Patchett, William Ivens. Died 14th Nov 1917

William Ivens Patchett was born on 4th July 1880 at Clifton on Dunsmore, second son of Bethuel Patchett and his wife Sarah nee Ingram who were married in the June quarter 1877 in Rugby district. He was baptised on the 29th August 1880 at Mary’s Clifton and in the register it states his father as a farmer. In the 1881 census they lived on the Rugby Road in Clifton along with his older brother, his father’s occupation was a milk dealer. By 1891 they were living in Sharps Villa Clifton. He had five brothers and his Father was the assistant overseer of taxes. By 1901 they were still at Sharps Villa, William was a printer by this point still living with his family, his father was the collector of local taxes and he resided with seven siblings four brothers and three sisters.

William married Ellen Colton on June 13th 1904 at St Mary’s parish church Clifton, and in the 1911 census he is living at 7 Manor Rd, Rugby. It states they have been married for seven years and have two children, Nellie 6 and William C.H. 5 month

From the Rugby Advertiser dated November 24th 1917 it stated:
Mrs Patchett of 7 Manor Road has received official information that her husband, trooper W.I.Patchett of the Warwickshire Yeomanry, died of wounds received in the recent fighting on November 14th. He was the eldest son of Mr Bethuel Patchett, and was 38 years of age. A compositor by trade, he was apprenticed at the “Midland Times” office. For a time subsequently he was employed at the Rugby Advertiser Works; and when he enlisted in August 1915 he was employed by Messrs Frost & Sons. He is the tenth employee of this firm to be killed. He was a keen sportsman and played for the Rugby Onward Cricket Club and Clifton Cricket Club, of which he was captain for a time; and also for Rugby Football Club .He leaves a widow and two children.

There was also a notice in De-Ruvigny’s roll of Honour as follows:
Patchett William Ivens Trooper, No 3100976, 1st Warwickshire Yeomanry (T.F.) s. of Bethuel Patchett, of 36, Kimberley Road, Rugby, by his wife, Sarah, dau.of Charles Ingram; b Clifton, co.Warwick, 4th July, 1880; educ.St Matthew’s School, Rugby; was a Compositor by trade, and for a time captain of the Clifton Cricket Club; joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry 1st August 1915; served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Palestine from 13 Feb. 1916, and died at Beersheba 14 Nov.1917 of wounds received in action there. Buried at Beersheba. He m. at Clifton, 13 June, 1904 Ellen (7, Manor Road, Rugby) dau.of Edwin Colton, and two children: William Charles Herbert, b, 26th Oct.1910, Nellie, b 8th Sept.1905.

His medal card form the National Archive has him receiving the Victory and the British medals, but has two regimental numbers one for the Warwick. Yeo as 3061, the second for C of Hrs. as 310976.

He is buried at Beersheba War Cemetery in Plot C29 and on his headstone is the following:
Patchett Pte. William Ivens   1st/1st Warwickshire Yeomanry 14th November   1917, Aged 38. Husband of Ellen Patchett 6, Rowland St, Rugby.




28th Oct 1916. The Boy Scouts – A Record of Useful Work


The annual general meeting of the above Association will be held at the Benn Buildings, High Street, Rugby, on Saturday, November 4th, at 3 p.m. when all those interested in the Boy Scout movement are invited to attend.

After the business—approval of balance sheet, election of officers, etc—the President, Mr Arthur James, will present the Divisional Colours to the 2nd (Laurentian) troop. These colours are awarded quarterly to the troop which has made the greatest progress during the quarter. The Patrol Competition Cup, given by Mr W T Coles Hodges, will also be presented to the winning patrol.

The meeting will terminate with a short display by the winning troop and patrol.

That the Division has been active will be evident from a perusal of the following report prepared by the Assistant District Commissioner :-

GENERAL PROGRESS.—It is encouraging to be able to report that the Division has maintained its strength, in spite of various adverse circumstances. A number of the boys were only waiting to attain the necessary age before joining the Forces, but the loss to the Division has been made up by the additional recruits. The corps of officers has suffered further depletion, due to its members joining the colours, and several troops are in abeyance, or have been badly handicapped from this cause, or due to the remaining officers being so much occupied with some form of war work as to be unable to devote the necessary time to the troops. The 1st (Town) Troop, which has been without a scoutmaster for some time, has been disbanded, but, on the other hand, the 16th (Elborow) Troop has been restarted under the scoutmastership of one of the Clergy ; and the Wolf Cub Pack, composed of boys too young to be scouts, has also been re-started, two ladies having kindly undertaken the office of Cubmaster. The 17th (Frankton) Troop, which had become very small in numbers, has had to be disbanded owing to the Lady Scoutmaster having to resign on account of her health. A satisfactory feature of the year’s work is the increasing efficiency of the Patrol System, under which the boys work together in teams of about eight, under a leader and a second, who are encouraged to take full responsibility for the leadership and instruction of their patrols. The Division now comprises 230 scouts and 18 wolf cubs, 120 of the scouts having passed their second class tests, and 31 being first close scouts. The total number of badges held for proficiency in various subjects is 744, as against 500 last year, and this increase is in spite of the fact that it is the senior boys who have been lost to the Division.

