8th Jul 1916. Drunken Soldier Causes a Disturbance

DRUNKEN SOLDIER CAUSES A DISTURBANCE.

At the Rugby Police Court on Monday, before A E Donkin, Esq (in the chair), and W Dewar, Esq, Michael Cain, 6th Observer Co., Rugby, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Rugby on the previous evening. He was also charged with assaulting P.C Anderton while in the execution of his duty.—Albert Beech, R.E, Rugby, was charged with obstructing P.C Lovell while in the execution of his duty.—Cain pleaded guilty to the first charge, but did not remember assaulting the policeman.—Beech pleaded not guilty.—P.C Lovell stated that at 9.15 p.m on Sunday the Salvation Army was holding a service in the Market Place. Cain was drunk, and was making use of filthy language to the Adjutant and Captain of the Salvation Army. Witness requested him to go away, but instead of doing so defendant used more bad language, and on account of his disorderly behaviour witness took him into custody.-Cain denied that he used filthy language.—P.C Lester stated that he was informed that a policeman was in trouble in the Market Place, and when he got there he found P.C Lovell, who had Cain in custody, lying on the ground surrounded by a crowd of about 200 people. Witness went to the rescue and Beech butted him in the stomach and threw him down. In Pinder’s Lane Beech again interfered, and they then brought him to the Police Station.—Beech denied this, and said he was never within ten yards of a constable until he was arrested.—P.C Anderton said he went to the assistance of the other constables, and defendant Cain was handed over to him in Pinder’s Lane. Defendant kicked him on the leg and in the stomach, and also punched him. He was so violent and threatening that witness had to handcuff him, and Sergt Percival also came to his assistance.—Defendant : I won’t admit either hitting or kicking him.—P.C Percival corroborated, and said Cain was very violent and drunk. He saw him deliberately kick P.C Anderton on the leg. When he charged Beech with obstructing the police, he said : “ I may have caught hold of the policeman, but I did not mean anything. I was not going to let him take a pal of mine away.”-Beech : Are constables allowed to hit you while you are sitting on a chair by the Police Station ? That one (indicating P.C Lovell) hit me on the head six times. P.C Lovell denied this, and said P.S Percival and Supt Clarke were present all the time.-Beech : The boot is on the other leg it was you that assaulted me, I did not assault you.—Cain was further charged with damaging a cell window to the value of 2s 6d during the night, and he pleaded guilty, but added : “ I don’t know how it was done.”—In defence, he said he had not been taking any drink since he left France in January last, after being gassed. If he took a drop of drink it flew to his head, and he did not know what he was doing. He was sorry it had occurred, because it was a disgrace to him and to the regiment. It would not occur again, because he would be “ teetotal ” as long as he was in the service.-An Officer of the Company said defendant had been with them ever since the Company was formed three months ago. He bore a good character, and there had been no complaints about him. His regimental sheet showed one entry for drunkenness exactly a year ago at Aldershot.-In reply to the Bench, defendant said he saw a good deal of fighting while he was in France with the King’s Liverpool Regiment.—Supt Clarke said defendant was guilty of most disgraceful conduct. Now that the Force was depleted it was very hard for the constables to be kicked and assaulted by those who should protect them.-The Magistrates informed Cain that they were very sorry to see anyone wearing the King’s uniform in his position. He was standing there on account of extremely disgraceful conduct the previous night. He allowed himself to get so drunk that he was mad, and he ought to be thoroughly ashamed of himself. They took into account the fact that he had been fighting for his country ; that he had been gassed, which might have had a little effect upon him, and also that his officer had given him a good character. He would be fined 10s 6d, including the cost of the window.-In one sense, the Magistrates pointed out, the conduct of Beech was worse than that of Cain, because he was not drunk. He had been found guilty of a serious offence. Instead of obstructing the police it was his duty to help them, and he would be fined 7s 6d.

EXAMINATION OF THE REJECTED.

A NEW EXPLANATORY PINK FORM.

Men previously rejected for the Army are now receiving pink notices (Army Form 3299) that they will be required to undergo re-examination. The notice reads as follows :-

You are hereby notified that you will be required to present yourself again for medical examination. It is open to you at any time before September 30, 1916, to ask to be medically examined. If you desire to be medically examined before that date you should address your letter to the recruiting officer asking for an appointment.

