4th Apr 1919. Rupert Brooke Memorial, Unveiled by Sir Ian Hamilton

Famous General’s Eloquent Appreciation.
“ A Knightly Presence and a Princely Bearing.”

“ If I should die, think only this of me :
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed :
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam ;
A body of England’s, breathing England’s air,
Washed by her rivers, blest by suns at home ;
And think, this heart, all evil shed away
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given ;
Her sights and sounds dreams happy as her day ;
The laughter, learnt of friends, and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.”

An interesting ceremony took place in Rugby School Chapel on Friday afternoon in last week, when General Sir Ian Hamilton, C.M.G., D.S.O., attended to unveil a portrait medallion which has been erected to the memory of Rupert Brooke, the author of the above lines, and one of the most brilliant of Rugby’s sons, who died at the Isle of Lemnos in the Aegean Sea while serving with the Royal Naval Division in April, 1915.

A distinguished soldier of great literary ability—his vivid despatches from the Dardanelles will for all time rank with the richest gems of the English language—Sir Ian Hamilton was pre-eminently fitted to pay a tribute to the memory of the young poet, whose genius has been so universally acclaimed. Moreover, he had the advantage of the personal friendship of Rupert Brooke, and in a speech of singular beauty and charm he drew a delightful word picture of the magnetic personality of the soldier poet, who “ having all the gifts of the gods, flung them down as if they were three common little dice.”

Prior to the ceremony General Sir Ian Hamilton, who was accompanied by General Sir D. Mercer, Adjutant-General to the Marines, and General Freiberg, was received by a guard of honour, formed by members of the School O.T.C., under Capt. C P. Evers and Cadet Officer A.F.B. fforde, head of the School, which was drawn up in the School Close immediately facing the School House.

The service in the chapel was very brief. It commenced with the hymn, “ There is a river, pure and bright,” after which the opening prayers were said by the Rev. H. H. Symonds. The lesson (Ecclesiasticus li. 13-22) was read by the Headmaster (Canon A. A. David. D.D.). The unveiling ceremony was preceded by Bishop Hebers’ beautiful hymn. “ I praised the earth.”

After unveiling the tablet, Sir Ian Hamilton said :—
“ After four and a half years of war we have come together here in Rugby School Chapel. The time is a time of Armistice—an Armistice which may fling us back into struggles more monstrous than those that have gone before ; or, conceivably, may yet lead us onwards into the paths of peace. To us holding our breaths the issues seem to turn on a hair’s breadth and, at a moment so supreme, nothing less than an over-mastering sentiment could have had power to turn our thoughts from the present to the past. But that, overmastering sentiment existed in our hearts, and would no longer be denied. There is one whose loss we still find time and occasion to deplore. Whilst the hands of the clock never move, but the wolf draws nearer to the door of a starving Continent ; whilst murder and pestilence stalk hand in hand across the great Russian steppes ; whilst memorial shrines turn black with decaying wreaths and names lately famous struggle, and struggle in vain, in the vortex of oblivion, we have come together to this school where Rupert Brooke lived and was best known, to tender our homage to his memory. Is it because he was a hero? There were thousands. Is it because he looked a hero ? There were a few. Is it because he had genius? There were others. But Rupert Brooke held all three gifts of the Gods in his hand ; he held them in his hand only to fling them eagerly down as if they were three common little dice. He cast the dice, but Death had loaded them. Death cheated him in the end, cheated him of the joy of the contest. Worthier hands than mine have awarded the palm amongst young poets to Rupert Brooke. As a soldier I can only say that wherever he has touched upon war, his pen has ennobled the theme, and here I know I speak truly for multitudes of my comrades in arms, also, that his best poems possess a strange shining quality, like lamps that have been lit by the same radiant personality. His personality ! Let me say this of it. I have seen famous men and brilliant figures in my day, but never one so thrilling, so vital, as that of our hero. Like a Prince he would enter a room, like a Prince quite unconscious of his own royalty, and by that mere act put a spell upon every one around him. In the twinkling of an eye gloom changed into light ; dullness sent forth a certain sparkle in his presence. Those who had been touched by the magician’s wand told others, the news spread that here was someone who was distinguished by a nameless gift of attraction, a head and shoulders above the crowd, and it is the memory of this personal magnetism more even than the work his destiny permitted him to fulfil, that adds strength to the roots of his ever growing fame. When on the 4th April, 1915, I inspected the Royal Navel Division at Port Said, I asked if I might see Rupert Brooke. He was sick, it seemed nothing serious ; a touch of the sun. So I went into his tent, where he was lying stretched out on the desert sand looking extraordinarily handsome, a very knightly presence. Whilst speaking to him, my previous fears crystalised into a sudden, clear and strong premonition that he was one of those whom the envious Gods loved too well. So I made my futile effort and begged him to come on my personal staff where I would see to it, he would get serious work to do. I knew the temper of his spirit and I promised him a fair share of danger. He replied just as Sir Philip Sydney would have replied. He would have loved to come, he said, but he loved better the thought of going through with the first landing and the first and worst fighting, shoulder to shoulder with his comrades. He was right. There was nothing more to be said. And so on the afternoon of the 23rd April, when the black ships lay thick on the wonderful blue of the Bay and the troops in their transports steamed out slowly—cheering—wild with enthusiasm and joy, Rupert Brooke lay dying. That boy of genius who had it in his magic pen to have brought home the significance of the Dardanelles to the people of the Empire,—that boy lay dying. He had every gift,—youth, charm, beauty, genius, and he gave them, not that he might fall, as a soldier hopes he may fall, with the shout of victory ringing in his ears, but for nothing—so it may have seemed—ah, but not so really. For here we have the acme of tragedy and by is will Rupert Brooke be remembered when thousands of riper reputations and more fortunate seeming careers have faded for ever from the legends of romance.
“ We have kept the faith,” we said ;
“ We shall go down with unreluctant tread,
Rose crowned into the darkness.” Proud we were.
And laughed, that had such brave, true things to say.
And then you suddenly cried, and turned away.

The prayer of dedication was then offered by the Headmaster, and after the reading of a lesson from Ephesians iii. the service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.

