderful recovery, the intrepid pilot landed in an adjoining field, where he was given a popular ovation. The aeroplane was visited by hundreds of spectators, and standing on the seat of the machine, the pilot offered a walking stick—made from the propellor of an aeroplane—for sale on behalf of the funds. This was secured by Mr T S Townsend for seven guineas.


The B.T.H Fire Brigade kindly consented to hold the annual competitions for the Churchill Shield and the Garner Cup in connection with the fete, and the smartness of the display from start to finish was very favourably commented upon by the visitors. The first event, for the Churchill Shield, “ the escape drill,” took place at the works ; but the hose cart drill and the horse steamer drill (wet) were contested at Clifton.

At the conclusion of the display Mr Townsend heartily thanked the B T H Co for all they had done to make the fete a success.

A pony race at varying paces—first round walking, second round trotting, third round galloping, excited a great deal of interest. After a good race and an exciting finish, Mr Alfred Sleath (Clifton) was declared the winner.

Upwards of 900 people paid for admission to witness the football match between the B.T.H Testing Department and the R.A.F. The match was very evenly contested, and resulted in a win for the B.T.H by two goals to one. Teams :—R.A.F : Taylor, goal ; Breamis and Walker, backs ; Dean, Seddon, and Smith, half-backs ; Stevens. Ford, Webb, Archibald, and Coles, forwards. B.T.H : Woodward, goal ; Mansell and Sturgess, backs ; Addison, Jones, and Cashin, half-backs ; Arthur Buckley, Albert Buckley, Slater, Gibson, and Roxburgh, forwards. The referee was 1st A.M Ritchie, R.A.F.

During the progress of the match P.C Lovell made a collection on behalf of the funds, and this amounted to £4 16s.


During the afternoon Arnold, the well-known Worcestershire cricketer, batted at the nets, and for the modest outlay of 1d all and sundry were invited to try to take his middle stump. As was expected, a large number of the male visitors availed themselves of this privilege.

Bran pie, hoop-la, Kaiser Bill and Little Willie, and other side shows were elected at various points, and these were under the charge of Mrs Russell, Mrs Sugden, Miss Ewing, Miss Roscoe, &c, whose blandishments succeeded in charming a goodly sum in hard cash from the pockets of the visitors to the coffers of the fund.

A miniature museum, “ Olde Cliptone,” contained the old village stocks, an ancient public-house signboard, swords and other weapons used at the Battle of Naseby, a leaden casket (date probably 1120), and many other interesting relics of the past. These were all lent by Mr T S Townsend, who acted as a guide to many of the visitors.

For those to whom outdoor sports make no appeal a delightful drawing room concert was arranged by Mrs E G Roscoe and Lieut R T Langdon, R.A.F. . . . . .

A variety entertainment, arranged by Mr E Flowers, was given on the lawn in front of the house. The programme, which was a good one, was sustained by Mrs Weekes, Messrs A Woodhams, W Lofthouse, G Owen, Professor Sladen (concertina), and the Band. A clever conjuring turn was put on by Martini, the men of mystery. The accompanists were Miss D Flowers and Mrs G Owen.

A maypole had been erected on the lawn, and several maypole dances were performed by the village children, who had been carefully trained by Mrs Townsend. The incidental songs were rendered by the members of the Girls’ Friendly Society.

Mrs Twells, Mr H A Kettle, and the employees of the B.T.H Company kindly provided tea for the wounded soldiers.

In the evening Mr Victor Russell sold by auction several sheep and pigs, which had been kindly given by residents in the parish. Mr Russell also conducted a jumble sale and white elephant sale, which had been arranged by Miss Carruthers and the Work Committee—Mrs Morton, Mrs V Russell, and Mrs Spencer. Mrs Mulliner and Mrs Trower, who were away from home and unable to assist in the management of this sale, sent consignments of articles for disposal. After deducting out-of-pocket expenses, the proceeds from the sale of teas and refreshments were handed over to the funds. Mr T Spencer provided the teas, Mr G Hipwell the mineral waters, and Lieuts C H Holcombe and H Blofeld were in charge of the American bar, where iced drinks were dispensed.

Upwards of 470 persons entered for the cake guessing competition, which was won by Miss Garratt, of Rugby.

During the afternoon the B.T.H Band (under the conductorship of Mr Harry Saxon) played selections of music, and in the evening they played for dancing, which was kept up until about 10.30.


For several years past a committee of working-men has arranged a fruit and vegetable show to raise funds for sending comforts to the Clifton men at the front. This year in consideration of the Fete Committee guaranteeing them a sum equal to that raised by the show last year, it was decided to join forces with the Fete Committee, and to hold the show on Saturday. The exhibits, which were on view in a small marquee, were quite up to the standard of past shows, and the collections of vegetables were especially good. The judges were : Messrs W Wilson (gardener at Dunsmore) and F George (gardener to Mrs Twells). . . . . . .

Several prizes were awarded to Mrs Carney for a fine display of pastry and fancy bread, cheese cakes, baked beans, and a wholemeal loaf. Mr W Atkins was awarded the prize for hens’ eggs. The first prize for the best plot on the school gardens was won by J Lintern, jun, and G Dean, and they were also awarded first prizes for cabbage lettuce and turnips at the show.

A pretty collection of flowers marked “ Not for competition,” was sent by Mr W Wilson, gardener at Dunsmore.

The arrangements were made by the following committee :—Messrs Rolls, Carney, Hipwell, Lintern, Ewington, Morris, Shaw, Clarke, Dean, Attwood, and Sheridan (secretary).


Owing to the pronounced shortage of other fruits, it is of the utmost importance that special efforts be made to fully utilise the abundant blackberry crop.

The Warwickshire and county schools generally are responding well to the appeal to pick blackberries to be made into jam for the Army and Navy. They specially recommended for that purpose on account of their medicinal properties.

Feelings of gratitude to our heroes on land and sea—who have so long faced the dangers and borne the hardships and stress of war—should prompt all who can to render willing help. All who wish to pick blackberries to provide jam for the Army and Navy should get into touch with the nearest school, and arrange with the head teacher to accept and pay for any berries taken to the school at specified times. Close co-operation is required to secure results worthy of the county.

Head teachers have been instructed to obtain the consent of farmers to allow reasonable facilities for picking to children in charge of a teacher. Farmers and, landowners are earnestly requested to give this consent and also to refrain from cutting hedges where blackberries are growing until the crop has been gathered.

Further particulars may be obtained from the County Organizer, 12 Northgate Street, Warwick, Mr WA Brockington, 33 Bowling Green Street, Leicester, or from any local Food Office.


ON & AFTER the 28th August, 1918, the provisions of the Plums (Sales) Order, 1918 (hereinafter called the Principal Order) shall apply to Damsons in the same way as such Order applies to Plums of the variety “ Blaisdon,” and so that the Schedule price for Damsons shall be £40 per ton, and in the application of Clauses 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, and 12 the date 28th August, 1918, shall be substituted for the date 29th July, 1918.

Infringements of this Order are summary offences against the Defence of the Realm Regulations,

Divisional Commissioner for Food (North Midland Division).
29th August, 1918.


Captain Wratislaw, being of military age and passed Grade 1, has accepted military service, and resigned his position as National Service representative.

Lance-Corpl C F Jordan, Machine Gun Corps, of 35 James Street, has been wounded in the right leg, and is now in hospital in Kent.

Pte G T Boyson, Tank Corps, son of Mrs Boyson, 7 Temple Street, Rugby, been been awarded the Military Medal.

On Tuesday Mr George Souster, ticket collector, 73 Cambridge Street, received the news that his son, Gunner Albert George Souster, of the Tanks Battalion, had been killed by a shell on August 29th. Gunner Souster, who was 20 years of age, enlisted in the R.F.A in March, 1917, and was subsequently transferred to the Tank Battalion and drafted to France in January last. Before joining up he was a clerk in the L& N.-W Railway Goods office at Coventry. He was a teacher in the Primitive Methodist Sunday School.

The Rev R J B Irwin D.S.O, M.C, Assistant Chaplain-General to the Fourth Army in France, has been awarded by the French Authorities the “ Croix de Guerre.” The general order in which the award was notified states that “ On 18th May, 1918, when an attack by hostile aircraft caused an explosion at an ammunition dump, the above-named officer immediately made his way to the scene of the disaster and worked for several hours, in spite of continued explosions, with absolute disregard for his own safety to organise the saving of the civilians, whose lives were endangered owing to the collapse of houses shattered by the force of the explosion.”

Pte C Curtis, Royal Warwicks, who was reported wounded and missing on October 8th 1ast has now been officially reported killed on or about that date. Before joining up in August, 1916, he was employed by Mr H Cox. He leaves a widow and two children.

As arranged, the Vicar has paid out of the proceeds of the recent sale on the Vicarage Lawn to the War Working Depot and to the Soldiers Parcel Fund, £24 each; to the District Nursing Association, £10 10s. The remaining £9 odd will be retained as a reserve fund for parochial affairs.

ON Sunday evening the B.T.H Band gave a sacred concert in the Caldecott Park. Owing to the bitterly cold weather the attendance was not so large as usual. The collection was in aid of the Prisoners of War Fund.



SIR,—May I ask the courtesy of your columns for an appeal in reference to a matter of general interest.

Many people think that a collection of portraits of the local men who have laid down their lives in the present war might well be made in Rugby, and on behalf of the Library Committee I desire to ask Relatives to contribute photographs of those who have died in the cause of freedom and justice. The photographs, preferably of postcard or cabinet size, should be sent to the Librarian, St Matthew’s Street, and should bear on the back the name, rank and regiment, date of death, and any other fact of special interest. The photographs received will be suitably arranged and framed for permanent exhibition in the Museum, and should form a striking record of the brave men who have made the supreme sacrifice. I shall be grateful to all who can help if they will kindly send in photographs and particulars at the earliest possible date.

Yours faithfully,
Chairman of the Rugby Public Library Committee, Rugby, September 3, 1918.


SIR,—Will you kindly insert this in your columns as I should like it to catch the eye of those people who will persist in the dangerous practice of walking along in the middle of a country road at night, no matter how dark the night is, and especially where there is a side path. The idea that such a practice should prove a source of danger to themselves or others never seems to enter their minds.

Late last Sunday night a gentleman met with what might easily have proved a fatal accident while cycling down a steep hill in this district. No less than six or seven people were walking along in a row (in the roadway, of course), and, although he rang his bell violently, they did not move sufficiently for him to pass. The result was that he was thrown heavily, and sustained severe injuries to his head and shoulders, to say nothing of the damage done to his bicycle.

Personally, I should feel inclined to find out those people and call upon them to help pay expenses, though, to the best of my belief, they hardly stayed to ascertain what was wrong, but left that to other cyclists and residents near the scene of the accident.

I have reason to believe that the above is not an exceptional case by any means, and I think it is quite time something was done in the matter.

Yours, etc. INDIGNANT.

To the Editor of the Advertiser.