If upon such medical examination you are rejected as unfit for any form of service, the decision will be final, and you will not be called up for service with the Colours.

If you do not arrange to be medically examined on or before September 30, 1916, you will be required to present yourself for such medical examination on a date after September 30th, of which you will be duly notified.

At whatever date you are medically examined, if you are found fit for military service you will be able to be called up for service with the Colours after September 30th.

Mechanical Transport.
Army Service Corps.

An Officer will attend at RUGBY DRILL HALL ON MONDAYS
between 11.30 and 1 o’clock and 2 to 4.30 in each week until further notice for the purpose of examining men for M.T., A.S.C.
Applicants must be experienced Motor Drivers, Fitters, or Turners.

F. F. JOHNSTONE, Lt.-Colonel,   Recruiting Officer, Drill Hall, Rugby.
June 22nd, 1916.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Capt F C Solous, the big game hunter and an Old Rugbeian, has been mentioned by General Smuts in one of his despatches.

The Rev C T Bernard McNulty, M.A, vicar of Holy Trinity, Leamington, and formerly of Dunchurch, has recently been promoted from fourth to third-class chaplain, with the rank of major, and has been appointed senior chaplain of his division.

Captain Leonard Sheldon Kench, son of Mr Sheldon Kench, Warwick, is reported to be dangerously wounded.

Captain F S Neville, Northamptonshire Regiment, has been admitted to hospital with slight gunshot wounds in thighs and right arm. His brother, Lieut S L Neville, on duty in Egypt, is also in hospital with a sprained ankle.

By an order in Council the Government is commandeering sole leather produced in this country.

Corpl E J Sharpe, 61st Field Co, R.E, son of Mr Thos Sharpe of the Campbell Hotel, was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s last despatch for meritorious conduct in the field.

Pte W J Baker, 7th South Staffs Regiment, who was reported as missing on August 9th, is now officially reported to have been killed in action on that date. Prior to his enlistment he was employed in the B.T.H Foundry.

Another New Bilton man, Rifleman Harry King, Rifle Brigade, 46 Pinfold Street, has been wounded by a piece of shell in his foot, and in now in a hospital on the French coast. He joined the Rifle Brigade in November, 1915, and was drafted to France in April last. Before the war he worked at the B.T.H.

Captain Charles Clement Ford, Somerset Light Infantry, was killed in action in France on the 1st inst. He was a great nephew of Miss Sale, 21 Hillmorton Road, Rugby, and eldest son of late Commander C R Ford, R.S.M, and Mrs Ford. He died Adjutant of 1st Battalion of the Somersets, his Colonel being killed at same time and place.

Lance-Corpl Thomas Williams, K.R.R, has been seriously wounded in the chest and shoulder with shrapnel. He is at present in hospital at Camberwell Green, and has now been declared to be out of danger. His home is at 45 Pinfold Street, New Bilton.

Lance-Corpl Williams was wounded on June 6th, and has undergone two operations. The piece of shrapnel has been removed, and when his mother visited him on Sunday he was progressing favourably. He enlisted in September, 1914, and at the outbreak of war was employed by the Rugby Gas Co.

“ SENTINELS on a FIELD of DESOLATION.”

Mr W T Coles Hodges, Murray School, has received an interesting letter from an old pupil, Sapper C Batty, in which the writer says :—

“ You will have observed that by the British official of the 23rd June a gigantic mine (German) was exploded, the largest on the Western front. I was in the vicinity at the time, and when it exploded everybody jumped up. We thought the judgment day had arrived. A minute afterwards the guns started, and to hear the noise one would have thought that Hades had been let loose. But when the Huns saw that it was hopeless to try to take the crater the guns gradually died down, and the milder form of trench music was indulged in. . . . In this vicinity a flourishing village once stood, but it is all in ruins now. Never mind in what direction you turn, you can observe the marks of high explosives. Most of the houses had nice orchards, but by now they are ruined, and all that remains of most of them are the stumps, which stand there like sentinels on a field of desolation. The writer mentions that Sergt Bale, D.C.M, whoso death we recorded last week, was killed by the explosion of the mine referred to above, and that he was buried in a small village behind the line.”

LONG LAWFORD.