ROLL OF HONOUR.—The total number of members of the Division who have joined His Majesty’s Forces is now 152, 117 of these being scouts, and 35 officers. Three have died in their country’s service.

NATIONAL SERVICE.—The scouts have continued to distribute circulars and notices for various organisations, particularly for the Red Cross Society (V.A.D) and the St Cross Hospital. They have collected some 1,300 eggs for the wounded in the Rugby Town (V.A.D) Hospital. They have also collected waste paper and bottles for various funds, including 2 tons of old newspapers (which realise £8 per ton) for the National Relief Fund, and bottles which have realised about £2, to be given to the St John’s Ambulance Association. Owing to the shortage of labour, the 5th (B.T.H) Troop have provided a squad of boys each Saturday during the summer to assist the Bath Superintendent in cleaning out the Public Baths.

MOBILISATION IN CASE OF AIR RAID.—Although the scouts have been mobilised several times according to the scheme outlined in my last report, there has happily been no occasion for the practical application of their services.

DIVISIONAL COLOURS.—The new system of awarding these Colours according to the marks earned during the quarter, has proved satisfactory in that the Colours have passed from troop to troop, thereby stimulating the interest. Since my last report they have been won for the three quarters as follows :—1st quarter, 9th (Hillmorton) Troop, 2nd quarter, 3rd (St George’s) Troop , 3rd quarter, 2nd (Laurentian) Troop.

CAMP.—Preliminary arrangements were made for the holding of a Divisional summer camp, but owing to various adverse circumstances, and particularly to the inadequate number of Scoutmasters available to take charge, it was reluctantly decided by the Scoutmasters’ Committee, and with the approval of the Executive Committee, that it was impossible to hold such a camp this year. Some troops, however, held successful Troop camps in the neighbourhood, and one or two troops kept weekend camps going during the summer, thereby affording opportunities for the camp training, which is so desirable a feature of the scout movement.


Maurice Victor Eyden (O,R), younger son of Mr Alfred Eyden, of Northampton, formerly residing in the Clifton Road, Rugby, has been gazetted 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (Steelbacks), after a course of training in the Inns of Court O.T.C.

Second Lieut Percy W Ivens, son of Mr W Ivens, of Harborough Parva, has recently been gazetted to Suffolk regiment. He joined the army in September, 1914, did six months’ service in France and four months’ training at a Cadet School prior to receiving his commission.


Pte Cooke, of the Royal Warwicks, has been invalided from France, and is now in hospital at Carrington, suffering from bullet wound in the left hand. Pte Cooke, who was an apprentice at Messrs Frost & Sons, went out in November, 1914, and has been through most of the fighting out there in which the Warwicks have been engaged.


Second-Lieut H E Britton, R.F.A, who has died of wounds in France, was employed in the Controller Engineers’ Department at the B.T.H for about twelve years. He was the son of the Rev J Willis Britton, and several years ago he did useful service as a forward for the Rugby Football Club, and he was later a playing member of the Hockey Club. In August, 1914, he joined the Howitzer Battery, and proceeded with them to the front. About twelve months ago he was granted a commission. He was about 34 years of age.


Amongst B.T.H men who have been killed in France during the past month are : Sergt M P O Brown, of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and Lance-Corpl E P Kittle, of the same regiment. Before the War Sergt, Brown was employed in the Foundry Department, and Lance-Corpl Kittle in the Punch Shop.


PTE A J SMITH KILLED.—Mrs Anderson, Worcester Street, has received official news that her son, Pte A J Smith, was killed in action in France on August 24th last. Pte Smith was a native of Newbold, and belonged to the Oxford and Bucks Light. Infantry. He enlisted soon after the war commenced, and previously was working at the B.T.H. He was a good footballer, and played with the Newbold 2nd Team for several years. Afterwards be joined the New Bilton St Oswald’s team.


SERGT F C VINCENT.—Great satisfaction was felt in Wolston when the local Press announced that he had been awarded the D.C.M. This makes the second honour to a member of the Wolston Football Club. Recently Mr Silas Poxon was awarded the Military Medal, and both were members of the Brandon and Wolston Football Club. Sergt Vincent resided in Wolston for a number of years, and attended the Wolston School. He finished his education at Bablake School, Coventry.


Mr and Mrs White have received news that their son, Corpl W F C White, has been wounded in the thigh, and is now in hospital in Newcastle-on-Tyne. He joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry on August 31, 1914, was sent out to France July, 1915, and was promoted Corporal in September last.