SIR,—Will you allow us a small space in your columns to refer to the remarks passed by some of the people residing on Clifton Road as to the conduct of the night workers employed by the Lodge Sparking Plug when leaving work at 6.30 a.m. After being shut up twelve hours, surely a little harmless laughing can be indulged in, and, moreover, 6.30 am is not such an unearthly hour to be aroused if the people are on work of national importance. The ordinary bustle of everyday life is not stopped for our convenience when we are trying to get a well-earned rest.

Yours, Night Workers,

A Critical Decision Revealed
Britain’s Sacrifice for Liberty

It was a moment of grave peril. The British Army was in danger of being driven into the sea. The Germans had almost separated the British and French Armies. The French coalfields were overrun. Would the next push get through? Could the Allied Armies stand the strain till American help arrived?

The supreme Army Commanders saw the only way to save the situation. They had to take the men. They had to take the coal. 75,000 more Miners were called to the colours. Our winter coal reserves were sacrificed to save the Armies and to bring the Americans to the front.

That decision, grave as it was, has been splendidly justified. A dangerous retreat has been turned into a glorious advance. The Americans are pouring over. Victory is on the way.

The saving of the Armies has meant a shortage of coal.

Still more coal is required. Discomfort is inevitable. Everyone must use less coal. The more coal saved the greater our power to defeat the enemy.

Issued by the Coal Mines Dept. of the Board of Trade, Holborn Viaduct, E.C.1.


BACON.—In ever-loving memory of my dear son, SAMUEL ALGERNON BACON, who died from wounds received in France, August 25th, 1918.
Not dead to us, we love him still ;
Not lost, but gone before ;
He lives with us in memory still,
And will for evermore.
—Mother, Sister and Brothers.

CURTIS.—In affectionate remembrance of my dear husband, Ptc C. CURTIS (Bilton), 16th Warwicks, (previously missing, now reported killed), aged 36 years.
No one knows the silent heartache,
Only those can tell,
Who have lost their dear ones,
Without one last “ Farewell.”
—From his loving Wife and Children.

PLANT.—On August 27th, Lance-Corporal GEORGE JOHN PLANT, M.M., Coldstream Guards, died of wounds in France.—In loving memory, from his Wife and Children.

SOUSTER.—Killed in action on August 28th, Gunner ALBERT GEORGE SPOUSTER, Tank Battalion, son of Mr. George Souster, 73 Cambridge Street, Rugby, aged 20 years.

WOOTTON.—In loving memory of my dear husband, Lance-Corpl. G. W. Wootton, 4th Bedfordshire Regt., killed in action in France on August 23rd, 1918, aged 34 years.
“ God has taken our loved one from a world of
sorrow to sweet rest in Heaven, where he awaits us.”
—From his sorrowing wife & child, mother, sisters and brothers.


COLLEDGE.—In ever loving memory of ARCHER COLLEDGE, killed in action on September 3, 1917.
“ We pictured your safe returning,
And longed to clasp your hand,
But God postponed that meeting
Till we meet in that better land.
Some may think that we forget him,
When at times they see us smile,
But they little know the sorrow
Which is hid behind the smile.”
—Never forgotten by his wife and daughter Edna.

GREEN.—In ever loving and affectionate remembrance of FREDERICK JOHN, the dearly loved son of Frederick and the late Louisa Greenfield Green, Gladstone St., New Bilton, who died of wounds in France on September 7, 1916.
—Sadly mourned and missed by his loving Father, Sisters, and Brothers.

MEADOWS.—In loving memory of our dear son, Gunner C. H. Meadows, R.F.A., who died on September 4th at 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, of wounds received in action on July 17, 1917. Buried at St. Severn’s Cemetery, Rouen.
“ Days of sadness still come o’er us,
Tears in silence often flow,
Thinking of the day we lost him,
Just one year ago.
Could I have raised your dying head.
Or heard your last farewell.
Our grief would not have been so hard,
For one we loved so dear.”
—From his sorrowing Mother & Father, Brothers & Sister, & Fiancée.

RUDDLE.—In loving memory of Pte. GEORGE RUDDLE, of the 26th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who fell in action, September 3, 1917.
“ Oh ! noble was our dear one death.
His previous life he gave,
He faithfully did his duty,
His native land to save,
—Lou and George.

WARD.—In ever loving memory of Rifleman C. WARD, of Brandon, killed in action in France on September 3, 1916.—A day of remembrance sad to all.
—Ever remembered by his Father, Mother, Sisters, and Brothers.

WARD.—In loving memory of my dear husband, GEORGE WARD, died September 3, 1916.
“ There’s a link death cannot sever—
Love and remembrance last for ever.”

31st Aug 1918. 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,


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.
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.


24th Aug 1918. Limitation on the Purchase of Jam

An official notice in our advertisement columns informs the public that persons must not purchase any jam while they have in their possession any jam made from sugar allotted to them under the Domestic Preserving Order this year.


Mr H Tarbox (vice-chairman) presided in the absence of Mr T A Wise at a meeting of this committee on Thursday last week, when there were also present : Mrs Townsend, Mrs Dewar, Mrs Peet, Messrs A Appleby, J Cripps, A Humphrey, C Gay, G H Cooke, R Griffin, G H Mellor, and A W Stevenson.

Mr F M Burton (Executive Officer) reported that the Food Controller had sanctioned the increase in the price of milk. He (Mr Burton) had made enquiries as to the retail price of milk per quart in neighbouring towns, and had received replies as under—Coventry, 6½d in August, 7d in September ; Leamington, 6d August, 7d September ; Leicester, 7d August and September ; Northampton, 7d.

It was reported that the Enforcement Officer (Mr B Purchase) had been protected from being called up for military service by the Sub-Committee for Trade Exemptions.

The Executive Officer reported that he had received a request from the Rugby North-West Allotment and Garden Association for permission to sell vegetables at a show in aid of St Dunstan’s Hostel at more than the maximum prices. The Divisional Commissioner was the only person who had power to grant such permission. He had been approached, and had issued a license.

The Superintendent of the B.T.H canteen wrote explaining that, owing to the difficulty the Children’s Ward Committee had experienced in getting a caterer for the Hospital Fete, he had consented to act in that capacity. He had endeavoured to obtain twelve gross of mineral waters, but the manufacturer could only supply one gross. Provided, however, that the Food Committee would allot him an additional 96lbs of sugar, the manufacturer would be prepared to make the extra eleven gross.—The committee considered that this application was on all fours with the unsuccessful request of the Co-operative Education Committee for an additional supply of fat for making cakes for the children’s fete and it was accordingly decided to refuse it.

The Executive Officer read a letter to the effect that a new brand of bacon, which was more suitable for boiling than for frying, would shortly be released. The maximum retail price would be ls 8d per lb, and it would be incumbent upon all registered bacon retailers to stock it.

It was reported that, owing to dissatisfaction with the method of conducting business which obtained at Rugby Market, Mr A Appleby—who represented the Committee on the Allocation Committee—had signified his intention of resigning this position. The Executive Officer had written to the Live Stock Commissioner on the subject, and Mr Wright had replied that he was doing his best to bring Rugby Market more up-to-date. He was far from satisfied with the procedure which had been adopted during the last few weeks, but he trusted that Mr Appleby would not carry out his intention of resigning at present, because he felt sure that things would improve at an early date.

Mr Knightly (the Live Stock Sub-Commissioner) also wrote sympathising with Mr Appleby’s contention, and adding that he trusted that in the future there would not be the same cause for complaint. On the previous Monday the allocation commenced at 12.30, and was completed by about 2.30, and he hoped that they would shortly get through the work still earlier.—Mr Appleby said as matters had now improved, he was willing to continue to serve on the committee, and he accordingly withdraw his resignation.

With regard to the probable milk shortage at Brandon and Wolston, due to a farmer who has received notice to quit his farm threatening to dispose of his milking herd, Mr Appleby reported that the man in question supplied 17 houses in Wolston, 15 at Brandon, and Bluemel’s canteen with milk. Several farmers in these villages, however, kept milking cows, and it was possible that arrangements could be made for them to supply people who were willing to fetch the milk.—The Executive Officer was directed to endeavour to make such arrangements.

Mr Stevenson asked as to the position at the public with regard to Blackberries ?—It was pointed out by the Executive Officer that the public would be liable to prosecution if they went on to certain farms—of which notice would be given—to pick blackberries. If the ditch was on the road side of the hedge the hedge was the property of the landlord and farmer, and would, therefore, be included in the prohibition.—In reply to further questions, he said sugar allotted for preserving home-grown fruit could not be used for making blackberry jam ; but the Ministry had under consideration a proposal to release sugar for this purpose.—Mr Humphrey said the Government would have to decide quickly, or they would be too late ; and the Executive Officer was instructed to write to the Divisional Commissioner on the subject.

The Executive Officer reported that he had received applications from confectioners and bakers for 20cwt 88lbs of fats per week, but the allotment for the whole district was only 11cwt 107lbs, so that he had had to reduce all the allotments proportionately.

The Finance Committee reported that they had received advances of £111 and £78 from the Rugby Urban and Rugby Rural Councils respectively.

It was decided to hold the meetings of the committee fortnightly instead of weekly in future.


During the past fortnight the weather has been most favourable for the harvest, and the work of cutting the crops has been almost completed, while many have been carried in splendid condition.

The crops this year are said to be the best since 1868, and with the increased acreage under corn, the yield, it is estimated, will to equal to about 40 weeks’ national supply.

In this district very heavy crops are the rule, especially oats on the ploughed-up grass land.

During the week brilliant sunshine and high shade temperature have been experienced, 83 and 84 degrees in the shade being registered on some days. Favoured with this weather, the work of carrying has been pushed on as rigorously as the supply of labour would permit.

While the dry weather has been all that could be desired for the corn, it having a marked effect upon the potato plant, which is being forced to early maturity, and the weight of the tubers when lifted may not, perhaps, turn out so large as the vigorous growth of the haulm at one time seemed to indicate.


We understand that the King of the Belgians has conferred the Order of Queen Elizabeth upon Mrs H C Bradby, of Schoolfield, and Mrs F E Hands.

Major Reginald Walter Barnett, M.C and bar, son of Mr Walter Barnett, of Bilton Hall, was killed by a sniper in an advanced post early in the morning of August 12th. He was 26 years of age. Educated at Winchester and Pembroke College, Cambridge, he was gazetted to the 11th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, in September, 1914 ; went to France in June, 1915 ; became Adjutant in November, 1915 ; Brigade-Major, 189th Division, November, 1916 ; and at the time of his death was Acting G.S.O, II, 6th Division.

ROLL OF HONOUR.—News came to hand last week-end that two more Biltonians had lost their lives in the service of their country. The first intimation was that Major R W Barnett, son of Mr Walter Barnett, of The Hall, was shot by a sniper on August 12th. On Monday Mrs Sparkes received notification from the Officer in Command of the Company that her husband, Pte F W Sparkes, Royal Warwicks, was killed on August 11th by a shell. Before joining up in June, 1916, he had worked for many years for Messrs Linnell & Son. He had served in France about two years, and passed through a lot of hard fighting without a wound. He was 41 years of age, and leaves a widow and three little girls.

