10th Nov 1917. How to Save Food, Practical Suggestions

HOW TO SAVE FOOD.
PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS BY SIR A YAPP.
NO SUGAR IN TEA.

Sir Alfred Newton presided at a meeting on Tuesday morning, when Sir Arthur Yapp, Director of Food Economy, gave the first of a series of lectures on “ Food Ways and Means in War-Time.” The following practical suggestions for food saving were read by the Lecturer :—

No cream should be used except for infants and children ; as little milk should be used as possible ; no sugar taken in tea ; as little tea as possible should be used, and the morning cup should be given up. No more than one egg should be taken in any form in one day. No bread should be eaten at the mid-day or evening meals. Bacon and ham, essentially the foods of the poor and the working classes, should be used sparingly. He wanted to see all banquets and public dinners given up.

Sir Arthur Yapp said that the War was likely to drag on for a long time to come, and we could not afford to leave anything to chance. It was the long last mile which was the hardest to travel. The task of any one who preached economy in those days was a difficult one, but it was necessary that people at home should be convinced that economy in food must be practised by all if we were to win the War. There must be self-denial and self-sacrifice in all classes. Rich people said it was the poor and poor people said it was the rich who should be rationed, but his opinion was that there was waste and extravagance in all classes, which must be voluntarily suppressed. We were only being asked to do what German people were ordered to do in the first year of the War. A great many people were playing the game, but there was no guarantee of victory if the food supply was not properly husbanded at this time. We had to help our Allies as well as our people in the matter of food, and when the great American Army got to work we could not expect the help from the States and Canada which we were receiving.

All waste in food and unnecessary consumption must mean less efficiency at the battle fronts. Thank God there would be no need to give up the fight because of want of money, for money was assured, but the deficiency of freight and food might seriously hamper the progress of the War, especially if there was not great economy in the supplies available in the near future. A mighty effort, such as he believed the people would make if they realised the true position, could alone ensure national safety.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Pte W F Nash, of the Royal Warwicks, youngest son of Mr & Mrs Nash, Cemetery Lodge, Rugby, has been mentioned in despatches for the distinguishing himself in the field on October 4th.

Pte Clement F Scanlan, Worcestershire Regiment (step-son of Mr A E Treen, of Lawford Road, Rugby), been seriously wounded by a shell in the abdomen and thigh.

The Red Cross Hospital at Newnham Paddox in now closed for the winter mouths in order that Lady Denbigh and those who have been assisting her may have complete rest after the arduous work they have done since the hospital was opened.

The following is gazetted regarding the 2nd Battalion of the Warwickshire Volunteers :—C C Wharton to temporary Second-Lieutenant (September 22nd) ; Lloyd Chadwick to be temporary Second-Lieutenant (October 10th) ; W A Bezant to be temporary Quarter-Master, with the hon rank of Lieutenant (October 6th).

News has been received of the death in action of Second-Lieut Leonard Glover, R.F.A, youngest son of Mr J W Glover, J.P, of Warwick. He went to the front in the early stages of the campaign as a member of Lord Brooke’s troop of the Royal Horse Artillery, and on being recommended for a commission was posted to the Royal Field Artillery. His elder brother, Capt George Glover, is a prisoner of war in Germany.

John H Mawby, son of Alfred Mawby, Long Lawford, and nephew of the late Mr John Mawby, has been (from October 5th) gazetted to a Second-Lieutenant in the R.F.A. He was employed at the B.T.H Works before joining the Colours on September 2, 1914 He attained the rank of sergeant after 21 months’ service in France, and was recommended by his Commanding Officer for a commission. He passed through the R.A Cadet School at Exeter.

REV P W WORSTER AS CHAPLAIN.

In the current issue of the “ St Andrew’s Parish Magazine ” the Rector, referring to the departure of the Rev P W Worster to take up work as Army chaplain at Woolwich, says :—“ I cannot let him go away without saying that, however loudly we applaud his decision, we very much regret his going. During the 2½ years that he has been here he has been a most generous and loyal colleague, always ready to do the hardest and humblest job, eager to hear other men’s burdens, unselfish and imperturbably sweet-tempered. Of his work with the King’s Messengers I cannot speak warmly enough. May God bring him back safe to us.”

