3rd Feb 1917. Rugby Hairdressers and The War

RUGBY HAIRDRESSERS AND THE WAR.—Since the outbreak of war 22 Rugby hairdressers and their assistants have joined the Forces, and nine saloons in the town have been closed.

SOLDIERS’ PARCELS DESTROYED.—A number of soldiers’ parcels and letters for the Front were destroyed by a fire which broke out in one of the coaches of a mail train on Thursday afternoon last week. The fire was discovered at Welton Station, and the Long Buckby Fire Brigade, under Captain Clifton, were soon on the spot, and speedily coped with the flames. The coach and its contents were, however, practically burnt out.

WOUNDED SOLDIERS ENTERTAINED.—On Saturday afternoon the wounded soldiers of the Rugby Town Red Cross Hospitals were entertained by the members of the Bible and Sunday School at the Baptist Church. An excellent tea was provided, after which a musical programme was gone through by the members of the schools, and cigarettes were distributed among the soldiers.


A delightful concert was given by blind musicians in the Temple Speech Room on Thursday night in aid of St Dunstan’s Hostel for our blinded soldiers and sailors. Space does not permit an extended critique. Every number, both vocal and instrumental, possessed undeniable merit, and if the wishes of the large audience had been gratified—they were in the second part of the programme—encores would have been general throughout. Miss Sarah Maden sang, beautifully in tune, an old favourite, “ The Enchantress,” which seemed to please even better than “ Hindoo song,” which came later in the evening. Miss Ada Jackson (soprano) gave as her first number Cowan’s popular song, “ The swallows,” and as her second “ Solveig’s song ” (Grieg). Both proved acceptable. Clay’s “ I’ll sing thee songs of Araby ” received full justice, and in some respects a new interpretation, from Mr Angus Brown ; whilst the vigour and ability with which Mr Andrew Fraser rendered the Cornish “ Floral dance ”—by no means easy to sing—won for him a hearty encore. During the concert the four vocalists contributed several part songs, in which their voices blended nicely. Instrumental pieces were rendered by Mr John Arr—quite a well-trained and accomplished violinist, and Mr W Wolstenholme, Mus.Bath, whose pianoforte playing was exquisite and whose improvisation of themes suggested by the audience were as marvellous as they were amusing. During the interval Mr Avalon Collard, under whose direction the concert was given, delivered a short address, illustrated by lantern slides on the work at St Dunstan’s Hostel, London.


Lieut-Col C B M Harris, D.S.O, of the Manor House, Marton, was amongst those mentioned in Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig’s New Year despatches.


Capt Rawson Hughes, of the A.S.C, who has been mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s recent despatch for meritorious service, was formerly district reporter for the Rugby Advertiser at Kineton. Capt Hughes enlisted immediately on the outbreak of War, and he is now acting as deputy-quartermaster at one of the Divisional Headquarter Staffs in France.


Corpl Alfred John Potter, King’s Royal Rifles, son of Mr A J Potter, 4 Victoria Avenue, New Bilton, has been awarded the Military Medal for distinguished conduct in the field. Corpl Potter, who was employed at Messrs Willans & Robinson, enlisted at the outbreak of War, and has been in France about 18 months.


Sergt Charles Elliott Atkins, third son of Mr and Mrs J W Atkins, of the Carlton Hotel, South Lowestoft, has been awarded the Military Medal. Prior to the War, Sergt Atkins was with the British Thomson-Houston Company at Rugby, and at the outbreak he joined the Signal Section of the Royal Engineers.


The friends of Dr and Mrs Relton will regret to learn that their son, Lieut R C Relton, of the Royal Warwicks, has again been seriously wounded. His regiment has been taking part in the heavy fighting now going on in the East, and a short time ago Lieut Relton was shot by a sniper, the bullet passing through the upper part of his thigh. He recovered from this, and was apparently soon in action again. Official information has now come to hand that on January 25th he received a gun-shot wound in the head, and was reported two days later to be dangerously ill.


The monthly meeting of the Executive Committee of the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Fund was held on Saturday last, the Chairman (Mr William Flint, C.C) presiding.

The Hon Secretary (Mr J R Barker) reported that the subscriptions during January amounted to £66 6s 1d, and payments on account of food parcels amounted to £87 13s. Cheques were signed in pre-payment of the food parcels during February for the local men interned in German prison camps and forwarded to the Regimental Care Committees of each man’s unit, who will, in accordance with the new scheme, purchase the goods at wholesale prices, and pack and despatch same to the men in the name of the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee.

The parcels sent this week contained : 1lb Libby’s beef, 1lb salmon, 1lb biscuits, 1lb Quaker oats, 1lb dripping, largo tin potted meat, 1 bottle sauce, 1lb vegetables, 1 tin veal and ham.