REECE BULL HONOURED.—Amongst the names selected for honours in the Service Battalion of the Royal Warwicks in connection with the effort to relieve the Kut Garrison occurs that of Corpl Reece Bull (No. 4022). He is the son of Mr and Mrs Jim Bull, of this village, and has partaken in many actions. He was seriously wounded in France by shrapnel on June 17, 1915, and also injured by falling debris. His many friends offer him their sincere congratulations in the distinction he has attained.

At the Coventry Munitions Tribunal on Thursday in last week the following Rugby cases were dealt with :-

W G Tasker, Rugby, was fined 10s for being absent without leave on Monday night, October 9th.-For losing 50 hours in the nine weeks ending September 30th, Miss P Burton, of Bilton Hill, was fined 10s, to be paid in two weekly instalments.-A similar penalty was imposed on Miss M Sparkes, New Bilton, who had lost 50¾ hours in the same period.

Miss E Rhead, Rugby, was charged with being absent without permission on the afternoon of Monday, October 2nd, and the morning of the following day.—The girl stated that she had taken a friend home in the mid-day interval on Monday, and by the time she had been to the chemist for her it was four o’clock.—The Chairman asked why she did not go back to the factory then ; and she said it was no use going back for two hours. On the Tuesday morning she was expecting a soldier friend from the front, and the train aid not arrive until after the starting time.-The case was declared proven ; but, in view of the expense of going to Coventry and the loss of time, it was dismissed, and she was warned not to come before them again.

C Morbery, Rugby, for being on the premises worse for liquor on the night of October 9th, was fined 10s.——F J Marchant was fined 10s for being absent on October 3rd ; and E R Harratt, Rugby ; A J Pitts, Badby ; and G Dexter, Rugby, were fined £1 each for similar offences.

At the Thursday sitting, A Harrison, Rugby, was fined 30s, to be paid in three weekly instalments, for being absent from the 3rd to the 10th October, both dates inclusive.—In view of the man’s excellent record, the case against E Hall, of Rugby, who was charged with absenting himself on October 3rd, was dismissed.- A Alcock, Rugby, was similarly summoned ; but in view of his previous good record, the case was adjourned for one month.—R H Masters, Newbold, was charged with a like offence. He claimed that he was entitled to these days, as he had worked during the “ rest period ” ; but the firm replied that he asked for Tuesday, and took Tuesday and Wednesday.—The case was dismissed.-J Ireson, Rugby, was summoned in respect of October 3rd ; but wrote stating that he had 14 teeth extracted during the “ rest period.”—Fined 2s 6d for failing to notify the firm.


The Warwickshire War Agricultural Committee have reported to the Warwickshire County Council that 1,479 women had now been registered by the District Sub-Committees, of which number 786 are, or have been working on the land. Of the women registered, a large proportion, owing to domestic ties, are only able to undertake casual work. It was anticipated there will be an increased demand for this class of labour next spring. The Committee add :- Although women undertaking temporary war work in agriculture are able to obtain exemption in almost every case from the employed person’s share of the contributions payable under the National Health Insurance Act, 1911, such exemptions do not relieve the employers of their share the contributions. Farmers do not object to paying the contributions, if the women in respect of whom they are paid can obtain some benefits in return, but having regard to the temporary nature of their employment it is impossible for these women to obtain any benefits, as the periods of their employment are not of sufficient duration to permit of the payment of the number of contributions necessary to qualify for the benefits. Claiming contributions from farmers under such circumstances is an injustice, against which we have protested to the Board of Agriculture, but we regret to say the Government are unwilling to move in the matter.

FARMER : “ Can you cure bacon ?” New Hand (a girl help) : “I’m afraid I can’t. You see, I came as a farm hand—not as a vet.”—From “ Punch.”


A BAD BOY.-The wife of a soldier stationed in Egypt asked for an order for her son to be sent to an industrial school. He was quite beyond her control.-Mr P A Crofts said he knew the case. The boy was quite un-manageable. His mother had flogged him severely, but he only turned round and laughed. He was always stealing.-Supt Clarke : Perhaps she does not flog him right. They don’t laugh when I flog them.—An order was made.


EMERY.—In glorious memory of BDR. ERNEST H. EMERY, who was accidentally killed, whilst on active service somewhere in Greece, October 1st, 1916, aged 19 years.
“ Thou hast done thy life’s work ; enter into rest.”

WILSON.—Killed in action in France on September 3rd 1916, Lance-Corpl S. W. WILSON, Oxford and Bucks L.I., the dearly loved husband of Louisa Wilson, Swinford.
“ Now the labourers task is o’er ;
Now the battle day is past ;
Father, in Thy gracious keeping,
Leave we now thy servant sleeping.”


CATER.—In loving memory of ERNEST CATER, youngest son of the late Francis and Annie Cater, of Watford. Reported missing March 15, 1915. Now presumed to have been killed on that date.

