2nd Mar 1918. Food must not be Wasted


Under the Waste of Foodstuffs Order, 1918, which came into force on Monday, it is an offence for a person to waste any foodstuffs or permit it to be wasted.

The definition of waste is given as follows :—

(a) Whenever the foodstuff, being fit for use in human food, is wilfully or negligently damaged or is thrown away ; or

(b) Whenever any person having the control or custody of the foodstuffs omits to take any precaution which ought reasonably to be taken for its preservation ; or

(c) Whenever a person procures for any purpose a greater quantity of foodstuff than is reasonably required for such purpose, and any part of such foodstuff becomes unfit for human food ; or

(d) Whenever any person having the disposal of the foodstuff unreasonably retains the same undisposed of until the same becomes unfit for human food.

An exception is made in the case of trade waste not arising from want of due care, where the trader has been ready to sell foodstuff at reasonable prices, and could not reasonably have made it available for human food otherwise than by way of sale.

Any person authorised in writing by the Food Controller may enter premises where he has reason to believe that foodstuff is being wasted and may take samples.


The Food Distribution Scheme now being set on foot in the above Districts will come into force on MONDAY, 25th MARCH NEXT.

The Foodstuffs to be first rationed will be Butter, Margarine, Tea. and Meat.

Ration Cards will be issued, one for Butter, Margarine, and Tea, and one for Meat.

Forms of application are now being delivered through the Post Office to every house in the district, and it is hoped that the delivery of these will be completed this week. The following is a table of dates which everyone must keep carefully in mind, as it is essential to the smooth working of the Scheme that the dates shall be strictly adhered to:—

WEDNESDAY, 6th MARCH.— Last day for receiving Shopkeepers’ Applications for Registration as Retailers.

SATURDAY, 9th MARCH.— Last day for receiving applications from the Public for Food Cards.

Do.     Do.            Last day for receiving applications from Caterers and Institutions for Authorities to obtain supplies.

THURSDAY, 14th MARCH.— Last day for Public to lodge their Food Cards with their chosen Retailers.

FRIDAY, 15th MARCH.— Last day for Caterers and Institutions to lodge their Authorities with Retailers.

SATURDAY, 16th MARCH.— Last day for receiving Retailers’ Returns of Individual Cards and Caterers and Institutions Authorities lodged with them.


An Enquiry Office for the Rationing Section has been opened at Benn Buildings, Rugby,

where all information may be obtained.

F. M. BURTON, FREDK. FELLOWS. ) Executive Officers.
Food Office, Rugby, 28th February, 1918.


In the “ London Gazette ” of February 18th the following appeared :—
Awarded bar to Military Cross, Capt Thomas Ainsworth Townsend, M.C, R.A.M.C ; M.C gazetted 25th November, 1916.

Capt Townsend (son of Mr T S Townsend, of Clifton Manor) has been serving in France since 1915. He is regimental surgeon to the 20th London Regiment.

SOLDIER’S WEDDING.—On Saturday a very pretty wedding took place at St. Peter’s Church between Sergt C A Carter, R.F.A, nephew of Mr & Mrs G East, Daventry Road, Dunchurch, and Miss Allen, of Grosvenor Road, Rugby. The Rev — Perry officiated,and the bride was given away by her father. Her two sisters were bridesmaids, and her youngest brother was best man. The guests numbered between 30 and 40, and there were many handsome presents. Sergt Carter has been in the Army nine years, and has been in the fighting ever since the War began. He wears the bronze star. He goes to back to the front again to-day (Saturday), and leaves Dunchurch with the best wishes of the parishioners.

There are now


Six Standard Food Parcels, of an average gross weight of 10lbs, each parcel are sent to every man in the course of every four weeks, in addition to 26 lbs. of Bread.

The cost to provide for the 72 local men is now


Are you helping to provide for our own Men ?

The poor boys count on the parcels, not merely as a means of keeping body and soul together, but as the break in the monotony of their prison life, which saves them from unutterable despair.

Proofs of this are abundant in the assurances of exchanged prisoners that the parcels stood between them and starvation, and they speak not only for themselves but for their comrades who are still in captivity.

DONATIONS or promises of regular or Monthly subscriptions, which will be gladly acknowledged, should be sent to


Hon. Organising Secretary,


9, REGENT STREET, RUGBY (Registered War Charity).

