25th Dec 1915. Derby Recruits Called Up




Four groups under Lord Derby’s recruiting scheme have been called to the Colours by Royal Proclamation dated December 20. These men, the youngest of the unmarried recruits eligible for service (except those 18 years of age), are in

Group 2 (age 19-20) Group 4 (age 21-22)

Group 3 (age 20-21) Group 5 (age 22-23)

The men in the first group have not reached military age.

The Proclamation was issued on Saturday from the War Office, together with an announcement explaining the procedure to be followed. Men are required to present themselves for actual service on January 20. In order to facilitate matters a certain number of recruits will be called up for that date, another batch for the 21st, and so forth.

A notice giving fourteen days’ warning will be sent to each man stating when and where he should present himself, but it is pointed out that the exhibition of the Proclamation in public places is sufficient warning to the men concerned, even if they do not receive a private notice.

Claims for postponement to a later group must be made to the Local Tribunal not later than December 30.

Speaking at Bolton on Saturday Lord Derby declared that the pledge to married men would be carried out in the spirit as well as in the letter. All figures as to the number of men who had joined under the scheme were guesswork. He did not know the result himself.




There will be a ROUTE MARCH of the above Corps on SUNDAY, 2nd JANUARY, 1916, at 2.30 p.m., and the Commandant and Officers cordially invite all “ Grouped ” men under Lord Derby’s Scheme to join in this Route March and fall in at the DRILL HALL, PARK ROAD, as above stated.

It is hoped that the Route March will be accompanied by a Military Band, and on its return to the Drill Hall facilities will be given for “ Grouped ” men to become attached to, or enrolled members of, this Training Corps if they so desire, in order to, acquire some preliminary training.

An appeal is made to you to make a point of falling in,


2.30 p.m. at THE DRILL HALL.

Charles H. Fuller,


ENROLMENT SERVICE.—In connection with the 2nd Rugby Company of the Boys’ Brigade, the annual enrolment service was held at the Market Place Wesleyan Church on Sunday morning. The brigade fell in at the Recreation Ground, and under the command of Capt Faulkner and Lieuts Ternouth and Hartshorne, marched to the church, where the service, in which membership cards are distributed, and the Brigade is formally recognised, was conducted by the Rev Robinson Lang. Afterwards the boys were inspected by Staff-Sergt Knowles, H.A.C, a former officer of the Company, who expressed himself as well pleased with the bearing, of the members. The following particulars respecting the brigade were given during the enrolment service :—Past and present members who have joined H.M. Forces : 3 Officers, 2 Staff-Sergts, 16 N.C.O.’s, 3 Privates. One N.C.O (H Snutch) has been killed. One Officer and one Staff-Sergt offered under Derby scheme and rejected. One Officer (Capt J W Faulkner) and one Staff-Sergt offered under Derby scheme and accepted. Boys who have belonged for less than one year are not included in above return, which is of boys of from 1 to 5 years’ service in the Brigade.


After the rush of recruiting that has been going on for several weeks past, it was quite a relief to see the gathering at the Drill Hall on Tuesday, when a large number of ladies and gentlemen who have lately been busy writing out attestation forms, group cards, armlet receipts, etc, assembled to exchange views on the results of their voluntary labours, and receive the cordial thanks of Colonel F Johnstone and the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, for the excellent work they had accomplished.

It must be borne in mind that several of the ladies and gentlemen present have been giving their services for quite a long time. They undertook the work of Registration, which kept them busy for weeks prior to the commencement of Lord Derby’s scheme, and the efficient way in which this work was done was, to a great extent, responsible for the success achieved by the Recruiting Officer and the P.R.C in completing the work of recruiting. No one felt this more keenly than Colonel Johnstone, who in a few words expressed his grateful thanks to all present, and also to those who were unable to attend, for the patriotic support given to him and to the country, for by their efforts they were in reality doing their duty and assisting in the defence of the Empire. He was sure that the brave men who were defending our hearths and homes in the trenches would also feel grateful to all the workers, who had assisted in enrolling men to give their assistance to help them defeat such a brutal and unscrupulous foe as the German Huns had proved themselves to be.

