25th Aug 1917. Commandeering Fat Bullocks


It was officially announced at Leicester on Saturday that the Government were determined to proceed with their scheme of commandeering fat bullocks to cover the needs of the Army and Navy at fixed prices already announced. Auctioneers and official buyers will proceed to the farms on and after September 1st, and select all bullocks sufficiently fleshed for slaughter and have them removed to the nearest railway stations. New weigh-bridges are being constructed as rapidly as possibly for weighing the cattle. At Leicester over 1,000 head per week will be dealt with, and in less than ten weeks it is estimated that 12,000 bullocks will be slaughtered in this country. In fact, all fat stock will be cleared off at least one month before Christmas. The Amy and Navy will only take over bullocks, and all the old cows and heifers will be left for meeting the requirements of the civil population. These will be sold in the ordinary way in open competition. After the official announcement many leading agriculturists expressed the view that a very grave position had been reached, and that in consequence of the action taken there would be a meat famine in the country at the beginning of the year. Thousands of head of cattle, it is maintained, will be slaughtered in an immature condition, involving great loss.

WHY NO FURTHER SUPPLIES OF SUGAR FOR JAM MAKING.—Mr Clynes (Secretary to Food Ministry), in a written answer, says the reasons which make it impossible to allot further supplies of sugar for domestic preserving are the strict limit on the total quantity which can be imported owing to urgent demands on all available tonnage, and the necessity of making allowance for possible losses due to enemy action. While fully recognising the importance of domestic preserving of fruit, the Food Controller does not feel justified in further depleting the available stocks for this purpose.


The Rugby Waste Paper Committee have now been in existence three months, and during that period nine tons of waste paper have been collected and despatched to the paper mills. The proceeds are being devoted to local charities, and householders and business firms can assist these objects by saving their old newspapers, magazines, account books, letters., &c.

On receipt of a postcard the Hon Secretary, Mr J R Barker, 9 Regent Street, Rugby, will arrange for the waste to be promptly collected. In the case of account books, and private documents, the strictest secrecy is observed, and if desired can be baled in the presence of the owner.


On July 31st the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee completed their second year’s work, and very promptly has a statement of accounts been issued. The balance sheet has been audited by Mr W G Atkinson, I.A., and an abstract appears elsewhere in this issue. The year’s receipts amount to £1,707 15s 9d, as against £545 13s 10d last year.

An example of the greatly-increased demands on the Committee is shown by the fact that in the first year £381 2s 8d was spent in food, clothing, and comforts for the local men who are prisoners of war in Germany, whereas in the year just completed the cost was £917 4s 5d. As the committee have over £100 per month to find to pay for the food parcels the balance in hand on July 31st of £694 15s 10d will at the present rate of expenditure only last about six months, provided of course there are no additions to the already long list of local prisoners of war.

The full and detailed balance sheet, which gives the amounts paid to every firm, may be inspected at the Hon Secretary’s office, 9 Regent Street, Rugby, any evening.


Major W. Elliott Batt, R.F.A., has been promoted to the rank of Lt.-Colonel.

Mr A W Reading, of 1 Campbell Street, New Bilton, has received news that his son, Pte H Reading, has been seriously wounded.

Mr. & Mrs. Barnwell, 56 Manor Road, Rugby, have received information that their eldest son, Gunner A. W. Barnwell, of the Howitzer Battery, has been wounded in the chest, and is now in the hospital in England.

Pte Fred Wood, 1/6 Royal Warwickshire Regiment, son of Mr W F Wood, Market Place, has been wounded in the head by a piece of high explosive shell, which penetrated his steel helmet. Pte Wood has been in France about 2½ years.

Flight Lieut W H Peberdy, R.N, son of Mr R W Peberdy, Albert Street, who was reported missing on January 14th, is now presumed by the War Office to have been killed on that date. Lieut Peberdy, who was an OLD Laurentian, was about 35 years of age.