AVIATION FATALITY.
TWO OFFICERS KILLED.

On Thursday an aeroplane, while flying near Rugby, came down, falling about 300 feet, and the two officers—Lieuts. Price and Croeger—received such injuries that the former died immediately and the latter about hour 2 hours later, after being removed to hospital under the care of Surgeon-Major Collins.

NAPTON.

Pte Thomas Bachelor, of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, who was reported missing, is now reported as a prisoner of war in Germany. His sister, Mrs Thornicroft, has made arrangements for his parcels to sent out.

AT LAST.—Several seats marked “ Soldiers only ” have been placed round the Clock Tower.

WOUNDED ENTERTAINED.—A concert was given last week to the wounded soldiers at Bilton Hall and “ Te Hira ” by the Rugby Amateur Dramatic and Social Club. Solos were given Mrs Ewer, Miss Stephenson, Mrs and Miss Lamb, Miss Coles, and Mr J Smith ; recitations by Mr J Smith; and a duet by Messrs Brown and J Swift. A sketch, “ Mixed Pickles,” was performed Misses Hadfield and Coles, and Messrs Haycock. Misses Poole and Lamb were the accompanists.

DISCHARGED SAILORS AND SOLDIERS.—Messrs. J Smith and E Cooke represented the Rugby branch of the National Association of Discharged Sailor and Soldiers at the first annual conference at Blackburn recently. The following resolution from the Rugby branch was carried unanimously :—“ That this conference urges that the Minister of Pensions issue instructions to Medical Boards that discharged sailors or soldiers shall not be asked the questions : Are you working ? and What wages are you earning ?”

RUGBY V.T.C. RECRUITING RALLY.

Continuing their recruiting rally, the “ B ” (Rugby) Company of the 2nd Warwickshire Volunteer Battalion gave a demonstration of the system of military training as carried out by them in accordance with the Army Regulations at their headquarters, the Howitzer Battery Drill Hall, on Sunday afternoon. The Officer Commanding (Capt C H Fuller) invited all interested to attend, and a large number of people gathered on the parade ground, amongst those present being the Battalion Commander, Col F F Johnstone. The Company was divided into instruction squads, and gave demonstrations of musketry, physical drill, bayonet fighting, bomb throwing, rifle grenade firing, and trench storming. The recruits were also taken in squad drill and physical exercise. At intervals the squads changed over in accordance with the general practice, so that during the afternoon all the men had instruction in the different parts of their training. Great interest was taken by the public in the various courses, and the interest which apparently attaches to the training ought to induce others to join the Corps. As there seemed to be a number of eligible men witnessing the instruction, the hope was expressed that the efforts of the Corps to add to their membership would be successful.

A very successful Bohemian concert was given at their headquarters on Wednesday evening last. The members of the Corps had decorated the large Drill Hall at the Howitzer Battery and the stage with very pleasing results. An excellent programme of music was presented to a large audience by the following members and friends of the Corps :—The Misses Nelson, Dukes, Barnwell and Phyllis Vann, Sergt-Major Cluett, Corpl Seymour, Ptes Farrar, Saddington, Everard, Browning, and Mr Gardner. All the items were excellently rendered and thoroughly enjoyed.

