9th Sep 1916. Lady Dorothie Feilding Gains The Military Medal



Lady Dorothie Feilding, the Earl of Denbigh’s youngest daughter, is first on the list of the British women military medallists. The honour is awarded for her gallant service with Dr Hector Munro’s Field Ambulance. For months she tended the sick and wounded in the cellar of a house close to the Belgian trenches. The situation became so dangerous the Lady Dorothie and her companions were at last persuaded to move, and ten minutes after they had removed their belongings a German shell crashed on the house and destroyed it. King Albert bestowed on Lady Dorothie Belgium’s highest military decoration, the Order of Leopold. She was also mentioned in a French brigade order for “ giving to all almost daily the finest example of contempt of danger and devotion to duty.” The official account of the present award states that Lady Dorothie “ attended the wounded for over a year with marked devotion to duty and contempt of danger.”

Lady Dorothie Feilding, accompanied by her father, Col. The Earl of Denbigh, was decorated by the King with the Military Medal at Windsor Castle on Wednesday last, and had the honour of lunching afterwards with their Majesties.

The Military Medal is one recently instituted by the King solely for acts of bravery in the field under fire and has as its sole inscription on the back of the medal “ For bravery in the field.”

Lady Dorothie is the first British woman to receive the decoration. She returned to her work with the Munro Ambulance Corps in Belgium yesterday (Friday).


Capt P W Nickalls, Northants Yeomanry, has been gazetted temporary major.

Sergt Harry Beers, 1st King’s (Liverpool) Regt. reported missing on August 8th, has written to state that he is a prisoner of war at Dulmen, Germany. Sergt Beers is an old St Oswald’s boy (New Bilton).

Mrs T Douglas, 87 Cambridge Street, has received news that her eldest son, Pte Frank Belcher, is lying at St Pat’s Hospital, Malta, with malaria fever, contracted in Salonika. He joined the colours on September 2nd, 1914, and after going through several engagements in France was drafted out to Salonika in October, 1915. He is now on the high road to recovery.

A FIGHTING FAMILY.—Few families have a better war record than that of Mr and Mrs Dunkley, of l5 Chester Street, Rugby. There are five sons in the Army, including two who have been reported missing for some time past. William Albert, the eldest, is in the King’s Royal Rifles, and he has a son serving with him at Salonica. Walter Ernest has served his time with the Royal Warwicks, and has just re-joined the Army from Lutterworth, having been drafted into a different regiment. Harry, who joined the Royal Warwicks, has been missing since July 30th ; and Percy John, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, has been missing since July 25th. The fifth son, Arthur Rowland, is serving with the Labour Battalion. A sixth member of the same family (Alfred Thos Dunkley) has been discharged from the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry on medical grounds, and is now employed in a controlled factory. Mrs Dunkley has two brothers serving in France, and two of her nephews are in the Army.


Walter Wilkins, 2nd Battalion Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, who worked in the Illumination Department at the B.T.H, and was a member of the B.T.H hockey team, has been killed in action. He was only married a few months before the War broke out.

We learn that Transport Sergt F R Spencer, Royal Warwicks, was wounded on August 27th by a bullet which passed through his right leg. By a strange coincidence he was first attended when brought in by his own medical attendant, who is now at the front. Sergt Spencer is now in hospital at Lincoln, going on well. He had been out in France about 18 months.


Pte J H Holmes, a member of the Rugby Advertiser staff, who joined the R.A.M.C in October last, has met with an accident in France, as a result of which he has broken his left leg in two places below the knee. In a letter to a friend he says : “ After spending a few days in three different hospitals in France, I arrived in Southampton from Boulogne on Friday. The thing which struck me most was the excellent arrangements for transporting the wounded. The hospitals, too, contain the most up-to-date instruments. The hospital I am in is a fine place, food and attention being perfect.”