A TRIBUTE TO THE DEPARTED.—Miss Emily Matthews, daughter of Mr Charles Matthews, Brook Street, who is taking her holidays in London, placed a bouquet of flowers on the war shrine in Hyde Park, with the following inscription :—“ In loving remembrance of our Wolston (Coventry) boys, who nobly laid down their lives for King and country.”


MR & MRS BROWN, Windmill House, have received news that their son, Pte W Brown, who was a prisoner of war, is dead. Mr & Mrs Brown have three sons in the army, two of them prisoners of war.

ON FURLOUGH.—Lance-Corpl John Askew (Grenadier Guards), Pte Arthur Russell (R.W.R) and Anthony Russell (15th Hussars) is on furlough. Lance-Corpl Askew has seen four years’ service in France. He has passed through many thrilling experiences, and has been awarded the Military Medal.

JOHN BENNETT WOUNDED.—News has been received by Mr & Mr. John Bennett, Station Cottages, that their eldest son, Pte John Bennett (R.W.R), has been wounded by the explosion of a shell. Pte Bennett’s last visit home was at Christmas, 1917. Before he joined up he was porter at Long Itchington Station (L & N-W), where his genial and helpful disposition gained him a host of friends.

Several of our lads from the front have been back in the village lately. It is not easy to get the boys to tell much of what they have experienced ; they seem to like to leave all thoughts of the way behind ; but the little one can glean leaves one full of admiration and gratitude for all they have gone through. George Bicknell landed in France on August 15, 1914, and went through the retreat from Mons with the 1st Cavalry Division ; he has since been to Malta and Salonica, and is now on sick leave. Tom Harker, who got severely wounded in Mesopotamia, being shot through the chest and then hit by a bomb in the back, and finally shot in the leg, has been back from a hospital at Bristol. Donald Fern is here to tell the tale of a torpedoed troopship, from which he has a marvellous escape.


At Coventry County Police Court on Friday last week, Ann Mary Archer, a Brandon widow, was summoned on the information of Capt J A Hattrell, Ministry of National Service, Coventry, for having on May 11th and other dates made false and misleading statements with a view to preventing or postponing the calling-up of Walter Harry Archer for military service. The statements complained of were : (1) A false statement to the War Agricultural Committee for Warwickshire of the number of males employed by defendant at her farm at Brandon ; (2) a false or misleading statement in an application for exemption from military service dated May 11th last for Walter Harry Archer, whereby the man was represented to be the only male person employed on the defendants farm ; (3) other oral statements to the Coventry Appeal Tribunal which were misleading, respecting the terms of employment of James Dipper.

Mr F J Green. barrister-at-law, instructed by Capt Wratislaw, appeared to prosecute, and Mr Harold Eaden was for the defendant, who pleaded not guilty.

Mr Green, in the course of his statement. said that Walter H Archer was the nephew of defendant. The War Agricultural Committee and the Appeal Tribunal had to depend largely upon the truthful statements made before them, and any false statements produced a miscarriage of justice. At a time like the present it was a very serious matter to attempt to evade the law by such false statements as he was going to prove to the Court were made. He considered that a deliberate system of lying was indulged in by defendant. Regarding the first allegation set out in the information, the prosecution said that the application that was made was false in a material particular—it did not state that one of her employees, a man named Dipper, was working on the farm at all. His name was omitted altogether. It made a great deal of difference whether there was an extra man working on the farm of this small size— about 163 acres, of which 92 acres were in grass. This concealment from the War Agricultural Committee was a very serious offence in itself. She obtained from the Agricultural Committee a certificate enabling the case to go before the Appeal Tribunal by concealing the name of a man of military age who was working on her farm; and she then went before the Appeal Tribunal in Coventry with a more serious mis-statement still. In that statement before the Appeal Tribunal she referred to her nephew as “the only male person I have,” and he submitted that there could be no more misleading statement than that. Dipper had been specially exempted from military service on the condition that he did full-time agricultural work. For a year and some months Dipper had been working for the defendant. When the exemption granted in respect of Dipper was successfully reviewed defendant had the effrontery to claim for the further exemption of Dipper before the War Agricultural Committee. In the first place, Mrs Archer omitted to mention that Dipper worked for her, then told the Tribunal that she did not consider that Dipper worked for her, and later that the man Dipper had been working for her for a year and nine months.

Evidence for the prosecution was then called. It was stated that the man Archer was 19, Grade A, and single. A horse breeder, Mr Ashburner, in answer to Mr Eaden, stated that Dipper was in the employment of Mrs Archer, but he paid the man’s insurance, and also a regular weekly wage of 10s.

Mr Eaden, in his address for the defence, said that the point as to the statement to the War Agricultural Committee was quickly disposed of. Mrs Archer procured the form of application on which she proposed to apply for this nephew. At the head of the form was printed an instruction that none but full-time workers were to be included. This man Dipper was a part-time man, as was shown by the evidence of Mr Ashburner. That being so, no offence had been committed in regard to the War Agricultural Committee application, for she filled in, as she was asked to do, her full-time labour. With regard to the form of application to the Tribunal, he submitted that, considering the amount of land and the amount of livestock on the farm, the Tribunal could not have been deceived into thinking that only one man could do the work. She had never filled up a Tribunal application before, and instead of getting a friend to help her, filled this up herself. Counsel for the prosecution had read part of the statement, but when the full text of the sentence was read it was as follows :—“ And is the only male person I have, being a widow and no brothers to help on the farm.” From that it would be perfectly clear to the Bench that what she intended to convey was that she was a widow on the farm, and the only responsible person she could rely upon to look after her farm was this nephew. He objected to the language used by the prosecution as to a system of lying and effrontery. When Mrs Archer was before the Tribunal on May 24th on this application for her nephew, the official form D.R 17 was placed before the Court, and showed clearly that this man Dipper was in her employ. The Tribunal could not, in face of the information contained in that form, be deceived as to the labour employed.

Mrs Archer went into the witness-box and gave a denial to the charge made against her, giving evidence in support of her advocate’s statement. Her sister also gave evidence, and swore that before the Tribunal, defendants list of labour was read revealing the employment of Dipper, and there was no endeavour to represent Dipper as a “ negligible quantity.”

The Bench dismissed the case.


BARNETT.—Killed whilst reconnoitring, on August 12th Major REGINALD WALTER BARNETT, M.C and Bar, 60th Rifles, Acting G.S.O. II., dearly beloved son of Walter Barnett, Bilton Hall, Rugby ; aged 26.

BROWN.—In ever-loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. J. W. BROWN, 10th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who died in hospital at Dulmen, Germany, between July 12th and 18th.
“ Sweet is the memory he left behind
Of a life that was manly, clean and kind.
His fight is fought, he has gained his rest ;
We remember dear Will as one of the best.”
—Deeply mourned by his sorrowing Wife, Mother,
Father, Sisters and Brothers.

SPARKES.—In ever loving and affectionate remembrance of my beloved husband, Pte. FREDERICK WILLIAM SPARKES, 2/7 Royal Warwickshire Regt, killed in action in France on August 11th, 1918, aged 41 years.
“ We miss the handclasp, miss the loving smile ;
Our hearts are broken, but a little while,
And we shall pass within the Golden Gates.
God comfort us ; God help us while we wait.”
—From his sorrowing wife and children.


COCKERILL.—In loving memory of Pte. TOM COCKERILL who died of wounds received in action, August 25. 1915.
“ The midnight star shines o’er the grave
Of our dear son and soldier brave.
How dear, how brave, we shall understand
When we meet again in the Better Land.”
—From Mother, Sister, Brothers, & Stepfather.

GILLINGS.—In loving memory of Rifleman WALTER GILLINGS, who died from wounds in France on August 18, 1917.
“ Not dead to us, we love him still ;
Not lost, but gone before.
He lives with us in memory still,
And will for evermore.”
—Lovingly remembered by his Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

GILLINGS.—In loving memory of our dear brother Rifleman W. GILLINGS, who died from wounds in France, August 18, 1917.
“ God takes our loved ones from our homes,
But never from our hearts.”
—From Jack and Nan.

GREEN.—In ever-loving memory of Pte. ALBERT GREEN, killed in action in France on August 26, 1917 ; buried in Aix Noulette Communal Cemetery.
“ To live in the hearts of those they leave behind is not to die.
In loving much he was greatly beloved, and in death deeply mourned.”
—From his Mother, Father, Sisters and Brothers.

SMITH.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Bombardier SIDNEY GEORGE Smith, Rugby Howitzer Battery, killed in action in France, August 18, 1917.
“ A faithful son, a loving brother,
One of the best towards his mother.
He served his King and country,
God knows he did his best,
But now he sleeps in Jesus,
A soldier laid to rest.
Could I have missed your dying head,
Or heard your last farewell,
The grief would not have been so hard
For us who loved you well.”
—Deeply mourned by his Mother, Father, Sisters, & Brother.

SUMMERFIELD.—In loving memory of our dear son, Pte. W. E. SUMMERFIELD, who was killed in action in France on August 20, 1917.
“ Sleep on, dear son, in thy 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.”
—From Mother, Father, Brothers and Sisters.

YEOMANS.—In loving memory of Corpl G. YEOMANS, R.W.R., killed in action on August 27, 1917.
“ The moonlight stars are gleaming
On a grave I cannot see ;
Amongst the mist of battle
Lies one most dear to me.”
“ Though death divides, sweet memory lives forever.”
— Ever in the thoughts of Kez.

17th Aug 1918. The Rugby Volunteers at Camp


The Rugby Volunteers returned on Sunday last the Brigade camp on Salisbury Plain of the 5th Volunteer Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, after a very successful period in training. The camp was pitched in one of the most favoured positions on the Plain ; and while the weather was unsettled for the first day or two, it left nothing to be desired for the remainder of the time.

Life under canvas was a new experience for a great many of the men, but they very quickly settled down, and the excellent discipline proved that every man had gone into camp determined to do his duty to the utmost. The rapid improvement of the whole Brigade was very noticeable, and was the subject of comment by the Inspecting Officers.

In the absence of Lieut-Col F F Johnstone and Major Glover, the 2nd Battalion was under the command of Capt C H Fuller as being the next senior battalion officer, and with Capt C Beck (Atherstone) as second in command. The battalion was divided into three companies, Rugby forming No 1 Company, with Stratford-on-Avon and Wellesbourne under the command of Lieut E H Frost (Wellesbourne), senior officer, the other company officers being Second-Lieut C C Wharton (Rugby) and Second-Lieut Bourne, of Atherstone.

The 2nd Battalion came in for its full share of camp duties. These, as well as their drill and training generally, were carried out with smartness, and the work of their machine gun sections attracted more than usual attention, and on inspection they were stated to be among the most efficient Volunteer gun sections that had been seen ; while the work of the Brigade, as a whole, was reported as being the best in the Southern Command.