In the interval Major C P Nickalls, who was quite at home in his old headquarters, addressed the audience, and said that, as a Volunteer, he was proud to be again in the old hall, every beam of which had been hallowed by the boys of the Rugby Battery, who had shed their blood for their country. In peace time everyone knew the difficulties he had in raising the Battery, but in these days and in the crisis for which we were asked to prepare in the way of Home Defence no such difficulty ought to occur. He had taken out his Battery to France, and it had never been beaten, nor, he thought, equalled. Out of the members of the Battery only 25 had not been hit. Major Nickalls said that he had to thank the ladies very largely for the success of the recruiting in his Battery. They had a great influence over the men, and he hoped they would continue their interest with the present Volunteer movement. What had happened to Belgium and other countries might happen to us, and every man must be prepared to fight in order keep our enemies out of this country. For the Volunteers a man was not asked give up his home and his comforts, and leave everything he possessed—possibly for ever—which was near and dear to him. He was only asked to learn a little, and that little at home ; he was only asked to give 10 hours a month to drill and learn the practical bit, so that if an emergency does come he is of some use to his country and everything that we all hold dear. It simply meant a few drills close to their own home, and he could not think why more Rugby men did not come along and do it. No one could tell how long this War was going to last ; it might last some years ; but he did know that during this time it is the duty of every man to prepare himself, so far as he could, for anything which might come along. There were a great many men who said they had not got the time, but that is all rubbish. There is time with many if they will make it, and the sacrifice was worth it.

Capt C H Fuller also addressed the audience. and urged everyone to get rid of the feeling of “ self-satisfaction ” among many of those at home, which was growing to be the curse of the country, and in many cases amounted to a lack of patriotism. He asked them to consider the general outlook, and to bear in mind that it was only by enthusiasm that this War was going to be won, and by willingness on the part of the men left in this country, however busy they might be, to put themselves to some inconvenience in order to be prepared to assist in the protection of their country if necessity should arise.

Dr Relton, medical examining officer of the Corps, made a strong appeal for recruits, and said that we had arrived at a time when it was not a question of choice, but a matter of national necessity and our duty of citizenship that every man who is available for the purpose should be prepared, even at some inconvenience, to undertake the Volunteer training. He pointed out that in these days of danger there were other duties in the world besides putting in a hard day’s work and getting paid for it, and that the conditions of the men fighting at the front ought not to be lost sight of by those who were remaining at home and to whom our fighters looked for assistance of every kind.

Capt Fuller, in thanking the performers for their kind services, said that while they came with willingness to assist the Corps, they were expecting payment for their services, and the payment they asked for was a good result from the recruiting rally. He was quite sure nothing would please them more as a reward for their trouble than hear that the men were rolling in to increase the strength of the country.

THE DUNCHURCH AVENUE.

At the meeting of the Rugby Rural District Council, the Chairman drew attention to the proposal of the Duke of Buccleuch to cut down the elm trees on the Coventry Road. The County Council had taken the matter up, and had done their best to come to terms with the Duke, but had been unable to do so. They had, therefore formed a committee to deal with the matter, and hoped to arrange for a deputation to meet the Duke and try to see if some arrangements could be made to spare the trees. Before doing so, however, they had asked that Council to pass a resolution similar to the one passed by the County Council. He therefore proposed : “ Rugby Rural District Council has heard with deep regret that it is your gracious intention to cut down the elm trees which form the avenue on the Rugby and Coventry Road. As this avenue is so widely known as one of the most beautiful in Warwickshire, and also of historical interest, the Council hopes that your Grace may be induced to re-consider your decision and to allow the trees to remain.”—Mr Evans seconded.—Mr Burton supported, and said if the trees were cut down it would not only be a local loss, but a national loss.—The resolution was carried unanimously.

DEATHS.

AMOS.—Killed in action on October 9th, 1917, Pte. HARRY AMOS, Gloucester Regiment, at Poelcappelle, the dearly beloved husband of Clara Amos, 41 Lodge Road.
“Do not ask us if we miss him ;
There is still his vacant place.
We shall ne’er forget his footsteps,
Nor his dear, sweet, smiling face.”

CHENEY.—In loving memory of Gunner LEONARD CHENEY, killed in action in France on November 2nd.—Sadly missed by his sorrowing Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

COWLEY.—In ever-loving memory our dear HARRY (JIM), only and dearly beloved son of the late Henry Cowley & Mrs. Cowley, Rockingham House, Clifton Road, who was killed in action “ somewhere in France ” on October 19, 1917.
“ United in life, not long undivided in death.”
“ Had we been asked, how well we know
We should say, ‘Oh, spare this blow’
Yes, with streaming tears, would say,
‘Lord, we love him—let him stay.’
He bravely answered duty’s call,
He gave his life for one and all ;
But the unknown grave is the bitterest blow,
None but his loved ones ever know.”
—From his broken-hearted Mother and Sister, George and his little Midge.