News has just come to hand that Lance-Corpl A Lewis, of the 5th Oxford and Bucks L.I. has been killed in action. He was the second son of P.C Lewis, of Rugby, and an old scholar of St Matthew’s School, where he was popular and much liked. Lance-Corpl Lewis joined the Army early in the war, and was several times wounded, on one occasion his life being saved by a cigarette case in his breast pocket, which deflected the bullet.

Pte W Goffin, of the 5th Oxford and Bucks L.I, another St Matthew’s old boy, whose home is at 35 Pennington Street, who was posted as missing after the battle, of Loos last year, is now reported as killed. Pte W Goffin’s brother, Pte H J Goffin, 7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, has just been wounded for the second time. No less than sixteen near relatives in the Goffin family are now on active service.


NEWS has been received from the War Office that Lance-Corpl John Nicholas, of the Warwickshire Yeomanry, son of Mr and Mrs J Nicholas, Lime Kiln Farm, Stretton-on-Dunsmore. was wounded in action in Egypt on August 5th. His many friends will he pleased to hear his wound is not serious, the bullet having passed through the muscle of his left leg, and he is now progressing favourably in hospital at Romani. He joined at the commencement of the War, and has been in Egypt twelve months. His two youngest brothers, of the Royal Fusiliers, are also serving in France, thus making a total of three sons out of four serving with his Majesty’s Forces.

A DYING SOLDIER’S REGRET.—Our readers will doubtless remember that a few months ago a soldier billeted in the town was fined for being drunk and disorderly and disturbing an open air service of the Salvation Army. News has. now reached Rugby that this man has died from wounds. While he was being carried off the field he asked any member of the stretcher party if they visited Rugby to call at the Salvation Army Citadel and express his regret for the occurrence. The corporal of the stretcher party has since been wounded and sent to England, and on Sunday afternoon he called at the Citadel and gave the dying soldier’s message to the officer in charge.


MASON.—On Sept. 1st, died of wounds, Sergt. Arthur T. Mason, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry.
“ Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
—From his devoted and sorrowing wife.

WILKINS.—Killed in action on August 24th, Walter Wilkins, 2nd Oxford & Bucks L.I.



The effort on Saturday on behalf of the fund to provide comforts for prisoners of war from Rugby and district was in all respects a great and gratifying success. Following to many Flag days for deserving objects, it may have been assumed that the public were getting rather tired of these appeals ; but the plight of prisoners captured by the Germans and incarcerated in detention camps is such that the well-organised scheme to provide them with regular supplies of comforts, such as that undertaken by the local committee, must commend itself to everybody. Certain it is that the endeavour to raise a substantial sum of money to send weekly parcels to prisoners from this locality met with very enthusiastic support. All previous records were easily broken, and the sale of flags, supplemented by donations, has resulted in approximately £500 being raised. The sale of flags in the town and village produced £211 14s 11d. It will be remembered that for the Alexandra Rose Day about £140 was raised, and this was the highest amount brought in before Saturday by “ flag day ” collections in Rugby.

Anticipating a large sale of flags, the committee secured no fewer than 35,000 for disposal in Rugby and the surrounding villages. The flags were specially made for this effort. On one side were the letters in white on blue ground, “ Rugby Prisoners of War Fund,” and on the reverse side was a picture representing three British soldiers behind a barbed wire barricade, and guarded by Germans, with the word’s, “ Help our men,” printed at the foot.

The Benn Buildings, kindly lent by the Urban District Council, formed the centre of operations, and about 300 people helped in the collection. Some of the flag sellers were astir quite early in the morning, and towards mid-day there seemed a likelihood of the supply of flags giving out, and accordingly small Union Jacks were procured and stamped with the green seal familiar to local shopkeepers ; but by carefully regulating the sales throughout the town it was not found necessary to utilise a great number of these.

Another popular feature was the sale of sprays of lavender, of which between 7,000 and 8,000 were distributed. This idea originated with Mrs Bernard Hopps, of Thurlaston, and so great was the demand that extra supplies were needed. These were provided from the gardens of Mrs Hopps, Mr W Fiint, Mrs Blagden, Mrs Dickinson, Mm Eckersley, and others.