17th Jun 1916. The Postponed Bank Holiday


The suspension, by Royal Proclamation Whit-Monday as a Bank Holiday to avoid any interruption in the supply of munitions of war was patriotically observed by the public. The sacrifice of outdoor pleasure could not be regarded as serious, as the weather was cold and wet. In conformity with the wishes of the Government there were no holiday facilities on the railways. The weather on Sunday and Monday was characterised by cold winds and rain, which made fires in the house necessary and acceptable. The temperature was about 18 or 20 degrees below the proper level for the date. Such a Whit-Monday has not been experienced since 1891, when snow fell and the thermometer stood at 42 degrees at noon. But that was in May, nearly a month earlier in the season, so that allowing for the difference in time Monday was relatively colder, and it is not surprising that recourse was had to overcoats, furs, and fires—ten days from midsummer ! The bitter conditions affected all the eastern counties, the coast in particular being exceedingly cold, while the west and north were a little better.


News has been received by Mrs Watts, Benn Street, Rugby, that her husband, Sergt E Watts, of the 6th Oxon and Bucks L.I, has been wounded in France, and is now in hospital at Bradford.

Lieutenant the Hon Henry S Feilding has been transferred from K.E Horse Special Reserve to the Machine Gun Corps.

Lieut J A Maddocks, son of Mr Henry Maddocks, barrister-at-law, has been killed in action. He was in his twentieth year, and the oldest of six sons. He was educated at Oakfield, Rugby, and also at University College, London.

Miss Dora McLelland, who was trained at the Hospital of St Cross, Rugby—and is still on the staff—has been mentioned in the Birthday Honours for Nurses, first-class Royal Red Cross decoration. Miss McLelland is at present working in the Territorial Force Nursing Service.

R V Wilson (Old Laurentian), son of Mr J G Wilson, York Street, Rugby, has joined the H.A.C Infantry Division. The Old Laurentians have supplied a great many members to this distinguished Company.

The relatives of W H Brain have now received official news from the Admiralty, stating that he was drowned when his ship—the “ Indefatigable ” — was lost in the North Sea Battle.


Mr R H Myers, headmaster of St Matthew’s Boys’ School, has received the following interesting letter from an “ old boy,” P.O Telegraphist E W Penney:—

“ I thought you would like to know that I managed to come safely through our recent battle without a scratch, being luckier than I was at the ‘ Dogger Bank,’ though that was only a picnic compared with the Jutland Battle. As usual, we were in the thick of the fight, which is only natural, seeing that we fly the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty and are flagship of the Battle Cruiser Fleet. It is a great pity we did not meet the enemy earlier in the day. Had we done so, I am certain there would have been annihilation for the High Seas Fleet ; but, of course, it is only a pleasure deferred. I can state with confidence that, although our losses were rather heavy, the German losses were much heavier in both material and men, but, unlike us, do not publish the whole of their losses, though we know them just the same. They were very brave at first, when they thought that our Battle Cruiser Squadron was alone, but immediately the Grand Fleet hove in sight they made of at full speed. It was a wretched day, the average visibility being only about 5,000 to 6,000 yards, so, aided by the darkness and mist, they escaped—but they had a good hammering first. All we ask now is to meet them a little further out, as this time they were on top of their own shores. I lost many friends in the ‘ Queen Mary ’ and other ships, but I have the satisfaction to know that they upheld the glorious traditions handed down to us by our ancestors.

“ I have had some rather unique experiences during the War. Some time ago I was fortunate to have a trip to Flanders with a party from the Grand Fleet. I spent four days in the first line trenches at ——,and afterwards we had a tour of the batteries, and spent some hours looking round Ypres, which is a sight never to be forgotten. Our trenches were pretty close to the Germans, so I was able to throw over a few souvenirs in the shape of bombs ; and, of course, the compliment was returned. I did not see any Rugby men out there, but I must say all the troops were very cheerful, and they wondered who we were, as we dressed in khaki, but kept our cap ribbons on.

“ All good wishes to the boys of the old school, past and present.”


News has been received that Rifleman A Pullen, of the Machine Gun Section, Rifle Brigade, has been killed in Francs during the taking of a German mine crater. Rifleman Pullen, who enlisted in September, 1914, and was drafted to the Front in July, 1915, was employed by Messrs Frost as a compositor before the War, and lodged at 117 Oxford Street. He is the eight employee of the firm to be killed in the War. A fellow-employee, Rifleman Negus, was killed at the same gun some time ago. Rifleman J Pyne (R.B), an employee of Messrs Frost & Son, is now in the London General Hospital suffering from a wound in the shoulder. He is making good progress.


PROMOTION.—Corpl C Hedgcock, son of Mrs Hedgcock, of Thurlaston, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant.


Mr J Pickering has received the sad news that his son, W J Pickering, had perished on H.M.S. Defence at the naval battle on May 31st. A memorial service was held in the Parish Church on Sunday afternoon and a very large congregation assembled. Special Psalms and hymns were sung by the choir, of which he was a member. The Rector (the Rev R M Bryant) delivered a most impressive and touching address.