HARDMAN.—In loving memory our dear son, Pte. WILLIAM HARDMAN, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who died of wounds received in action on October 27, 1917.
“ He sleeps, not in his native land,
But under foreign skies ;
Far from those who loved him best ;
In a hero’s grave he lies.”
—From his loving Father and Mother, Sisters and Brothers.

HIRONS.—Killed in action in No Man’s Land on October 17th, 1917, Corpl. W. J. HIRONS, King’s Royal Rifles, son of Mrs. Helen Hirons, of Long Lawford ; aged 25.

HOUGHTON.—In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. W. T. HOUGHTON, 1/7th R.W. Regiment, who was killed in action on October 4, 1917, “ somewhere France ” aged 32 years.
“ Sleep on, loved one, in your far-off grave :
A grave I may never see ;
But as long as life and memory lasts
We shall always remember thee.”
—From his sorrowing Wife and Child.

HOUGHTON.—In loving memory of Pte. W. T. HOUGHTON, 1/7th R.W. Regiment, who was killed in action on October 4, 1917.
“ Not dead to those who loved him,
Not lost, but gone before ;
He lives with us in memory,
And will for evermore.”
—From his sorrowing Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

RANDLE.—In loving memory of our dear son, Gunner LEWIS RANDLE, R.G.A., who fell in action on October 19, 1917 ; aged 25.
“ Not dead to those who loved him ;
Not lost, but gone before.
He lives with us in Memory,
And will for evermore.”
—From his loving Mother, Father, Bothers and Sisters.

IN MEMORIAM.

ASKEW.—In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. S. J. T. ASKEW, who died of wounds in France on November 11, 1916.
“ The call was short, the shock severe,
To part with one we loved so dear ;
Our hope in heaven that we may meet,
There our joy will be complete.”
—Still mourned by his Wife, Sisters and Brother.

CLARKE.—In ever-loving memory of WALTER, younger son of the late E. S. & Mrs. Clarke, 19 Temple Street, Rugby, who was killed in action in France on November 15, 1915.
“ Called away while young in years,
Away on a foreign shore.
He sleeps in an honoured soldier’s grave,
In peace for evermore.”
—Never forgotten by his Mother, Brother & Sisters.

ELKINGTON.—In ever-loving and affectionate remembrance of our dear son and brother, JOHN THOMAS ELKINGTON (JACK), who fell in action on November 10th, 1916. “ God’s will be done.”
“ Only a private soldier, but a mother’s son,
Buried on a field of battle, my duty I have done ;
I have served my King and Country, God knows I did my best ;
But now I sleep in Jesus—a soldiers laid to rest.
He sleeps beside his comrades,
In a hallowed grave unknown ;
But his name is written in letters of love
On the hearts he left at home.
A day of remembrance sad recall,
A dearly loved son and brother missed by all.”
—Deeply mourned by his Mother, Father, and Sisters of Long Lawford and Rugby, and his Brothers in France.

GARDNER.—Died of wounds on October 28th in France, Pte. CHARLES GARDNER, PO2163, 2nd Batt. Royal Marine Light Infantry, only son of Richard and Alice Gardner, Lower Shuckburgh ; aged 21 years.

PARKER.—In loving memory of TED, who died from wounds in France on November 3, 1914.—Not forgotten by Mother, Father, Brothers, and Sisters.

 

 

9th Oct 1915. Casualties and Lucky Escapes

OLD STATION CASUALTIES

Casualties are reported unofficially to a number of young men who joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry from homes at the Old Station, Rugby.

Mrs Bates, 98 Old Station, heard from four sources last week-end that her son, Albert, who enlisted on August 11th last year, at the age of 17, had been killed. He was formerly connected with the butchering trade, and had been at the front since May. His death is attributed to the explosion of a bomb, used to shatter the gun he had charge of to prevent it falling into the hands of the enemy.