Mrs. Parker Brooke, the poet’s mother, was present, and others in the congregation were General Sir Daniel Mercer and Lady Mercer, General Freiberg, V.C., D.S.O., Mr. E. Marsh, Mrs. Kelly, sister of Lieut F. S. Kelly ; Mr. De La Mare, Mr. Lascelles Abercrombie, Mr. Wilfred Gibson Gibson, Mr. J. C. Squire, Capt. and Mrs. Geoffrey Keynes, Mr. G. A. Chase, Mrs. Russell, Smith, Mrs. Dennis Browne, Mrs. Sewell Bacon, Mr. J. R. Brooke and Miss Brooke.

After the service the visitors were entertained to tea by Mrs. Parker Brooke in New Big School.

Subsequently a memorial concert was given in the Temple Speech Room, at which an “ Elegy for strings,” composed in Rupert Brooke’s memory by his friend, the late Lieut. F. S. Kelly, was played, and the 1914 Sonnets were sung by the School chorus to a setting by Dr. Sydney Nicholson.

The elder son of the late Mr. W. Parker Brooke, an assistant master at Rugby School, and of Mrs. Parker Brooke, of 78 Dunchurch Road, Rupert Brooke was born at Rugby in 1887. He played cricket and football for the School, and in 1905 won a prize for a poem entitled “ The Bastille.” In 1906 he went up to Cambridge, where he was elected to a Fellowship at King’s College, and lectured in the Modern Literature School. In May, 1913, he started a year’s journey through the United States and Canada to the South Sea Islands, and the extremely interesting articles he wrote describing the journey showed that his sympathy and. imagination were wide enough to embrace nearly all he found in the civilisation of America and Polynesia, although they did not damp his sense of humour. His claims to fame rest on his volume of poems published in 1911, and his quarterly contributions to “ New Numbers,’’ published at Gloucester. He had a real lyrical gift, and his poetry is full of beauty and emotion, and although by instinct a classicist, he was truly a modern poet in that he sympathised fully “ with the life that now is.”

When war broke out, he applied for a commission in the Royal Naval Brigade. He took part in the expedition to Antwerp, and at the end of February, 1915, he went to the Dardanelles, where he contracted sunstroke, which led to a serious illness, from which he died on a French Hospital Ship on April 23rd.

In 1916 Yale University awarded him the Howland Memorial Prize for distinction in literature.

The memorial consists of a marble medallion profile portrait, by J. Harvard Thomas,. Chelsea, from a photograph by Shenil Schell. Under the name, “ Rupert Brooke, 1887-1915,” is inscribed his best-known sonnet, “ The Soldier,” which appears at the head of this article. The memorial has been placed on the north main pillar of the nave, the companion pillar bearing Dr. Jex Blake’s memorial, which was unveiled by Mr. Justice Sargant recently.

Mr. Howard Thomas is the sculptor of a number of public statues, and his well-known “ Lycidas ” was familiar to frequenters of the Tate Gallery.


On Saturday a tea and social evening were held at Murray School, Rugby, to celebrate the safe return from the Army of Mr. D. T. Bennett, one of the assistant-masters. The arrangements were made and carried through by the “ old boys ” of Class Upper I. of 1915-16, who were under Mr. Bennett’s tuition when he joined the Forces. Mr. Bennett enlisted in 1915, and after training at the Headquarters Gymnasium, Aldershot, he was appointed sergeant-instructor in the 7th Royal Warwicks. He captained the South Midland Instructors’ bayonet team when they won the garrison championship at Catterick. Later he received a serious injury, from which he is now steadily recovering.

At the tea Fred Norman, on behalf of the “ old boys,’’ welcomed Mr. Bennett home again, and in a brief speech emphasised the kindly feeling which had always existed between the masters and the boys.

Mr. W. T. Coles Hodges, in a speech full of true Murray sentiment, responded, and said as headmaster it gave him great pleasure to find such a healthy spirit of love and appreciation between his staff and the former scholars. He hoped this brotherly feeling would continue and prosper.

Mr. Bennett also thanked the boys for their welcome, and said this show of friendly feeling was one of the greatest honours they could have bestowed upon him. It was a sign that his work had been appreciated, and that true friendship existed between teacher and taught.

During the evening games were played, and a musical programme was sustained by Mr. W. T. Coles Hodges, Miss Cope, Mrs. Ray, Mr. Twells, Reg Burton, Fred Newman, F. Alcock, H. Gay, and former members of the school orchestra.


An interesting ceremony took place on Saturday afternoon in St. Matthew’s Church, Rugby, when the Rev. W. O. Assheton M.A., (Rural Dean), dedicated a stained glass window to the memory of the men who have given their lives in the war. After a short choral service the Rural Dean delivered an appropriate address, in which he said :—We are come together this afternoon to unveil and dedicate a stained glass window to the glory of God, and in memory of the soldiers from this parish who have laid down their lives in the great war. This is one of many such memorials that are being erected in the country to-day—and nothing is more suitable than a window illustrating some familiar scene from the Bible, and carrying our thoughts to those to whose memory the window is placed. The subject is the Raising of Lazarus. Four times in the Gospels do we here of life returning to one who was dead to this world : on this occasion it was Lazarus. Nothing is more striking in the story of the raising of Lazarus than the evidence it gives of our Lord’s view of death. At first He will not use the dread word “death” at all—“Our friend Lazarus is fallen asleep ; I go that I may awake him out of sleep.” And it was only when His disciples showed that they could not understand His meaning. He said plainly, “Lazarus is dead.” And to Martha, too, He would not speak of death. “Whosoever liveth and believeth on Me shall never die.” There is something extraordinarily comforting in those words, and especially for us at this time : it gives us that hope and trust which is so strong that it can carry us along in faith, until we see again those whom we have loved and lost for a while. It is in this story that we have emphasised, more especially, a characteristic of our Lord’s which, above all, endears Him to the human heart. We are told that when he got to the grave, “Jesus wept.” What was it that made Him weep ? Surely not the sense of loss and separation, which we experience when standing by the grave of a friend, because He must have known that Lazarus would be shortly restored to them. Was it not rather His tender sympathy with the sisters in their grief ?-a realisation of all they had gone through, an understanding of their agony of mind.