Mr Barker has received from Pte F A Ward (Pailton), of the Oxford and Bucks L.I, the January number of the “ Rennbahn Church Times,” which is a record of camp spiritual work. It is excellently produced entirely by the prisoners in Rennbahn prison camp. There is one particularly interesting paragraph to the effect that one can easily locate the position of the church in Rennbahn camp. It stands just opposite the row of huts wholly given up for the censoring and distributing of parcels of comforts sent from their good friends at home. In the centre of the front page is an announcement as follows :- “ The ‘boys’ of Rennbahn sincerely thank their relatives and friends for all parcels of comforts sent to them during the past year.”


Mr Carmichael presided on Friday last week, and the assessors present were Mrs Griffiths (women), Mr J Roberts (men), and Mr F W Smith (employers).

Miss S Hopkins, Hillmorton ; Miss O E Yapp, Rugby ; Mrs V Hopkins, Hillmorton ; and Mrs E Sutton, Rugby, were summoned for losing time.—Miss Hopkins wrote a letter complaining of   the cold in the shop.—The firm’s representative said they had 150 girls on shells, and they brought the cases because of the serious amount of time lost in this department. The firm had trained them in the work. The workers were divided into three shifts of 7½ hours each.—Fined 10s.—Miss Yapp wrote stating that she suffered from a strained arm, and had her eyes burnt by hot steel flying about.—The firm’s representative said the accident had not been reported.—The case was adjourned.—Mrs V Hopkins wrote to the Court explaining the cause of her absence.—She was fined 10s.—Mrs Sutton also did not appear, and it was said in her case she had been away a whole week.—Fined 10s.

A sitting of Coventry Munitions Tribunal took place at the Police Court on Monday, Mr E G M Carmichael presiding.

Mrs B Burt, Rugby, was summoned for losing time, and did not appear. She had been repeatedly warned about her time-keeping, the firm’s representative told the Court.—Fined 15s.

Miss O E Yapp, Rugby, was summoned on adjournment for breach of rules.—The case was adjourned to enquire into a statement she made in a letter at the first hearing about her eyes being burnt.—The firm’s representative said they had no record, and she could have had goggles for her eyes.—The Court imposed a fine of 12s 6d.


18th Mar 1916. The War Tribunal – Local Appeals



RUGBY RURAL DISTRICT.—Thursday. Present: Mr J Johnson (chairman), Rev F Challenor, Messrs C E Boughton-Leigh, H Tarbox, J H Walker, and H Flowers. Messrs M E T Wratislaw and F M Burton represented the Military Authorities.

The Vicar of Marton supported an application for exemption by the village postman, who has 3 brothers serving, leaving appelant, whose parents were dead, to keep his sister.-Application refused.

A Newbold farmer, occupying 381 acres, obtained a 2 months’ exemption for his stockman. A single man, who occasionally helped with the milking.-The Military representatives opposed on the ground that there was sufficient help on the farm.

The proprietor of general stores at Wolston applied on behalf of the manager of his stores at Brinklow on the ground that he could not find a substitute, and the man had four brothers in the army.-The man said he was married, and had attested believing that every single man possible would be called up first.—Mr Flowers : Do you think Lord Derby has broken his pledge ?—A He does not seem to be getting on with it very well.—The manager said he had four brothers at the front ; one was a prisoner of war in Germany, and one was maimed for life.—The Chairman : That is a fine record for one family.—Application refused.

A further postponement was asked for the assistant overseer, the Clerk to the Parish Council, and school attendance officer at Wolston, who had already been put back ten groups. When he first offered for the army he was rejected, but since then he had been passed by the doctor.—A belated appeal had been received from the County Director of Education, stating that it was in the national interest that the attendance at school should be enforced, but this could not be considered.—The personal application was refused.-Undersized, and with defective eyesight, a cellarman and manager at a Newbold public house appealed, chiefly on the score of ill-health. He had attested because he thought it the duty of every Englishman to do so, and he thought he might do something of a non-combatant nature.—A medical certificate was produced, stating that the man was suffering from nervous debility, and at present was unfit for service abroad. Refused.—The bailiff at Princethorpe Priory claimed on behalf of the ladies there that a trap horseman, luggage carter, etc, was indispensable. Nearly 200 acres of land are occupied, 70 being arable. This man was said to be very useful in attending to farm stock in general.—Exemption refused.—On the grounds of “ national interest ” and “ certified occupation,” a working farmer at Frankton appealed. He had previously been “ starred ” by the Tribunal,-and had not attested, so now renewed his application.—Conditional exemption.—Described as a shepherd and cowman, and doing general skilled farm work, a single man from Bilton appealed as being indispensable to the welfare of the farm on which he is employed.—Refused.


Although a shell turner, engaged on high explosive shells, a young man living in Lawford Road, New Bilton, asked for exemption on conscientious grounds, and also on the ground of financial hardship. If he was called for military service great strain would be put upon his mother, sister, and young brother who was gifted as a scholar. He had conscientious objections to combatant service, and hated the thought of taking life. He regarded it on a duty to allow people to live as long as God willed, and thought a good Christian should help to relieve sickness, distress, and suffering.—Mr Flowers : Does not your consciences prick you a bit when you are making these shells ?—A : When I went to the works I could not make a choice of my job.—In reply to the Clerk, applicant said the reason he did not want to go to the war was because he objected to killing men.—Mr Walker : Would you like to join the Corps to make holes to bury the dead ?—A : No, I should not. I have never seen a dead man yet.—The Clerk : Have you any objection to help the wounded ?—A : I could not say “ no ” if a man happened to be wounded or injured.—Mr Walker : How long have you had this kind of a conscience ?—A : A long time.—The application was refused.


