Angell, William Henry, Died 15th Jun 1918

William Henry Groves ANGELL was born in Deptford, Kent, in late 1889.  He was the second son of John Groves Beasley Angell, who was born in ‘Bow Road’, London City, in about 1862, and Mary, née Sullivan, Angell, who was born in Deptford, Kent and who was also born in about 1862.  

In 1891, the family had just moved to live in Clump Meadow, Queen’s Road, Thames Ditton, Kent.  William was one year old and had an elder brother, John, who was five,[1] and an elder sister.  He would later have another sister, Amy, and a much younger brother, Fred born in 1898.  William’s father was a ‘moulder’.  It seems that both William’s father, and his uncle, had moved to Queen’s Road, Thames Ditton, before the 1891 census, and both must have worked for the Willans Company, as both families moved to Rugby when the Willans Company expanded and moved there in 1897.

So before 1901 the family had moved to live at 43 Victoria Avenue, Bilton, Rugby, and then before 1911, William’s parents and the family had moved to 166 Lawford Road, New Bilton, Rugby.  His father was still an Iron Moulder.  His sister, Katherine, had married, Rugby born, Alfred Glenn, who was a Groom and they were also living with the family.  William was not at home on census night, and has not been found elsewhere at present, unless he was the ‘core maker’ – a somewhat similar trade to that of his father – who was a boarder at 425 Shields Road, East Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

There are no surviving military Service Records for William.  He joined up in Bristol, initially as a Sapper, No:2168, in the Royal Engineers.  His Medal Card states that he went ‘overseas’ to France/Belgium on 6 June 1915.  He was latterly a Sapper No: 494519 in the 477th South Midlands Field Company, Royal Engineers (R.E.s).

The 2/1st South Midland Field Company, R.E.s was formed in September 1914, and later moved independently to France as the renamed 477th Field Company, R.E.s, and joined 48th Division in June 1915.  William would have gone to France with his Field Company.

A War Diary exists for their period in France/Belgium.[2]  They had entrained for Portsmouth on 6 June and crossed to Le Havre arriving on 7 June and then spent several months with Sections working on different projects in different areas and also training – including the use of pontoons and bridging.

As an example of their work, on 18 May 1916, 9.30am, they started to supervise the digging of trenches,
‘… 915 yds of trench in all & including [two] traverses, 1220 yds of digging. Trench dug 5ft wide at top & 3 ft at bottom, 3ft 6in deep = 14 sq ft.  Strength of digging party 650 & 1 section of Sappers supervising approx 80 cu.ft per man.  19 May – 2pm – Digging complete.

In November 1916, their Field Company typically had a strength of 10 officers and about 220 other ranks.  They would have been working on a variety of construction projects, trenches and strong-points, supporting the 48th Division during the rest of 1916 and for most of 1917.

In May 1915, the Italians had entered the war on the Allied side, declaring war on Austria.  Commonwealth forces were later transferred to the Italian front between November 1917 and November 1918.   48th Division HQ received orders on 10 November 1917 for a move to Italy.  Entrainment began on 21 November and all units had detrained around Legnano (Adige) by 1 December.  The Division then moved north to the area allotted to XI Corps.

In March 1918, XIV Corps (the 7th, 23rd and 48th Divisions) relieved Italian troops on the front line between Asiago and Canove, the front being held by two Divisions, with one Division in reserve on the plain.[3]

The 48th Division relieved 7th Division to hold the front line sector at the Montello between 1 and 16 March.  It then moved west, to the Asiago sector.  The front had been comparatively quiet until the Austrians attacked in force from Grappa to Canove in the Battle of Asiago (15-16 June 1918).  The Division took part in the fighting on the Asiago Plateau.  The Allied line was penetrated to a depth of about 1,000 metres on 15 June, but the lost ground was retaken the next day and the line re-established.[4]

It is likely that William was wounded either just prior to, or during, the Battle of Asiago, and died of wounds during the day at one of the South Midlands Field Ambulances, which were attached to the 48th (South Midland) Division.  Mount Cavalletto was the site of an Advanced Operating Station where urgent cases from the front were treated, as the journey from the mountains to the main hospitals on the plain was long and difficult.