ANOTHER YOUNG MAN GIVES HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY.-Mr Amos Sutton has received official news that his youngest son, Pte S Sutton, of the Warwickshire Regiment, has died of wounds received in action, caused by a bursting shell, which struck him in the head and chest. He was admitted to hospital, but only lived a few hours. Before joining the Warwickshire Regiment he was three years in the Howitzer Battery. He went through the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, where he received a bullet wound in the leg, which kept him out of the field for several months. He had only been out a month this time when he received his fatal wounds. He was 23 years of age.

BRANDON.

Mr and Mrs Henry Barnett have just received the news that their son Albert has been wounded. Before war was declared he was a member Of the Royal Warwicks (Territorials). He has been in France 16 months, and during that time has not been home. He has received severe shrapnel wounds in both legs, and is now in a hospital in Ireland.

BRETFORD.

Mr and Mrs George Wells, of Bretford, have received the news that their son has been wounded. He had been in France for a long time. When hostilities broke out he was a private in the Territorials, but soon received promotion. Mr and Mrs Wells have two more sons serving with the colours.

DUNCHURCH.

On Wednesday morning the sad news was received that one of the most respected men of this village, Pte W Chater, only son of Mr and Mrs W Chater, of the Green, Dunchurch, had been killed. He belonged to the K.R.R, and went out soon after the war commenced. Much sympathy is felt in the village with his parents.

THE BRITISH OFFENSIVE.

WARWICKSHIRES DOING WELL.

Progress of the British troops in the severe fighting in the Somme Valley is slow but steady. They are maintaining all their ground and making some advance, in spite of stubborn resistance.

Splendid work has been done in the battle by British and French aircraft. On both fronts German aeroplanes were kept well back behind their lines, so that artillery could do its work without interruption from hostile aircraft. Following our plans, the French did great execution to the German captive balloons.

“ The Times ” special correspondent at the front says that of our regiments engaged one hears praise on all sides of the Ulster troops, while the Gordons, the Northumberland Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Rifles, the Suffolks, the Royal Scots, the Lancashire Fusiliers, and Warwickshires—to mention some only—have done great work.

Pressure on Germany is increasing from East and West. The battle of the Somme continues to go in favour of the British and French forces, while on the Russian front an attack has been launched on Hindenburg’s forces on a front of 100 miles. Large numbers of heavy guns and machine guns have been captured from the Germans on the West.

Verdin Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, is now being made the special mark of German gunners.

OUR LOST AEROPLANE.

In the House of Commons, on Tuesday, Mr Rupert Gwynne asked whether a flying machine of the latest type was recently sent from Farnborough to France in charge of a pilot and observer who had never been abroad before ; whether the officer informed the authorities beforehand that he did not know his way ; whether he lost his way and eventually landed by mistake in the German lines ; and, if so, what steps had been taken to avoid our newest machines being handed over to the Germans within a few hours of completion ?

Major Baird, Rugby (representative of the Air Board), replied that a flying machine of the latest type was recently sent from Farnborough to France in charge of a pilot and observer who had never been abroad before. The pilot lost his way, and eventually landed by mistake in German lines. It did not appear that the officer in question made any protest that he did not know his way. Machines of a well-known type, fitted with a new type of engine, were urgently required at the front, and a number of officers were required to take them over. Some had done the journey before and some had not, but all were qualified as cross-country pilots. The need for those machines was so great that it was impossible to keep them back until officers who had done the journey were available. The journey was not considered a difficult one for a competent cross-country pilot. The Germans recently presented us with a brand new Fokker, whose pilot had evidently lost his way. Every care would be taken to reduce the risks of these occurrences. The pilot in this case unfortunately lost his way, and it appeared that his machine was rendered unmanageable by a shot, or otherwise he would have discovered his mistake.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.

NOT AN ABSENTEE.

DEAR SIR,—In the list of absentees, published by the Military Authorities in your paper last week, I was very much surprised to find the name of my son, who joined the Army seven months ago, and had just come home on his last leave before going to France. He arrived in Rugby on Saturday, and was accosted several times with some jeering remarks. It is not very pleasant when one has given up a good job and gone to do their bit for their King and country, and when you come home for a few days to be subject to annoyance through a mistake of this kind. I am proud to say my boy did not wait to be fetched ; he went to do his bit like a true Englishman. I have another boy who has been fighting for his country in France for 16 months, and is proud to do it ; and although I am over the age limit myself and a widower with four children to bring up, I would willingly go and do my bit if the Military can do with me.—Yours truly,

E FLOWERS.
Vicarage Hill, Clifton.

DEATHS.