A sympathetic person is one who can, by force of imagination, put himself in the place of another. Who so well able to do this as the Perfect Man ? In the four years of agony through which our nation has passed, it is the knowledge that Jesus understands, that He sympathises, that He knows the bitterness of our grief, which has enabled many a one to bear their sorrow bravely and uncomplainingly. And more than this, slender though our knowledge be of life immediately beyond the grave, and it is by hints given as in our Lord’s discourses, and in other parts of the New Testament, that we gather the truth that death is but the prelude to a new life. His promise to the dying thief shows it—“ To-day shalt thou be with Me in Paradise.” The story of the rich man and Lazarus implies it ; and when we come to the teaching of St. Paul, we are clearly told by him not to mourn our dead, for he says : “ To depart, is to be with Christ, which is far better.” And again, “ To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” It is only when we begin to understand the great truth that those we have lost are alive and far happier in another sphere that we can take comfort. And so, in the words of the hymn, we say of our blessed dead, they are “ Not dead, but living unto Thee.”

The thought of the sacrifice made for us by our soldiers should inspire us to do our share. Surely there is not one amongst us who has not in these past four years learnt some lesson from the war. It may be the joy of service, it may be the blessedness of sacrifice ; it may be a larger patriotism and citizenship. To some the call has been from a life that was shallow and aimless, to a life of purpose and reality. To some, God and Eternity have, for the first time, become living truths. Whatever the lesson we have learnt, let us cling to it. Don’t let the times of peace and prosperity and of freedom from anxiety make us gradually sink back to what we were before. Our Church life, our life as a nation, will be raised or will be lowered according as to how truly we have learnt our lesson. We can never forget the sacrifice of those countless lives so bravely laid down for King and country. And from their far-off graves a message seems to reach us. It says: “ We died for England , you must live for England.”

After the dedication of the window, the Rev. C. T. Aston (Vicar) read the list of names of fallen parishioners, as under :—Sergt. Albert Ashworth, Pte. Cecil Austin, Pte. Wilfred Austin, Sergt James William Bale, Corpl Frederick Barber, Pte. George Barratt, Str. Henry Barrows, Pte. George Bennett, Str. Edward Baskott, Sec. Lieut. James Baskott, L.-Corpl. Harry Berry, Sergt.-Major William H. Bryant, Dvr. George Frederick Chant, Pte. William Thomas Chater, Pte. Arthur Chater, Pte. D. R. Coleman, Pte. Ernest Henry Colston, Corpl Ernest Dodd, Pte. Cyril Fleet, Pte. John Glynn, Corpl. Thomas Johnson, Pte. William Lee, Pte. Joseph Lendley, Lieut. Douglas L. Little, Sec. Lieut. William Harry Packwood, Pte. John Henry Reynolds, Gnr. Kenneth Bradshaw Robinson, Pte. Henry Sands, Pte. Arthur Henry Sear, Pte. Frederick John Summers, Pte. Alfred Henry Thompson, Pte. Levi Thompson, Sergt.-Major Arthur John Turner, Pte. Joseph Lewis Turner, L-Corpl. Ernest Edward Welch, Sec. Lieut. Basil Whitbread, Capt. A. W. D. Wise, M.C. (Dennis), Lieut. G. E. F. Wise.

The window consists of two panels between which a tablet bearing the roll of honour will be placed. The subject represents scenes from the “ Raising of Lazarus.”


Unusual calm prevailed at the annual parish meeting held at Newbold on Tuesday evening, and the acrimonious spirit which characterised similar meetings in pre-war days was entirely lacking. The principal item on the agenda related to the proposed war memorial, and it is satisfactory to note that the decision reached—i.e., to erect a monument in the churchyard, was a unanimous one.

The meeting was preceded by a Parish Council meeting, at which there were present : Mr. Cotterell E. W. Boughton-Leigh (an the chair), Mr. J. E. Cox (vice-chairman), Rev. Bridgeman G. Boughton-Leigh, Messrs. J. Martin, W Allen, F. Healey (clerk), and F. Follows (late clerk).

The Chairman then introduced the question of the War Memorial. and said he hoped the parish would endeavour to perpetuate the memory of their heroes by a memorial which would be worthy of the lives which had been sacrificed (applause). Some of the proposals which had been put forward were rather extravagant, and some were on a smaller scale, but whatever they did they should try to do it well.—The Rev. J. B. Hewitt said he felt very strongly that what they ought to do was to try to commemorate those who had fallen. Those who had returned, or who would be returning in due course, they would have among them ; but they must make certain that the names of those who had fallen should not be lost. He also thought that some memorial to these men should be erected on sacred ground ; the most suitable place for such a memorial was that ground where these men would eventually have been laid had they remained in the village until the red of their lives—i.e., the churchyard ; a place in which no one person or body of persons had a greater right than another.

Mr. Stone favoured a more conspicuous site in the centre of the village, and he suggested that a public clock might meet with the approval of many.

Rev. B. G. Boughton-Leigh mentioned that in some places Y.M.C.A. Huts, with rooms for lectures, dances, and recreation were being erected at a cost of £400. It might be possible, he suggested, to do something of this kind in addition to erecting a memorial in the churchyard, which he thought was an excellent idea, especially if the site chosen was between the church and the road. He did not favour erecting anything that would entail a great future expense in its upkeep.

Mr. Cox suggested that this difficulty could be met by endowing the memorial. He did not like the idea of erecting a building for games, etc. He would prefer to see some almshouses built, if possible.

Mr. H. Clarke suggested that tablets bearing the names of the fallen should be placed in both places of worship in addition to on the monument.

It having been formally decided that a memorial shall be erected, Mrs. Hewitt, on behalf of the women who have suffered, supported the proposal to erect the memorial in a sacred place. At all events, if they decided to have other memorials, one at least should be placed on sacred ground. There was no sacredness about the cross-roads. Children played and laughed there, and a monument erected at such a spot would bring no idea of the reverence which ought to be shown to their glorious dead. What would the women think if they saw that mud had been thrown on the monument raised in memory of their dead ? Such a monument should be placed where women when they passed by would bow, men would raise their hats, and the children would go past quietly and hush their voices in memory of these wonderful men and their glorious deeds. She spoke, she concluded, from a woman’s point of view, who has lost and suffered.