William Henry Angell ‘died of wounds’ on 15 June 1918, and was buried in the nearby Cavalletto British Cemetery, in grave reference: Plot 1. Row E. Grave 11.[5]  His family later had the inscription ‘A Noble Sacrifice for his Country’s Honour’ added to his memorial stone.  The contact for the inscription was ‘Mrs F R Angell, 714 Fishponds Road, Bristol’.  This would appear to be William’s cousin, Florence R Angell, who had married in 1913 and whose husband died in 1918.  She seems to have used her unmarried name for correspondence with the CWGC.  She later re-married.

Cavalletto British Cemetery is one of five Commonwealth cemeteries on the Asiago Plateau containing burials relating to this period.  It contains 100 First World War burials.  It is 12 kilometres south of Asiago (in the province of Vicenza, Veneto region), … and 45 kilometres from Vicenza in the commune of Calven.

In October, the 7th and 23rd Divisions were sent to the Treviso area of the River Piave front. The 48th Division, which remained in the mountains as part of the Italian Sixth Army, later played an important part in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto (24 October-4 November 1918) in which the Austrians were finally defeated.

William Henry Angell was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and the 1914-1915 Star.  He is also commemorated on the Rugby Memorial Gates in Hillmorton Road, Rugby.

 

RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM

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This article on William Henry ANGELL was researched and written for the Rugby Family History Group [RFHG] project, by John P H Frearson and is © John P H Frearson and the RFHG, March 2018.

[1]      His brother John was mentioned in the Rugby Advertiser, on 5 May 1917.  See Rugby Remembers.  ‘2nd Lieut. J P Angell, R.F.C, eldest son of Mr and Mrs J Angell, 166 Lawford Road, has been awarded the French Military Medal for Distinguished Service while he was Sergt. Major, and has received congratulations from His Majesty the King.  Mr Angell has two other sons serving with the Colours.’

[2]      WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920, Royal Engineers, 48th Division, TNA Ref: Piece 2751/3: 477 South Midland Field Company Royal Engineers (1915 Jun – 1917 Oct).

[3]      Edited from: https://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/69804/cavalletto-british-cemetery/.

[4]      Edited from: https://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/69804/cavalletto-british-cemetery/.

[5]      Shared by ‘parkgrove1’ on www.ancestry.co.uk on 19 September 2015.

15th Sep 1917. A Successful Experiment.

A SUCCESSFUL EXPERIMENT.—One of the war-time experiments tried at the Murray School this year was the utilisation of the flower plots for vegetable growing. This proved very successful, and resulted in the raising of 116lbs of carrots, 86lbs of beet, and 46lbs of parsnips. This does not include thinnings, which have been constantly pulled, amounted to about 50lbs.

OUTING.—A very pleasant outing to Kenilworth was enjoyed by the shell workers of the B.T.H last Saturday. They journeyed in brakes via Bubbenhall and Stoneleigh Deer Park. After tea a visit was paid to the Castle ruins. A concert was arranged, and those who contributed to the harmony were : Miss Cave, Miss Hollinsworth, Mrs Cotching (accompanist), Messrs Barnett, Boff, Welsh, Brown and A Harris. The party, numbering 70, had a most enjoyable time. The arrangements were made by Mr D Barnett.

NORMAL TIME ON SEPT. 17th.

The Home Secretary gives notice that summer time will cease and normal time will be restored at 3 a.m (summer time) in the morning of Monday next, the 17th inst, when the clock will be put back to 2 a.m.

All railway clocks and clocks in Post Offices and Government establishments will be put back one hour, and the government requests the public to put back the time of all clocks and watches by one hour during the night of Sunday-Monday, 16th-17th inst. Employees are particularly recommended to warn all their workers in advance of the time change of time.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Mrs Angell, 17 Little Pennington Street, has received official intimation that her son, Pte A Angell, Royal Warwicks, has been seriously wounded by gunshot in the face, arms, and neck, and his left leg has been amputated. Pte Angell has been twice wounded previously, lost a finger, and has been gassed twice.

MR W J LARKE HONOURED.

The many friends of Mr W J Larke, 71 Hillmorton Road assistant chief engineer at the B.T.H, who has been lately employed in the Ministry of Munitions, will be pleased to hear that he has been appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire.

PTE. BRADSHAW KILLED.