Pte John C Burch, son of Mrs Burch, 27 Old Station Square, is in Sheffield Hospital, wounded by a shell in the left leg. From the cheerful manner in which he writes, it is hoped the wound is not serious.

Another Old Station resident, Pte Sidney Smith, of the 2nd Northants Regiment, has been brought to Sheffield Hospital wounded in both legs, this being the second time he has been wounded in the war, and that his condition is regarded as serious is judged from the fact that his wife was sent for at the beginning of the week.

He was reservist, who served in the Boer War, and at the time he was called up to the Colours was employed as a platelayer on the L & N.-W Railway.

News was received at 2 Worcester Street, Rugby, on Sunday morning, that Pte F Bradley, of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, was being treated in Lincoln Hospital for a shell wound in the leg.

BURIED BY A SHELL.

Pte Ernest J Jackson whose home is at 18 Old Station Square, had a narrow escape in France towards the end of last month. He had got through the charge all right, and had just returned to a dug-out for a rest, when a shell burst and buried him and nine others. Pte Jackson managed to wriggle about and work himself free. He dragged three of his comrades out, but had to leave the rest. Those who escaped crawled along, not knowing where they were going, whether into the enemy’s hands or not ; but as luck would have it, they heard voices, and found British ambulance men at hand. Pte Jackson is now in hospital at Brighton, he having been wounded in the foot by shrapnel. His shoulders are also bruised. This is the second escape he has had, as he was badly gassed in June, and had only just returned in the firing line. He is an old Elborow boy.

 

WOUNDED BY SHRAPNEL.

News has reached the town that Fred Lenton, of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, who enlisted from Rugby, has been wounded in the right hand by shrapnel. His forehead and the back of his head were also struck. When he joined Lord Kitchener’s Army he was working at the B.T.H. A field card has this week been received from Will Lenton, his brother, saying that he is all right.

HILLMORTON CASUALTIES.

Information has been received at Hillmorton respecting three of the young men from the village who joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and took part in the British advance. C Cashmore is reported to be missing ; Chas Chambers is slightly wounded, but his friends do not know his exact whereabouts ; whilst P Roberts has been wounded in the thigh. He is now in hospital at Boulogne, and the sister-in-charge has written to say he is going on well.

PRIVATE TOM SHONE KILLED.

As we recorded last week, Pte Tom Shone, of Newbold, has been killed while taking part in the advance on Loos on September 25th. A letter, written by the officer of the section to which Pte Shone belonged, conveyed the sad news to his parents that he had been killed by a German shell. Pte Shone was 19 years of age, and was the only son, and when he enlisted in Kitchener’s Army in September last year was serving his apprenticeship to the carpentry at Messrs Foster & Dicksee’s. He was a teacher at the Church Sunday School for some time, and also a member of the choir. He always took his usual seat amongst the choristers when home on leave, and was always ready to give a helping hand to anything for the welfare of the village. He was highly respected by all who knew him, and his untimely death is much regretted among a wide circle of friends, and much sympathy is felt with Mr and Mrs Shone and family in their sad bereavement. In the letter received by the parents the officer says :— “ He was one of the best fellows I had, and nicest, and I felt I could always trust him to carry out anything, and carry it out well. On the day before we made the attack I had decided to have him with me to take any important messages ; but the Captain of the Company knew of his work, and took him for himself. Unfortunately our Captain was killed just before starting, so your son, with three others got detached from us, and I never saw him again. I discovered from several sources that he got across to the German lines all right, and pushed straight on, passing us by mistake on the right hidden by some trees, and got right up into the furthest line the British reached, and was with another regiment. The Germans shelled this (as they did nearly everywhere else) very heavily, and he was killed by one of these shells. But he died right up in the front line, as one would quite expect from him. We have all lost a good soldier and a very nice fellow, and I for one mourn his and others’ loss, and can only offer to you and your family deep sympathy, with the assurance that he died doing his duty nobly, as I found he always did.”