To the Editor of the Advertiser.

DEAR SIR,—At the last meeting of the Urban District Council a was expressed that a Roll of Honour to the memory of those men of Rugby who have, during the present terrible war, made the great sacrifice in their countries cause, should be compiled. The Council are very anxious and desirous of carrying out this object, but to enable them to do so it is necessary to prepare a list of all the men so far as can be ascertained. May I appeal through your columns to the relatives of all our Rugby men who have given up their lives in the noble cause, to send their full names, together with their rank and the Navel or Military unit to which they belonged, to me, so that the Council may be in possession without delay of as accurate a list of Rugbians as is possible.—Yours faithfully,

ARTHUR MORSON, Clerk of the Council.


CHEDGEY.—On February 23rd, ROBERT EDWIN CHEDGEY, officer’s steward, H.M. Destroyer “ Norman,” lost overboard and drowned at sea ; third son of Mr. & Mrs. Chedgey, Bitteswell, Lutterworth ; aged 23 years.


HEWITT.—In loving memory of ELLIS JOHN (JACK), youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. Hewitt, 42 Dunchurch Road, Rugby, who was killed in action on February 27, 1917.—Not forgotten by his loving Mother, Dad, and Brother.

PRATT.—In loving memory of our dear son, Pte. F. PRATT, of the 6th Oxford and Bucks L.I., (New Bilton), who died of wounds on March 1, 1917, in France.—Still sadly missed by his loving Father and Mother, Sisters and Brothers.





15th Jul 1916. New Red Cross Hospital at Bilton Hall


Bilton Hall, which has been fully prepared and equipped by Mrs E D Miller, Vice-President of the Rugby District Division, was opened as a Red Cross Hospital on Friday in last Week. Mr Walter Barnett has very kindly lent the house, and the British Red Cross Society have laid on gas and water, and have provided the fittings and equipment necessary for the proper uses of a hospital from subscriptions collected by Mrs F D Miller in the Rugby District Division.

There are eight wards, and fifty patients can be accommodated at one time. The hospital differs from the majority of V.A.D Hospitals in one important respect, and that is that a modem and extremely well-equipped operating theatre has been provided.

Mrs G K Ansell has been appointed Commandant of this hospital, and Dunchurch V.A.D. (Warwick 64) and Hillmorton V.A.D. (Warwick 62) are the detachments on duty. Owing to the Quartermaster of Dunchurch (Warwick 64) being unable to undertake her duties, Mrs Barnett has been appointed Quartermaster of the building. The medical officers are : Dr B Relton and Dr H E Powell. Mrs Bannister has been appointed Sister-in-charge by the British Red Cross Society, and the night sister is Mrs Maghoney.

It is interesting to note that the patients at the Hospital come directly from France, and are not convalescents. On Friday 27 men, who had taken part in the great battle, arrived, and on Saturday this number was increased to 48.

Gifts of eggs, fruit, butter, vegetables, groceries, magazines, and newspapers will be gratefully received at the Hospital.

We are informed by Mrs E D Miller that the other two hospitals in her district—Newnham Paddox and Pailton House—are full, and that the former now has 43 patients.

Forty of the soldiers at Bilton Hall have been invited to the Garden Fete at Stretton-on-Dunsmore, advertised in another column, on Tuesday next.

The Rugby Town V.A.D. Hospital, “ Te Hira.”—

Our thanks are due to the following kind friends for gifts and donations during the past two weeks :—Mrs David, the Swinford Congregational Church, Bourton Parish, Mrs Liddington, Mr Bayes, Mrs Livingston, Mrs Hall, Miss Walton, Mrs Chandler, the children of Cambridge Street School, Church Lawford and Kings Newnham, Miss Holiday, Mrs Hopps, Mrs Richards, St Peter’s Working Party, Mrs Hensman, Mr Fisher, Mrs Burdekin, Miss Manley. Mrs Goodacre, Miss Smart, Mrs Bluemel, Mrs Barnwell, and Mrs James.

The following laundresses have offered their services free of charge, and we take this opportunity of thanking them :—Mrs Tite, Mrs Lambourne, Mrs Wilson, Mrs Cleaver, Mrs Thanlin, and Mrs Stibbard.

