24th Mar 1917. Medical Examination of Men of Military Age


At the Rugby Urban District Tribunal on Thursday evening the Chairman announced that all men of military age, whether they had been granted exemption or not, must be medically examined, otherwise they would be taken as passed for general service.


Wednesday was the first day of spring, but it was marked by wintry weather. Snow squalls occurred during the day, and at night a heavy fall covered the country to a depth of 2 or 3 inches. A bitterly cold wind from the North prevailed, and it is to be hoped that the old saying that where the wind is on March 21st it will remain for a lengthy period will be falsified. Very severe weather is being experienced in the North of England.


It is thought the time has arrived for the creation of a Rugby War Memorial Fund, having for its objects : (1) The erection of a permanent memorial at Rugby of Rugbeians who have fallen in the War ; and (2) provision for enabling the sons of Rugbeians who have fallen or been incapacitated in the War to be educated at Rugby. While it is thus proposed that the first object shall be the erection of a worthy memorial at Rugby, it is intended that the bulk of the fund shall be devoted to the second object. It is hoped that at least £50,000 will be contributed. A meeting for the consideration of the scheme will held in London shortly.


In response to an appeal for more doctors for practice at the Front, the Advisory Committee, after consultation with the medical gentlemen of the town, have arranged for Dr Gauld to go.


Pte J R Sacree, Lewis Gun Section, Rifle Brigade, has been awarded the Military Medal. He was assistant to Mr C T Tew, hosier, etc, of Regent Street, Rugby, for about two and a half years before the war broke out, and was one of the first to enroll in Kitchener’s Army. He has been serving in France about two years, and wounded no less than three times.


The V.C has been awarded to Sergt E J Mott, of the Borderers, who was with the regiment when it was billeted in Rugby before going to the Mediterranean. He received the honour for most conspicuous gallantry and initiative when, in an attack, the company to which he belonged was held up at a strong point by machine-gun fire. Although severely wounded in the eye, Sergt Mott made a rush for the gun, and after a fierce struggle seized the gunner and took him prisoner, capturing the gun. It was due to the dash and initiative of this non-commissioned officer that the left flank attack succeeded. Sergt Mott is also in possession of the. D.C.M, being oner of the first to earn it in Gallipoli, where he was wounded. He is very popular in the battalion, and his comrades are very proud of him.


Lieut Joe Greenwood, of the 6th Northamptonshire Regiment, son of the late Mr W Greenwood, of Newbold, has undergone a successful operation to his shoulder and arm. He is now going on satisfactorily, although progress will be slow, and it is not expected he will be able to leave the hospital for some months. In an appreciative letter, the Colonel of the Regiment speaks highly of the excellent and gallant services rendered by Lieut Greenwood whilst on active service.


BENCH.-Pte J. BENCH, 10th Royal Warwicks, the beloved and youngest son of Mr. T. Bench, 16 Sun Street, Rugby, died in Hospital in France of acute bronchitis, on March 5th.

GURNEY.-Killed in action on July 30, Pte H. GURNEY, R.W.R., eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Gurney, Church Lawford.
“Gone from the dear old faces
To a soldiers lonely grave—
A grave we may never see-
Beneath France’s blood-stained sod
There lies my dearest son.
Could I have raised your dying head,
Or heard your last farewell,
The grief would not have been so hard
Far those who loved you well.”
-From Mother, Father, Sister, Brother.


DALE.-In loving memory of FRANK DALE, Easenhall, who was killed at Ypres, March 22, 1915.
“ Oh, for a touch of the vanished hand,
And a sound of the voice that is still.

DODSON.-In loving memory of our dear son WILLIAM, died of wounds in France, March 24, 1915.
“ Two years have passed since Jesus called him,
As time goes on we miss him.
His loving smile, his kindly face,
No one can fill his vacant place.”
-From Mother, Father, Sister, Brothers.