FORD.-Killed in action, July, 1st, Capt. Charles Clement Ford (Somerset Light Infantry, Adjutant 1st Battalion), eldest son of the late Commander Cecil Rooke Ford, R.I.M., and Mrs Ford.

IN MEMORIAM.

BENFORD.—In loving remembrance of Alfred Thomas Benford, killed in action at Ypres, July 6, 1915.

“ He sleeps not in his native land,
But under foreign skies,
Far from those that loved him best,
But in a hero’s grave he lies.”

— From CLARA & EDITH.

BENFORD.-In loving memory of our dear brother, Rifleman A. T. Benford, K.R.R., killed in action at Ypres, July 6, 1915.

“ We cannot, Lord, Thy purpose see ;
But all is well that’s done by Thee.”

— SISTERS.

DOCKER.-In loving memory of Pte. Leonard Docker, 13106, Coldstream Guards, who was killed in action, July 7, 1915.

“ He sleeps not in his native land,
But ’neath a foreign sky.
Far from those who loved him best,
But in a hero’s grave he lies.”

— FROM ALL.

16th Oct 1915. A Romance of the Battlefield

A ROMANCE OF THE BATTLEFIELD

WEDDING OF A RUGBY SOLDIER.

The sequel to a romantic meeting of an English soldier with a French lady behind the firing-line in France was provided at Holy Trinity Church on Monday, when Sapper Charles Batty, R.E, son of Mr T B Batty, 82 Grosvenor Road, was married to Mdlle Gabrielle Louise Vermeersch, of Armentieres, Nord, France. The ceremony was performed by the Rev C M Blagden, Rector, in the presence of a large congregation. Miss Violet Batty, sister of the bridegroom was the bridesmaid. A reception was held after the ceremony at the house of the bridegroom, and the Rector and a number, of friends were present.

The meeting between the happy couple was of a somewhat romantic nature. The occupants of a humble dwelling at Erquinghem sur la lys, near d’Armentieres, were aroused at 10 p.m one evening in January last by a knock at the door. The father of the lady of the house immediately went to the door, and seeing a man in uniform, standing there, exclaimed in anguish that their visitor was a German. Pte Batty, the visitor in question, however, assured him that he was an Englishman, and asked for a cup of coffee. He was immediately invited inside, and at the entreaty of the lady of the house gladly accepted an invitation to remain there for the night. During the course of the evening he met the hostess’s sister, Gabrielle, who smilingly informed our representative that his subsequent visits became very frequent. The town where this lady dwelt was bombarded by the Germans on several occasions, and in June last, at Sapper Batty’s request, Mdlle Vermeersch agreed to come to England for safety, and await such time as he should be able to obtain leave to come over to marry her. Arrangements Were made for the wedding to take place seven weeks ago, but Sapper Batty was unable to obtain leave, and the wedding was accordingly postponed. On Thursday in last week, however, he arrived at his home, and the wedding took place by special license on Monday, the bridegroom returning to the front on Wednesday.

Sapper Batty, who possesses a number of interesting trophies, obtained on the field of battle, has been in the army for nine years. He originally enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and spent several years in England. His regiment returned to England in March, 1914, and on the outbreak of war he was drafted to the front, and a short time ago he obtained a transfer to the Royal Engineers’ telegraphic section. He has been in 10 engagements, including the recent offensive.

THE WARWICKSHIRE YEOMANRY AT BURNT HILL.

Corpl Jack Fortnam, of the Warwickshire Yeomanry, who was wounded in the charge at Hill 60, Suvla Bay, and is now in hospital at Netley, writes:-

“ We were all cosy in our little dug-outs, basking in the sun, some writing, some watching our navy barely half-mile away sending shells to the Turks, in exchange for their heavy artillery shells. Everyone seemed greatly amused, and in the best of spirits, taking but little notice of the shells and shrapnel, that occasionally fell amongst our boys. About three o’clock in the afternoon, we had rumours going round that we were going to move. Later on we found the rumour was official. We had our rum issue, and extra rations, ready to fall in at 7 o’clock. It was now getting dark. We moved off along zigzag paths, stumbling over rocks and small bushes, and, making a right-hand wheel around Sulva Bay till we reached Lala Baba, our reserve position, about 2 p.m. Our orders were then to get a little sleep till morning. We were all pleased when morning came. We were nearly perished with cold, but soon got fit again when the sun came out. Making tea was out of the question, so we breakfasted on bully and biscuits, and a limited supply of water. At 2.10 p.m a terrible bombardment began from our battleships, and artillery, which kept up the fire until four o’clock, sending their shells immediately over our heads. The ground fairly shook. Hundreds of shells were sent up to greet the Turks. It must have been absolute death for them in their trenches. No wonder it took the name of “Burnt Hill.” This hill had a fine main fighting position, and caused a great deal of trouble to the V-shape new landing of troops and transport. About four o’clock we had to fall in. We moved off in extended order. On our right were the Gloucester and Worcester Yeomanrys, followed by the Bucks, Berks, and Dorset.