We are most grateful to Mr van den Arend, Mrs Thompson, Miss Campbell, and Mr Simmonds for the instant loan of their cars, and to the members of St John’s Ambulance Brigade and the Boy Scouts for their usual kind assistance in many ways.

(Signed) DOROTHEA WHARTON (Quartermaster).


The Government has decided that it is essential in the national interest that there shall not be any holiday, either general or local, until such subsequent date as may be announced.

There most be no slackening of output (munitions) even for a moment.

July 16 to 22.

This is War Savings Week.

How will you help ?

THE object of the National War Savings Week is to fix the attention of all classes on the supreme needs of the Nation in the present crisis of the War, and on the fact that these needs can be met only through the most rigid self-denial on the part of all.

In view of the great sacrifices that are being made by our Sailor and Soldiers, every patriotic person should do something definite in the way of saving labour or money to help to win the War.

How to save labour.

In particular, wherever possible, every man and woman should; for the duration of the War, limit their consumption of goods and their use of labour to bare necessities. When you save you help our Sailors and Soldiers to win the War. When you spend on things you do not need you help the Germans, because when you spend you make other people work for you, and the work of everyone is wanted now to help our fighting men, or to produce necessaries or to make goods for export.

Everybody can help.

For instance—

(1) Cut down your meat bills.
(2) Reduce the amount of coal, electric light and gas you use.
(3) Do not ask the shopkeeper to deliver small parcels—carry them home yourself.
(4) Give a regular order for your newspapers instead of buying them haphazard, and thus save waste of paper and labour.
(5) Do not buy any article unless you absolutely need it.

Every little helps, and if everyone will economise wherever and whenever possible much will be done.

Save money also.

During this week also every man, woman or child in the country should start to do something definite in the way of lending their money to their country.

By Saturday everyone should be able to show some definite proof of what he or she has lent to help to win the War.

What will you have to show ?

How to form a War Savings Association.

During this week it is hoped that every church, office, shop, factory, school, village, ward of a town, and club will start a War Savings Association. Even ten or twelve men and women are not too few. These Associations are for the purpose of enabling the members to save small weekly sums for the purchase of £1 for 15/6 War Savings Certificates.

Certificates bought at the Post Office by individuals earn interest at the rate of £5/4/7 per cent. Certificates bought through Associations may earn as much as £6 per cent.

Members of an Association are given special facilities of various kinds, and the National War Savings Committee or the Committee in your district will supply free of cost the rules for such societies, deposit books for members, all forms and account books needed for working the scheme, and a supply of leaflets, etc., for securing members.

Everyone who is willing to back up the fighting men by starting an Association should send this form at once.



To the Secretary, National War Savings Committee,
18, Abingdon Street, London, S.W.

Please send me free of charge full details of how to form a War Savings Association.


(Send this form or a postcard mentioning this paper.)




An officer was admitted to the Hospital of St Cross on Thursday evening with serious injuries sustained in an aeroplane accident.

We understand that the Rugby Howitzer Battery has been busily engaged of late, but that the men are in good health and spirits. Several have, however, been wounded.

Capt R Hopewell, of the 2/7th Worcesters, has been wounded in the shoulder and legs. Capt Hopewell (whose only brother was seriously wounded in Gallipoli) is the elder son of Mr E W Hopewell, formerly of Rugby and for many years headmaster of Hartlebury Grammar School. He was a schoolmaster up till the outbreak of the War, when he obtained a commission in the Worcesters.

Mrs W H Manning, of 1 Newland Street, New Bilton, has received news that her husband, a private in the R.A.M.C, was wounded by shrapnel on July 1st. Pte Manning was carrying in wounded at the time, and was the first member of his detachment to be hit. He is wounded in both legs above the knees, in the right arm and hand, and in the right eye. He has been at the front twelve months, and has had many narrow escapes. At present he is in a hospital in England. Pte Manning is an old member of E Company, and his parents live at 2 Dale Street, Rugby.


Captain Arnold L Thackhall Browett, Warwickshire Regiment, who has been killed in action, was the only surviving child of Mr and Mrs Thackhall Browett, of Corley, near Coventry. He was an officer in the old[?] 7th Battalion Warwicks, and re-joined in December, 1914. While in England he did good work in training young troops, and left for the front a few months ago. Captain Browett was a solicitor, a member of the firm of Messrs Browetts, Coventry. He was educated at Rugby, and married a daughter of the late Mr C [?] Barton, of Coventry. He leaves two children.

