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.