The Rev. J. P. Hewitt said from the whole parish, including Lawford, there would be 50 names to go on the monument, of which number 27 or 28 belonged to Newbold village. He thought it would be a good idea, he said, to commemorate the names from the whole of the ecclesiastical parish. It would also be as well to have the names engraved in bronze, in which case castings could be made for both the church and the chapel.—In reply to a question, Mr. Hewitt said he understood that the cost of a memorial, including the tablets, would be about £250.—Rev. B. G. Boughton-Leigh : We should want another £100 for the endowment fund.—The Chairman supported Mr. Hewitt’s suggestion, and said he believed that the relatives of men who had fallen would prefer nothing better than a monument in the churchyard, although he would like in some way also for the parish to show that they were not unmindful of the men who had offered the sacrifice, which, thank God, had not been accepted. However, he did not think that they would be able to erect a monument worthy of their heroes for £200, and he would suggest that they should aim at £500, although he did not know where the money was to come from. He did not think they ought to look to a few to subscribe the necessary funds, but rather that the monument should be a reflection of the gratitude felt by everyone.

Mr. Stone suggested that every working man in the village should promise to subscribe 1s. out of every £1 he earned during the coming year, provided the Chairman would give 1s for every pound he possessed.—The Chairman : You might say earned.—Mr. Stone : You can afford that as easily as a working man can afford 1s out of each pound he earns.—The Rev Bridgeman Boughton-Leigh said he would be willing to give 5a out of every pound he earned, but unfortunately members of the Parish Council and Rural District Council were not paid.—Mr. Stone : But you are very eager to get there.—Rev. B. Boughton-Leigh : I should not want to go there but for the fact that I wish to do good for the place in which I live. If you don’t want me to work for your good, I don’t mind, but so long as you wish me to serve you I will.—Mr. Dodson inquired if relatives would be allowed to place wreaths on the monument.—Rev. J. B. Hewitt : Yes, provided they are not artificial ones.—Eventually the Rev. Bridgeman Boughton-Leigh proposed that a monument be erected in the churchyard, and that a subscription list be sent round to see if a generous response would be forthcoming, with the object of raising at least £500. The Chairman seconded, and it was carried unanimously. The following Committee was elected to make the necessary arrangements : Rev. J. R and Mrs. Hewitt, Rev. B. G. Boughton-Leigh, Mrs. Harvey, Miss Cox, Mrs J. Gamble, Mrs. W. Hipwell, Mrs J. B. Day, Mrs Clarke, Messrs. C. E. W. Boughton-Leigh, J. E. Cox, J. Martin, and W. Allen. Mr. F. Healey promised to act as secretary.


A public meeting was held in the schools on Monday evening for the purpose of considering a letter from the Charity Commissioners in reference to the proposed amalgamation of funds for the purpose of building a village hall as a war memorial.

Mr. A. T Cockerill presided, and there were also present : Mrs. Parnell, Mrs. F. Dyson, Mrs. Allard. Mrs. C. W. Perkins, Major Nickalls, Capt. Miller. Messrs. C. Allard, W. Warren, H Capell, T. Mercer, P. Barnett, A. Fitter, G. Blackwell, Marriott, F. Clayson, &c.

The Chairman having read the letter in question, said it was for them to say whether they would accept the terms as stated or not.

Capt. Miller said he failed to see how they could accept the terms offered. Personally, he did not see how they could hand over any money they might collect and have no share in the control. It was rather one-sided.

Major Nickalls was of the same opinion, and said if he was in order he would move that the terms as offered be not accepted. Of course, they were all aware that the Vicar had resigned, and it would probably be some mouths before his successor was appointed. Until that was done they would not be in a position to get his views on the matter. In his opinion, the best thing to do was to start collecting at once. The war was already being forgotten, and every day lost would mean less money.

Mr. Brown, in seconding the resolution, said he supposed they were still willing to negotiate with the Charity Commissioners for better terms.

The resolution was put to the meeting and carried.


Mr C. J Cooper, the secretary of the Rugby Local Central Committee, has received intimation from the Controller of the National War Savings Committee, that, through the generosity of the Army Council, a tank has been offered to Rugby. The offer has been communicated to the Chairman and Clerk of the Urban District Council, who have expressed their pleasure to accept the offer. The matter will be brought before the next meeting of the Council, and it is hoped later on to make arrangements, in co-operation with the Local War Savings Committee for the reception of the tank. It is impossible at present to indicate even approximately the date on which it will arrive.


ASHWORTH.—In memory of Sergt. ALBERT ASHWORTH, killed in action on April 9, 1917, B.E.F.
“ One sigh perchanced of work unfinished here,
Then a swift passing to a mightier sphere.”
—From all at home

BURTON.—In loving memory of our dear son, Pte. ALFRED JOSEPH BURTON (London Regiment), killed in action April 5, 1918.—“ He died . . . that we might live.”—From Father & Mother, also Brothers, Sisters, and Alice.

CHAMBERS.—In loving memory of FRED CHAMBERS, who died of wounds in France on April 4, 1918.—“ Lost to sight, but to memory ever dear.”—From his loving Wife.

GOODGER.—In loving memory of MAURICE GOODGER, who died of wounds in France on April 4, 1917.—“ God moves in a mysterious way.”—From Father, Mother, Brothers and Sister.

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.