The days were fully occupied with the various branches of training, and demonstrations were also provided by Horse Artillery and Cavalry from neighbouring centres. In addition, a visit was arranged from a demonstration squad of New Zealanders in squad and arms drill, and from a squad from the Tidworth Schools in physical training, military games, and bayonet fighting. All these “stunts,” were of great interest to the Brigade, and afforded excellent instruction.

There was no ceremonial inspection, but each battalion was inspected on different occasions while carrying out their work by H.R.H the Duke of Connaught (Commander-in-Chief of the Volunteer Forces), Sir Henry Slater (General Officer Commander-in-Chief of Southern Command), and General Ashburner (Inspector-General of Infantry), all of whom expressed their gratification at the progress which was being made.

Friday afternoon was set apart for Brigade sports, and the events were keenly contested by men of all ages. Indeed, one veteran of 71 ran in one of the heats of the 100 yards handicap, and won his heat. Of the five battalions the second met with the greatest success, for out of 19 prizes this battalion secured 11. Local prize-winners were : Capt Fuller, Second- Lieut Wharton, Sergts Watson and Murray, Corpl Batchelor, Ptes Cattell, Hodson, Tait, and Wolfe.

The 2nd Battalion also had an instructional competition in tent patching, rapidity in assembling and putting on equipment, and squads drilled by privates.

Col D F Lewis (County Commandant) commanded as Brigadier, and he is to be congratulated on the success of the camp. Attendance was voluntary, and there is little doubt that many men who were not there, or could not attend, must wish they had been present, and the prospect of another camp ought to stimulate recruiting during the next few months.

The Brigade moved out of camp by battalions on Sunday morning, and left by special trains, and the appearance of the men sufficed to show the great benefit they had all derived.


Lance-Corpl Percy John Round, 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment, reported missing since May 27th, is now a prisoner of war at Munster, Germany.

Corpl F W Rixom, Rugby Howitzer Battery, second son of Mrs Rixom, 108 Claremont Road, has been gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the R.F.A.

Capt E G Passmore, M.C, Northants Regiment, son of Mr S A Passmore, Ashby St Ledgers, has been slightly wounded by shrapnel in the hand. This is the third time Capt Passmore has been wounded.

Telephonist T P Cotching, R.G.A, 37 Graham Road, formerly employed by the B.T.H Company, has been badly gassed. For nine days he was completely blind, but he is now slowly recovering.

H S Woodford, son of Mr A Woodford, of 22 Hastings Street, Leicester, has been gazetted Second Lieutenant in the R.E. He was apprenticed to the B.T.H at Rugby, and joined the Army soon after the outbreak of the War.

The following names appear in the list of ladies connected with local hospitals brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War. Miss O Chaplin, nurse at Clifton Court Officers Hospital ; Miss E Alderson, Nursing Member, Te Hira, secretary of Rugby Town V.A.D. Hospital ; Miss M Tolley, Nursing Member, Southam Hospital ; Mrs L Burdekin, Infirmary V.A.D., Rugby ; Miss L Dickins, Brailes Hospital ; Mrs I H Miller, Rugby District ; Miss C Morris, Pailton House Hospital ; Mrs A M Simey, Te Hira, Rugby.

AN ABSENTEE.—On being discharged from hospital, Pte Daniel Farn, 27th Durham light Infantry, proceeded to his home in Newland Street, New Bilton, instead of joining his unit. The sequel was provided at Rugby Police Court on Wednesday, when he was brought before Mr A E Donkin and remanded to await an escort.

PRISONER OF WAR.—Lance-Corpl L J Conopo, previously reported missing has written home to say he is a prisoner of war.


While flying from a Yorkshire aerodrome on August Bank Holiday, Flight Cadet David Gibbs, youngest son of Mr & Mrs A B Gibbs, of 14 Kimberley Road, Rugby, lost his bearings, and attempted to land at Whitley Bridge. An eye-witness states that Cadet Gibbs, who was a competent pilot, planed down from a considerable height, but when near the ground he apparently decided to change his landing place, and the attempt to alter the direction caused the machine to nose dive and crash to earth. The unfortunate young man received terrible injuries, from which he died on Thursday last week without recovering consciousness.

At the inquest at Doncaster on Friday a verdict of “ Accidental death ” was returned.

Cadet Gibbs, who was only 20 years of age, was educated at Newbold School, and the Lower School, Rugby. When he enlisted as a private in the 5th Buffs a little over two years ago he was employed in the United Counties Bank at Coventry. About eight months ago he was transferred as a cadet to the Royal Air Force, and he had practically finished his course of instruction when the accident happened, and his parents were looking forward to welcoming him home this week. He was a talented violinist, and he frequently played at concerts given in the town.


While flying on the North-East Coast late on Monday night Cadet Percy Fredk Watson (18), son of Mr F Watson, Post Office overseer, Ormdale, Murray Road and Lieut Reynolds, Merton Park, Surrey, met with an accident, and received injuries which shortly afterwards proved fatal. Cadet Watson was educated at the Lower School, and until he joined the R.A.F in October last he was employed as a clerk by Messrs Styles & Whitlock. He was a bright lad with a genial disposition, and he was very popular with all with whom he came in contact. A fortnight before the accident he visited his home on leave.

At the inquest on Wednesday it was stated that the two men were engaged in a practice flight at night. Half-an-hour after they ascended the aeroplane was seen to take a sharp vertical turn at a height of 500ft, and was next observed in flames on the ground. Both men were shockingly injured, and Watson only lived a quarter-of-an-hour, and his companion five hours.—Verdict : “ Accidental death.”


Mr H Eaden applied for the exemption of Dennis Mansfield Izzard (18, Grade 1), 43 Bridget Street, Rugby. He said it was presumed that this lad was the sole surviving son of his widowed mother. Two of his brothers had joined the Rifle Brigade—one had been killed, and the other, who was drafted to Mesopotamia, had not been heard of for 14 months. Letters sent to him had been returned, and enquiries had been made through the War Office, but without effect. The case was one which came under the Royal Proclamation.—The Chairman said it was a very doubtful case. The Tribunal sympathised very much with Mrs Izzard, and the best course would be to adjourn the case for enquiries to be made of the Local Government Board.—Mr Meredith said if it could be proved that letters had been returned he would be prepared to stretch a point.—The Chairman said it was a hard case, but he thought the wisest thing to do to prevent complications in the future was to adjourn the case for two months, and this course would be adopted.

“ It simply means that you are asking that this man should stop at home to nurse his wife,” remarked the Chairman during the hearing of a National Service appeal against the exemption till December 1st of Francis Edward Jones (41, Grade 2), Alexandra Arms.— On behalf of respondent, Mr H W Worthington pleaded the illness of Mrs Jones, and he pointed out that two years ago his client was exempted on taking up work in a controlled factory, where he is still engaged.—The Chairman said the Tribunal could not agree that there was any exceptional hardship, and the appeal would be allowed, the man not to be mobilised until October 15th.

A National Utility Order—his own work to be regarded as within the meaning of the order was granted to Harold Henry Gregory, 56 York Street (24, Grade 3), manager of Halford’s Cycle Depot, High Street, Rugby.

The case of Harold Eaden, solicitor, Church Street (39, Grade 3), which had been adjourned sine die, was reinstated at the request of the National Service representative, and a National Utility Order was issued. Mr Eaden to devote 12 hours per week to work of national importance.

The appeal of Arthur Elliott (40, Grade 1), watch and instrument repairer, High Street, Rugby, against an order to join up in 28 days was dismissed, but he was allowed 42 days’ calling-up notice to enable him to complete work in hand.

John Ellard (30, Grade 1), farmer, Willoughby, appealed against the adverse decision of the Rugby Rural Tribunal ; but as he was one of the quota of agriculturists to be released by the county and no exceptional domestic hardship was pleaded, the application was refused.


The statement which has been going the round of the daily Press that all blackberries were going to be commandeered by the Government is, it appears, incorrect ; but steps are being taken to prevent the crop, which this year promises to be exceptionally heavy, being wasted. As much fruit as possible is to be collected under a scheme organised by the Ministry of Food to provide jam for the needs of the Navy and Army during the coming year. The Education Authorities have patriotically come forward, and have arranged that throughout the country facilities shall be given to teachers and scholars to assist, and during the blackberry season they will be given special holidays on suitable days to enable the available crops of blackberries to be gathered.

The general arrangements for the Midlands will be under the direction of Mr R J Curtis (Food Commissioner). In each county will be a county organiser, and, acting under him, local collecting agents in each school or district. The latter will arrange for the collection, weighing, invoicing, packing, and sending of the blackberries gathered by the scholars and other pickers under his charge. The pickers will be paid at the rate of 3d per lb for the blackberries brought by them to the school or the packing depot, and for his various duties the local collecting agent will receive 3s per cwt, together with a sum not exceeding 1s per cwt for transit by road to the railway station, whence the blackberries will be sent to the jam manufacturers, carriage forward. It is thought that, generally speaking, the allowance of 1s per cwt will be sufficient to cover the cost of road transport.

The county organiser for Warwickshire is Mr Donkin.

The co-operation of everyone concerned is sought. It is hoped that farmers and landowners will grant all possible facilities for the picking of the fruit, without which the jam supply for the services will be wholly inadequate.


Some outspoken criticisms concerning the quality of the frozen meat which has recently been consigned to the town were made at a special meeting of the Urban District Council on Monday evening. The subject was raised by Mr S Robbins (chairman of the Health Committee), who said a consignment which arrived on Saturday morning was in a disgusting condition, and it was so offensive that he did not like having to go into the building where it was stored. Four or five sides were quite black.—Mr F E Hands : I did not see it, but I smelt it.—Mr Robbins : It was dreadful, and something ought to be done by this Council.

Mr Loverock enquired whether the meat was despatched in a bad condition ? It could not have been on the railway long enough to get into such a state.—Mr Robbins replied that the meat was covered with canvas, and as soon as this was removed the condition was observable. These canvases were put on when the meat was frozen.—The Chairman (Mr McKinnell) : Yes; it is put on right away. I have heard all sorts of tales about the number of years such meat is kept in cold storage, but I can scarcely believe them.—Mr Robbins said the meat would not have been sent to the town had the canvas been removed, because in some places it was quite rotten.—Mr Loverock : That was why some people could not get meat on Saturday. I could not.

In reply to Mr Hudson, Mr Robbins said the meat was condemned by the Inspector of Nuisances, who had the power to do so without consulting the Medical Officer.—The Chairman : It is rather a serious matter.—Mr Robbins : In this case the Government lose, but if bad fish is condemned the loss falls on the proprietor of the shop.—Mr Hands : The abominable part about it is that, if the local Food Committee makes a complaint, they are told by the officials in Birmingham that they must either take it or leave it.—The Chairman : Yes ; what happens is that the meat comes here as food for the town, and if the Health Committee condemn any of it the town has to go short by that amount.

Mr Ringrose agreed that something should be done, because the meat smelt very bad. He went past several butchers’ shops, and he had never noticed such a smell from the shops of Rugby since he had known the town. Rugby was in the centre of one of the largest meat supplying districts in the Midlands, and people complained that while cattle were sent from their market to other districts this class of meat was sent in exchange.—Mr Robbins : I went into one shop, and some of the meat which was sent out was not fit to eat.