During the day Mr W Flint, the chairman of the committee, drove round the town and through the district in his car with Mr J R Barker, the energetic secretary, and visited the various depots which had been established.

On Sunday evening a special concert in aid of the Prisoners of War Fund was given at the Empire, the promoter being Mr B Morris, the proprietor. Admission was by silver collection, taken by Mrs Cosford and Miss Kimber. Miss Phyllis Morris and the artistes at the Empire gave their services, and a special film was shown. The proceeds of this concert amounted to just under £10.

The whole of the arrangements were carried out by the Hon Secretary, Mr J Reginald Barker, who received considerable assistance in the clerical work from Miss C M Judd.

Mr Barker made full use of the local newspapers in his publicity arrangements, and took advantage of every opportunity to make the cause of the prisoners of war understood and realised by everyone, in Rugby and the surrounding villages ; and this, no doubt, helped largely to bring about such a satisfactory result.


Alfred G Cox, shop manager, Poplar Grove, Rugby ; Ada Teague, 13 Park Road, Rugby ; George A Towers, newsagent, 120 Cambridge Street, Rugby ; Thos Norcross, draughtsman, Lodge Road, Rugby ; and John Henry Lines, Queen’s Head Inn, West Street, Rugby, were summoned for not obscuring lights as required by the Lighting Order.

Mrs Lines appeared for her husband, who was unwell, and said there was only a small light burning for a few minutes while she opened the window to let in some fresh air.—P.S Percival said at 11.15 he saw a bright light shining from the Queen’s Head. The blinds were not drawn, but there was a shade on the wrong side of the light. When he knocked at the door the light went out, but no one answered.—Mrs Lines said the reason she did not answer the door was that she thought it was a drunken soldier, against whom she had previously locked the door.—Fined £1.

A G Cox was summoned in respect of a light at the Co-operative Society’s Furniture Stores. He admitted the offence.—P.S Percival said he saw a bright light shining through the window of the furniture shop.—Defendant said he went in at midnight for the purpose of stock-taking, and switched on the light without thinking to first draw down the blind.—Fined £1.

Mr Towers said the light was showing accidentally.—P.C Lovell said he saw a bright light shining from the bedroom. Defendant’s attention was drawn to it, and he said he was sorry it had occurred. He did all he could to comply with the regulations. Mr Towers said the window was thrown up and the blind was blown outwards by the wind.—Fined £1.

T Norcross also admitted the offence.—P.C Elkington said at 10.35 p.m he saw a bright incandescent light shining from the bedroom window on to the houses opposite. The blind was not drawn.—Defendant said he had only been in the house a week, and the blinds had not been fixed. That was the first time he had used the gas, and that was only for a minute, because he had no candle in the room.—Fined £1.

Mr W Davis, solicitor, Rugby, appeared for Mrs Teague, and pleaded guilty.—P.C Elkington stated that he saw a bright light shining from the back of Mrs Teague’s house. There were two naked lights down-stairs and one upstairs. No blinds were drawn.—Mr Davis stated that Mrs Teague, who took in boarders, had taken down the blinds that night to wash them, and had retired to bed. One of the boarders subsequently turned on the light, not knowing that the blinds had been taken down.—Fined £1.

POINTS FOR FARMERS.—The War Agricultural Committee have received official information of interest to farmers in the district on the following points :— Sulphate of ammonia can be bought during August and September for 15s per cwt nett cash on condition that it is removed from the seller’s works before September 30th. After that the price will be raised to 15s 6d per cwt. Labour Exchanges are still authorised to deal with applications for soldiers to assist with the harvest.

THE PARISH CHURCH CLOCK.—For the present the church clock will not strike the hours and quarters. In view of air raids, all clocks have to be silent at night, and the churchwardens found it too expensive for the strike to be detached every evening and connected again next morning.