Mr J Watson, Pinfold Street, New Bilton, has received official intimation that his son, Pte Jim Watson, 1/7th Warwick Regiment, had been killed in action on July 2nd. Before the war he was employed at the Rugby Gas Works.

News was received at the B.T.H this week that Second-Lieut G H Foss, of the Border Regiment, has been killed in the recent heavy fighting. Lieut Foss, whose home is at Leamington, enlisted as a private in the Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry at the commencement of the War, and was subsequently granted a commission and posted to the Border Regiment. He was at the outbreak of war a special apprentice in the Millwrights’ Department at the B.T.H, and was very popular with his colleagues.

News was received on Thursday that Douglas Gould (Worcester Regiment), formerly employed at the Cambridge Street Stores of the Rugby Co-operative Society, has died of wounds received in the advance on July 3rd. His home is at Lutterworth.


ROLL OF HONOUR.—Another Bilton soldier, Lance-Corpl F Facer, who joined the K.R.R in the first month of the War, has been killed. He had been wounded, and was in England some months till convalescent, when he returned to France, and was almost at once sent up to the firing line. His wife has received a letter from the Platoon Sergeant, stating that Lance-Corpl Facer was killed instantly by a bomb on Sunday, July 2nd, while bravely doing his duty, much to the regret of his comrades, by whom he was much liked. He was buried in a British cemetery behind the lines. He was one of the most popular young men in Bilton, especially among members of the Football Club, of which he was captain, and was the best left half they ever had. He was light-hearted, generous, and forgiving, and his loss is regretted by many outside family circle.


Sapper E W Paget & Sergt T Cox have been home on leave for a few days. Mrs Tarr has received news that her husband, Pte C Tarr, has been wounded.

On Tuesday Mrs Seeney received the sad news that her son, Signaller William Seeney, had been killed in France. He was a bright, promising young soldier, and had been at the front since last summer. Mrs Seeney has received comforting letters from his officers and friends, who all speak very highly of him both as regards his work and his friendship to his comrades. Much sympathy is felt for Mrs Seeney and family.


The news came to Thurlaston on Wednesday morning to say that Pte W Sweeney, of the R.W.R, was killed. He was the youngest soldier belonging to Thurlaston, and was much liked in the place.


ROWLAND EVETTS KILLED.—On Friday morning, 7th inst, news was received from the War Office of the death of Rowland Evetts, Royal Warwicks, aged 20, the first of our Derby recruits. He enlisted early in the New Year, and left the village on January 20th. He returned every inch a soldier early in May for a short furlough, and sailed for France on May 12th. His death took place on June 26th. As previously reported, his father Lance-Corpl A T Evetts, was killed while serving with the Indian Expeditionary Force on April 5th last. Great sympathy is expressed with Mrs Evetts and family in their terrible double bereavement.


This week Mr and Mrs J Carter have received official notification from the War Office that their eldest son, Harold, was killed in action on the 1st inst, being shot through the head. The Lieutenant, in a letter to the parents, spoke very highly of the bravery of Harold Carter, who was his orderly. Harry Warner, eldest son of Mr and Mrs C Warner, was wounded and is now lying in hospital at Pendleton.



The following are their last-known addresses :—

  1. PICKLES, Railway Hotel, Rugby, age 28.
  2. SMITH, 18 Gas Street, Rugby, age 29.
  3. HEWITT, “ Zotha House,” Park Road, Rugby, age 30.
  4. W. WALKER, 37 Wood Street, Rugby, age 30.
  5. OWEN, 6 Drury Lane, Rugby, age 36.
  6. ROSS, Spring Hill, Rugby, age 18.
  7. JACKSON, White Lion, Warwick Street, Rugby, age 38.
  8. FRANCIS [or HEENEY], 186 Murray Road Rugby, age 39.
  9. W. ELLERTON, Bridget Street, New Bilton, age 24.
  10. E. CAPEWELL, Wharf Farm, Hillmorton, age 34.
  11. COOPER, Radford, age 39.
  12. FIELD, Mount Pleasant, Stockton, age 27.
  13. OLIVER, Radford Semele, age 31.