The Chairman enquired how much meat was condemned ?—Mr Robbins replied that three sides were condemned, but if it had been left to him he would have condemned the lot. He added : I took care my family had none of it. We went without.

The Chairman said the Food Committee had protested very strongly about the quality of meat which was sent to the town, but it had had no effect. The Government admitted that the quality of the meat was not everything to be desired, and the only thing the Council could do was to write to the Local Government Board on the subject.—Mr Loverock suggested that they should write to Major J L Baird, M.P, and explain the situation to him.—The Chairman said he supposed if the people continued to eat this very undesirable meat the health of the town would suffer.—Mr Loverock : It is bound to.—Mr Robbins said new diseases were continually turning up, and it was not known from what cause they came ; but he failed to see how they could expect otherwise with such meat as this being consumed.—The Chairman : There is no doubt the food is responsible.—Mr Robbins proposed that a very strong letter be sent to the Local Government Board. Although only three sides were condemned, had it not been Saturday morning the whole lot would have been condemned.—Mr R S Hudson seconded.

Mr Robbins : Mr Parsons told me that in pre-war times he would have condemned the lot.—Mr Loverock added that the Inspector informed him that before the war anyone selling any of the meat which was sent out last week would have been prosecuted.—Mr Hudson : Would it not have been better to have condemned the lot and have let the people go without ?—Mr Robbins : We could not do that.—Mr Hands : There is a big risk in eating it.—Mr Robbins : The butchers risk it, and we cannot do as we did in pre-war times. We have got to shut our eyes a lot.—Mr Loverock : Such a quantity of cattle will be coming in shortly that we ought not to have this stuff foisted upon us.—Mr Robbins : The people do not complain of foreign meat. It is the quality.

It was unanimously decided to write to the Local Government Board and Major Baird. M.P, as suggested.


It is doubtful whether the public fully realises the seriousness of the coal position. It is a fact that the shortage of coal is giving the authorities far greater anxiety than the food question. Unless the public co-operates by exercising the most stringent economy, grave inconvenience, if not hardship, will have to be suffered during the coming winter.

The demand for coal is constantly increasing—the demand, that is to say, for purposes absolutely essential to the prosecution of the War. Not only have we to provide for ourselves, but for practically all our principal Allies as well. We have to help the United states in France, France itself, and Italy. Notwithstanding this help, the French ration provides for but 1 ton 8 cwt of coal for a family of five for a year, and in Italy they have practically no coal at all for household purposes. When, therefore, we are asked to economise here, it has to be remembered that one effect is to help our Allies in France and Italy, who are infinitely worse off than we are.

The difficulties at the mines are enormous. Miners make splendid soldiers, and they have joined up with a readiness that is beyond all praise. But this very quality, whilst so greatly helping our work in the field, produces a special drain on the industry of coal getting. The withdrawal of men from the mines has inevitably lessened output, for which it is impossible for those who remain to give us full compensation. The public, however, may feel assured that the appeals for intensified exertions issued by the Miners’ leaders and emphasised by the Prime Minister, will meet with a ready response. Great as may be the exertions of the miners, however, there will still be need for the strictest economies by householders.

No doubt there are many ways in which householders may secure substantial savings in consumption. Old customs of keeping roaring firm in several rooms during the winter will have to be dropped, and fires that are burnt must to some extent be assisted by the use of wood, peat, slack, or coke. Every effort should be made, in particular, to lay in stores of wood, and nothing that can be used to keep a fire going should be wasted. The problem of saving must in the main be dealt with by each householder for himself, according to his particular circumstances. Some may be able to get wood where others cannot ; some may be able to breakfast in the kitchen, and thus save lighting any but the kitchen fire till later in the day ; some, again, may in some measure be able to act co-operatively with neighbours. Whatever the expedient used, coal consumption must be drastically reduced—and reduced now.

AN UNUSUAL CATCH.—While Mr J W Lord and Mr F Ludlow, of Castle Street, Rugby, were walking along the side of the canal between Winwick and Elkington on Saturday morning their attention was attracted by an unfamiliar sound. On investigating this, they found a fine specimen of a heron caught on a night line. They released the bird and brought it to Rugby, where it was viewed with interest by many of Mr Lord’s friends. It was subsequently set at liberty. The wings measured 6ft 6ins from tip to tip, and its bill was 7ins long.


GEORGE.—On June 19th, in hospital at Limburg, Germany, in his 21st year,. HUBERT TREHERN, the youngest and dearly beloved son of Walter and Harriett George, of 2 High Street, and Trehern House, Pennington Street, Rugby.


COX.—In loving memory of our dear brother, Pte. FREDERICK FRANCES COX, who lost his life through shell shock on August 16, 1917, in France ; aged 24 years.
“ A year has gone, and still we miss him ;
From our memory he’ll ne’er 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 sorrowing Brother & Sisters.

GILLINGS.—In loving memory of Rifleman WALTER GILLINGS, who died of wounds on August 18, 1917, in France.
“ Nobly he did his duty,
Bravely he fought and fell ;
But the sorrows of those that mourn him,
Only aching hearts can tell.”
—Lovingly remembered by Annie.

GILLINGS.—In loving memory of Rifleman WALTER GILLINGS, who died of wounds on August 18, 1917.— Ever remembered by Mr. & Mrs Fox & Family.

10th Aug 1918. Remembrance Day


Sunday last, the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war, was observed by special intercession services throughout the country. At the various churches in Rugby and the villages around the congregations, despite the holiday exodus, were good.

In the afternoon a drumhead service, arranged by the members of the Rugby Branch of the Discharged Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Association, was held in the Lower School held, by permission of the Rev S R Hart, and was attended by several thousand persons.  The members of the association paraded in the Recreation Ground, and, preceded by the B.T.H Band, marched via Hillmorton Road, School Street, Sheep Street, and Church Street to the Lower School field. The service was very brief but impressive, and was conducted by the Rev C M Blagden (rector). The hymns, which were accompanied by the band, were :—“ Hark, my soul, it is the Lord ” ; “ Oft in danger, oft in woe,” and “ Eternal Father, strong to save.”

[Note: many other services were reported around the town]


“ B ” Company at the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal Warwickshire, left their headquarters in good strength on the 4th inst, to join their battalion and the other battalions of the Regiment at a brigade camp in the South of England. In the unavoidable absence at the Commanding Officer and the second in command, Capt C H Fuller is in command of the 2nd Battalion during camp and Second-Lieut Wharton is in command of “ B ” Company. Sunday being Remembrance Day, the Rector of Rugby (Chaplain to the Company) attended at headquarters, and conducted a short service before the company moved off.


A comprehensive programme, including many unique competitions, diversions, and side-shows, has been arranged for the Grand Red Cross Fete at Clifton Manor on Saturday, August 31st.

In a letter to a friend, Gunner S Walton, R.G.A, who before enlisting was employed in the Advertiser Printing Works, says :—“ We arrived at Hong Kong last Tuesday, and, so far as I can see at present, I rather fancy I shall like the place. Any way, it is a pleasant change from the dusty plains of the Punjaub. . . . I found Will Spraggett (a former member of the Old Rugby Volunteers) at Hong Kong Hospital. He was looking very well. He wasn’t half-surprised to see me, I can tell you. He is a sergeant in a London Regiment.”

Pte W Smith, Northamptonshire Regiment (Rugby), has been reported killed in action, and Pte R L S Healey, Gloucester Regiment (Rugby), has been posted as missing.

Pte W E Howard, Northants Regiment, youngest son of Mr & Mrs S Howard, Long Lawford, is a prisoner in Germany. Before joining up in April, 1917, he was employed at the Rugby Portland Cement Works, and he had been in France almost a month when he was captured on June 27th.—Pte J Isham, Devonshire, son of Mr & Mrs F Isham, Leamington Hastings, is a prisoner at Langensalza, Germany, and Pte Bernard Keates, Wiltshire Regiment (Rugby), is interned at Limburg, and is suffering from wounds in the back and stomach.

The following Rugby men have been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field :—Pte E F Head, R.W.R ; Driver F Calloway, F.R.A ; and Sapper J W Bartlett, R.E.

We are asked to state that Mr Bertram Shepherd, who formerly resided at Rugby, is now a prisoner of war.


The Military Cross has been awarded to Captain (Acting Major) M L Lakin, D.S.O, Hussars, Spec. Res., for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in operation whilst commanding a company of Tanks. He led his company across most difficult country, and successfully held up the enemy for ten hours. Later, when fighting on foot a rearguard action with Lewis guns, he remained behind the infantry, who had retired, for eight hours, inflicting severe losses on the enemy. Capt Lakin is the youngest son of Sir Michael Lakin, Bart, of Warwick, and is 37 years of age. He entered the Army in 1900, and served in South Africa. He attained his captaincy in 1908, and retired in 1911 ; but on the outbreak of the War he re-joined his old regiment, the 11th Hussars. He has been twice mentioned in despatches, and won the D.S.O in 1915. Before the War he was well known as a polo player and as a master of foxhounds in Ireland.


We are pleased to learn that Mr T S Townsend, of Clifton Manor, has, in response to an appeal he inserted in several daily papers for information as to the whereabouts of his son, Capt T A Townsend, M.C, R.A.M.C, received letters which justify the strongest hope that the missing officer is a prisoner of war, and, although badly wounded, still alive.

Pte M S B Shorrock, of the 1/20th London Regiment, writing from hospital in France under date August 2nd, says :—

“ I have read in the Continental edition of the ‘ Daily Mail,’ dated the 1st inst, your notice in respect of your son, Captain T A Townsend, M.C. R.A.M.C, who was medical officer to the battalion to which I belong, and under whom I have served as a stretcher-bearer on several occasions. The last occasion, however, was from the last day of November to December 6, 1917. Owing to illness, I regret I had not the good fortune to serve him during our engagement of last March. Nevertheless, I feel I am in a position to give you information which may prove of interest to you. A friend of mine, Pte Michael Foley, who, like myself, is a stretcher-bearer, and served your son, Capt Townsend, of whom I received a full account of the March offensive immediately on my return to the battalion, was actually with your son within a few minutes of his having been wounded and taken prisoner. The actual date on which Capt Townsend was taken prisoner on being wounded was on Saturday, March 23rd. and not on Sunday. March 24th, which latter date has apparently been officially reported to you. May I respectfully point out that your son could easily have escaped but for the fact that he was an exceptionally brave man and such a grand example for many. My friend has informed me that from the moment of the onslaught Capt Townsend worked most nobly and brilliantly. On the third day, however, both his corporal (Corpl Kelly, one of my dearest friends) and our Commanding Officer, Col Grimwood, were wounded, Capt Townsend immediately dressed each, and remained with them. Capt Townsend was wounded when the enemy was no considerable distance away. Previously to his having been wounded he was seen to perform a most conspicuous act of gallantry in face of the enemy. I am somewhat dubious of giving you details of this particular act owing to the censorship restrictions. Perhaps I may have an opportunity of communicating these details under somewhat pleasanter circumstances.