Dunkley, Harry. Died 30th Jul 1916

Harry was born in Newbold upon Avon in 1887 (There are several Harry Dunkleys born in the Rugby area around the time, but this entry agrees with his age in the census)

His parents were William and (Mary Elizabeth) Dunkley who in the 1911 census had been married for 35 years with 12 children born alive one subsequently died. Harry was the 5th child . He was aged 24 and a painter, living with his parents. Harry’s father, William was born in Thurlaston They were living at 167 Abbey Street, but later that year they moved to 15 Chester Street.

The Medal Roll for Harry Dunkley 16711 Royal Warwickshire shows he was awarded Victory and British War medals. This suggests that he did not join until late in 1915 as there are no 14 or 15 Stars.

Soldiers who died in the Great War lists Harry Dunkley, born Newbold and died 30th July 1916. He served in France and Flanders and had the rank of Private in the 14th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, number 16711. He was killed in Action in the Western European theatre.

On 9 Sept 1916, the Rugby Advertiser published the following article:

“A Fighting Family” Fewer families have a better war record than that of Mr and Mrs Dunkley of 15 Chester Street, Rugby. There are five sons in the army including two have been reported missing for sometime past. William Albert, the eldest is in the Kings Royal Rifles, and he has a son serving with him in Salonica. Walter Ernest has served his time with the Royal Warwicks and has just rejoined the army from regiment. Harry, who joined the Royal Warwicks has been missing since July 30th and Percy John of the Lancashire Fusiliers has been missing since July 25th. The fifth son Arthur Rowland is serving with the Labour Battallion. A sixth member of the same family (Alfred Thos Dunkley) has been discharged from the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry on medical grounds and is now employed in a Controlled factory. Mrs Dunkley has two brothers serving in France and two of her nephews are in the army.”

He was buried near Longueval, one of only two bodies identified out of ten “British Soldiers” and later relocated to in Catterpillar Cemetery, Longueval.

He died five days after his younger brother, Percy John Dunkley.



Dunkley, Percy John. Died 25th Jul 1916

Percy John Dunkley was born in Newbold upon Avon in 1889. His parents were William and (Mary Elizabeth nee Neale) Dunkley. In the 1911 census they had been married for 35 years with 12 children born alive one subsequently died.

Percy was the 5th child aged 22 born in Newbold and was a general labourer. Harry’s father William, a bricklayer, was born in Thurlaston They were living at 167 Abbey Street, but later that year they moved to 15 Chester Street.

On 9 Sept 1916, the Rugby Advertiser published the following article:

“A Fighting Family” Fewer families have a better war record than that of Mr and Mrs Dunkley of 15 Chester Street, Rugby. There are five sons in the army including two have been reported missing for sometime past. William Albert, the eldest is in the Kings Royal Rifles, and he has a son serving with him in Salonica. Walter Ernest has served his time with the Royal Warwicks and has just rejoined the army from regiment. Harry, who joined the Royal Warwicks has been missing since July 30th and Percy John of the Lancashire Fusiliers has been missing since July 25th. The fifth son Arthur Rowland is serving with the Labour Battallion. A sixth member of the same family (Alfred Thos Dunkley) has been discharged from the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry on medical grounds and is now employed in a Controlled factory. Mrs Dunkley has two brothers serving in France and two of her nephews are in the army.”

We can assume that the P J Dunkley on the Rugby memorial gates is the missing Percy John of the Lancashire Fusiliers. However there is no mention of Percy John Dunkley on the CWGC site. There is a private Alfred Dunkley, 16330, 20th Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers who died on 25 Jul 1916.

The medal Roll index has private Percy John Dunkley, 16530 of the Lancashire Fusiliers. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

The medal roll for the Lancashire Fusiliers lists Percy John Dunkley, 16530 as eligible for the Victory and British War medals.

The Army Registers of Soldiers Effects lists Percy John Dunkley, 16530, death presumed on 25 Jul 1916. His next of Kin is his mother, Elizabeth.