Mrs Bradshaw, of 216 Lawford Road, Rugby, received news this week that her husband, Pte Bradshaw, had been killed in action on August 19th. In writing to the widow deceased’s officer states : “ It was a great shock to me when I returned to the regiment to find Pte Bradshaw had been killed in action. He had just carried a wounded man to the first-aid post when a shell came and smashed the post. I am not wont to praise unduly, but your husband has, during the very long period he has been with us, done work of very great service, especially when the lines. To those of us who have been with the battalion through many months his loss will be very keenly felt.” Pte Bradshaw was in the 7th South Staffs. He enlisted on the outbreak of war. He has seen service in Egypt, the Dardanelles, and France.

OLD MURRAYIAN GAINS MILITARY MEDAL.

In a letter to Mr. W T Coles Hodges Sergt F H Bird, of the Army Service Corps, writes :—“ We have had a very hot time for the past ten weeks. We were in the big push of July 31st, and I was mentioned in dispatches, and have since been awarded the M.M. . . . . We have had some very bad weather, but for the past few days has been lovely and fine. . . . I have never met any of the ‘old boys’ out here. We have been out here two years, and I have only met two fellows who came from Rugby.”

ANOTHER B.T.H EMPLOYEE KILLED.

News has been received at the B.T.H that Second-Lieut Percival Thistlewood, Rifle Brigade, died of wounds on August 24th. Second-Lieut Thistlewood was the only surviving son of Mr Thistlewood, a well known Leamington resident, and brother of Corpl Frank Thistlewood, Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, who was killed on September 3, 1916. He enlisted in the Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry within a month of the commencement of the War, and was soon promoted sergeant-major. After being in France 18 months he returned to England to train for a commission, and was eventually gazetted to the Rifle Brigade. After leaving school he came to the B.T.H with a view to qualifying as an electrical engineer. Here he showed marked aptitude for the work, and in 1913 he won the first prize in an open competition as an electrical engineer. Second-Lieut. Thistlewood was 26 years of age, and like his brother Frank was very popular with his fellow-employees at Rugby.

Mr W H W PARSONS’ NEPHEW KILLED IN AN AIR RAID.—One of the victims of the recent air raid in London was Mr Henry Over Parsons, 33, a violinist, who was injured by the bursting of the time fuse of an aerial torpedo or shrapnel, and died two days afterwards. Deceased’s widow stated at the inquest that her husband informed her that he must have been blown 10 yards. Mr. Parsons was a nephew of Mr W H W Parsons, sanitary inspector to the Rugby Urban District Council.

WOLSTON.

MR A J POXON ILL.—The numerous friends of Mr A J Poxon will be sorry to hear that he is ill in hospital at Chatham, He is in the Naval Air Service, and for some length of time has been on foreign service. Before joining the Navy he was assistant overseer of Wolston and attendance officer for the Warwickshire Education Committee in the Monks Kirby district. He is the elder son of Mr John Poxon.

LANCE-CORPL G READER A PRISONER.—Mrs Reader has received a postcard from her husband, who was reported some weeks ago by the Army Authorities as missing. In the postcard he stated that he was slightly wounded and a prisoner of war at Munster, Westphalia. The news that he is still alive has given general satisfaction in the district. The facts have been communicated by the Rev J C Gooch to Mr J R Barker, hon. secretary of the Ruby Prisoners of War Help Committee, and arrangements have been made to send Lance-Corpl Reader the standard food parcels and bread.

BRINKLOW.

DEAD HERO’S WIDOW RECEIVES HIS MEDAL.—Pte R E H Murden, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Before hostilities broke out he has served seven years in the Army and at once proceeded to France where he went through all the early engagements. He was a native of Brinklow and before entering the Army was employed by Mr W Dunn, of Church Lawford. He has been killed since the medal was awarded, and his widow, who resides at Longford, was summoned to the hospital at Birmingham on Saturday, when it was presented to her by Lieut-General Sir H C Slater, C.C.B No record had been taken of the brave deed deceased had performed—a fact for which the General expressed regret. As Mrs Reeves received the medal she was heartily cheered by the wounded soldiers and staff at the hospital. Her brother-in-law, Pte J Murden, lost a leg in France.

RUGBY PRISONERS OF WAR HELP COMMITTEE.