“ Now comes an item of extreme interest Corpl Kelly, to whom I have referred, states distinctly in a letter which he has sent through to one of our boys, that ‘There are here with me (in hospital) the M.O, Capt Townsend ; Pte Smith, ‘ B ‘ Company ; and Drummers (reserve stretcher bearers) Bridger and Roberts. We are all getting on slowly but surely !’

“ I am afraid that no one knows exactly whereabouts your son was wounded, but, however that may be, so it may not have proved possible for him to unite you.”

After promising to endeavour to obtain further information, the writer adds —

“ Your son proved himself marvellous in ‘ Bourion Wood,’ when he worked unceasingly under awful conditions. I never was able to understand however he managed to escape being gassed. No greater man ever attended the wounded and dying as did he on that never-to-be-forgotten occasion.

“ I fear there is nothing else I can add at present. I will again write you so soon as is possible. Meanwhile may you soon hear from your brave son.”

This statement is substantially confirmed by another letter Mr T S Townsend has received from Capt W T Cave, who was captured on the same day by the Germans, and who reports that Capt Townsend was in hospital at Cambrai on March 27th and 28th, badly wounded.


GENERAL regret is felt in this village at the death of Pte Fred Barnwell, of the Marines, which took place in hospital last week-end. Pte Barnwell, who was 31 years of age, worked for many years at Bawnmore, and afterwards for Messrs Willans & Robinson, till he was called up about nine months ago He went out to France about the middle of July, and had only been there a few days when he was returned to England with serious heart trouble. Other complications set in, his friends were sent for, death taking place not long after their arrival. He was the main support of his widowed mother, Mrs Barnwell, of Lawford Road, Bilton, and was a great favourite in the village, being a member of the Working Men’s Club, the Cricket and Football Clubs, and for many years a chorister at the Parish Church. At village entertainments Fred Barnwell’s songs were usually a feature and very popular, and he was always ready to lend a helping hand to any useful work. The sympathy of the whole parish is extended to his mother and his fiancée, who was making preparations for their future marriage.

The remains were brought home for internment, and the funeral took place at the parish church on Thursday. The coffin, covered with many beautiful floral tributes, was borne by six members of the Bilton Brass Band, of which deceased was formerly a member. The Burial Service was read by the Rector, the Rev W O Assheton, R. D, and hymns were sung by the choir in the church and at the graveside.

Representatives of the various village institutions, to which the deceased belonged, followed the relatives in the cortege, and the church was filled with parishioners and friends anxious to show their sympathy and respect. Blinds were drawn at most of the houses. In the evening a muffled peal was rung on the bells, deceased having been one of the band of ringers.

PRISONER OF WAR.—Mrs R Collins has received news that her husband, Rifleman R Collins, 2nd Battalion, rifle Brigade, who has been missing since May 27th, is a prisoner of war at Frankfort.

LIEUT WILFRED COLEMAN WOUNDED.—Mr & Mrs T P Coleman, of Marston Hall, have been notified that their son, Lieut Wilfred Coleman, has been wounded again. When war was declared he was a member of the 3rd Troop of the Warwickshire Yeomanry, and was called up at once. He went out to the Dardanelles in April, 1915, where he was wounded. His next active service was in Egypt, where he soon met with promotion, and afterwards rose to sergeant. Here he saw much fighting. For his good work he was offered a commission, and after training in Egypt went to Palestine, where again he helped to rout the enemy on numerous occasions. His parents were looking forward to his home-coming, but he was sent to France, although he had been fighting for so long. He is now in hospital in France, wounded in the hand, head and neck, but is making good progress.

PTE G BOSTOCK.—Mr & Mrs Arthur Bostock have received news from the War Office that their son, Pte G Bostock, of the Machine Gun Corps, has been killed. It is now nine months since his parents were notified that he was missing. He joined the Army more than three years ago, and saw a lot of fighting in France, where he was previously wounded. Deceased was a finely built young man, and before joining the Army was a respected employee of Mrs W Eales, grocer, of Coventry. Much sympathy is felt for his parents, who are respected inhabitants, and have resided in the parish for many years.

AEROPLANE DESCENDS.—The landing of an aeroplane in the parish on Wednesday afternoon caused considerable excitement, hundreds of people rushing to the spot. Fortunately the pilot was unharmed, though Dr Ormerod was quickly on the scene in case his services were needed. The machine; which sustained little damage, was guarded by volunteers until it could be got away again.


The limit of weight for parcels for prisoners of war has been raised from 10lbs to 15lbs each. The Rugby Prisoners of War Help committee are now despatching to all Rugby and district men through the Regimental Care Committees of each man’s unit one 15lbs parcel per week, instead at three 10lb parcels every fortnight The weight of food will, therefore, remain the same, but there will be a considerable saving in the cost of parking materials as well as labour. The usual bread parcels will be maintained.

The cost of the new parcels will 15s each, or £3 every four weeks, and an additional 7s 6d per mouth for bread ; thus the cost to provide for each man is now £3 7s 6d every four weeks, or £3 13s per calendar month. The total cost of the food parcels for all the men on the Rugby Committee’s list now exceeds £400 a month, all of which has to be raised by voluntary subscriptions.

This week’s parcel contains : 2lbs of beef, ½-lb vegetables, 1lb tin rations, ½lb tea, 1lb tin milk, ½-lb dripping or margarine, 1lb tin jam, 1½lbs biscuits, 1 packet Quaker oats, grape nuts or milk pudding, 50 cigarettes, 1 tin sardines, 1 tablet soap, 1lb tin herring, 1lb beans, ¼lb cocoa, ½-lb bacon.

Next week’s parcel will consist of : 1½lbs biscuits, ½-lb cocoa, 1lb milk, 1lb Lyle’s syrup, 1lb rice or dates, 1 small potted meat, 1 tablet soap, 1lb tin rations, 1lb tin sausages, 1lb sugar, 1lb suet pudding, ¼-lb chocolate, ½-lb tin veal, ham or beef, 1 packet Quaker oats, grape nuts or milk pudding, 2ozs tobacco, 1lb cured beef.

Relatives and friends who would like a parcel sent in their own names to local prisoners of war should send the cost of same, i.e. 15s, to the Hon Organising Secretary, Mr J Reginald Barker, 9 Regent Street, Rugby, who has undertaken this special service in the hope of maintaining the “ home-touch ” with the prisoners.

Correspondents should in every case quote the regimental number, rank and battalion of the prisoner in whom they are interested.


At a meeting of this committee, held on Thursday in last week, there were present : Messrs T A Wise (chairman), H Tarbox (vice-chairman), Mrs Dewar, Mrs Shelley, Mrs Townsend, Messrs A Appleby, J Cripps, G Cooke, T Ewart, R Griffin, A Humphrey, C Gay, W A Stevenson, and A T Watson.

The Executive Officer (Mr F M Burton) intimated that the butchers had decided to take all imported meat for the week ended August 10th, and all English meat for the following three weeks.—Mr Cooke : I admire their decision. Everybody will be away next week.

The Executive Officer reported that the work in connection with the new ration books had now been completed, and the committee passed a vote of thanks to Mr J T Clarke and the ladies who had rendered voluntary assistance.

It was reported that the Housewives’ Committee had distributed the cheese handed over to them by the committee.—The Executive Officer stated that the Housewives’ Committee had been accused of making a profit out of the cheese by charging 8½d per lb for it, but that was the price they paid to the Food Control Committee. These accusations had been made, not by the people who had received the cheese, but by those who wanted to buy some and had been unable to do so.—Mrs Shelley said members of the Housewives’ Committee had been insulted by many people, who had said they were liable to be prosecuted for charging the extra ½d per lb.—The Executive Officer : It is not Government cheese.

It was decided to grant facilities to the committee arranging the Rugby Hospital Fete to obtain supplies for refreshments; and the Executive Officer was directed to make the necessary arrangements.

The Education Committee of the Co-operative Society wrote stating that the annual children’s treat was to be held on August 10th, and requesting the committee to allot 40lbs of fat to the Confectionery Department of the Society to make 2,000 small cakes for the children, and also to allow them ½-lb of tea.—The Executive Officer pointed out that all the fat was allotted, so that the committee could not allow the society an extra supply.—A member suggested that dripping should be used ; but the Executive Officer replied that coupons were required for this ; 1lb of dripping could be obtained for one coupon.—Mrs Shelley said the usual tea now had to be dispensed with ; but the committee wished to give each child a small cake, otherwise they would get very hungry.—The Chairman said the New Bilton children had their annual treat in his field the previous day, and he was very much struck by the fact that they all brought their tea with them ; even the smallest infant brought a small parcel.—It was decided that no additional fat could be allotted for this purpose ; but the committee agreed to offer the promoters permission to obtain sufficient tea for each child.

Permission was given to the committee of the Hillmorton Show and Sports to purchase 3lbs of tea for supplying refreshments.

The Executive .Officer reported that 15 licenses for the sale of meat without coupons were granted on the previous Saturday evening in respect of 274lbs of beef and 325lbs of brawn, suet, &c. This showed a decrease of 276lbs of beef and an increase of 225lbs of other meat.

“ WAR BREAD ” AND ITS EFFECT.—A searching enquiry into the effect of the war bread and flour on the general health of the population in typical industrial areas has been made by the Local Government Board, and the results are now under the consideration of the Minister of Food. The general deduction is the war bread and war flour are to be considered as only among the many factors affecting the health of the community. Other elements, such as the diminished supply of fats, the rationing of meat, and the scarcity and enhanced price of fruit and fresh vegetables enter into the calculation, and all have their effect on the general health. As far as bread and flour are concerned, the worst days are over.

WASPS AND FRUIT.—While there have been no general complaints this year as to the presence of wasps nests, reports have been received from one or two districts, in which it is said that nests appear to be rather numerous. It may be well, therefore, to remind leaders to keep a look-out for nests, and to destroy them by any of the well-known methods. There is so little fruit this year that it would be a pity if that little were to be eaten by wasps ; while, further, wasps’ nests in the harvest fields may at any time lead to serious accidents.

The date for returns of Registration Forms expired on the 31st ult, but a large number of owners of goods-carrying vehicles have failed to register. Another 14 days has, therefore, been granted, but particular stress is laid on the fact that if any owner fails to register he not only becomes liable to serious penalties, but will probably have his vehicles impounded, licenses cancelled, and petrol removed. All goods-carrying vehicles (except horse-drawn up to 15cwt load capacity) must be registered and permits issued for use thereof.


Not since the critical days of August, 1914, has there been such an exodus of holiday makers from Rugby as was experienced during the week-end. Many people, with a patriotism which is commendable, if hardly wise from a health point of view, have dispensed with their regular holidays since the beginning of the War, but the constant strain and stress of war conditions has been such that in many cases the only alternative to a break down in health has been a complete rest far away from all the worries, anxieties, and petty annoyances of business. This being so, a number of local businesses establishments closed on Saturday evening for the week ; while other traders suspended business until Thursday morning. The large works also closed on Friday for ten days, and this afforded many of the workers an opportunity, of which full advantage was taken, of accompanying their families on holiday.