Second Lieut Jones, R.F.A, son of Mr John Jones, of Cosford, has gained the Military Cross for valiant services. After serving in France for fifteen months he came home to receive his commission, and immediately after his return to the front in June performed the act for which he has now been rewarded.

Sergt E R Clarke, of Rugby, formerly of the Warwickshire Howitzer Battery (and now belonging to the R.F.A), who has been in France 2½ years, has been promoted to battery quarter-master.

The D.S.O has been awarded to Capt & Bt Maj Richard Nugent O’Connor, M.C, Scottish Rifles, for conspicuous gallantry and resource. In consequence of a change of situation, a revision of plans became necessary, but owing to darkness and heavy shelling confusion arose. By his courage and promptness he quickly restored order, and organised a successful attack. He is the son of Mrs O’Connor, of Overslade Manor, and is now a Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the H.A.C.

Mr & Mrs G Salmon, of 17 Lower Hillmorton Road, have received official information concerning their son, Rifleman J R Salmon, Rifle Brigade, reported wounded and missing on the 7th October, 1916. The Army Council have been regretfully constrained to conclude that he is dead, and that his death took place on the 7th October, 1916. Rifleman Salmon had been through much severe fighting. He was in the Battle of Loos on September 25, 1915, and was fighting on the Somme front, where he met his death. Rifleman Salmon was an apprentice at Messrs Foster & Dicksee, Ltd, and joined at the commencement of the War at the age of 17. At the time of his death he was attached to the bomb throwers He was an Old Murrayian.

Rifleman F Staines (Second Officer of the Rugby Fire Brigade) has sent to Mr W F Wood a model snake and two necklets made by Turkish prisoners of war, with the request that they shall be handed over to the Rugby Prisoners of War Committee to be disposed of in aid of the fund. Rifleman Staines is one of the guards at a camp for Turkish prisoners of war, and the prisoners are allowed to make various articles which are purchased by the guards or members of the public. The snake is composed of thousands of beads and is a handsome piece of work. It is very realistic and the necklets, too, are very attractive. It has not yet been decided how to dispose of the gifts, which are on view in the window of the Hon. Secretary to the fund, Mr J R Barker, 9 Regent Street, and it has been suggested that they would make excellent prizes in a draw. The kindness of Rifleman Staines in thus thinking of all the lads in captivity is greatly appreciated.


LANCE-CORPL. W WALKER, Northants Regiment, eldest son of Mr & Mrs J Walker, of High Street, Long Buckby, has died of wounds. He has been at the front for a considerable period, and was wounded once before in July, 1916. Four brothers are serving. Before the War he was in the employ of Brig-General Little at Dunsmore.


ILLNESS OF FLIGHT LIEUTENANT B HOLDEN.-The numerous friends of Mr B Holden will be very sorry to hear that he has had to undergo a serious operation. The operation, so far, has been successful, although he is still in a very weak state.

THE LATE COLONEL J H HOOLE, C.M.G.—This gentleman whose death from wounds was recorded in our last issue, was well known in Wolston and district, and the news was received with great regret. He was brother of the late Mrs C W Wilcox, of Wolston Manor. He has on several occasions been a generous subscriber to worthy objects in Wolston.


To the Editor of the Advertiser.

Sir,—In 1912 I selected Harbord, then curate of Pershore, to be the Vicar of Dunchurch. He had served two years as chaplain in the Boer War, and was, indeed, of the African Church, haying been ordained at Bloemfontein in 1900 ; but he was also a fine example of an English parochial priest. When the present War broke out he felt his call to go, and it could not be withstood, so he was accepted as chaplain and went. In the recent advance in Flanders he had been on duty all day with his batteries, which had been heavily shelled, and had just returned when he decided to go in front instead of back with the wagons so as to be near his men. In this act of comradeship he was hit by a shell and killed. One who saw him that day wrote to me : “ He has done a fine work, and is an example to many younger men. He has nobly upheld the honour of the clergy and died gallantly. The divisional chaplain speaks highly of him.”