The following are their last-known addresses :—

H. E. TREECE, 17 Boughton Road, Brownsover age 26, married.

It must be clearly understood that Lists of Absentees are compiled after every endeavour has been made to trace the missing men, both by the Military Authorities and the Police who furnish a written report on each individual case.

Under these circumstances any mistakes made are owing to the default either of the employers or men concerned or their relatives, who have failed to notify the change of address as required by the National Registration Act.

The Public are invited to give all the assistance in their power to the Military Authorities by giving any INFORMATION in their possession which they consider would assist in the tracing of these absentees.

The Information should be given or sent to the,


The names of all giving information will be regarded as strictly confidential.
Recruiting Officer.
June 22nd, 1916.

AN ABSENTEE.—Pte Alfred Smith, of Princethorpe, pleaded guilty to being an absentee from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, before A E Donkin, Esq, at Rugby Police Court, on Thursday, and was remanded to await an escort.


The following resolution, passed by the Rugby Military Advisory Committee, has been forwarded to the Prime Minister :—

“ That the Rugby Military Advisory Committee considers the time has now arrived when the Government should take immediate steps to intern all naturalised and un-naturalised German sympathisers, especially now that the tradesmen of the town are having to close down their businesses, and so leave these people to capture their trades.


FACER.—Killed in action, Lance-Corpl. F. Facer, K.R.R., Old Bilton (in France), July 2, 1916, aged 23.
“ We loved him—oh ! no tongue can tell
How much we loved him and how well;
His fresh young life could not be saved,
And now he sleeps in a soldier’s grave.”
— Deeply mourned by his loving WIFE and BABY, FATHER, MOTHER, SISTERS, BROTHERS.

SAPTE.—Killed in action, on the 2nd July, Captain Anthony Sapte, Middlesex Regiment, beloved elder son of Fitzroy and Edith Sapte, of 21 Crediton Hill, N.W., and grandson of the late Captain William Sapte, of Rugby, aged 19 years.

WATSON.—In loving remembrance of Arthur James Watson (Jim), killed in action at France, July 2, 1916 ; age 19.
“ 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.”


BARNWELL.—In loving memory of our dearly beloved son and brother, Lance-Corpl. George T. Barnwell, died of wounds in France, July 15, 1915.
“ Dearly loved in life, deeply mourned in death.”
—From his loving FATHER and MOTHER, BROTHERS and SISTERS.

BARNWELL.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. George T. Barnwell, who died in France, July 15,1915.
“ No lips need speak where the heart mourns sincerely.”


These have to be discontinued after to-day July 15, as the School will be busy with military training and summer examinations.

6th Nov 1915. The Munitions Tribunal


There was a further sitting of the Coventry Munitions Tribunal on Monday, thirteen cases being down for hearing, twelve informations being laid by employers for breach of regulations under the munitions Act. Mr F Tillyard presided, and the assessors present were Messrs A Lord for the employers and G Wainwright for the men.


Found smoking in the lavatory at the B.T.H Works (Coventry), H Clarke (18), of 110 Kingsway, Coventry, was summoned and fined 10s. He explained to the Court that he had no work to do, but the Foreman stated that there was work if he wanted it.

Against F J Moran, 55a Lower Ford Street, and Wm James Bolton, 68 East Street, Coventry, both capstan hands at the B.T.H, the information was that they wasted time in the lavatories and were found gambling. The youths, who were before the Tribunal a month ago, were each fined 15s for the present offence.


Alleging three days’ absence without reasonable excuse, Willans and Robinson’s, Rugby, brought proceedings against Robert Toothhill, a tool-fitter, of Rugby, who explained that he lost two days in paying a visit to his father, who was ill. Toothill, who was stated to have lost over 60 hours in the last six weeks, was fined £1.