FOX.-Sacred to the memory of our dearly loved son, NORMAN H. FOX, who was killed by sniper, March 21, 1915.
“ Though Thou, did’st call us to resign
The one we prized, he ne’er was ours –
We only yield Thee back Thine own :
Thy will be done.
-Still sorrowing : Mother and Father, Brother and Sister.

INGRAM.—In loving memory of PERCY W. F. INGRAM, the precious, the darling only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. H. Ingram, of Withybrook, who laid his life down at Albert in France, March 23, 1916.
“ He died unnoticed in the muddy trench-
Nay, God was with him, and he did not blench :
Filled him with holy fire that nought could quench,
And when He saw his work below was done,
He gently called to him :
‘ My son, my son, I need thee for a greater call[?], a nobler work than this.’ And together they climbed into a home above.
-From an ever broken-hearted Father and Mother and only baby, Sister Dorothy, who loved him better than life.

INGRAM.-In loving memory of my beloved, my only nephew, PERCY W. F. INGRAM, of Withybrook, also darling and only grandson of Mrs. Fred Smith, of Pailton, who was killed by sniper at Albert in France, March 23, 1916.
Ah soon we shall see his smiling face in a better world than this. We shall meet to part no more.
—From his living Auntie Cissie and Grandma, Hednesford.



5th Dec 1914. Local War Notes

Everything is in readiness now at 67 Albert Street for the reception of the Belgian refugees to be entertained by Holy Trinity congregation.

Arrangements are being made for the billeting of 4,000 troops in Leamington. The men have been under canvas on Salisbury Plain, and they are expected to arrive in a few days. They will remain at Leamington for two months. It is considered that the advent of such a large body of troops in a town like Leamington in the middle of the quiet winter season will do the tradespeople much good.

Colour-Sergt Winchcombe, who has been assisting in the recruiting in this district, and is training the Hinckley Home Defence Corps and other units, is thus referred to by a Hinckley journal :- “ In Colour-Sergeant P Winchcombe the corps is favoured with a man of remarkable vigour and determination, who as recruiter for Rugby has helped to obtain and pass into the army nearly 2,000 recruits, a feat which has raised Rugby to the first rank in the country. ”


About 20 of the wounded Belgian heroes, who have been accommodated at Rugby School Sanatorium recently, left the town on Tuesday for Shipston-on-Stour, where they will remain for a time until they are completely recovered. The men went by the 1.15 train from the Great Central Station, a number of the Red Cross nurses and other friends assembling to see them off, and when the train steamed out of the station, the people on the platform gave the soldiers a hearty cheer, and a Belgian flag was waved. Mr Burdekin travelled with the soldiers, all of whom looked much better for the assiduous attention they have received at the hands of the nurses, and were loud in their expressions of gratitude for benefits and kindness received.


To the Editor of the Advertiser.
SIR,—I should like to express through your paper my thanks to all those who have so kindly helped my wife in collecting socks and other comforts for the 7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Over 2,000 pairs of socks have already been collected and distributed among the men, and it was entirely owing to the fact that my Battalion having proper socks during the long march soon after mobilisation we had so very few men fall out.
Mrs Freer Ash is still collecting warm clothes and comforts for the men of the 7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and will be very pleased to acknowledge any garments sent to the below address,
THOS. FREER ASH, Lieut.-Col.
“ Beaulieu,” Dyott Road, Moseley.


DEAR SIR,-Would any of your readers who are owners of large motor-cars be good enough to lend them for one day near Christmas to convey parcels from friends of the “E” Company and the Howitzer Battery to their camps in Essex. We think if these companies are then in England it would prove a boon to great many and ensure a quick and safe dispatch for presents. Arrangements would be made for parcels to be delivered at a central office and all despatched on a certain day. Nearly 100 Christmas puddings have already been promised us, and we shall be glad to receive any more for distribution among the Rugby Companies.-Yours faithfully,
“ Bawnmore,” Bilton, Rugby.