20th Jul 1918. Obtaining Sugar by False Statements


Frank Nightingale, clerk, 20 Essex Street, Rugby, was summoned for making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining sugar for preserving fruit.—He pleaded not guilty.—Mr Reddish, for the prosecution, stated that defendant applied for sugar for preserving fruit grown by himself, and signed a declaration to the effect that he estimated that he would have 20lbs of soft fruit and 30lbs of hard fruit, in consequence of which he was allotted 10lbs of sugar for the former and 14lbs for the latter. On July 1st Mr Purchase (Enforcement Officer) called at defendant’s house and asked to see the fruit trees, in respect of which he had made the application. Defendant replied that he had twelve gooseberry trees and eight or ten currant trees, also some vegetable marrows. He added that the trees were not there, but on his allotment in Newbold Road. The Enforcement Officer asked when he could go to inspect the trees, and defendant replied, “ Not this evening, as I am due at a meeting shortly.” An appointment was made for the following evening, and when Mr Purchase kept the appointment defendant informed him that he had sent a letter on the matter to the office. This letter was to the effect that his application was not strictly in accordance with the regulations ; the trees were his own property, but were not on his own ground. He purchased them last July from Mr Allfrey, and they were still at Radford, near Leamington, unless they had been removed. He was prepared to surrender the permit for 14lbs of sugar which had not been used, and regretted that he had misled the committee, but his claim was perfectly just, as he would have sufficient soft fruit to use up more than the 10lbs of sugar. He had intended to plant the trees—twelve gooseberry and eight or nine currant in his allotment, but owing to delay in obtaining the land it was impossible to plant them in time. He therefore decided to leave them until the autumn, and was paying the person on whose land the trees were a small sum for the convenience. He was willing to surrender the permit for 14lbs, and suggested that he should be allowed to use the remainder. On July 4th Mr Nightingale wrote another letter to the committee, stating that he had a number of raspberry canes and currant trees in his garden which in a normal year would have yielded 20lbs of fruit ; and he therefore, claimed that his application was not a contravention of the order. The yield of the trees was 5lbs, and he asked that his application should be reduced by 75 per cent. In consequence of this letter, Mr Purchase called to see the trees, and found 14 raspberry canes, looking very sick, and which he estimated might yield 2lbs, and one red currant tree, which might yield 1ld. He asked Mr Nightingale about his Radford trees, and defendant then said he had purposely given a wrong name. He still persisted in saying that he owned the trees, but said he would not disclose the name of the person from whom he bought them. Other circumstances had arisen, as a result of which he refused to give any further names, but would take the whole responsibility himself.—Mr Reddish pointed out that the letter of July 4th was not signed, whereupon defendant signed it in Court.

After Messrs Burton and Purchase had given evidence, Defendant deposed that the declaration he made was perfectly true. The trees owned by himself, but which were not actually on the land which he was cultivating, did not enter into the question, as they had nothing to do with the statement he signed on April 3rd, because he included rhubarb and marrows in his estimate.—Mr Burton pointed out that it was not until after the application forms had been sent in that the committee decided to include rhubarb and marrows. Continuing, defendant said he had 10 pairs of raspberry canes and four single canes in his house garden, and he estimated that they would yield 15lbs of fruit, and that the currant tree would yield 5lbs.—Mr Reddish pointed out that the committee did not know which of defendant’s statements to believe.—Defendant : I actually own the trees in the neighbourhood of Leamington, but the name of the man bought them from was not Allfrey.—Mr Reddish : Don’t you see that the effect of that statement was that Mr Purchase could not investigate the facts ?—A : Yes.—The Chairman : Can’t you give the name now ?—A : No—for a particular reason.—The Chairman : It all goes against you ?—A : Unfortunately it does. I am aware of that.—The Chairman : You have been guilty of a very deliberate fraud, and we fine you £10.


Practically everyone in this district has now received his or her ration book, and those which have not yet been delivered belong for the most part, to those persons who omitted to fill in the address on the application form. It was hoped that the work of despatching the books would be completed on Saturday last, and the failure to do this is in no way attributable to Mr J T Clarke and his staff of voluntary helpers, but rather to the carelessness of the general public, no fewer than 2,800 forms having to be sent back for corrections, in addition to upwards of 600 which contained no address. By the middle of the present week about 400 of these persons had been traced, but there were still about 200 cards waiting to be despatched.

Some idea of the magnitude of the task involved in the distribution of the books may be gleaned from the fact that between 45,000 and 46,000 books have been despatched to about 12,000 households, and that the most assiduous worker cannot average more than eleven sets of books per hour. Valuable assistance in the work has been lent by squads of boys from Rugby School and the Lower School and a number of ladies. Some of the elementary school teachers seized the opportunity to assist which was afforded by the closing of the schools through influenza.

Under the new scheme three coupons instead of two can be used for butchers’ meat, but the value of each coupon has been reduced from 8d to 7d. The coupons marked a/a, b/b, and c/c are available for butchers’ meat ; but the fourth, marked d/d, can only be used for bacon, poultry, tinned meat, &c ; 8ozs of bacon with bone or 7ozs without bone can be obtained with each coupon.

The values of the other coupons are :—Sugar, 8ozs per coupon ; butter, 4ozs per coupon ; margarine, 5ozs per coupon ; lard, 2ozs per coupon. Tea will be obtainable without the production of coupons, but only from the dealer with whom the person is registered. Retailers have received instructions not to allow more than 2ozs per head per week.

NO RATIONING OF BREAD.—One of the spare pages in the new ration books was originally intended for the rationing of bread, but it is now considered extremely unlikely that this will come into force. “ One can almost say with certainty,” said an official at the Ministry of Food on Saturday, “ that bread will not be rationed this year.”


With the approach of the end of the term the accounts of the above have just been closed and show that during the course of the last twelve weeks 183 squads (averaging about eight members to a squad) have gone out to assist the neighbouring farmers. In the month of May the squads planted about 80 acres at potatoes ; later on they spudded or hoed shout 280 acres of corn-land. and lately they have assisted in harvesting about 145 acres of hay, as regards about half of this acreage doing all the work themselves with the exception of rick-building. Payment in the case of only one squad out of the 183 has been cancelled by agreement on the score of careless work, and this record reflects much credit on the squad leaders.

The earnings total up to £167. The expenses come to £27, including purchase and repair of tools £8, and extra rations of tea and cake or bread £14. The balance of about £140 has been voted by the squads to the following objects : Hospital of St Cross £25, Rugby Prisoners of War £25, Mine-sweepers’ Fund £20, St Dunstan’s £20, Y.M.C.A. £15, Blue Cross £5, Serbian Relief £5. £25 is reserved as a guarantee against loss on the Holiday Farming Camp, but if this contingency does not arise the sum is ear-marked for the Home Mission of the School.


Second-Lieut J L Griffin, 2nd Hampshires, has been awarded the Military Cross. Lieut Griffin was in the office of the late Lieut Ivan B Hart-Davies, Rugby.