Mr M E T Wratislaw, in replying for the P.R.C and the voluntary workers, thanked Colonel Johnstone for his remarks, and stated that in his belief each and everyone felt that it was their duty to assist the old country in the time of trial, and were therefore only too pleased to do their little bit.

Mr Arthur Bell, one of the Hon Secretaries to the P.R.C. said that he felt that it would be unwise to allow such an opportunity to pass without thanking all, on behalf of his Co-Secretary and himself, for although the work had been strenuous for all, the duties had been made pleasant by the splendid co-operation of the ladies and gentlemen, who had given up their time in assisting. He was allotted one of the most pleasant duties of that evening in being requested by the workers to present to Mr E Riley a small token of their respect. Mr Riley had been closely engaged in the work from early morning until nearly midnight for about three months, and his extreme affability at all times was deeply appreciated by everyone with whom he was came in contact. On their behalf he was pleased to present him with a silver-mounted salad bowl and servers, a silver-mounted umbrella, and, now that he would probably have a little spare time for a smoke, they included a pipe in case, and the necessary weed to fill it.

Mr Riley suitably responded.

The remainder of the evening was spent in an enjoyable whist drive.




The following order as to lights in Rugby, Warwick, and Nuneaton has been issued by Capt Brinkley, Chief Constable of Warwickshire, in accordance with the provisions of an order made by the Secretary of State on December 15, 1915 :-

  1. Subject to the later provisions of this Order, all external lamps, flares, and fixed lights of all descriptions, and all aggregations of lights, whether public or private, must be extinguished, except such public lamps as in the opinion of the Chief Officer of Police are necessary for safety, and any other lights approved by him.

All lights which are not extinguished must be reduced to the minimum intensity consistent with safety, and shaded or obscured so as to render them invisible from above, and to cut off direct light in all directions above the horizontal.

  1. The intensity of the inside lighting of shops and shop fronts must be reduced or the lights obscured or shaded so that no more than a dull, subdued light is visible outside, and no part of the pavement or roadway or any building is distinctly illuminated thereby : in particular, all sources of light must be shaded with some opaque material so that all direct light therefrom is cut off from the windows and doors.
  2. In hotels, flats, dwelling houses and premises of all descriptions not coming under other provisions of this Order, inside lights must be so shaded or reduced, or the windows, skylights, or glass doors so screened by shutters or dark blinds or curtains, &c., that no more than a dull, subdued light is visible from any direction outside.
  3. In factories, workshops, and other such buildings which are illuminated at night, the roof areas and windows must be covered over or obscured, and the lighting intensity reduced to the minimum necessary for the safe and expeditious progress of work.

Provided that lighting may be maintained in armament works and other factories engaged in the manufacture of articles required for the fulfilment of Government contracts, to such extent as may be necessary for the safe and expeditious progress of work.

  1. The intensity of the lighting of railway stations, sidings, goods yards, &c, must be reduced to the minimum that will suffice for the safe and expeditious progress of work : the tops and sides of all external lights which cannot be dispensed with must be shaded or painted over.
  2. Passengers in railway carriages which are provided with blinds must keep the blinds lowered so as to cover the windows. The blinds may be lifted in case of necessity when the train is at a standstill at a station, but if lifted they must be lowered again before the train starts.
  3. With regard to lights on vehicles, the provisions of the Lights (Vehicles) Order of 15th December, 1915 (Statutory Rules and Orders No 1182), shall apply.
  4. In case of sudden emergency, all instructions as to the further reduction or extinction of lights given by or under the direction of a Competent Naval or Military Authority or the Chief Officer of Police shall be immediately obeyed.

This Order shall come into operation on 10th January, 1916.

The Orders of the 8th and 16th April, 1915, applying to the above-mentioned places are revoked from the 10th January.