The monthly meeting of the Rugby Prisoners of War Committee was held in Benn Buildings on Monday last. Mr W Flint C.C, chairman of the committee, presiding. There were also present : Mrs Blagden (hon. Treasurer), Mrs Anderson, Messrs G W Walton, J H Mellor, Thatcher, Porter, Clarle, and the Son Secretary (Mr J Reginald Barker).

The balance-sheet for the year ended July 31st, particulars of which have already been published, was presented by the Chairman, who also read a letter from the Hon. Auditor, Mr W G Atkinson I.A, congratulating the committee upon the excellent results they have achieved as shown by the year’s figures. Only those who actually go through the accounts could form any idea of the enormous amount of work entailed, and great credit is due to Mr Parker for the methodical and painstaking manner in which this work is carried out. The Chairman felt that not only the committee, but all interested in the fund, would be very pleased to have this testimonial to the efficient manner in which Mr Barker carried out his duties.—This was cordially endorsed.

Mr Barker reported that there were now 73 prisoners of war on their list, the total cost of the regulation food parcels and bread to these men now amounting to £162 18s 6s per month. He had, however, been in constant communication with the Regimental Care Committee of each man’s unit, and had, through these committees, secured “ fairy-godmothers ” for 26, and, in addition, various sums on behalf of others amounting to £74 10s per month ; thus the balance to be raised in Rugby and district was still very great, no less than £88 per month being required. Constant effort would have to be made to see that this was maintained.

The Chairman referred to the gifts sent from Egypt by Rifleman Fred Staines, with the wish that they be disposed of for the benefit of the fund. It was decided that they be competing for, the snake being offered as first prize and the necklaces second and third prizes—the tickets to be one penny each.

The prizes are on view at 9 Regent street. Persons willing to sell tickets are invited to make application for books of same to the Hon. Secretary at this address.

WARWICKSHIRE WAR AGRICULTURAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

At a meeting of this committee it was decided to send a further resolution to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries on the matter of fixed prices for meat. The resolution was to the effect that, in the event of the present Order being allowed to stand, a great waste of grass and consequent loss of meat would result, inasmuch as farmers would sell all their cattle while the higher price was obtainable rather than leave them on the grass, where they would gain more weight, but which would not pay on account of the declining price as fixed by the Food Controller. The statement of the soldier supply to date shows that there are 630 working on farms, and that there is a further available supply at the barracks.

RUGBY RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.

THE HOUSING QUESTION.

The committee to which the letter from the Local Government Board with reference to the provision of houses for the working classes after the War had been referred reported, that the Clerk should reply that they estimated that the number of houses required, and which should be built on the conclusion of the War, was 500, as overcrowding was very prevalent.—The Vice-Chairman : It is a very big order, 500 houses ; but the committee think they will be required.—On the motion of Mr Cripps, seconded by Mr Burton, the motion was approved.

DEATHS.

BRADSHAW.—On August 19th, in France, Pte. F. J BRADSHAW, 7th Staffords, of Long Itchington, aged 28. Deeply mourned by his sorrowing wife.
“ He sleeps not in his native land,
But ‘neath some foreign skies,
And far from those that loved him best :
In a hero’s grave he lies.”

IN MEMORIAM.

BARNETT.—In loving memory of JOSEPH WILLIAM BARNETT, who was killed in action at Barent in le Grand, near Albert, France, September 11, 1916 ; second son of Mr. & Mrs. Barnett, Hillmorton Paddox.
“ One year has passed, our hearts still sore,
Day by day we miss him more ;
His welcome smile, his dear, sweet face,
Never on earth can we replace.
We often sit and think of him,
And think of how he died ;
To think he could not say ‘Good bye’
Before he closed his eyes.”
.—Sadly missed by his loving Wife, Mother and Father, Sisters and Brothers.

BARTLETT.—In loving memory of our dear REG, who was killed in action in France on September 17, 1916. At rest.—Sadly missed by his loving Dad, Brother, Sisters, and Trixie.

COLING.—In ever-loving memory of Gunner JOHN THOMAS COLING, R.F.A., the dearly beloved son of Mr. & Mrs. John Coling, Grandborough, who died of wounds at Rouen Hospital, France, Sept. 10, 1916.
“ Sleep on, dear son, in a far-off grave :
A grave we may never see ;
But as long as life and memory lasts
We will remember thee.”