SERGT. GLOVER, OF NEWTON, KILLED.

Information has been received of the death of Sergt J Glover, of the Royal West Kent Regiment, who was killed in France on the night of 14th September. He was shot through the head whilst out with the platoon on special duty, and died instantly. During his period of service in the Regular Army he served a number of years in Malta, and prior to mobilisation was a reservist (Corporal), and worked at the British Thomson-Houston Company, Rugby, where he won the esteem of all his fellow-workers with whom he came in contact. He was also a very familiar figure at the Drill Hall, Park Road, where he often visited his sister (Mrs Cleaver), and could be seen frequently assisting Sergt-Major Cleaver, with rifles, and other work. He was well-known by the members of “E” Company, but being a Reservist he was unable to join the Company.

On rejoining his unit, he was employed as an instructor, eventually attacked to the 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment, promoted sergeant, and retained on instructional duties. He leaves a wife and one child, residing at Newton. An official notice of his death has been received, and his widow has received a letter from his Platoon Officer, who was unable to proceed with the regiment to France. He writes:—“ I cannot tell yon how sorry I was to get the news of your husband’s death. It came as a great shock to me, and you have my deepest sympathy. However, you must be proud in your sorrow, knowing that your husband died doing his duty to his King and Country. He was the very best sergeant I have ever met, and I was looking forward to seeing him, and the good old platoon, when they let me go to the front, which I hope will be soon. I think that you should be very thankful that in your husband’s case it must have been instantaneous death, as he was shot right through the head.”

Second-Lieut Yates, of the 6th R.W.K.R writes :—“ Sergt J Glover was killed on the night of the 14th, while superintending a working party, behind the trenches. It will be some consolation to you perhaps to know that his death was instantaneous, and due to no indiscretion, being caused by a stray bullet, which struck him full in the head, but you will find greater consolation in the fact that his splendid work with his platoon, and generally in the Company, was recognised, and admired by all ranks, and that his loss is very seriously mourned by officers, and men, not only in the Company, but also throughout the Battalion. At the same time thoroughly efficient, and popular with his men, he inspired both discipline and confidence in the men of his Platoon, of which he was sole commander for several months. As his successor in command, I can testify to the smartness and efficiency he had trained them in, and also to the grief which they felt at his loss. Sergt Glover is buried in the 6th R.W.K.R graveyard.”

The deceased was a native of Darenth, Dartford, Kent.

Another of Mrs Cleaver’s brothers was wounded earlier in the war ; three of her cousins have been killed in action ; two brothers and one brother-in-law are still at the front, and have been there from the time of the Expeditionary Force.

RUSSIAN HONOUR FOR LONG LAWFORD BOY.

A signal honour has been conferred upon an old Long Lawford schoolboy, Sergt Frank Knight, of the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoons, who has been awarded the Russian Medal of St. George, 1st Class. Sergt Knight was recently discharged from the 2nd Eastern General Hospital. He was wounded in the arm, but is now thoroughly recovered. His brother, Bert, is serving with the same regiment at the front.

RUGBY MAN PROMOTED.

Corpl Chas Flavell, of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, whose parents live at 38 Plowman Street, Rugby, has been promoted to the rank of Company Sergeant-Major. A letter was received from him on Tuesday, in which he states he has come through the recent fighting all right, although many comrades have fallen.

A LUCKY ESCAPE.

Harry Favell, of the Coldstream Guards, whose home is in Plowman Street, Rugby, is now in Hospital suffering from shock caused by the explosion near him of a shell, by which three men were killed and he was blown into the air, but luckily escaped without being wounded. A short time ago this soldier was for a time incapacitated through the blowing in of a part of the trench, and it is not long since he was home on furlough. His brother, Fred Favell, who is in the Garrison Artillery, is reported to be fit and well.

RUGBY SOLDIER’S NOVEL DIARY.