ROLL OF HONOUR.—Mr and Mrs W Maskell have this week been notified that their son George was killed when in action in France on May 30.


A meeting to consider the question of the employment of women on the land was held at the Benn Buildings on Wednesday afternoon. There was a good attendance of ladies, over whom Dr A A David presided, supported by Miss Craig and Miss Day.

The Chairman said there were three difficulties before them in this matter of work upon farms. In the first place, he had found that a rather absurd difficulty had been encountered in the objection on the part of certain ladies to the work as degrading and beneath their dignity. He did not suppose there was anyone present who would sympathise with that opinion, but still there was the difficulty to be faced, although they could rise above it, and they must strive by precept, and more particularly by example, to oppose this absurd notion. The second difficulty was the farmer. The farmer had been abused a good deal lately, and they most not be offended with them if they did not display the enthusiasm some of them might be expected to show at the idea of having women to work for them. The third difficulty was that of organisation. It was obvious that if a number of people continued to get some big thing done, there must be a certain amount of machinery to give them the opportunity for combined effort. This had been solved by the network of organisations all over the country, and which in their county was represented by the Warwickshire War Agricultural Committee. Rugby was represented on that committee by a lady to whom the town owed a great debt of gratitude for the work she had already done, and to whom they would owe a greater debt before this task was over—Miss Whitelaw. A few weeks ago, when they decided at the School to allow boys to go out in squads to help the farmers as they did last year, he wrote to Miss Whitelaw, and pointed out that he was anxious not to get in the way of any organisation for similar employment of women, and the boys were quite willing to stand aside if necessary. Up to the present they had had more applications than they could possibly meet. They would try to arrange with some of the farmers to employ women, even if it came to the point of refusing to let the boys go to a village until the women were fully employed. Whatever they might do, he promised not to stand in the way of the employment of women labour. This call upon women was very clear and urgent, and he was very much impressed by hearing from the farmers of the fearful progress which the weeds were making. He hoped that as the result of that meeting some organisation would be brought nearer, if it was not finally decided upon. There was a considerable danger of a thing like that being taken up warmly at first, and then the people getting tired of it, but, he pointed out, that in this case the work must be kept up until the end of the harvest.

Miss Craig then addressed the gathering on the vital importance of the food supply to the nation. They had been depending too largely upon other countries for their food supply, and the farmers were now being asked to produce more, and not less, food. This was very difficult, owing to the large number of men who were being called to the colours. The land was the nation’s source of wealth, and if it failed to produce to its utmost capacity, it would mean a tremendous increase in the price of food to the well-to-do, and to the poor it would mean poverty and privation such as they had never experienced, and such as they could hardly comprehend. This was the opportunity for women to show their value to the nation. There was only one way for England to be beaten by the Germans. It was not the loss of men, because they had been told that they would fight to the last man ; it was not the loss of money, because they would fight to the last shilling ; but if their ships failed to bring in the supplies, and if the work of the farmers did not go on, if the food fell off, then indeed would their men at the front feel that they had done their bit in vain, and that alone would make them feel they could lay down their arms, having been unsuccessful.

Miss Day alluded to the fact that Lord Selborne, President of the Board of Agriculture, had asked for   400,000 women to help in the food production of the country, and there were several classes whom she thought might assist. First, there were the women who were receiving separation allowances ; they were costing the country about £30,000,000 a year ; she did not begrudge them their money, and she would be the last to suggest that the men should go away and leave their wives in want ; but if they were getting that from the nation it was their duty to do something for the nation, and she thought they could rightly demand their services (applause). They also wanted women from the towns to go out and live in the country and work on the farms regularly, not only at harvest time, but all through the year. If she could get 100 whole-time workers from Rugby she would be able to get them placed with farmers within about a week. They also desired women to undergo a course of training, either on the farms or in colleges for agricultural work, and also to obtain gangs of cyclist workers who could go out one day in each week and work for a farmer under the care of a skilled forewoman. To make this a success, they would desire six ladies to make themselves responsible for a gang one day in each week. Referring to the difficulty mentioned by the Chairman, the fact that some women thought the work was degrading, Miss Day said this could be overcome by women of education coming forward and giving a lead. This would show that whatever work was to be undertaken, provided that it was done to the best their power, was work worth doing.

Several interesting questions were asked and answered and farmers requiring workers, and women desirous of helping, were referred to Miss Whitelaw.


A meeting of the Executive of the Rugby Prisoner of War Help Committee was held at the Rectory on Saturday. Mr Wm Flint, C.C, presided.

The Hon Secretary (Mr J Reginald Barker) reported that the receipts to date amounted to £472 10s 4d, the expenditure was £314 17s 1d, leaving a balance in hand of £158 2s 3d.

Mr Barker also stated that he had completed arrangements for despatching a 4lb loaf of “ Dujon ” bread to each prisoner every week. The prisoners of war spoke very highly of this broad, and letters received showed that it arrived in excellent condition. The cost of each loaf, including packing, was 1s.