The first part of the Order as to lights on vehicles extends the following provisions, which already apply in many areas, to the whole country outside the metropolitan area :—

(1) The lighting-up time for all vehicles is to be half an hour after sunset ;

(2) The requirement, to carry lights is extended to all vehicles using the roadway, including vehicles drawn or pushed by hand ; and

(3) All vehicles are required to carry a lamp showing a red light to the rear, and a separate lamp carried at the rear is made compulsory for all except hand vehicles.

As there may be a temporary shortage in the supply of lamps, the operation of the last requirement is postponed until February 10, 1916, in those areas where vehicles are not now required to carry rear lights. The definition of the word “ vehicle ” is : “ Any bicycle, tricycle, or velocipede, and any handcart, that is any vehicle drawn or propelled by hand.” The definition obviously includes perambulators, but it will probably be held that so long as perambulators keep to the footpath and do not use the roadway they will not require to be lighted.


Part II. of the Order relates to the prohibition of the use of headlights. and restrictions on other lights on vehicles, in certain areas. This part is of particular interest to the Midlands, many towns in which are included in the area to which it applies. The schedule includes the following places in Warwickshire :—Birmingham (City), Coventry (City), Leamington (Borough), Nuneaton (Borough), Rugby (Urban District), Warwick (Borough).

In these areas headlights are prohibited altogether. The restrictions as to other lights, such as side and rear lights, are :—

Electric Lamps.—The bulb must not exceed 12 watts, or give in use a greater candle-power than a 12-watt bulb as standardised for side-lights by the Engineering Standards Committee. The front glass, if circular, must not exceed 6 inches in diameter, and if rectangular, the longer side must also be obscured with one thickness of ordinary white tissue paper.

Acetylene Lamps—The burner must not consume more than 14 litres (½ cubic foot) per hour, and the above provisions as to the size of the front glass also apply. The whole of the front glass must be obscured with one thickness of white tissue paper or with paint, ground glass, or a disc of some other uncoloured material, so that the obscuring effect is not less than that of one thickness of ordinary white tissue paper.

Oil Lamps.—One burner only is allowed, and the wick must not be more than ¾-inch in width. Where the front glass has a lens or other device for concentrating the light or directing it towards the roadway, the front glass must be obscured in a similar manner to that provided in the case of acetylene lamps as above.

Side Panels. With the exception of small red or green side panels, these must be covered with some opaque material.

The material used for obscuring the light must not be wetted or treated in any other way to reduce its opacity.




THE Public are requested, owing to so many of the employees of the Council having joined H.M. Forces and the difficulty in obtaining the necessary labour, to assist the Council in keeping the Footpaths clean and to clear the Footpaths immediately after a fall of snow has taken place, by so doing they will minimise the inconvenience to pedestrians.

By Order,

Surveyor to the Council.
Surveyor’s Office,
Benn Buildings, Rugby.



20th Nov 1915. Recruiting at Rugby



So far the results of the recruiting canvass locally have been very disappointing. Only 25 men have enlisted for immediate Service, and of these the percentage from Rugby town is very small.

The number attested under Lord Derby’s group scheme so far is about 300. but of these more than two-thirds are employed at the B.T.H and have only been accepted under the Reserve B scheme, and if these, and a number from Willans and Robinson’s and the Railway Companies are subtracted, the actual total will not be an imposing one.

From the classes which Lord Derby’s scheme was intended to bring in, the response has been most feeble, and unless them is a decided improvement within the next few days, it will have to be confessed that, locally, at least, the scheme has been a failure. If this is so, no blame will attach to those who have the working of the scheme in hand, for from the beginning their labours have been indefatigable. During the past few days a number of ladies have rendered good service in filling up the attestation forms of grouped men. Those who have enlisted during the past week for immediate service are :

C Rhoades, 117 Oxford St, Rugby.
A Smith, 1 St Michael St, Lincoln.

S Collins, Swinberby, Lincoln.

A Marshall, 7 Decon St, Leicester.

G W Coleman, Husbands Bosworth.

F G Shillitoe, 139 Clifton Rd, Rugby.