Lance-Corpl F H Bert Warden, Royal Warwicks, who was posted as missing on August 27th last, is now presumed to have been killed on that date. He was a member of “ E ” Company at the outbreak of war, and went to France in March, 1915. For 18 months previous to his death he was a Lewis gunner, and had been recommended for a commission. He had been wounded four times previously. He was 20 years of age, and the younger son of the late Mr Edward Warden, who was for many years on the staff of the “ Midland Times.”


Pte A J Bennett, R.W.R, son of Mr T Bennett, of 8 Gladstone Street, New Bilton, has been severely wounded in the leg and feet. He is 18 years of age, and had only been in France a month when he received his wounds. Three of his elder brothers are serving. The eldest—Driver C H Bennett, A.S.C—was wounded during the Retreat from Mons, and has recently been invalided home from Salonika. The second—Pte W E Bennett, Welsh Fusiliers—has been wounded twice, and is still in hospital ; while the fourth—Pte A V Bennett, R.W.R—is serving in Mesopotamia, and was recently a patient in hospital suffering from a fractured knee.

PTE WM CLARKE MISSING.—Mrs Clarke has been informed that her husband has been missing since March 26th. He had been in France some length of time. He joined the Warwicks under Lord Derby’s scheme more than two years ago, and was later transferred to the Oxford and Bucks L.I. He had two bad attacks of dysentry, and on one occasion was sent home. Before the War he had been employed in the Celluloid Department of Messrs Bluemel’s (Ltd) at Wolston for 14 years. He has four children, and the youngest is only a few weeks old. Much sympathy is felt for his wife and family. At one time he proved an excellent bowler in many matches for the Brandon and Wolston Cricket Club. He has two more brothers on active service.

MILITARY MEDAL.—Major-General C R R McGregor in charge of Administration Southern Command, presented about 90 medals to soldiers at the 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, on Tuesday, July 9th. Pte F Loach, of this village, was presented with the Military Medal and bar. It was when he won the bar to his medal that he received the wound which caused him to be discharged from the Army.

PRISONER OF WAR.—Pte F J Sinclair, who in last week’s issue was reported missing, has now written home saying he is a prisoner of war in Germany.

WOUNDED.—News is to hand that Pte Percival Russell, R.W.R, who is attached to the British contingent off the Italian front, has been injured in the eyes and face from the effects of a bomb explosion. Pte Russell had located an Austrian outpost, and was witnessing its destruction by our bombers, and being in too close proximity, some of the splinters reached him and inflicted the injury he sustained.


The King has been graciously pleased to sanction the use of the title, “ Volunteer Battalions of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment,” for the Battalions of this Volunteer Force in Warwickshire, and of which the Rugby Volunteers form “ B ” Company of the 2nd Battalion.

“ B ” Company (Rugby) of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, R.W Regiment, met Rugby School O.T.C in a shooting match on the Clifton range last week, in which the O.T.C scored a total of 427 points against 392 by the Volunteers. Scores :—O.T.C : Second-Lieut Juts, 63 ; Sergt Bourne, 57 ; Corpl Roberts, 53 ; Sergt Kerr, 52 ; Lance-Corpl Berendt, 52 ; Pte Weinberg, 51 ; Sergt Nisbet, 50 ; Corpl Finch, 49. “ B ” Company : Q.M.S Alderson, 55 ; Pte Edwards, 54 ; Lance-Corpl Pywitt, 54 ; Sergt Murray, 49 ; Corpl Seymour, 49 ; Corpl Batchelor, 47 ; Lance-Corpl Burton, 42 ; Pte Mochrie, 42.

THE MASQUERADERS’ COSTUME CONCERT PARTY are giving a performance in the Co-operative Hall on Wednesday, July 24th, in aid of the Royal Artillery Prisoners of War Fund. This party is composed of officers, cadets, N.C.O’s, and members of the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps of the No. 3 R.F.A Cadet Officers’ School, Weedon, who, in their spare time, are endeavouring to assist various war funds and charities. The Masqueraders have met with considerable success at the various places they have visited, and an enjoyable evening’s entertainment is guaranteed to all who patronise this performance. For full particulars see advt.

To the Editor of the Advertiser.
SIR,—Local munition factories are hard put to it for timber among other materials, and recently the absence of common packing timber seriously delayed the despatch of important Admiralty munitions which were being telegraphed for. What a contrast to see within a few miles of Rugby thousands of pounds being expended in materials and labour, including much timber, on a house apparently intended for private occupation solely. Are Government permits responsible for such a strange diversion of effort and material ? In any event, the facts are as stated.—Your obedient servant,
July 16th.


An interesting question was raised by the application of a master tailor (38, married).—On behalf of applicant Mr Eaden said his client was a Russian-Jew. Three years ago he applied for naturalisation, but this was not granted. He was born in Ukrania, and under the Military Service Act he was not liable for service ; but under the Military Service Allies Convention Act, 1917, mutual arrangements were come to between the Allied States, by which such men became liable for service if they remained in the country. Since the passing of this Act, owing to the disruption in Russia, the various States in that Empire, including Ukrania, had broken away and had formed self governing countries. The contention now was that this man did not come under either of the Acts cited, and that he was a free person to go his own way. This point had been fought out before Tribunals and the Police Court, and 47 Russian-Jews in Birmingham, Coventry, and Rugby were involved. When these men were taken to the Police Court as absentees it was the practice to adjourn the cases sine die until after a decision was given in the High Court in the test case of Wolf Cohen, of Coventry. For this reason he asked for exemption until the question was definitely settled.—Mr Hoper said the official instructions were that Russians were to be recruited.—Mr Eaden said if this was done his client would stand in with the others mentioned as the subject of an independent State.—Mr Hoper : The British Government do not recognise these different divisions. There is only one Government as far as we know officially.—Mr Wise said, in view of the fact that a case pending in the High Court, it would be practically impossible for a Bench to convict a man as an absentee until the decision was given.—The case was adjourned for 28 days.


KENDRICK.—At Duston War Hospital, Northampton, on the 16th inst, from pneumonia, Private HAROLD KENDRICK, A.S.C., aged 33. eldest son of Harry and Elizabeth Kendrick, of 14 Warwick Street, Rugby.