In the database “Soldiers who died in the Great War” Alfred Dunkley enlisted, in Rugby, as a private in the Lancashire Fusiliers. With a regimental number of 16530 he died on 25 Jul 1916.

Presumably Percy John enlisted as Alfred and died under that name on 25th Jul 1916.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial as A Dunckley and Rugby Memorial Gates as P J Dunkley.



4th Sep 1915. With General Botha in German West Africa



Petty Officer E R Gilling, of the Armoured Car Division of the Royal Naval Air Service, has just been on a visit to his home in Dunchurch Road, Rugby, after trying experiences with General Botha’s victorious force in German West Africa. Previous to enlisting, Petty-Officer Gilling drove Dr Hoskyn’s motor-car, but he found travelling across the veldt in West Africa very different from motoring on roads in the vicinity of Rugby. In fact, it was very difficult indeed to take a heavy armoured car across tracks without a firm foundation, and the constant trouble was the sinking of the wheels into the loose and arid sand.

Several armoured cars assisted General Botha in his task of “ rounding up ” the enemy, which he eventually did so cleverly and with such gratifying results. One of the biggest fights in the campaign was at Trekkopjie, where the Germans made a stand, but soon gave way before the shrapnel poured into their ranks from machine guns mounted on the armoured cars. Petty-Officer Gilling took part in this engagement. Many of the Germans made good their escape from this place, where they had been brought to bay, by using the railway ; but when General Botha had matured his plans and made his final coup, the disposition of his forces was such that the enemy were completely surrounded and surrended in preference to putting up a useless fight.

Petty-Officer Gilling says one of the greatest problems that had to be solved by General Botha and his staff was how to supply his troops with water. In retreating the Germans had poisoned what few wells existed, so that the water had to be conveyed long distances. “ We went a week at the finish on a biscuit and a pint of water a day,” he said, “ so we had to go through it out there.”

Small parties went out en route in search of the precious liquid, and in a country dotted over with kopjies, very similar in appearance, this was not without its risks, as one party who lost their way discovered. Three days later they were found in an exhausted condition, and quite unable to stand after their very unenviable experience.

German prisoners mistook the armoured cars for water carts, and, signifying that they were thirsty, pointed towards the cars in the hopes of getting their needs supplied from that direction.

The newly-acquired territory, Petty-Officer Gilling says, is rich in diamonds and minerals, but the country is so barren that it is difficult to induce people to live at any distance from the towns.



The indomitable spirit which animates our troops, and enables them to see the humorous side of even such a terrible thing as the war, is illustrated by the following letter, written on August 14th, by Lce-Corpl D Esplin, 8th Seaforth Highlanders, a former employee of Messrs Frost & Sons :—

“ Since being out here we have been in action twice without any casualties. The last place we were in was a bit lively I can tell you, still we case-hardened our skins and went about the business with the determination of ‘ get out—or get under.’

“ Our ‘friends’ across the way are constantly shelling us, and I reckon I am an expert now on high explosives, their uses—and abuses. Besides these ‘ errands of mercy,’ as we have nicknamed them, a few extra spices to our pudding are the snipers, who are at large in the empty houses and disused pits. The village or small town where we are is devoid of civilians entirely, so that snipers find plenty of scope for changing their lodgings, without paying the rent, so to speak. When we send search parties to locate them the birds have flown. Still one had his wings clipped and now he is in a warmer climate. Another fellow was caught cutting telephone wires, and as we are so kindly disposed and full of pity and sympathy we sent him to catch the other chap up. Up to the present nothing has come through to confirm whether they have joined each other or not, but we are holding the line and expect to be rung up any minute.