G W Hook. South Kilworth.
E Brown, Gas Street, Rugby.

A G Dunkley, Watford, Rugby.
H H Curtlin, Thurlaston.
H G King, 34 Campbell St, New Bilton.

A T Hopkins. 223 Hinckley Rd, Leicester.
W E Orton, 243 Coton Rd, Nuneaton.

T Mann. Marton.
P Gibbins, Willougby.

W Arnett, 4 York St, Rugby.
J Thompson. Haddington, Scotland.
A Guiden, 22 Sandown Rd, Rugby.

J Webb, The Green, Long Lawford.
R Edkins, 3 Tank Cottages, Rugby.
O Cleaver, School Street, Hillmorton.

A Coleman, Milcombe, Banbury.
A Hitchman. Milrow Cottages, Bloxly, Worcester.

H Kirby, Ashby St Ledgers.

During the past week upwards of 200 employees of the B.T.H Company have enlisted under the Reserve system applying to munition workers. Many of these are married men, but owing to the ambiguous attitude of the Government-as shown in the House of Commons on Tuesday night—upon the question of single men first, it is doubtful if the appeal to married men will meet with the success which was at first predicted when the situation appeared to be more clear.


Just now many young men are worrying themselves as to which group under Lord Derby’s scheme they should enrol themselves, and whether they will when called up, get into a branch of the service that will be congenial to them.

The 7th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, in which the old E Company of Rugby is embodied, is now in need of recruits, at least 500 being required to bring its respective units up to full strength, and many will perhaps be disposed to think that the local force has first claim upon them.

Enlistment in the Territorial regiments assures a man of having companions with the same associations, the same interests, and the same sentiments.

The terms of enlistment are the same as in any other branch of the forces-three years or the period of the war. There is no undertaking to continue a member of the Territorial force after the war is over.

A recruiting office for the battalion has been instituted at the Benn Buildings, Rugby.

The following local men have recently joined : W F P Colledge, 48 Church St ; H F Flower, 18 Vicarage Hill, Clifton ; W Hickingbotham, 33 Cambridge St ; E Slack, 55 Manor Rd ; E R Ford, 51 Grosvenor Rd ; E H Ford, 51 Grosvenor Road ; A N Dunkley, Newton ; M W Bolton, and H Berry.


The many friends of Mr E R Stebbing will be pleased to hear he received the following letter on the 11th Inst.:

Warwick, 10th Nov., 1915.

SIR,—I am directed to inform you that his Majesty the King has approved of the grant of an Annuity of £10 from the 20th September, 1915, inclusive, together with a Silver Medal to you as a reward for your long and highly meritorious service.

(Signed) J H W SOUTHEY, Major, Staff Captain No 7 District.

The family has a good record of service of over 100 years, and also the following medals : 1 for Distinguished Conduct in the Field ; 3 for Meritorious Service ; 3 for Long Service and Good Conduct ; and 5 War Medals, with 19 Clasps for South Africa.


In Sir Ian Hamilton’s despatch from the Dardanelles, published on Nov 6th, Second Corp Edward L Damant, of the Royal Naval Division, was honourably mentioned. Corp Damant came from South Africa to obtain experience in electrical engineering at the B.T.H in July, 1914. and joined the Royal Naval Division in October 1914. He took part in the naval engagement at the Dardanelles, and took part in the main landing at the Galipoli Peninsula in April.



In a recent issue we mentioned that Sec-Lieut R J Dunn, youngest son of Mr W Dunn, of the Manor House, Kings Newnham, has been missing since September 25th. No further news came to hand till this week, when Mr Dunn received the following copy of a letter which had been written to the officer commanding the Royal Warwickshire Regiment :-

Maryport, Cumberland.
The O.C. Royal War. R.

DEAR SIR,—A wristlet watch has been sent to me by a friend who is now serving with the Cameron Highlanders in France, and who bayoneted a German officer and removed the watch from his wrist, to find that the real owner was an Englishman. The watch hears the name R. J. Dunn, 12th R.W.R., and my friend desires, to enquire about the gentleman’s family. Can you offer any information as to where the family, reside, or the gentleman himself ? I shall be glad of a reply.