NEALE.—On July 11th, 1918, in Hospital at Dover, after a very short illness, Pte. E. J. NEALE, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Neale, of Burton Dassett, age 25 years.
God took our loved one from our home,
But never from our hearts.
Too far away thy grave to see,
But not too far to think of thee.
No one knows the silent heartache,
Only those can tell
Who have lost their loved and dearest
Without saying “ Farewell.”
—Sadly missed by a loving wife, mother, father, brother, and sisters.


DAVENPORT.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Gunner W. E. DAVENPORT, killed in action July 18, 1916.
“ Somewhere in France our dear son sleeps :
A hero laid to rest.”
—Sadly missed by his Mother, Father, and Sisters (Harborough Magna).

DICKEN.— In ever loving memory of Lce-Corpl S. H. DICKEN, who died of wounds in France, July 20th, 1916.
If God should call us to resign,
What most we prized it ne’er was mine ;
We only yield Thee what is Thine,
Thy will be done.
—Fondly remembered by brother and sister, Will and Amy.

HIPWELL.— In ever-loving memory of our dear son, Pte. JOHN HIPWELL, Lilbourne, who died of wounds received in action in France on July 23, 1916. Interred in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt, south-west of Albert.
“ 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.
He sleeps beside his comrades
In a hallowed grave unknown ;
But his name is written in letters of love
On the hearts he left at home.”
—Never forgotten by his Father, Mother, Sister and Brothers.

LENTON.—In loving memory of our dear brother, Pte. W. LENTON, who died from wounds in France, July 19th, 1916. Ever remembered by Erne and Ethel, 64 Wood Street, Rugby.

LENTON.— In proud and loving memory of WILL, dearly loved son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. Lenton, who died in France July 19th, 1916.—Ever in the thoughts of Tom, Ma, and Family.

SMITH.—In ever-loving memory of Pte. S W. E. SMITH, Royal Fusiliers, killed in action at Beaumont Hamel on July 21, 1916.

WAREING.— In loving memory of Pte. STANLEY WAREING, 10th Warwickshire Regt., aged 18 years. Only dearly-beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. James Wareing, Lilboune Farm, killed somewhere in France, July 23rd. 1916.
Days of sadness still come o’er us,
Tears in silence often flow,
Thinking of the day we lost you,
Just two years ago.
Too far away thy grave to see.
But not too far to think of thee.
From his sorrowing Mother, Father, Sisters, & Uncle.


Bennett, George Edward. Died 14th Jul 1917

George Edward Bennett was born in December quarter of 1896 and baptised on 12th December at St Andrews Parish Church. His parents were William  Bennett and Elizabeth (nee Birks) who had been married at St Matthews Church in March 1884. William came from Brixton, London and Elizabeth had been born in Stoke on Trent

George was their second son and at the time of his birth they were living at 41 Sun Street and William was a painter.

By 1891 another son had been born and they lived at 3 Warwick St. William was a painter and paper hanger. In 1901 William and Elizabeth Bennett and their eight children, including 14 year old George, were living at 16 Union Street. They were still at that address in 1911, but two of the children had died. George, now aged 24, was a house decorator and paper hanger.

George Edward enlisted under Lord Derby’s scheme in December 1915. He was originally in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (private, 4824) but later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps Infantry (no. 72147)

He was killed in action on the 14th July 1915 and was buried at Sunken Road Cemetery, at Fampoux, a few miles east of Arras. He was probably killed during the stalemate after the 3rd Battle of the Scarpe.

The Rugby Advertiser of 28th July 1917 has the following announcement
Mr and Mrs Bennett of 16 Union Street, have received intimation of the death of their son Pte George E Bennett, Royal Warwickshire Regt, on the Western Front. Pte Bennett was 30 years of age and an old boy of St Matthew’s School.

An inscription “PEACE PERFECT PEACE” was added to his gravestone by his sister Miss Mary Ruth Bennett.



11th Sep 1915. Dogged Determination to Win


Second-Lieut A K Bennett, of Elmdon House, Rugby, writes home from the Dardanelles in a letter dated 24th August (at which date he was fighting in the Anzac region), as follows:

“ We are now in the thick of it. I was sent of last night to piquet a line at a place called ‘Dead Man’s Hollow.’ We had to dig ourselves in under a perfect hail of bullets. We kept on digging up dead Turks, which stank like poison. It is fair murder out here : just this very instant one of our men has dropped with a wound in his thigh. They are using us as R.E and ordinary infantry. Our men stick it quite well.

“ The nights are very trying, however, for one’s nerves. There is not one step you can take without the fear of being mown down by machine guns or snipers.

“ I am quite well, but very tired. A wash, shave, or sleep is out of the question. The mail is the only enjoyment we get out here. France must be a picnic to this show. Now as I look in front of me I can see a large bay, and monitors are coming close into the shore to fire over our heads. They do excellent work round here.

“ I was taking a party of men to help to shift the wounded the other day, when a huge shell burst just over us. It was like having your back blown through your chest.

“ If you could never imagine how we are situated. The landing here must have been a miracle. Dust blows down our throats and parches them ; we may march miles up gullies and down saps without a drop of water. Every step you take feels as if a great piston was sticking the top of your head, and you simply keep on like a machine.

“ I have made up my mind to come through this lot somehow. Things are going on as well as can be expected, and we all fight on with the dogged determination to win.


Sapper T A Ramsey (Rugby), who is with the Royal Engineers at the Dardanelles, writing home, says :—“ We are again in the thick of it. We have been here only a few days, but in that time I have seen a lot, and also done something. The place where we are now cannot be compared with the one where we were before. The other place was a girls’ school compared with this. Ten of us were an a dangerous job a few nights ago. We had to go out in front of our trenches and bring the barbed wire fence (entanglements) in. It was a job, and we were under fire the whole time. Two of the party were wounded in this operation, and Sapper Ramsey continues : ” This was on a night previous to an attack at early dawn. We had to stand by all night, and most probably you will have seen from the papers how it came off before you get this letter. We have got plenty of work to do here, both good and dangerous, but I am glad to say all our company are standing it well, and I am feeling grand and in fine condition, and not in the least down-hearted and miserable.”