As soon as we come in sight across the open country, on the right of Salt Lake, the enemy opened a deadly shell fire, with shrapnel and explosive shells. One could see nothing but shells bursting around them. We lost many of our boys wounded with shrapnel, and it was quite marvellous to find any alive, as the shells set fire to the small bushes and dry grass where they had fallen, but our stretcher-bearers did fine work there. Onward we pressed, steadily, but firm, as if on parade, taking cover behind Chocolate Hill, where we rested a while and called the roll. Up till now, I had lost half my section of ten—Lce-Corpl Coleman, Lce-Corpl Baulman, Lce-Corpl Wormall, Tpr Luggar, and Tpr Hayward. One shell falling against me knocked over six of the troop, but I was lucky enough in only losing the heel of my boot.

A division of infantry on our right had made a rush for Hill 70, but owing to the enemy’s guns at a short range they had to retire with heavy losses. By this time it was getting dusk. Our division of yeomanry then had orders to move forward, along the northern slope, until we came to advanced trenches. Here we had a check for a few minutes. Then came the order to advance, and every man, alert and eager as one body, charged fearlessly up the hill. Here my officer, Lieut Yorke, was wounded, but on we went straight into the jaws of the enemy’s machine-guns and rifles, losing many boys, but never wavering ; nothing could stop them, finally the top was reached, when the yell wept up that Hill 70 had been taken. This was where I was wounded. It was now quite dark, and I found it a difficult job dragging myself back to a dressing station, only to find that and other stations massed with wounded and lit up by the fires, that burned furiously for miles. I decided to march on, eventually reaching the beach, a distance of four miles, for dressing, at 5 a.m. It was a most awful night, with guns and thousands of rifles keeping up an incessant roar, and groans and cries from the wounded. Since then I find it was advisable for our boys to retire, on account of the enemy’s severe enfilading fire from a northern hill. The country will be proud of the charge by England’s gallant yeomanry.

THE BRITISH ADVANCE.

GRAPHICALLY DESCRIBED BY A RUGBY SOLDIER.

Corpl Herbert Reynolds, of the Rifle Brigade, son of Mr T Reynolds, of Dunchurch Road, Rugby, in a letter to Mr J W Faulkner, captain of the 2nd Rugby Company of the Boys’ Brigade—in which the writer was formerly Colour-Sergeant—gives a realistic account of the recent capture of German trenches by the British. He says :—

“ On Friday night we went into the assembly trenches, 100 yards behind the fire trench, and lay there all the night. It rained hard all night, so it was a bit uncomfortable crawling around in the mud. At about four o’clock the ‘ fun ’ started. We had to keep our heads pretty low to escape the shells. At six o’clock it really began, The earth trembled and shook, and up went a mine and half of the enemy trench ! My word, it did shift some earth ! Immediately the bombardment started. It was hell itself—one continual burst of high explosives and shrapnel. Then we threw out a smoke screen, and the “ Scotties ” and the Indians charged, capturing the trenches easily. Next our turn came to go over. We lined the fire trench and watched our Captain for the order. He jumped up, waved his stick, ‘Come on,’ he said, and as one man we got over the parapet to face a perfect hell of rifle, machine-gun, and shrapnel fire. At the foot of our barbed wire we lay down in extended order and waited for the next advance. Up and on again ! Down again ! The fire is terrible and we must advance by short 15 yards rushes. The German trench is about 300 yards distant. When we get within about 30 yards we crawl, and then finish up with a rush, and into the trench.