The bookings at the L & N-W Railway were exceptionally heavy, Blackpool and North Wales, with about 250 each, attracting the largest numbers of visitors. Scottish, Irish, and South Coast resorts were also well patronised. Friday and Saturday were the two busiest days, and on Monday and Tuesday the local bookings were very heavy.

“ The busiest time we have had since the War started ” is the report of an official at the Crest Central Station. All the trains were packed to their utmost capacity, and the rush of passengers was reminiscent of pre-war excursions to Cleethorpes and other popular seaside resorts. Bookings to the West of England, London, Yorkshire, and Cleethorpes were exceptionally heavy ; but all through bookings to Scarborough and the North-East Coast watering places were suspended. Owing to the inclement weather, the number of short-distance tickets issued on Bank Holiday was rather below the average.


BARNWELL.—On August 2nd, at the Military Heart Hospital, Colchester, Pte. FREDERIC BARNWELL, 1st Battalion, R.M.L.I., aged 31 years.—“ Peace, perfect peace.”


ARIS.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. MARK ARIS, killed in action on August 6, 1915.
“ There is a link Death cannot sever,
Love and remembrance last for ever.”
—Fondly remembered by his loving Sisters and Brothers.

PURTON.—In loving memory of my dear son, Lance-Corpl. G. H. PURTON, late Oxon and Bucks L.I., who died of wounds in France on August 6, 1916 ; aged 24 years. Also of my dear husband, HARRY PURTON, who passed away on December 3, 1912 ; aged 43 years.
“ Can we forget them ?
Ah! no, never,
For memory’s golden chain
Binds us on earth
To them in heaven
Until We meet again.”
—From Mother, Ernest, Rose, and Violet.

REYNOLDS.—In ever-loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. HARRY REYNOLDS, who died of wounds received in action at St. John’s Ambulance Hospital, France, on August 12, 1917.—“ R.I.P.”—Sadly missed by his Wife and Children, Spencer and Eva.

3rd Aug 1918. Offences in Park


Fredk Bradshaw, 68 Claremont Road ; Lawrence Payne, 24 Corbett Street ; and Sidney King, 3 Wringrose Court, Rugby, were summoned for cycling in the Caldecott Park. Payne and Bradshaw admitted the offence, and P.C Anderton stated that he saw them ride into the Park by North Street entrance, and cycle round a tree. When they saw the park-keeper they rode away.—Mr Morton explained that the Urban District Council were very reluctant to bring these cases forward, but they felt compelled to do so, because for some time past they had been troubled with mischievous and wanton destruction in the Caldecott Park. After careful consideration, they had invoked the assistance of Supt Clarke to catch some of the culprits, and bring them before that Court to act as a deterrent to others, and he hoped this action would deter other lads from destroying the pleasure of the large numbers of people who wished to enjoy the Caldecott Park in comfort.—Bradshaw said he did not think they were doing any harm, as there was no one about at the time.—Bradshaw and Payne were fined 7s 6d each.—King stated that he had never read the notice at the entrance to the Park, and he was fined 9s.

Albert Nicholls, 36 Oxford Street ; Leslie Eaton, 93 South Street ; Francis Hardy, 57 King Edward Road ; and George England, 20 East Street, were summoned for displacing a moveable seat in the Caldecott Park.—They pleaded guilty.—P.C Anderton deposed that he saw defendants throw a seat over on its back. When he accosted them they refused to give their names and addresses.—Mr Morson said one of the seats had been found broken in two, and another one had been thrown into the lake.—Fined 4s 6d each, the Chairman warning them as to their future conduct in the Park.


DAMAGING SHRUBS IN CALDECOTT PARK.—Fredk Hurley, 5 Market Street ; Wm Killingworth, 8 Holbrooke Avenue ; Raymond and Norman Lee, 29 Park Road ; and Leonard Frost, 96 Wood Street, were summoned for the above offence.—The boys admitted their guilt.—P.C Anderton deposed that he saw the boys chasing each other through the shrubs and over the flower beds, playing “ tig.” All the boys bore very good characters.—It was stated that Hurley had no mother, and his father had recently been killed in action.—Mr Morson said the Council did not wish to press the case, except to deter other people.—The Chairman said the grounds were laid out for the enjoyment of everyone, and the beautiful shrubs and flowers were put there for people to enjoy, and not for boys to play in.—Fined 3s each.

ABSENTEE.—At Rugby Police Court on Monday—before Mr J E Cox—Pte Harry Watkins, Brinklow, was charged with being an absentee from the East Surrey Regiment since July 25th. He was remanded to await an escort.

A FORGED PASS.—On Wednesday (before Mr C G Steel) Pte John Davidson, 3rd Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, was charged with being an absentee from his regiment since July 13th, and pleaded guilty.—Sergt Hawkes stated that on Tuesday afternoon he had occasion to go to 26 North Street, and whilst there saw prisoner, and, being suspicious, asked to see his pass. He produced one made out in the name of Pte James Davis, with leave from 25th to 30th July. The sergeant was able to discern that this was a forged pass, and further questioned him. He eventually admitted that he had made it out himself, and that he was an absentee. At the Police Station another blank pass was found in his possession.—Remanded to await an escort.

LOW FLYING OVER TOWNS.—Low flying over towns is strictly forbidden by two orders issued by the Air Minister, Mr Gilbert was informed by Major Baird on Tuesday. Strong disciplinary action is taken against any airman who is known to have disobeyed the order.


Mr O F LI Bullock, son of the Rev Llewellyn Bullock, of Bennfield, Rugby, has been appointed to a cadetship at the Royal Naval College, Osborne. He was educated at Hillbrow, Overslade, Rugby (Mr T F Burdett).

Sergt A Everton, 16 Pinfold Street, New Bilton, of the R.F.A, has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in keeping his gun in action after he had been wounded. He has also the Mons Medal. Sergt Everton is a native of Walcote, and is a time-expired man. He was working at Rugby Portland Cement Works when called up on August 4, 1914.

News has been received at the B.T.H that a former member of the staff, Sapper R T Jackson, of the Royal Engineers, was drowned on July 6th.

The following notification appeared in the “ London Gazette ” : supplement, on July 30th Infantry, Labour Corps, Temp Second-Lieut C J Newman relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health contracted on active service, and is granted the hon rank of Second-Lieutenant (July 31st).

Bombardier Fred Rawlings, son of Mrs Rawlings, late of Wringrose Court, Rugby, has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the field. He belongs to the 14th Battery, Royal Field Artillery.

Tem Lieut (Acting Capt) W B L Boon, Welsh Guards (Captain, Yeomanry), son of Mr Leo Bonn, of Newbold Revel, has been awarded the Military Cross for an act of bravery, which is thus officially recorded :—“ He had his company headquarters completely destroyed by a shell at the commencement of a very heavy bombardment, he himself being buried and wounded in the arm. Nevertheless, he remained at duty throughout the action, and set a splendid example of grit and coolness to all ranks.”

Mr Bertram Shepherd, a well-known vocalist, formerly of Rugby, has been invalided from the Army, and is now in an institution for mental cases.

Corpl W E Stay, R.G.A, second son of Mr F Stay, 99 Grosvenor Road, Rugby, has been awarded the Croix de Guerre by the King of Belgium. Corpl Stay, who received the D.C.M early in the year, was an old St Matthew’s boy, and joined up in November, 1914. All his brothers also joined the Army. One has been killed in action, and another is at present an inmate of the Infirmary V.A.D Hospital, suffering from injuries to the hand caused by the explosion of a German bomb while he was carrying petrol.

PTE C DAVIS, Coventry Road, Thurlaston, who joined up three years ago, has been wounded in the arm very severely, and has received his discharge. Pte Davis has won several prizes at different sports, and is well-known in the district. He served in the Worcester Regiment.

MARK HERBERT DISCHARGED.—Gunner Mark Herbert, R.G.A, who was severely wounded in May, 1917, has now received his discharge, and has arrived home. He still suffers a good deal from the effects of his injuries.

PRISONERS OF WAR.—Satisfactory news still continues to be received concerning our prisoners of war. Pte Chas Lewis Worrall, R.W.R, reports himself at work and well from Switzerland. Pte George Windsor, R.W.R, has sent home two excellent photos of himself. These ratify the statements made in his letters that he is in good health. Pte Bertie Evetts, Gloucester Regiment, has also sent home a satisfactory report of himself. These two prisoners, who were chums at home, both write from the camp at Gustrow in Mecklenburgh.

OUR SOLDIERS’ GRAVES.— Mrs A T Evetts has now received official information concerning the localities of the graves of her husband and eldest son—Lance-Corpl A T Evetts, R.W.R, killed April 5, 1916, and Pte Rowland A Evetts,  R.W.R. killed June 26, 1916.

GUNNER PERCY HODGES, who was reported seriously gassed, has succumbed in a hospital in France. Hodges, who was a lad of fine physique, joined up in September, 1914, and had been three years in France. He was 25 years of age. A sympathetic letter from the chaplain states that Hodges is buried in the military cemetery at Aubigny.—George Goode is in hospital in France suffering from a fractured foot.


The monthly meeting of the committee was held an Monday. Mr Wm Flint, C.C, presided. There were also present : Mrs Blagden, Mr Anderson, Mr G W Walton, Mr R P Mason, Mr T Clark, Mr F Pepper, and the hon organising secretary, Mr J Reginald Barker.

The loss that Mr C J Newman (a farmer member of the committee) had had in the death of his wife was referred to in most sympathetic terms ; and on the proposition of the Chairman, seconded by Mrs Blagden, the Hon Secretary was instructed to convey to Mr Newman the heart-felt sympathy of the committee.

Referring to the large increase in the number of local men in enemy hands, Mr Barker said the past month had been full of anxiety, the cost of food parcels for the month of July being £357 9s. It was a large amount, but would have been larger if the addresses of the prison camps of all the men had come through. He regretted to say there were 19 local men who, although known to be prisoners of war, could not yet be supplied with parcels of food, as their addresses were still insufficient. So well had the fund been supported that they were very nearly able to meet the July expenditure out of the current revenue, only having to draw on their reserve to the small amount of £10 10s 8d. They had now 121 men actually on the parcel list, and there were also the 19 men he had mentioned, who he hoped to receive news of soon, as the anxiety of the relatives was very great, it being now four months since most of the men were captured. The cost of the parcels for August would exceed £400, but he was glad to say that he had received promises of regular donations amounting to approximately £100 per month.

Mr Barker referred to the fact that they had that day completed three years work in their scheme of relief. They started with seven men, and now they had a list of 140. As an example of the growth at the fund, it was interesting to note that in the first year their receipts amounted to £545, and expenditure £431 ; whilst during the year just completed £2,439 was raised the cost of food parcels amounting to £2,031. Mr Barker said he had been informed by the Central Prisoners of War Committee of the British Red Cross Society that the Postmaster-General has agreed to raise the limit of weight for parcels addressed to prisoners of war to 15lbs. In consequence it was decided to despatch one 15lb parcel per week to each prisoner of war as from August 5th, instead of six 10lb parcels per month. There would be a cycle of four parcels, costing 15s each or £3 per month, in addition to the bread supplies from Berne. There would be a considerable saving in the cost of boxes, packing materials, and labour.