“ Yet another spice to our pie was the explosion of a couple of shells into our ‘ cookers ’ in a railway cutting at the bottom of the road. One fell into our orderly room, and blew the roof half off, whilst one piece went through the bed end of the floor and another went clean-through the middle of the table at which were seated the C.O, Adjutant and Major, while the clerical staff occupied the other room. Another shell exploded in the machine-gun parties’ billet, boring two holes in one canteen and breaking another. The only fault was, it needlessly delayed a fellow who, at the time of the entry of the uninvited guest, was having his hair cut.”


Mr A J Dukes, son of Mr A J Dukes, Sheep Street, Rugby, has been gazetted as second-lieutenant in the 3/6th Battalion the Welsh Regiment (T.F), to date from July 29th, and will shortly be leaving to take up his duties at Swansea.

Trooper M Molsher, of the Household Cavalry Brigade, son of Mr H Molsher, the steward of the Rugby Conservative Club, has recently proceeded to the front, and in a letter to his old schoolmaster, says :—“ We are billeted in a village ‘ somewhere in France,’ about twenty miles behind the firing-line, and have not been into action yet. Life here is all right, very healthy and plenty of good food. It seemed strange indeed, when we first arrived here, much different from English life. The little bit of French we learnt in school comes in useful out here.

Arnold Hands, elder son of Mr F E Hands, Sheep Street, Rugby, has been gazetted second lieutenant in the 13th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. For six months (from September to March last) he was serving with the Honourable Artillery Company in France, but was invalided home, and has since spent 26 weeks in hospital. He is fit and well again now, and will leave Rugby for the headquarters of the regiment on Monday next.

On Monday Messrs A Frost & Sons, printers, Warwick Street, issued the fourth number of their war brochure, “ With the Colours,” dealing with matters of interest affecting the men in their employ who have joined the ranks. The number is of exceptional interest, and contains several cleverly conceived and well-executed cartoons, letters from the front, and memoirs of Sergt Roberts and Rifleman Redfearn, who have fallen since the journal was last issued. A useful feature is the list of employees serving, with their present address, date of enlistment, etc.

Corpl C H Wood, 1st R.W.R, who before enlisting was employed as a printer by Messrs Frost & Sons, was recently selected by his captain to assist in some difficult reconnoitring work. He was fortunate enough to discover an enemy sap near to an old French trench that ran into our trenches. It was a very important discovery, and for his good work Wood was promoted to corporal and also recommended in the captain’s report. If the enemy sap had not been discovered in time the Germans could easily have taken our front line trench near its junction with the old French trench. Wood, unfortunately, was wounded with shrapnel next day.

Of the 28 employees of Messrs Frost & Sons who have enlisted, three have been promoted to the rank of sergeant, two corporals, and four lance-corporals. Rifleman S Price was wounded in both legs on August 1st, An explosive bullet entered his left thigh and exploded inside, part of the bullet going through and entering his right leg. The main nerve in the left log was severed, but he was operated on in Le Treport hospital and the nerve joined up again. He hasn’t got any use in the left leg yet, but the doctor says it will come all right. It will, however, be a long time before he is able to walk. The right leg is doing well and will soon be healed up. Rifleman Price was wounded while his battalion was being relieved, at night, after going through some very severe fighting without a scratch, and speaking of this fighting he says, “ We went through the mill. The Germans used liquid fire against us, and lots of our poor chaps were burnt up. It cost the Germans some lives as well as us. I got through the attack all right, but was shot while we were being relieved.”


Rifleman W Wadsworth, of the K.R.R, whose home is at Hillmorton, was recently reported killed in action “ somewhere in France,” on July 30th. On Wednesday, however, his wife received information from the Record Office, Winchester, to the effect that he has been posted as missing. Previous to being called up he had served four years with the 2nd Royal Warwicks and six on the reserve, making ten years in all.