In view of the fact that the committee were now looking after the welfare of 51 men from Rugby and the surrounding villages, and that the cost of the weekly parcels of food and the special parcels of bread was about £13 per week, the Executive Committee discussed various suggestions for raising funds to ensure a continuance of the weekly parcels.

Mrs Blagden, who is in charge of the parcels sub-committee, said the parcels contained food in accordance with the instructions received from London. The supplies included butter or margarine, sugar, tea, condensed milk, cafe au lait, jam or syrup, bacon or corned beef, shredded wheat or force, soup squares, sardines or herrings, and occasionally cigarettes or tobacco.

Other items were included from time to time, such as tooth-powder and brushes, shirts, socks and under-clothing, and at the special request of a prisoner of war boots were sent.


DEANE.—Killed in action on June 3rd Edmund Bonar (1st Canadian Division), eldest son of Rev. C. H. Deane, M. A., 46 Church Street, Rugby (formerly Vicar of Willoughby).

GOUGH.-James Clecton Gough, 11th Royal Warwickshire Regiment killed by a shell in France, June 2nd, aged 30 years.


GREER.—In loving memory of Pte. Robert Greer, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action at Gallipoli, June 18, 1915.—Dearly loved and mourned by all at 12 Argyle Street, Rugby.

HANCOX.—In loving memory of our dear and only son and brother, Charles Hancox, Stretton-on-Dunsmore, who died of wounds received in action June 20, 1915.

“ One year has passed, our hearts still sore,
Day by day we miss him more ;
His welcome smile, his dear, sweet face,
Never on earth can we replace.
We often sit and think of him,
And think of how he died ;
To think he could not say “ Good-bye ”
Before he closed his eyes.”
Deeply mourned by his loving MOTHER, FATHER and SISTERS.

HUGHES.—In loving memory of our son Jack, killed in France, 18th June, 1915.

“ He sleeps not in his native land,
But neath some foreign skies ;
And far from those who loved him best,
In a hero’s grave he lies.”
—From his loving MOTHER and FATHER.


20th May 1916. Clocks to be put forward.



The Summer Time Bill, 1916—the object of which is to reduce the number of hours during which artificial lighting is used, and so save a very large quantity of coal required for war purposes at the present time—received the Royal Assent on Wednesday, and comes into force at 2 a.m on Sunday morning.

At that hour the time at all railway stations will be advanced one hour (that is, the clocks when at 2 o’clock’ will be altered to indicate 3 o’clock instead); the change will also be made in Post Office and other Government clocks, and arrangements are being made for the alteration of public clocks generally, either at that hour or some convenient time on Saturday evening.

The altered time, which will be generally called “summer time,” will remain in force up to and including September 30 next.

During this period “summer time” will be the time for all purposes, except astronomical, meteorological, and navigation. For instance, all trains will run according to “ summer time ”—that is, a train which, according to the time-table is timed to leave, say, at 6 a.m, will leave at 6 a.m summer time, as indicated by the clock. All establishments whose hours are regulated by law will be required to observe the altered time—e.g., factories, shops, public-houses, etc. Thus, factories which work from 6 a.m to 6 p.m will commence and finish at 6 a.m and 6 p.m summer time ; and a shop, if required to close at 8 p.m will close at 8 o’clock summer time. It is suggested that employers should warn their employees before they leave work on Saturday, and advise them to put their clocks and watches forward on Saturday evening.

The public generally are requested by the Government to alter their own clocks and watches in the same way, by putting them forward one hour, during the course of Saturday evening or early on Sunday morning.

It should be noted that the Act does not affect lighting and other Orders which fix a time by reference to sunrise or sunset. In giving effect to these orders, it will be necessary to take the alteration of the clock into consideration. For instance, the sun will set on Sunday, May 21st at 7.51, Greenwich time. Vehicles must light up half an hour afterwards—i.e, 8.21 Greenwich time, which will be represented on your clock or watch (if correctly altered) by 9.21. Similarly, the reduction of lights in houses, etc, will take place an hour and a half after sunset, Greenwich. This will be indicated by the altered clock as 10.21.