The committee expressed their satisfaction that the support given to the fund was growing so splendidly, the Chairman remarking that he felt that the sympathy of the people of the town and villages would continue with the prisoners of war, and that the extra support needed would be forthcoming to enable the committee to maintain in full the necessary food parcels.

The munition strike at Coventry and Birmingham, which at one time threatened to involve other important centres in a stoppage of work, collapsed during the weekend, the men accepting a suggestion by the Government that a committee of inquiry should be set up to consider the whole question of the rationing of labour.

On Sunday morning a mass meeting of between 1,000 and 1,200 Rugby workers was held in the large Co-operative Hall to hear a report from the delegates to the National Conference, and to consider what action should be taken. It was resolved, with only one dissentient and a number remaining neutral, to accept the recommendation of the National Conference, and cease work on Tuesday evening. Happily, however, the strike had collapsed in the meantime, so that no stoppage occurred locally.

REMEMBRANCE DAY.—To-morrow (Sunday) is the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war, and will be observed by special services in all places of worship. A united intercession service will take place in St Matthew’s Church in the evening, and a drumhead service has been arranged by the discharged sailors and soldiers, to be held in the Lower School field in the afternoon.


At a meeting of this committee, held on Thursday in last week, there were present : Messrs T A Wise (chairman), H Tarbox (vice-chairman), Mrs Shelley, Mrs Townsend, Messrs A Appleby, W Brooke, G Cooke, J Cripps, T Ewart, A Humphrey, J H Mellor, and W A Stevenson.

The Executive Officer (Mr F M Burton) read a reply from the Divisional Commissioner with reference to the protest of the Rugby Grocers’ Association against the regulation requiring them to fill in various returns with regard to their stocks of bacon. The Commissioner pointed out that it was intended that these returns should form the basis for the allocation of further supplies. The authorities were fully aware of the difficulties as to staffs, &c, with which traders were confronted ; but they believed that, as they became more accustomed to these forms, the difficulties would disappear.—Mr Brooke said the Birmingham and West Bromwich grocers had refused to fill up the returns, and did not intend to do so ; in fact, traders all over the country were refusing, and had stated that no Government would make them do it.—Mr Tarbox : What has “ Dora ” got to say about that ?—The Executive Officer : Rugby is setting a very good example.—Mr Brooke : There is no place doing this as well as Rugby is.

The Executive Officer said there were between 100 and 150 retailers in the town, and only seven had failed to send in the returns.—Mr Cripps : The Government will have to deal with the grocers in the same way as they say they will the engineers.—The Chairman : In that case other men will be losing their exemptions, and will be sent into the Army.—Mr Brooke said if it was the wish of the committee the grocers would continue to fill up the forms.—The Chairman said it was the wish of the committee that this should be done. The association and the committee had made their protest, but the Ministry would not listen to them.—Mr Brooke said the whole of the work would be lost unless the returns were sent in everywhere, and this fact would strengthen their position if they refused to fill up the forms.

The Executive Officer read a communication to the effect that a new scheme for the distribution of cheese was to be put into effect on July 24th, from which date it was anticipated good supplies would be available.—Mr Cooke remarked that it was strange that there seemed to be a prospect of a surplus of cheese now that the price had advanced by 4d per lb. It was also very peculiar that a short time ago the public were told no fat was coming into the country ; whereas the price of margarine was now to be raised because it was said more fat was being used in making it.—Mr Brooke : At present prices it is impossible for traders to make their businesses pay.

The Executive Officer said he had received bacon and lard price lists from the Ministry of Food, and he had supplied each retailer with a copy.

With reference to the potatoes which it was reported had been supplied to a Yelvertoft baker for bread making, and which were either bad or growing out, a letter was read from the Divisional Commissioner, pointing out that if the potatoes were supplied in a diseased condition the committee should call upon the factor or grower either to make good the loss, or to supply a fresh quantity of potatoes. Committees should reject all potatoes which were not in accordance with the conditions of the purchase, and it was the duty of the factor to investigate all complaints and to obtain compensation from the grower.—Mr Cripps said he was of opinion that the purchaser was largely to blame for the condition of the potatoes, because he had neglected to take them out of the sacks.—Some discussion took place on this point ; but Mr Ewart, who had inspected the potatoes, said their condition suggested that they were bad when they were despatched. Many of them were quite squashy.—The Executive Officer was directed to take the necessary steps.

A Brandon dairy farmer wrote stating that he was giving up his business on September 28th, and after that date no milk would be delivered in Brandon and Wolston.—The Executive Officer confirmed this, and said the last man had been taken from the farm, in consequence of which the farmer was retiring. The ingoing tenant would not deliver milk.

On Saturday, July 20th, 14 licenses for the sale of meat without coupons were issued, and 550lbs of beef (an increase of 313lbs) and 100lbs of brawn were sold. The increase in the quantity of beef was due to the poor quality of the imported beef.—Mr Griffin said brawn was being sold without coupons in other towns, and he asked why they could not do the same in Rugby ?—The Executive Officer said brawn made from edible offal was coupon free, but for other brawn a coupon had to be surrendered.


An inquest was held on Saturday concerning the death of Col Ralph Harold Austin Sparks, R.A.F, Somerset House Clarendon Place, Leamington, which (as we reported last week) was causes by an aeroplane accident on Thursday.

The father of deceased, George Austin Sparks, 47 Hopton Road, Streatham, London, stated that his son was 37 years of age, and had been a pilot since 1915.

Capt Norman Brearley, R.A.F, deposed that on Thursday morning the deceased officer, was flying a machine, and until he reached a height of 300 feet the engine worked satisfactorily. At this altitude Col Austin Sparks turned the machine to the left. The pilot apparently had engine trouble, for he made another turn to the left, which brought him into the wind. This turn started the machine spinning, and it nose dived, crashed to the ground, and burst into flames, which were caused by the petrol tank bursting and flooding the hot engine. Witness gave technical explanations as to how the spinning might have been started ; and, in reply to a juryman, said the deceased had only been in the air a minute before the accident happened, but the engine would be hot enough to ignite the petrol before the machine left the ground.

Air Mechanic Arthur William Spinks deposed that he examined the engine on the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning before the accident, and it was then in perfect order. When Col Austin Sparks had reached an altitude of 50 or 70 feet the engine began to splutter, but witness could not account for this.

Surgeon-Major Chester Collins deposed that he visited the spot a few minutes after the accident. The deceased officer was in a semi-sitting position in the burning machine. The heat was so great that it was impossible for the helpers to get near enough to render assistance, but witness satisfied himself that the officer was dead. The flames were about 12 feet high, and the lower portion of the deceased’s body was pinned under the engine, so that, although several of the men made the attempt and received serious burns in so doing, it was impossible to extricate the body until the flames had been subdued by fire extinguishers. Witness afterwards found that the injuries were such that death must have been instantaneous.

A verdict of, “ Accidental death ” was returned, and the Coroner and Jury expressed sympathy with the father and wife of the deceased officer.


DANIELS.—In ever-loving remembrance of Corpl. LEONARD GORDON DANIELS, Grenadier Guards, who died of wounds in Belgium on August 4, 1917, aged 19 years.—“ We shall remember whilst the light lasts, and in the darkness we shall not forget.”—Always in the thoughts of his loving Mother, Father, Brothers, Grandmas and Grandpas.

DUNCUFF.—In ever-loving memory of ARTHUR FRANCIS DUNCUFF, who died of wounds in France on August 3, 1916.—Never forgotten by his Wife.

DUNCUFF.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother, ARTHUR FRANCIS DUNCUFF, who died of wounds in France on August 3, 1916.—Sadly missed by his Mother, Father, Brother and Sister.

GOODMAN.—In loving memory of our two dear sons, Gunner FRED GOODMAN, R.F.A., who died from wounds received in action on August 3, 1916. aged 20 years ; also his brother. Pte. W. G. GOODMAN, 1st Royal Warwicks, killed in action on August 27, 1914, aged 29, at the Retreat from Mons.
“ Father in Thy tender keeping.
Leave we there our dear sons sleeping.”
—From their loving Father and Mother.

GURNEY.—In ever-loving memory of our dear son, Pte. HARRY GURNEY, of Church Lawford, who was killed in action on July 30, 1916.
Somewhere in France there is a nameless grave.
Where sleeps our loved one amongst the brave ;
But the unknown grave is the bitterest blow,
None but his loved ones ever know.”
—From Mother, Father, Brothers and Sister.

HOWKINS.—In ever-loving memory of Lieut. MAURICE HOWKINS, West Riding, R H.A., of Hillmorton Grounds, Rugby, who fell at the victory of Romani, Egypt, August 4. 1916, aged 22 years.
“ Call their names o’er, leave them not
In the shade as those forgot ;
Tender thought to them we give,
At the touch whereof ‘THEY LIVE’.”

LEE.—In loving and affectionate memory of Sergt HAROLD LEE, 10th Warwickshire Regiment, who died in France on August 6, 1916, from wounds received in action on July 23rd. Interred in a cemetery near Treport.
“ Sweet is the memory he left behind
Of a life that was manly, clean, and kind ;
His fight is fought, he has gained his rest ;
We remember dear Harold as one of the best.”
—Inserted by his Friends.

PRESTON.—In loving memory of Rifleman JACK PRESTON, 7th K.R.R., who was killed in action on July 30, 1915.
“ In life loving much, he was greatly beloved,
And in death deeply mourned.”
—From Father, Mother, and Sisters.

REDFEARN.—In loving memory of Rifleman JOSEPH CHARLES REDFEARN, 7th K.R.R.C., who died of wounds on July 21, 1915. Buried in Lyssenthork Cemetery.—“ To live in the hearts of those they leave behind, is not to die.”—From Wife and Daughters (Thame).

REYNOLDS.—In loving memory of Sergt GEORGE REYNOLDS, killed in action on July 31, 1917 ; also of Pte. HARRY REYNOLDS, died of wounds on August 12, 1917, in France.—From Father, Mother, and. Sisters.

SHAW.—In loving memory of Pte. J. G. SHAW, of the R.W.R., second son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Shaw, of Coventry Road, Dunchurch, who was killed in action in France on August 1, 1916, aged 26 years.
“ Days of sadness still come o’er us,
Tears in silence often flow,
Thinking of the day we lost you ;
Just two years ago.
Too far away thy grave to see,
But not too far to think of thee.”
—From his loving Father, Mother, Brothers, and Sisters.

SMITH.—In loving memory of HERBERT SMITH, K.R.R., killed in action in Flanders on July 30, 1915.
“ God took our loved one from our home,
But never from our hearts.”
Sadly missed by his loving Father, Sisters and Brothers.