“It is in the hands of our troops, but all the time we are subjected to a terrible enfilade fire. We held the trench for about eight hours, but we could not get our bombs across, so had to give ground before their bombing from the flanks. Men were being blown to pieces, and we were powerless. We hung on to the last and then got the order to retire. You cannot possibly imagine what the shell fire was like, but, believe me, when once you’ve seen in it, well, you are not keen to go again for a bit. The return journey was worse than the outward one, and how I came back whole I don’t know. Just outside the enemy’s trench a piece of shell caught me in the back and ripped a hole in my trousers and pants. It knocked me flying, but it only bruised me a bit. We came back all right though, and lined the support trenches. Then it rained in torrents and we got wet through to the skin. When the news came that we were to go out that night, you can bet we were thankful. The communication trench was knee-deep in water, but we did not mind that so long as every sight of that terrible scene of carnage was left behind.”

LETTERS FROM OLD MURRAYIANS.

Mr W T Coles Hodges, F.E.I.S, headmaster of the Murray School, has received the following letters from old scholars :-

Sapper Alf Brett, R.E., writes :-“ I take this opportunity of a lull in the fighting to describe how things are progressing out here. Of late the fighting has been very heavy. The general offensive was commenced with a vengeance. Previous to September 25th the bombardments were numerous, increasing in severity as the days rolled on. Our guns literally raised a sheet of flame over the German trenches. Shells of various calibre were hurled at their trenches, until in places one could hardly discern their front line. At night it was a glorious spectacle, to see shells bursting, throwing out a brilliant white light, mingled with the star lights, the latter being used for observation purposes. The German losses must have been enormous, and how human beings could live through such a hell of fire is a mystery. Luckily the Germans did not retaliate to a great extent on our trenches. They seem to have a great love for shelling towns and villages. Every place in our neighbourhood is absolutely destroyed ; fine buildings and churches charted and in ruins. Only a short time ago was looking over the remains of a church ; statues of our Lord were lying about in pieces, even a lead coffin from a vault had been hurled into the middle of the church. The roof had fallen in, half of the tower was gone, and one wall had collapsed. Until you actually see such things you cannot realize what a state the country is in. But they are getting full reward for this now. Since the offensive started everyone has been very busy. . . . In the five months I have been out here I have seen a good deal of fighting, although not actually fighting myself. My duty as a telegraphist plays a most essential part in any operation, and very often it brings one into great danger. To sit in a dug-out operating with shells bursting all round you, and expecting one at any minute, to knock the roof in is not a pleasant, position. If one could retaliate, a little satisfaction would be gained. . . . . Although it is a rough and ready life with plenty to do, we can find time for a game of footer or cricket, and we have had a number of exciting games of football. Unfortunately, no one cares for Rugger, the general opinion being that it is far too rough. At headquarters we have a comfortable time. Our dwellings consist of a bivouac built up with sandbags, which serves as dining-room, bedroom, and smoke-room. You can bet we make them as comfortable as circumstances permit. Fights in the air are now a daily occurrence. Our airmen never seem happy unless they are endeavouring to bring down a German Taube, although exposed to the fire of anti-aircraft guns. I have had the pleasure of seeing one German ’plane crash to the ground. . . . I wish all the boys would don the khaki quickly and help their comrades to terminate this business, with Germany crushed and crumpled.

Armr-Staff Sergt H Clarke, A.O.C, attached 7th Kings Shropshire L.I, writes :-“ It is nearly six months since I left the Warwicks to transfer to the Ordnance Corps, and my work now is to look after all the rifles, machine guns, range-finders, and anything in the mechanical line belonging to the battalion. It suits me down to the ground. I don’t think you could beat the team that won the shield without having a point scored against them a few years ago for fighting men, and I hope you still have a team of fellows who will turn tut like they have done, and ready to play the game on a different field to the “ Rec.” The weather out here is getting very cold ; we don’t mind the cold at all, it’s the rain that is the trouble. Things are very funny out here if one has a sense of humour. The best part of all is to hear our chaps trying their French on the people out here. The food is extra so far, and looks like keeping so. The men will fight anything and anybody so long as they have good food.”

Rifleman L Griffith, 7th K.R.R Corps, has also written to Mr Hodges, and states that the Rugby boys remaining in the Battalion are quite well. He adds : I am glad to see that the Old Murray Boys have responded well to the call. The Old Boys have not disgraced the school’s name.

FIVE SONS IN THE ARMY.

Mr and Mrs. Charles Robinson, of Catthorpe, have received the King’s congratulations on the patriotic spirit which has prompted their five sons to give their services at the present time to the Army.