Permission was granted for an interview by a Welsh farmer, living at Draycote, who had been called up under the Military Service Act, and who said he thought as a farmer he was exempt. He applied too late for his papers to send in an appeal. He occupied 215 acres, of which 50 were arable, and he had since January only had a lad of 14 to help him. He had 63 head of cattle and 80 ewes, of which 50 had yet to lamb.—The Clerk said in the case of a man who had good reasons for the delay, the Tribunal had power to deal with such an application.—The Chairman said he was sure it was a genuine case, and applicant was told to till up the form, which would be dealt with by the Advisory Committee, who would probably recommend an exemption.


On Thursday a deputation from the Rugby Chamber of Trade, consisting of Messrs C H. Rowbottom, E H Bennett, and H Lupton Reddish, waited upon Colonel Johnstone, Recruiting Officer for the Rugby district, and laid before him the following points in regard to attested members of the Chamber :—

That it seems unfair that single men should be allowed to shelter themselves from Military service by entering controlled establishments.

That one of the grounds of appeal by an attested man is that serious hardship would ensue if the man were called up for Army service, owing to his exceptional financial or business obligations or domestic position.

That the skilled workman admittedly puts his brains and ability into his work. The man who has a retail business also does this, and, in addition, puts in his capital, and maintains and increases his business by constant personal thought and attention.

That it is a custom in certain retail trades to make large purchases in advance, e.g., spring and autumn goods are often purchased six months beforehand.

That serious hardship and loss will, in many cases, ensue to attested retail tradesmen, both single and married, by their being called up for Army service.

That attested men now employed in controlled establishments should be released for military service.

That attested single and married men having retail businesses should be given the opportunity of entering controlled establishments to take the place of single men released for military service, a portion of each day, or week, or in any case leaving them free to attend to their businesses during the remainder of each day or week.

That attested men, in order to qualify for work in controlled establishments, would be willing at once to give up some portion of each day to learn the work, so that, when their group is called up, they will be in a position to effectively take up the work without delay.

That failing this, attested single and married men, having retail businesses, be trained for military service in Rugby, or some town near, for a portion of each day, or week, to attend to their businesses. This would be on the lines of what was done in the case of the Rugby Fortress Company.


A meeting, convened by the Chairman of the Rugby Urban District Council, has recently been held to agree upon joint action in the event of a hostile air raid. It was the opinion that the two essentials to be aimed at to secure protection from damage were darkness and silence, and that arrangement should be made with the Superintendent of Police, when the presence of Zeppelins is notified, to warn by telephone the Fire Brigade, Special Constables, V.T.C., Boy Scouts, O.T.C., and St. John Ambulance, to each of whom duties will be assigned to get the two essentials promptly observed by the inhabitants ; and also to render aid in the event of casualties, fires, or damage being caused.


The casualties reported amongst L. & N.W.R. men serving with the Forces are estimated at 3,520.

Mr James Renshaw, of the Black Horse, has received a copy of “ The Balkan News,” an English newspaper published, at Salonika, containing an account of a football match (Association) between the Main Supply Depot (Army Service Corps) and the 28th Divisional Cyclists Corps, which ended in a draw, 3-3. Sergt G Renshaw, captain of the Rugby Club, played for the A.S.C, scored one of the goals, and gained honourable mention.


Amongst the awards for gallantry on the Western front just announced is the name of Corp (now Sergt) W J Bale, 2nd Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who has gained, the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Sergt Bale has been previously “ mentioned in despatches,” and was recently promoted for bravery in the field.

A number of conscripts have been passed through the Drill Hall this week, and several married attested men have joined before the calling up of their group.

Conscientious objectors passed for non-combatant service are to be formed into Non-Combatant Companies with the distinctive letters on their caps, N.C.C. They will not bear arms of any kind.


Atkins.—In loving memory of our dear son, who was killed at St. Eloi, in France, March 16th, 1915.

“In a far and distant land,
Where the trees and branches wave,
Lies a dear and loving son,
One we loved but could not save.
Just one year since Jesus called him,
How we miss his cheerful face ;
But he left us to remember,
None on earth can fill his place.”
Silently mourned by his loving Father & Mother.

ATKINS.—In loving memory of our dear brother, who was killed at St. Eloi, in France, on March 16th, 1915.

“ 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.”
—Still sadly missed by his loving Brothers & Sisters.

[This is Rifleman John Sheasby Atkins of Stretton on Dunsmore.
CWGC gives his date of death as 15th March]

JUDD.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Rifleman G. Judd, who was killed at Neuve Chapelle, March 17th, 1915.



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