The men of this country are doing their duty splendidly by serving or making ready to serve, on the field of battle ; but the women and girls, who cannot go to the war have their duty to do at home. They, too, can support the empire ; they can help our sailors soldiers in the fight.


(1) By working for them in their spare time. This will cost money and mean self-sacrifice ; but it is no hardship to give up something for the comfort of those who are risking everything for us.

(2) By praying for them morning and evening and when the Peace Bell rings. They need our prayers that they may be kept brave and strong and merciful, and that they may be brought safe home again.

(3) By helping them to keep straight and pure and sober.-Times of excitement and anxiety are times of temptation for all. Let the women and girls of this country make their own life so temperate, and their behaviour so modest, that our sailors and soldiers are not exposed to the risks of drink or vice, but that their last remembrance of home is associated with all that is pure and lovely and of good report.

There is a League of Honour, an association to uphold the duty and dignity of womanhood, which we hope that every woman and girl in Rugby will join. What is meant will be explained at a meeting to be held in the Co-operative Hall on Tuesday, December 8th, at 8.0 o’clock. Come if you can, and ask others to come with you.

E DAISY BLAGDEN (Mother’s Union), E HESTER DEWAR (Church League for Women’s Suffrage), MARY FRANCES FLINT (The Children of Mary), ANNIE LATHAM McCLURE (Girls’ Welcome Club and Hotel), E L MELLOR (Rugby Women’s Adult School), MARGARET J MERTTENS (Rugby Sisterhood), MIRIAM S SPORBORG (B.T.H Girls’ Club), MAUDE M THOMPSON (Girls’ Friendly Society).

November 30th, 1914.


J T Healey, a member of the Rugby P.O staff, who volunteered some time since for telegraph work with the Royal Engineers, was sent for last week and has now joined the colours.

A College, an ex-soldier, who has been employed as a postman in Rugby for several years, has again enlisted in the army.

F Burton, who was temporarily employed as a relief clerk at Rugby, and has since returned to his home at Market Harborough, has now, it is understood, joined one of the signalling units in the Royal Engineers.


An appeal having been made to school teachers to enlist as drill instructors, Mr Joe Greenwood, of Eastlands Council School, son of the late Mr W Greenwood of Newbold, has offered his services and been accepted. He has left Rugby this week for the headquarters of the 7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, which he has joined. Mr Greenwood has been at Eastlands School rather more than a year, and his colleagues on the staff, whilst appreciating patriotism, are sorry, to have had to say “ good-bye ” to him for the time being. As all followers of Rugby football in the town are aware, Mr Joe Greenwood at one time assisted the Newbold F.C in the back division, and in more recent seasons has played as stand-off half for Rugby Çlub.


There were several local navy men on the Bulwark, which was blown up in Sheerness Harbour last week, and   as a result of which nearly 800 lives were lost.

One of them, Seaman Gunner W H Pearce, second son of Mr W H Pearce, London Road, Dunchurch, joined the navy eleven years last January. He served first on the Sutlege and then the Prince of Wales, and has received two medals—one for participation in the operations in Somaliland and the other for services rendered when his ship went to the rescue of people who suffered in the great earthquake at Messina. He had been on the Bulwark about two yeas, and in his last letter to his parents he expressed the hope that the war would be over soon and that he would be home to eat his Christmas dinner with them.

Another victim was Mr Frank Sidney Edmans, eldest son of Mr W Edmans, polisher, of 82 Lawford Road, New Bilton. The unfortunate young fellow, who was only 21 years of age, was a stoker, and had only been in the navy two years, the whole of which time had been spent on the Bulwark. Before leaving Rugby, he was employed at the B.T.H Works, and was well-known and very popular in the parish. Much sympathy is felt with the family, who received the official announcement from the Admiralty on Sunday morning. On Sunday evening special reference to the sad event was made at St Oswald’s Church. In Monday’s issue of the ” Daily Sketch” appears an excellent photo of Stoker Edmans, together with the other stokers of the ship.