LIGHTING OFFENCES.—George G Stott, manager of a clothing establishment, Hillmorton Paddox; Walter Watts, Club steward, Market Street, Rugby; Alice Readman, lady’s help, 42 Clifton Road; were summoned for not shading windows so that no more than a dull subdued light was visible outside their premises.—Stott admitted the offence, and P.C Lester said he saw a brilliant naked electric light coming from the Grand Clothing Hall, illuminating the church and churchyard. Defendant was sent for and on his arrival he extinguished the lights.—Defendant explained that at 7.15 that evening he sent the boy upstairs to a back room for a pail. It was then quite light, and there was no necessity for him the switch the light on. He had evidently did so on this occasion, and then shut the door.-This was the only light burning in the shop.-Fined £1.—Watts pleaded guilty.—P.S Percival said the light, which was situated it the back of the Rokeby Club, was not shaded. He could see the light shining through the top of the blind. There was also an ordinary street lamp in the yard, which was shaded half-way down with brown paper.—Supt Clarke said this was a very bad light. It was like a great star, and he sent the officer round to it.—Defendant said he had done the best he could.—The Chairman : Not quite; you will be fined £2.—Miss Readman said it was quite an oversight, and the light was turned half down, there being a very subdued light.—P.C Elkington said when in the Lower Hillmorton Road he saw a very bright light from the rear of No 42 Clifton Roan. On going to the house he saw a bright, incandescent gas light in the kitchen, there being no blind drawn.-Defendant admitted her responsibility, and told witness she was very sorry ; she went to bed and forgot to turn out the light.-Margaret Fullorton, called by defendant, said she was mistress of the house. The light in question which she saw after the policeman had been, was half turned down, as it had been during the evening. She had been at considerable trouble and expense to darken all the windows, but on the night in question, being overtired, defendant forgot to turn out the light.—Fined 10s 6d.

NO LIGHT.—Geo Kenney, 30 New Street, New Bilton, was summoned for riding a bicycle without a light at New Bilton on the 4th inst.—Defendant pleaded guilty, and said he did not know what lighting-up time was.—P.C Ruane proved the case, and said it was getting dusk at the time.—Fined 6s.


Thirty-four former scholars of the Baptist Sunday School have joined the Army, and five have been granted commissions. Three of these, 2nd-Lieut J Forbes, Lance-Corpl Geo Barnwell, and Stanley Stebbing, have been killed in action.

Lieut L G Neville, a son of the late Mr J T Neville, Dunchurch, and of Mrs Neville, of 1 Bilton Road, Rugby, who went through the Boer War, the Zulu Campaign, and the German West African Campaign, left England last week for the Mediterranean Force with a Territorial Regiment.

Second-Lieut C.T Morris Davies, of Rugby, the well-known Welsh international hockey player, is now on a short leave from the front, where he has been for fourteen months. Lieutenant P E Banting, of lawn tennis and hockey fame, is also home for a few days.

Lieut C H Ivens, of the 9th Warwickshire Regiment, son of Mr J H Ivens, of Hillmorton Road, Rugby, who was wounded in one of the battles in Mesopotamia, has been granted six months’ leave. The wound sustained was from a bullet which, after being deviated in its course by a rupee in his pocket, pierced the left thigh. After having been in hospital at Bombay for a time, he was on his way home, when a relapse necessitated his being landed at Alexandria, from whence he made another start a few days since.


The parents of Pte W J Payne, R.A.M.C, whose home is at 55 Stephen Street, have just received an intimation that Pte Payne is wounded and suffering from shock, and has been removed from the front to a hospital in England. Pte Payne is an old boy of St Matthew’s School.


As announced in a previous issue of the Advertise, Police Constable Herbert Archer, a Rugby man, has been awarded the bronze medal and certificate of the Royal Humane Society for conspicuous bravery in rescuing a young lad from drowning at Rosyth Naval Dockyard. The presentation was formally made to P.C Archer at Rosyth on Wednesday last week by Commodore Harvey Bruce, M.V.O, R.N, in the presence of the Dockyard officials and a contingent of the Metropolitan Police. P.C Archer is an old boy of St Matthew’s School, Rugby, and, like Sergt W Bale, who was recently decorated with the D.C.M, was in 1904-5 a member of the St Matthew’s XV which won the Rugby and District Schools’ Football Union Shield in the first competition.


Messrs A Frost & Son have received intimation that another of their employees has been killed in action. Lance-Corpl Henry Hayes, of the 6th City of London Regt was fatally shot through the chest on April 30th. He had been employed by Messrs Frost for several years as a bookbinder, and he enlisted on September 2, 1914. He went to France in March, 1915, and has been through a good deal of fighting, including the battle of Loos. A few months ago he came home on leave to get married. It is interesting to note that prior to the war Lance-Corpl Hayes lodged with Riflemen Negus and Newton, two other employees of Messrs Frost, both of whom have been killed. Thirty-four of Messrs Frost’s employes are serving with the colours, and Lance-Corpl Hayes is the seventh to be killed ; several others have been wounded.


The many friends of Bomb W K Freeman, R.F.A, son of Mrs Freeman, of 6 Lancaster Road, Rugby, will be pleased to hear that he has been awarded the Military Cross, and has been recommended for the D.C.M. Bomb Freeman is a signaller, and he gained his award by sticking to his post at the telephone under heavy fire. He was wounded in the arm and leg, and is now in the St John’s Brigade Hospital recovering from his injuries. He joined the army at Christmas, 1914, and went to the front in June, 1915. Prior to enlistment he was employed by the L & N.-W Railway in the Goods Manager’s office, Nuneaton. He is an old Murrayian and Laurentian, and brother of Sergt Jack Freeman, of “ E ” Company, 7th R.W.R.