Pte Osmond Wootton, 2nd Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, a member of the Rugby Swimming and Life Saving Society, in a letter to his parents refers to some aquatic sports which took place in the canal near La Basse, in which he participated. He says :—“ We had just done 16 days in the trenches, and our brigade went back for an eight-day rest, and while at rest our Commanding Officer got the best men to swim. We had our battalion sports first, and the winners had to swim in the Brigade sports on the following day. I went in the 60 yards race, and came in first in my heat, second in the semi-final, and third in the final, so I had five francs for third prize. Being third, I had to enter for the Brigade sports. Instead of the 60 yards we had a relay race. We were third, but did not get a prize. Our battalion also won the plunge.” The writer goes on to say that on the Thursday they were attacked by the German bombers, and suffered a number of casualties. He adds : ” We had to hold a mine crater at all costs. It was a sight to see the German dead in front of the crater in the morning They had double the casualties that we had. Our platoon was congratulated by the C.O for holding the position.”


Sapper C Walton, R.E (son of Mr E Walton, 81 Claremont Road, Rugby), who, as we reported recently, had a narrow, escape from death at the front, his life being saved by a wallet and pocket-book which he was carrying diverting a bullet, is visiting his home on short sick leave. Sapper Walton states that after visiting Armentieres, Houplines, Chaucey La Tour, D’Anzers, Burbre, and La Touquet, his company was sent on to Festubert. They were taken to the fire trenches, which were here 70 yards distant from the Germans, and ordered to remain there until it was dark enough to erect barbed wire between the British and German lines. Shortly after eight o’clock the party, which, in addition to Sapper Walton, included the following other Rugby men : Sappers A and L Snook, F Wormleighton (since killed), and Higgins (“ Bluestone ”), climbed over the parapet and commenced to erect the wire 35 yards in front of the British line. The early operations were carried out to the accompaniment of German snipers’ fire, and after a few minutes the Company sustained their first casualty (wounded), and twenty minutes afterwards Sapper A Snook and another man were wounded. When the party erected the post to which the wire was to be attached they were greeted with a withering German fire, all manner of weapons being used, and after this had been kept up for about twenty minutes, they were ordered back to their trenches to stand by till the firing ceased. When about three yards from their trench, Sapper Walton was struck by a ricochetting bullet in the left breast just above the heart. He had to remain near the parapet of the trench for some time, and was afterwards taken in. Here, however, his ills had not ceased, for while his wound was being dressed a fall of earth occurred in the trench and he was buried up to his hips, sustaining further injuries, from which he has not yet recovered, Sapper L Snook and Sapper Higgins were complimented by the officer for the excellent work they accomplished on this occasion.


A local member of a company of Royal Engineers, which includes a number of Rugby men, writes from “ somewhere in France ” :-

“ I have had over six weeks of it now and do not mind the life at all, but, all the same, give me “ Merrie England.” One only wants to come to France to know that we are at war, and France as well. Every place we come to is awfully dirty, but you can account for that when you see the women doing all the work in the fields. They load up the wagons with corn, take them back and make the ricks. One would think the motto out here is : “ No men need apply, except for a uniform,” because since I have landed I have not seen a fellow who looked fit outside a uniform. I am a night bird now, as most of our work has to be done at night, so we parade at 7.30 p.m, and usually return at 2 a.m, have breakfast, and go to sleep. We are billeted in some farm buildings, and the people here go about as usual. There is a little establishment about 30 yards away where a shell has gone through the roof, but we still get a drink underneath, and there are people living in houses half blown away. We get a few shells this way. One day last week we sat and watched them burst after passing over our heads. The writer adds that so far none of the Rugby men in the Company have been injured, and says : We get some German aeroplanes over, but we have got plenty of anti-aircraft guns in the neighbourhood, so they get a warm reception. My word ! Our guns are giving them beans to-day. I get the Rugby Advertiser every week, and it does for several of us.”


Bugler Bert Wilkins, of the Rifle Brigade, who was employed at the B.T.H Works, and enlisted from Rugby, in a letter to a friend, written on August 24th, says :—

“ I am again in the trenches and at present quite well. Last night we received the news of German warships being sunk, and some of our Brigade, to celebrate it, printed it on a flag and stuck it above the trenches for the Germans to see ; and we cheered for all we were worth. But the Germans didn’t. No ! They set a machine-gun on it. But it still remains.”