HAYES.—In ever-loving memory of my dear husband Pte. WILLIAM GEORGE RUSSELL HAYES, Coldstream Guards, of Combroke ; killed in action at Ginchy, France, September 15, 1916 ; aged 33.—His duty nobly done.

HOPKINS.—In loving memory of FRANK, the beloved and youngest son of Henry Hopkins, of Long Lawford, who was killed in action in France on Sept. 18, 1915.
“ He sleeps, not in his native land,
But ‘neath some foreign skies,
And far from those that loved him best ;
In a hero’s grave he lies.”
—From his Sister.

LISSAMER.—In loving memory of Pte. WILLIAM ARTHUR LISSAMER, youngest and beloved son of Thomas and Emily Lissamer, 5th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, who fell in action in Frances on September 15, 1916.
“ The midnight star shines o’er the grave
Of a dear son and soldier brave ;
How dear, how brave, we shall understand,
When we meet in the Better Land.
—Sadly missed by his loving Father and Mother.

OVERTON.—In ever-loving memory of my dear husband, GABRIEL GEORGE OVERTON, Gaydon, of the Coldstream Guards, officially reported missing, now reported died of wounds received in action on September 15, 1916.
“ His comrades will return one day,
But he will be sleeping in a far-off grave,
And the saddest of it all, dear,
It not to know where you are laid.”
—Sadly missed by his loving wife PEM.

 

15th May 1915. Rugby Victims of Poison Gas

A RUGBY VICTIM OF POISON GAS.

Pte A Angell, 1st Royal Warwicks, son of Mrs Angell, of 17 Little Pennington Street, Rugby, is at present in a hospital at Lincoln suffering from the effects of the ghastly German poison gas. In a letter to his mother, written on May 9th, he says: “ I have been poisoned by that gas which the German murderers use. I went into action three weeks ago. After marching two days and two nights we arrived within 50 yards of the German trenches, and when we halted they opened fire on us.” The writer then goes on to tell of the losses suffered by the Battalion, and said that of five Rugby men who went into action he was the only one left. They were forced to retire, and he and 20 others took shelter in a “ Jackson hole.” Five of the party were unwounded, one died in the writers lap, and the others were suffering terrible agony. They were only 100 yards from the German trenches, and had to remain in the shelter from 4.45 a.m to 8.30 the following evening, and numerous shells dropped all around them. “ After this we were in the trenches for nine days. The Germans were not satisfied with our losses, s they poisoned us out of it. We must have lost many more men by this means. I am a very lucky chap. I was picked up half unconscious by a Frenchman in the centre of Ypres, on the main road. I wonder what the English people would think if   they could see Ypres as it is—burnt down to the ground.” Pte Angell concludes with the hope that he will be home on leave shortly.

A CHURCH LAWFORD MAN’S EXPERIENCE OF POISON GAS.

W Cooke, son of Mr H M Cooke, has written home to his parents. His letter is dated May 6th, and he says :-“ A few lines at last I I’ll bet you have been worrying at not hearing from me, but I am all right. We have been advancing and I could not write until now. I dare say you will see in the papers that our Regiment has been cut up, and we have only a few hundreds left. We have been relieved now, and it will be some time before we take any active part again. We have been through hell this last eight days, and I never want another time like it. The German shelling is awful, but I thank God we are back out of it now. Alf was wounded in the leg, and Hancox is among the missing. I would not mind if they would fight fair, but the dirty dogs have been using that gas on us. One has to fight with a wet cloth over one’s nose and mouth, and I have seen some of our fellows go raving mad. My nerves are a bit shattered now, but otherwise I am all right, so don’t worry. We have not had any letters while we have been advancing, so I expect I shall have a few from you, Mother, altogether. Write me along letter soon.”

(The Alf mentioned in the letter is Alfred Day, of Bishops Itchington, who enlisted with W Cooke, and before enlistment worked as a blacksmith at Church Lawford. Charles Hancox was a labourer from Kings Newnham.)

 

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Two trains, each containing two hundred wounded, passed through Rugby (L & N-W) on Sunday evening between six and eight, and were supplied with refreshments by the Rugby Town Red Cross Society. The men had been fighting as recently as Sunday last, and had crossed the Channel on Sunday morning.

News has come to hand that wounded soldiers belonging to the different regiments which were billeted in Rugby and took part in the invasion of Gallipoli are now in hospital at Malta.