The required information was sent to the writer of the letter, and Mr Dunn has received the watch.

Lieut Dunn, who had been in the O.T.C. at Birmingham University three years, joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry at the commencement of the war, and received his commission in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (12th Battalion) soon afterwards. On July 9th he was attached to the Royal Engineers for special service, and went out on July 12th.


One of the effects of the shortage of labour, in consequence of the war, will no doubt be an increased use of machinery. Apparatus for milking cows, driven by oil engine, is gaining in favour, and is being introduced into a number of dairies in the Rugby district.

GRAMAPHONES GONE ASTRAY.-Will the correspondent who sent a letter from “ The boys of old E Company ” for publication please communicate with the Editor. Name and address was not given in accordance with our rule.

Two members of the clerical staff of the Locomotive Department at Rugby have joined the colours and left this week. Edgar H Ford has enlisted in the 7th Warwicks, and Edgar Jones has joined the King’s Liverpool “ Pals.” Their places have been taken by female clerks, these being the first women employed in the Locomotive Department at Rugby.

In our last issue we reported that Pte Percy Woodhams, of Cambridge Street, Rugby, had been reported missing. The name should have been Woodhouse, and we may also mention that he has two brothers also serving in the forces—one, Arthur, in the Rugby Howitzer Battery, and the other—Alfred—in the Worcester Howitzer Battery.


A Rugbeian, who is serving with the Rugby Howitzer Battery, “ somewhere in France,” has recently written to his father giving an amusing account of an early morning parade at the front.
“ Hi! Hello ! D’yer ’ear me ? Six o’clock ? You lazy devils !” This is the first thing that disturbs you in the morning—the voice of the “ awakener,” if you are lucky enough not to be on night duty ! You give a half-turn, not a whole one—this is only developed after a lot of practice—or you would find yourself on the ground. The bunks are not too broad. A spot of water gently drops cold upon your neck ! This is the first warning you receive that it has been a wet night. . . .
Then you sit up and look at one another, to see which will be the first out to light the fire. I’m very good at the “ looking ” part.
“ Come on, —- It’s about tune you jumped out and lit the fire for me once in your life. We’ve only ten minutes to roll.”
I jump out, catch hold of an old Rugby Advertiser, ram it in the stove, put on some sticks, and light it with one hand, while I struggle with boots and putties with the other, in the first glimmer, of the dawning day.
A shrill blast of a whistle informs us that we now have only five minutes to roll call. Then there’s a rush through mud and over trenches to out hidden place of parade. . . Two more blasts of the whittle. Then our gallant Sergt-Major yells, “ Fall in.” This disturbs the mist, and one can see if one has got both boots still on. Oh! that early morning parade !
It reminds me of some picture I have seen. I think it was called, “ All that was left of them,” or something like that. We look as if we have just come out of a stiff engagement, instead of from a “ good night’s rest.” I am sure some of the men can grow an inch of beard in a night ! It must be the moist air or the rum issue.
“ Battery, ‘shun ! No 1, call the roll !” This is the second order of the morning. Then our noble No 1 catches hold of his moustache with his thumb and first finger—it wouldn’t stand more so early in the morning—and giving a gentle twist so as not to break it, starts calling over the roll.
Perhaps during; this part of the proceedings the Germans will gently drop a shell into the village. Then there is a rush. “ Left section ! Stand to ! Fire No 3 gun.” Another German shell drops into the village ! “ Fire No 4 gun !”
This is a little game we are playing now. Every time the Germans shell our village, we shell theirs. “ Shell for shell,” or, I should say, “ Two for every one of theirs,” for we endeavour to be as generous as possible in the way of shells. In fact, I think if the Major has his way, the Germans would hardly have a village left for us to shell. It reminds one of two old women arguing, both wanting the last word. And it is only since there has been such an increase in munition manufacture that we have been able to beat them at the game.”