Pte Harry Dunkley, of the 9th Warwicks, son of Mr and Mrs T Dunkley, of 44 Abbey Street, Rugby, has been wounded at the Dardanelles. He went out with the 13th Division, that relieved for a time the famous 29th Division in the trenches at Gallipoli. In a recent letter home he states he was wounded on the morning of August 10th, but not seriously, a bullet penetrating his left arm. The bullet, he says, went up his arm for about eight inches, before it came out, “ I expect it will be a month or a six weeks’ job,” he adds, and proceeds : “ The fighting was terrible then. We were with the Australians at a new landing ; at the time I was hit the Turks were pushing us off a hill.”

Allusion is made in the letter to Joe Turner, whose home is in Kimberley Road, and who, we understand, had to be left behind at Alexandria, overcome by the heat. Joe was then “ as thin as a rake ” and “ not fit to walk.”

For five days and nights Pte Dunkley and those with him got no sleep. “ We were continually moving and fighting in different places. All that we had was biscuit and water, and no prospects of anything else.

As a boy, Harry Dunkley attended Murray School. Subsequently he obtained employment at the B.T.H Works and enlisted during Bank Holiday week last year. He achieved some local notoriety as a boxer, and won two cups in competitions. His friends in Rugby will wish him a quick recovery from the effects of his wound.


Mr T Dunkley, of Abbey Street, received a further letter yesterday (Friday) morning from his son Harry, who, as reported in another column, has been wounded at the front. Pte Dunkley now states that the injury to his arm was more serious than he at first thought. He has undergone an operation, and will never get the proper use of the arm again, so that he will not be able to do any more fighting. He asks his parents not to take it too much to heart, and says he expects to be returning home in the course of a few weeks.


News has been received at Newton that Pte A Justice, of the 5th Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, has been killed in action, the sad news being conveyed to the parents in a letter from the Captain of his Company, who says:—” He was killed instantly by a shell at the beginning of the fighting at Hooge, and did not suffer at all. Being a man of a recent draft, I did not know Pte Justice very well ; but I am sure he would have proved a gallant soldier of his King and country, as he was starting in the right direction.” Pte Justice, who was 19 years of age, joined the Army early in September, 1914, and was sent to France on the 6th of June.

Captain Lionel G 0 Townsend, South Staffordshire Regiment, 7th Battalion (killed in action), was the only son of Mr Oliver C Townsend and Mrs Townsend, Lawnside, Hagley, Worcestershire, who formerly carried on the manufacture of fireproof slabs at New Bilton, Rugby. He was a fully trained electrical engineer, and not very long ago was in charge of one of the Corporation stations at Dundee. When the war broke out he was given a commission in the 7th South Staffordshire Regiment, and by the time his regiment came to embark as a part of the British Mediterranean Force he had attained promotion to the rank of captain.



Good news has been received by Mrs Rowse, of 8 Stephen Street, Rugby, respecting the fate of her husband, Pte Ernest Frank Rowse, of the Army Service Corps, who was on board the Royal Edward. In a letter from him, received on Friday last week, came the inteligence that he was “ right and safe.” “ I shall have something to tell you when I come back,” he continues, and, after referring to the scarcity of tobacco and other personal matters, he remarks bravely : “ We have started this job, and we will see it through.”

An official intimation that Pte Rowse is one of the survivors was received by Mrs Rowse on Saturday morning.


Recruiting has shown a considerable improvement at Rugby during the past week, fourteen men having been accepted. Their names are :— A Fortnum, W E E Healey, W Horn, B Barnes, A Morris, and T Rogers, R.F.A ; J E Ogburn, P Humphreys, J Baker, and H Newton, R.W.R ; W Jeffery, R.G.A ; F W Ward, Austin Wilcox, and A Heydon, 220th Fortress Company, R.E.