Armourer Staff-Sergeant F H Dodson, of the 7th Warwicks, who is now engaged in the Central Armoury for the British force in France, has been home for a week, and returned to duty on Tuesday. His diary is unique, in that it is illustrated with quite a number of interesting objects and articles he has met with in France. The railway rack used for the transport of men and horses alike has been sketched in the diary, and there are various coloured drawings, such as kitchen stoves, a beer cart, wheelbarrow, etc, in addition to wayside shrines, an example of elaborate grotto work found on Church steeples, a windmill, a farmhouse with a dog turning a large wheel by the aid of which butter-making is carried on indoors ; also a village fire brigade station, with its primitive tools hung upon the walls. All these help to elucidate what is written in the journal, and naturally add to its value. Types of respirators used in the trenches to counteract poison gas were inspected by Armourer-Sergeant Dodson’s friends with interest, and he has a souvenir of the war in the form of a barrel of an E Company rifle pierced by an enemy bullet when projecting above the parapet of a trench.

LETTERS FROM OLD MURRAYIANS.

Mr W T Coles Hodges, headmaster of Murray School, has received the following letters from Old Murrayians serving at the front:—

Driver F Calloway, of the Artillery, writes :-“ I am sorry to see we are losing a lot of Old Murrayians ; but still, we cannot expect to keep going on without losing a few. I have the Rugby Advertiser sent out to me every week, and it is very interesting to see all the news. I have met several of my school chums since I have been out here, and they all wish to be remembered to you. We do not want for anything, and the French people are very good to us all ; but the Germans are a wicked lot, and their chief business appears to be the smashing of churches. There is one church here they have sent hundreds of shells at, but they can’t knock it to bits ; they can only fetch the corners of it off. They never managed to hit one thing-the Crucifix—you can always see them left standing bare.”

Sergt A F Duncuff, 6th Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, writes :—“ One does not easily forget the good old times when we were at school together and afterwards. I daresay I am not the only one who misses my game of football on Saturday afternoon. . . . Life in the trenches is not so bad in the fine weather, but at present we are having it rather wet, and it makes it very miserable. The trenches we were in before further down the line were palaces compared with these we are in now. . . . I have been in the trenches some time, but we still stick to the ball, as it were, and ‘play the game.’ I have met a number of ‘ old boys’ out here, and a talk about old times is very nice.”

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Major and Hon Lieut-Col Basil Hanbury has now ceased to be employed as a recruiting officer.

Second-Lieut A J Harris, son of Mr A Harris, of Dunchurch Road, Rugby, of the Royal Engineers, has been promoted to lieutenant.

The Rev R W Dugdale and the Rev G M Morgan, of the St Andrew’s Parish Church staff, who recently joined the Army as chaplains, are now “somewhere in France.”

W H Whitelaw, the old Oxford long-distance running blue, having served in the ranks of the Sportsman’s Battalion for nine months, has been gazetted second-lieutenant in the 20th King’s Liverpool Regiment, and is now stationed on Salisbury Plain.

Pte G P Lummas, of 13 Graham Road, signaller in the Oxford and Bucks, was wounded in the neck by shrapnel in the great advance on September 25th. He is now in hospital at Tunbridge Wells, and is going on nicely.

Information has been, received that Sapper T Lord, of the Royal Engineers, son of Mr T Lord, 28 Bennett Street, has been wounded in the thigh by shrapnel. The injuries are stated not to be of a serious nature ; but Sapper Lord is in hospital, and expects to be brought to England.

A concert was thoroughly enjoyed by the wounded and staff at “ Ashlawn ” Red Cross Hospital on Wednesday. It was given by the Albert Street Ladies’ Class, assisted by a few friends.

RECRUITING AT RUGBY.

The following have been attested at the Rugby Drill Hall during the past week :—T Gamble, Coldstream Guards ; A Bennett and C Knight, Royal Flying Corps ; E W Hemming, Royal Engineers ; S G Turner, 220th Fortress Co, R.E ; E Wheeler, Royal Engineers (driver) ; H Ogburn, Royal Warwick Regiment ; E J West, South Wales Borderers.