  1. Gunner Arthur Robinson, Garrison Artillery.
  2. Driver Alfred Robinson, A.S.C.; in France.
  3. Gunner Owen Robinson, R.F.A.
  4. Trooper Sidney Robinson, Derbyshire Yeomanry; at Dardanelles.
  5. Driver Percy Robinson, A.S.C.; in France.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Temporary Second-Lieutenant W G Muriel has been promoted temporary lieutenant.

Two collective letters from the Market Place Wesleyan Sunday School have been sent to the soldiers in the trenches who were formerly connected with the school.

The War Office has notified that Pte W G Attenburgh, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, who previous to enlistment was assistant to Mr Trillo, Station Road, Rugby, was killed in the great advance on September 25th. He was a native of Hinckley, and was 26 years of age, and was much respected by Mr Trillo’s patrons.

LIEUT DUNN MISSING.

Second-Lieut R I Dunn, Royal Engineers, son of Mr W Dunn, of Kings Newnham, has been missing since September 25th. He was last seen in the front trench, in company of two officers of the Cameron Regiment.

OLD ST MATTHEW’S BOY WOUNDED.

The Old Boys of St Matthew’s School serving with the Colours are reported to have been wounded : Corpl Frank Jarvis, of the 5th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and Pte Arthur Coles, of the Sherwood Foresters.

Capt and Adjutant A H A Vann, 12th Yorkshires, the Cambridge University hockey player, who recently received the D.S.O, is officially reported to be suffering from gas poisoning and missing. Before the war, Captain Vann was engaged as an assistant master at Mr C G Mallam’s School, at Dunchurch. At that time he played fairly regularly for the Rugby Hockey Club, and also assisted Warwickshire on several occasions. He was also quite a good cricketer.

LATE BOOKING CLERK RECEIVES A COMMISSION.

Corporal Leo Tompkins, of the Northamptonshire Regiment, who was formerly a booking clerk at the L & N.-W. Railway Station at Rugby, has just received a commission as second lieutenant in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Whilst with the Northamptons, he saw a good deal of service in the Ypres district last winter, and was wounded in four places, but is now convalescent.

MR C MARRIOTT LOSES ANOTHER SON.

Mr Charles Marriott, J.P, of Cotesbach Hall, has received information that his son, Second Lieut Digby Marriott, was killed in action recently in France. The sad news was brought by Pte Phillips, who came home on leave on Wednesday. This is the second son Mr Marriott has lost in the war within a few months.

A CLIFTON PATROL LEADER KILLED.

News reached Mr J Lintern, of Clifton, from the War Office, on Wednesday last of the death of his son, Bugler Wilfred Lintern, of the 12th Battalion Rifle Brigade, who fell in action on September 25th, at the great advance. Deceased was employed before he enlisted as a turner at the B.T.H Works, and was a Patrol-Leader of the Clifton Court Scouts.

A STRANGE MISTAKE.

Mr and Mrs E Sleath, of Manor Farm Cottages, Clifton, on Tuesday received official intimation from the Record Office that their son, Rifleman Richard William Sleath, was killed in action on September 25th. This is evidently a mistake, because since that date Mrs Sleath has heard three times from her son, the last letter being written on October 10th ; but the family have been rendered very anxious, inasmuch as another son. Rifleman Fredk Walter Sleath, of the same battalion, has not been heard of since the advance ; although his brother, who is reported killed, has written to say that he has heard that he was wounded in the leg during the charge, would be sent to England. In view of the fact that nothing more has been heard, the family have been forced to the conclusion that there is simply a mistake in the name and number, and that it is Frederick who has been killed. The two brothers enlisted in the 12th Battalion Rifle Brigade, on September 7th, 1914, with Rifleman Lintern, whose death we record this week.

[note: CWGC records the death of Frederick Walter Sleath on 25th Sep 1915]

Lance-Cpl Arthur H Hunt, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, whose parents live at 172 Cambridge Street, Rugby, was wounded in the thigh and knee during the great charge at Loos. He is now in hospital at Lincoln, going on satisfactorily. Lance-Corpl Hunt, before enlistment, was employed at the B T H, and was a playing member of the Park Albion Football Club.

LONG LAWFORD.

WOUNDED IN ACTION.—The following men from this village are reported to be wounded :— Pte G Loydall, E Cox, and G Adams.