Two Dunchurch artillerymen, Driver R Elkington, 117th Battery R.F.A, and Bombadier C Carter, 127th Battery R.F.A, who have been at the front since the commencement of the war, are at present on short leave of absence, which, after their arduous life during the past fifteen months, is proving very welcome. The two young men were schoolboys together, and have been friends all their lives, and, by a strange coincidence, their respective batteries were located in the same field for three months, during which time they were unaware of each other’s presence, and never met until they did so in Dunchurch. They both went through the retreat from Mons, La Gateau, Ligny, and the Battles of the Marne and the Aisne. Driver Elkington’s battery afterwards moved off to Ypres, and he took part in the first great fight for that much-contested town. In this battle—which was one of the hottest in which he was engaged—he was twice wounded (once in the head), and one of the other drivers was killed and one wounded, while two of the horses attached to the gun were killed. After a spell in hospital he was transferred to La Bassee, and afterwards to Ypres, where he participated in the severe fighting and the gas attack near there on Whit Monday. In this battle he experienced a very narrow escape. While near the famous Cloth Hall a shell burst in front of his gun, killing his horse, and he himself sustained injuries that necessitated his spending nine weeks in hospital. Driver Elkington feelingly added that he was one of the few men who were left in his battery of those who went out in August, 1914.

Bombardier Carter, who has two brothers (one of whom has been wounded) at the front with the Royal Warwicks, also went through the whole of the earlier fighting, and has had many thrilling and exciting experiences. He has brought home a number of interesting souvenirs picked up on the battlefield, including a great grey coat belonging to a dead Uhlan of the 9th Regiment.

Both men are agreed that the morale at the Allied troops is superior to that of the Germans, and that the British artillery has now secured a definite superiority. The British shells, too, are more effective than those fired by the Germans. The munitions were now coming up well, but they wanted still more and more men. Bombardier Carter is of opinion that, given the necessary amount of ammunition and a good supply of reserves, the Allies will soon be able to smash through the German defences and bring the war to a satisfactory conclusion, but to do this more men and munitions are required. He added that the British anti-aircraft guns are very effective in bringing down German aeroplanes. He had met the “ E ” Company and Rugby Howitzers while at the front, and they both seemed to be doing well.


News has been received that Rifleman Lionel T Smith, K.R.R, known as “Tiger” Smith, of Rugby, who was posted as missing after the great British advance in September, is wounded and a prisoner in Germany.

The death has occurred in London of Lieut Robert Emmet, Life Guards, elder son of Major Robert Emmet, Warwickshire Yeomanry, whose home is at Moreton Paddox, Warwick. Lieut Emmet was formerly an officer of the Yeomanry, and was only recently transferred to the Life Guards. He had been ill for some weeks.

After a stay of some 14 months in Towcester, the 2nd/1st Northants Yeomanry left on Monday morning. The men during their stay in Towcester have behaved in an exemplary manner, and had become universally liked. The town generally has greatly benefited by having the troops billeted there, and they will be very much missed. The 3rd/1st Regiment is for the time being still at Towcester.

The Territorial Forces’ Record Office have communicated with the Coventry City Police, as they are anxious to trace the next-of-kin of Private E. J Barker, No 1557 Warwickshire Yeomanry. A letter concerning him, addressed to “Mrs G Barker, Buckland House, Coventry,” has been returned through the Post Office marked “ Not to be found ” The police will be glad if Mrs Barker would communicate with them.


To the list of local heroes who fell in the gallant charge by the Territorials on the German lines has to be added the name of Pte William Baines Harris (27), nephew of Mr and Mrs James Capell, of Featherbed Lane Farm, Bilton. Pte Harris came to Rugby in 1900, and worked on Mr J H Loverock’s farm for eight years, and afterwards for Mr J E Cox. When war broke out he was working as a shunter on the railway at Bescot, and joined the North Midland Territorial Division some six weeks after. He was a member of “ E ” Company (Rugby) for some years.


Farrier Quartermaster sergeant R C Snewing, elder son of Mr and Mrs Snewing, of Bath Street, Rugby, has been appointed to a second-lientenancy in his regiment the 2nd County of London Yeomanry (Westminster Dragoons), Second Lieut Snewing enlisted as a trooper in September, 1914, and subsequently received promotion to Lance-corporal in November. Lance-sergeant in March, Sergeant in April, and Farrier-major in August last. He served in the last year of the Volunteer Form with the old F Company of the 2nd V.B Royal Warwickshire Regt, and on the inauguration of the Territorial Force, entered the Rugby Howitzer Battery, attaining the rank of Corporal. On leaving Rugby, he transferred to the 4th Kent (Howitzer) Battery, with whom he served as Sergeant during the remainder of his term.