0n August 22nd Sapper Ramsey wrote stating that he was on a hospital ship owing to an accident which occurred to him on the previous Monday. While he was at work in a well he was injured in the ear and head by a pick, and unfortunately septic poisoning had set in. He anticipated undergoing an operation that afternoon.


Mr J W Colcutt, 6 Abbey Street, has received news that his son, Pte Ed Colcutt, 2nd Hants, was wounded in the ankle and heel by shrapnel bullets in the first week in August in the Dardanelles. Pte Colcutt, who enlisted at the outbreak of war, throwing up a clerical appointment in the B.T.H Lamp Factory to do so, is at present in a hospital at Alexandria, and is doing well.


FRANK ELLIOTT REPORTED KILLED.-Private Frank Elliott, the youngest son of Mr Charles and Mrs Elliott, of Brook Street, is reported to have been killed on the 10th August. The parents have not yet received official intimation from the War Office. They obtained the news through the following letter :—“Dear Mrs Elliott,-I am sending you a line, as Frank, being a great pal of mine here—and I am very sorry to say that his duty was finished on the 10th August—was shot through the heart, and died almost instantaneously, after a very gallant fight. Please excuse me writing, but I thought you would like to know. I am still safe, and trust to keep so. I think this is all. From yours, &c, T WALLACE.” Only on the 9th of August Frank Elliott was reported by a wounded soldier to have carried another wounded soldier two miles to a place of safety. While living at Wolston he was a member of the Brandon and Wolston Football Club, and played a good game at half-back. He was fighting at the Dardanelles.


A letter has been received from Lance-Corpl G H Tompkins, who is serving with the 5th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry in Flanders, as follows :- “ Where we were was the hottest fire in the whole line. Sleep was out of the question. Old soldiers told us they had never been through anything like it before. . . . Last Saturday our battalion paraded, and our Colonel addressed us for the work we had done, and said he must mention the special work done by six men. I was the sixth man, and I was commended for sticking to my post under heavy shell fire and cheering my men up. After it was over most of the men shook hands with me, and my sergeant-major told me he had put in my name for another stripe. . . . The prisoners we have taken tell us that the chief of topics of conversation in their trenched are our artillery—and peace.” Lance-Corpl G H Tompkins, before the war, was employed in the Coventry Works of the B.T.H Company.


Mr J S Brown, Coventry, having urged the Postmaster-General to reduce the parcel charges to the Expeditionary Force, has received a letter stating that as a considerable increase in the number of parcels would immediately follow reduction, it is not practicable to proceed further with the question which Mr Brown raised.

The “ Pals Company,” as such, has ceased to exist. Under the four-company system Rugby and Leamington each provide two platoons to form “ C ” Company. The Leamington platoons are Nos. 11 & 12.

St Thomas’s Hospital possesses a bed endowed anonymously in memory of Tom Hughes, the inscription being as follows :-“ March, 1899. Anon. Tom Hughes’ bed. In memory of Tom Hughes, Q.C, author of ‘Tom Brown’s School Days.’ Born 1823, died 1896.”

The Minister of Munitions has made an Order under section 4 of the Munitions of War Act, declaring 180 additional establishments, including Bluemels (Wolston), as controlled establishments under the Act as from Monday last. A total of 715 establishments have now been declared as controlled under the Act from the date of the first Order, July 12th to September 6th inclusive.

Mr Allan Hand, Conservative agent for the Rugby Division, is leaving Rugby on Sunday for a destination “ somewhere ” on the East Coast to join the 81st Provisional Battalion as second lieutenant. Mr Hand would have been accepted for foreign service some time ago, but was suffering from varicose veins, for which he underwent an operation last October, but it did not result in an entire cure. The War Office is now accepting for home service men who were not considered physically fit for active service.

There is no longer any secret as to the intentions of the Government in relation to men of recruitable age—from 19 to 41 years of age. Their names are available, as a result of national registration, and local authorities are busily engaged in transferring the necessary particulars to the much-discussed pink forms. These will shortly be handed to the military authorities, who will take steps to organise recruiting on much more extensive lines than at present. The voluntary system will, of course, be strictly adhered to.

The recent notice issued by the War Office in reference to rifles and ammunition has, it is stated, been received by Volunteer Training Corps with derision. The War Office has graciously announced that Volunteers will be permitted to purchase rifles and ammunition, but they attach a condition that rifles must not cost more than £2 10s, and ammunition not more than £5 per 1,000 rounds. It is pointed out that at the present time it is impossible to get a reliable weapon at the price mentioned. Ammunition, too, costs at least £6 per 1,000 rounds.


News has just been received at the Murray School that two other Old Murrayians, both of whom are well known to the younger generation of “ old boys,” have made the supreme sacrifice—Walter Ransome, who left the town about 12 years ago, was a steward on the Good Hope, and went down with the vessel in the battle in the Pacific ; and Rifleman Harold Evans, K.R.R, was killed in France on August 7th.


The past week has been another good one so far as recruiting is concerned, and 17, the majority being Rugby men, have been attested at the Drill Hall, as under :—F Corbett, F H Potton, J Bennett, 0 Askew, J Bryan, P A Gilks, C Griffin, C J Wilson, F J Blundell, T Kenny, 220th Fortress Co, R.E ; A G Horsefall, R.A.M.C ; J Ellis, L New, A.S.C ; E Haynes, R.F.A ; A Burton, R.G.A ; T Kirby and H G Busson, Royal Warwicks.


Mr J J McKinnell. chairman of the Rugby Urban District Council, has received the following letter from the War Office under date September 8th :-

“ SIR,—I am commanded by the Army Council to offer you and those associated with you their sincere thanks for having raised the 220th (Army Troops) Company (Rugby), Royal Engineers, of which the administration has now been taken over by the Military Authorities.

The Council much appreciate the spirit which prompted your offer of assistance, and they are gratified at the successful results of the time and labour devoted to this object, which has added to the armed forces of the Crown the services of a fine body of men.

The Council will watch the future career of the Company with interest, and they feel assured that when sent to the front it will maintain the high reputation of the distinguished Corps of which it forms part.—I am, sir, your obedient servant, “ B B CUBITT.”