BAND CONCERT.—On Sunday evening the B.T.H Military Band, under the conductorship of Mr H Saxon, gave a concert in the Caldecott Park. There was a large attendance.

ABOUT £10 was realised by the Rugby Branch of the National Union Railwaymen’s effort on behalf of the dependents of members killed at the front, held at Rugby recently.

THE Government have decided to instruct Local Tribunals to grant exemption in cases where, if a man with wife and family dependent were called up, his business would probably close down.

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR SENTENCED.—P G Davies, a conscientious objector, lately employed in a Rugby ironmonger’s establishment, and associated with the Congregational Church, has been sentenced by Court Martial at Gosport to two years’ hard labour for refusing to obey military orders. News to this effect has been received by his father, who lives at Stratford-on-Avon.

CONSCRIPTS CHARGED.—George James Costello, dealer, 2 Gas Street, Rugby, was charged on remand with being an absentee under the Military Service Act, 1916, at Rugby on the 10th inst. George E Hart, labourer, 164 Lawford Road, New Bilton, was charged with a like offence.—Costello pleaded guilty, and Det Mighall said when he saw defendant the man admitted that he had received his papers, and that he should have gone up for service in March last. The reason he did not go up was that he was ruptured, and had a weak heart.—Prisoner was asked why he had not been up for medical examination, and he replied that he went to the Drill Hall, but they refused to give him a pass to Warwick because he was a conscript. He then offered to pay his own fare, but was told that this would be no good because he would not be examined.—The Chairman : Why did you not go at the proper time ?—Defendant: Because I thought that I was not eligible.—The Chairman : That is not for you to think. That is for the authorities.—He was fined £2 and remanded to await an escort.

Hart pleaded guilty.— P.S. Brown, who arrested prisoner, said Hart informed him he had received the notice, but he did not trouble any more about it.—The Chairman asked him why he did not go up, and he said he knew nothing about it.—Fined £2, and reminded to await an escort.


Mr and Mrs Grant, Newbold, have received official intimation from the War Office that their son, Rifleman Harry Grant, of the 4th Battalion Rifle Brigade, was killed in action May, 1915. Rifleman Grant was 24 years of age, and was employed at the time of his enlistment at the B.T.H. He enrolled in Kitchener’s Army in September, 1914, and has been mining since May 9th, 1915. Much sympathy is expressed with his parents. Another son of Mr and Mrs Grant has been sent home disabled, and a third son is at the present time at the front.


An appeal is being made by Lord Leigh, in the absence of the Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire, for the loan of shot guns for the Volunteer Training Corps. In Warwickshire, he states, many important munition works are guarded by the County Volunteer Regiment. Companies are organised to co-operate with the police in case of air raids, and they are of service in other ways. Only a proportion of the regiment is armed. Now a call has been made for the regiment to undertake, in case of imminent invasion, duties which will entail the employment of a number of Volunteers who are unarmed. The Field-Marshal Commanding-in-Chief the Home Defences has given instructions that in such cases men of the V.T.C who are unarmed should be provided with shot guns.


DAVIS.—In Memory of 2nd-Lieut. D. C. G. Davis, R.G.A., who died of wounds, May 15, 1915.
“ We never shall our memories forget,
The friend we found so cordial-hearted.”
-From his old friends of the Electrical Laboratory B.T.H. Co.).

ELLIOTT.—In affectionate remembrance of Gunner S J. Elliott, who was killed in action at Gallipoli, May 17, 1915.
“ There is a link Death cannot sever:
Love and remembrance last for ever.”


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.

Redfearn, Joseph Charles. Died 21st Jul 1915

Joseph Charles Redfearn was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed around 1880. His parents were John Alfred Goodall Redfearn and his wife Senai Isabella (nee Biggs). John was an engine fitter. By 1901 Joseph Charles, aged 22, was boarding in Hexham, Northumberland and working as a compositor. Later that year he married Margaret Landells and around 1908 they moved to Rugby with their two daughters. Joseph worked at Messrs Frost & sons, printers. They lived at 55 Lawford Road, New Bilton.


Joseph Charles enlisted on 5th September 1914 in the 7th Battalion King’s Royal Rifles (rifleman R/89) and was sent to the front in May 1915.

In a letter which Mrs Redfearn has received it is stated that her husband was out with a small party on 21st July, and five of them entered a ruined cottage to rest, while he sat outside. the house was struck by a German shell, and the men inside, including Rifleman Fidler, Rugby, whose death we recorded last week, were killed instantly. Rifleman Redfearn sustained shocking injuries, to which he succumbed two days afterwards.

(Rugby Advertiser 7th August 1915)

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. His date of death is given as 21st July 1915. He was aged 35.

He is listed on the Croop Hill memorial as J Redfearn. The Rugby Memorial Gates have him listed as J C Redfern.