Rifleman Chas Read, 2nd K.R.R, an old Murrayian, in a letter to Mr W T Coles Hodges, says : “ I have been out at the front twelve months, and have been in every action of any consequence, but I came to a full stop on September 25th, the day we started the big advance. I was gassed with poisonous gas, but I am almost well now. My word, what a time it was a couple of days before the attack ! The shelling was terrible, but it gave me great pleasure to think that at last we were going to get them going, and so we did ; but I suppose this is stale news now. I am pleased to see that so many of the old Murray boys have answered the call. Many have paid the great sacrifice, but it cheers one up very much to know that the old boys of the Murray School have not been found wanting when our country’s call to arms sounded.


Pte P Mace, 2nd Oxon and Bucks L.I, a son of Mr S Mace, Lower Street, Hillmorton, who was reported last week to be missing, has written to his sister, stating that he is a prisoner in Prussia, and adding, “ I am sorry to say I was wounded, and could not get back to our lines. I think they have got me now for the duration of the war, and I shall be glad of anything you can I send me, especially cigarettes, as I am spun right out. I must thank God that I am alive, as I had a very narrow escape. I was wounded in the legs and face, and they very nearly cut my nose off.” In a postcard to his parents, Pte Mace states that he would be thankful for gifts of food or cigarettes. He adds that he is now doing well.


Driver Clifford Tomes of the Rugby Howitzer Battery, writes from somewhere in France” to his parents, who reside at 177 Cambridge Street :- “ There was an attack on our front yesterday, but it was repulsed by us. The 7th Warwicks are catching it pretty well. It amuses us chaps when a fellow comes back off leave and he says that people ask him if we have had any fighting yet ! I should not think they ever read the papers. It is because they never see any casualties mentioned, but that is because we have such extraordinary good luck. The gunners of our battery are everlastingly under fire, but my being a driver, I only get into it occasionally, and many a time when I have been up with the rations, the rifle and maxim fire has been terrific. We start the old rum issue next Sunday, and we are having sheep skins to keep us warm. We look like a lot of bears.; but I regard myself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Still I may have altered, for I think this life breaks anybody. We shall want plenty more men. Please post me an Advertiser every Friday night.


Miss Evans, of 13 James Street, who has a brother serving in the Rugby Company of the 1/7th Warwicks at the front, has recently collected between £5 and £6 with which she procured a gramophone and set of records, etc., from Mr J T E Brown. Albert Street, Rugby. The instrument was sent out to the C Company on the 3rd of October, and Miss Evans has received the following letter in acknowledgment :-

“ DEAR MISS EVANS,—I hardly know how to adequately thank you and all the people of Rugby for the handsome way in which you all think of us all out here. I need hardly say we all greatly appreciate your kindnesses which you are always showing to the Rugby contingent of the 1/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment. The latest contribution, the gramophone, will greatly cheer our periods of rest, and will always be a welcome and practically indispensable part of our sing-songs, which we hold whenever opportunity offers. I am requested to thank you for this trouble and time taken up in collecting for us, and also the subscribers for the generous way in which they responded.—Assuring you of our best thanks, yours sincerely, H. B. MASON, Capt.
1/7th R. War. R.”
October 90, 1915.


Recruiting has been less brisk at Rugby Drill Hall this week, but the recruiting authorities are anticipating a busy time next week, when the canvassing returns come in. The following have been accepted :—J W Oliver and P G Burton, R.W.R ; F F Walter and A Commons, Royal Flying Corps ; J V Sanders, C H Meacham, and A E V Meacham, R.G.A ; A C Lamb, Middlesex Regt ; T A White, H Cutler, J R Wildman, and G W C Pargetter, R.A.M.C ; W T Bridgman, A H Meadows, W O Watts, A H EASON, A W Isham, J W Gray, M J B Amey, R.F.A ; W T Hinks and R Herring, 220th Co R.E ; W H Hammond and L Sheasby, R.E (drivers); R E Clements and H Essex, A.S.C ; and C Prestidge, A.O.C.

A number of other men offered themselves, but were rejected. Recruits are still urgently required for the Infantry, and all regiments of this branch of the service are open.