A movement is being organised in Warwickshire to secure the services of more transport drivers for the Army. An appeal is to made to motor-car owners in Warwickshire to release their men wherever practicable.

Mr and Mrs William Matthews, of Churchover, received news on Monday that their son, Pte John Matthews, of the Rifle Brigade, was wounded on May 5th by a shrapnel bullet in the leg just above the knee. He is at present in hospital in Manchester. Pte Matthews, who is 21 years of age, joined the army early in September, and was drafted to the front on April 1st. He was for some years footman at Mr B B Dickinsons’ boarding-house in Rugby.

Driver Harry Batson, of the Rugby Howitzer Battery, writing home to his sister at 35 Bridget Street, Rugby, states that he has been on duty at observation posts in the trenches, which were knee deep in mud and water. When traversing the trenches it is necessary to keep well down to avoid being seen by the enemy’s snipers. The trenches were only 50 yards apart. The enemy’s guns had been very active round here of late, and had succeeded in setting fire to some ruined farms close to.

Mr Charles Henry Lister, a grandson of Mr Henry Lister, 105 Clifton Road, Rugby, was an engine-room artificer on H.M.S Maori, which was lost off the Belgian Coast through striking a mine on Saturday. The friends of Mr Lister have received intimation that he is a prisoner of war at Doebritz, Germany. Mr Lister’s brother, Rifleman Herbert Edward Lister, who joined the Rifle Brigade on the outbreak of war, is now in a hospital in London, suffering from a bullet wound in the left hand.

Second Lieutenant H J Gwyther, attached to the 2nd Manchester Regiment, now with the expeditionary force in France, has been wounded. Mr Gwyther, when engaged at the B.T.H Co, Rugby, was a prominent playing member of the Rugby Hockey Club.

In Saturday’s “ London Gazette ” appeared the announcement that the late Lieut Michael FitzRoy, son of the Hon E A FitzRoy, M.P, and Mrs FitzRoy, had been gazetted captain. He was selected by his Colonel for the command of a company shortly before the battle of Neuve Chapelle, in which, unfortunately, he was killed. The late Lieutenant was nearly the youngest officer in the regiment, being but nineteen years of age and he had only been in the army six months.

HOWITZER’S “ SHELLING COMPETITION.”

Two further letters have just been received by Mr and Mrs C J Packwood, of St Matthew’s Street, from their son, Charles, who is serving at the front with the Rugby Howitzer Battery, and   from these we make the following extract :- “ Things go on just about the same. We have a sort of shelling competition between ourselves and the Germans. It is their turn now. They are shelling a ridge. I expect they think we are there, but we are not. I expect later on we shall have our go, and we always register the most points. All the ‘bhoys’ are ‘in the pink’ ready for earthing.”

HOT MEALS IN THE TRENCHES.

A hot dish of curried fowl or a hot beef-steak and kidney pudding, are luxuries not usually found on the battlefield, but these and a host of other appetising dishes, may now be enjoyed by the aid of a new invention just put upon the market by Messrs, Crosse and Blackwell. This unique and valuable adjunct to the soldier’s kit is known as the “Joffrette” Heater, and costs but 1s. 6d. complete. Its construction is so simple and yet so effectual that a tin or bottle of preserved food can be thoroughly heated is a few minutes by simply lighting the cake of solidified alcohol supplied with the Heater (additional cakes costing but 3d. each). It is without doubt one of the cheapest yet one of the greatest boons which can possibly be suggested for use in trenches.

The Heater cannot explode or get out of order, the flame is invisible and impervious to wind, and while it is of peculiar utility at the present time, it is equally serviceable for boating parties, picnics and household use where a hot maid or a cup of tea or coffee is quickly required. The “Joffrette” Heater is stocked by all the principal Grocers. Ask your Grocer for one.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.

NATURALIZED GERMANS AND THE MAGISTERIAL BENCH.

SIR,—Though Rugby may contain few, if any, enemy Aliens, it is surely essential that Mr Merttens, although naturalized, should resign immediately his seat on the Bench, which he appears to have vacated during wartime.

The idea of even a naturalized German sitting in judgment on Rugby citizens after the war is repugnant, and especially one with views such as Mr Merttens has in the past expressed. If he has not already resigned, Rugby will expect his fellow Magistrates to see that he does so.-Yours truly, CITIZEN.