As his bishop who sent him out with prayer and blessing, I mourn him deeply, reverencing his devotion. He is an instance, among a great number of clergy known to me, manly Christian fellows, who have offered themselves unflinchingly to God and to their country, and whose sincerity as Churchmen has been shown in their self-sacrifice and courage.

Hartlebury Castle.

WEDDING.-A pretty wedding took place on Wednesday morning at St Oswald’s Church, New Bilton, parties being Mr Fred M Staines, son of Rifleman Staines (second officer of the Rugby Fire Brigade) and Miss Lilian Grant, daughter of Mr J Grant, 40 Stephen Street. Mr Staines, who is at present working at Glasgow, was formerly a corporal in the Rifle Brigade, and he was discharged after being dangerously wounded during the heavy fighting of 1915. The Rev H Stevens, a former vicar, promised to perform the ceremony, but he was unable to leave the ship, H.M. Dreadnought, of which he is chaplain, and the Rev G H Roper accordingly officiated. Sergt Hughes acted as best man, and the bridesmaids were Miss Fazey, Misses Kathleen and Margaret Grant (nieces). The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr Fred Grant, was dressed in chiffon poplin with veil and wreath of orange blossoms. For a number of years the bride was a teacher at the West Council School and a Sunday School teacher at New Bilton ; and, in addition to the presents from the former school, already recorded, the girls of the Sunday School gave her a pretty tea cosy. She also received numerous presents from past and present scholars.

SOON TIRED OF THE ARMY.—At Rugby Police Court on Thursday last week—before J J McKinnell, Esq—William Jephcott, 16 Pinfold Street, New Bilton, was charged with being an absentee from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.—Insp Lines, who arrested Jephcott, stated that the man joined the Army on August 1st, and deserted on the following day.—Remanded to await an escort.


DEAKIN.—In loving memory of AROL, the dearly beloved husband of Dinah Ethel Deakin, who died of wounds received in France on August 16th, and was buried at Proven, Belgium.—“ Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friends”—From his sorrowing Wife and Children.

ENSOR.—Reported missing on October 7, 1916, now reported killed on that date. Will, son of William and Emily Ensor, 41 Highbury Place, London. Friends, accept this intimation.


COCKERILL.—In loving memory of PTE T. COCKERILL (son of Mrs Grumble, Gas Street), who died from wounds in Canadian Hospital, France, on August 25, 1915. “ At Rest.”

FOTHERGILL.—In loving memory of WILLIAM ALFRED FOTHERGILL, of the 1st & 7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who died for his country in France on the 27th August, 1916 ; aged 19 years.
“ He sleeps not in his native land.
But ’neath foreign skies,
And far from those who loved him best,
In hero’s grave he lies.”

FOREHEAD.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. T. W. FOREHEAD who died of wounds on August 24,1915.—Never forgotten by his loving Wife and Baby ; also Mr. & Mrs. Dodson & Family.

WARD.—In loving memory of THOMAS WALTER, eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. T. Ward, 170 Lawford Road, New Bilton, who was reported missing August 6, 1915, since reported killed at the Dardanelles ; aged 25 years.
“ He sleeps not in his native land,
But ’neath some foreign sky,
And far from those that loved him best;
Yet we know not where he lies,
We often sit and think of him,
And think of how he died :
To think could not say ‘ Good-bye ’
Before closed his eyes.”
—From his loving Father and Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

WHITTAKER.—In loving memory Lance-Corpl. J. T. WHITTAKER (TOM), who died of wounds August 23, 1916.
“ In a far and distant churchyard,
Where the trees their branches wave,
Lies a loving soldier brother
In British soldier’s grave.
—From KITTY & STANLEY (sister and brother-in-law), Coventry ; ANNIE & JIM (sister and brother-in-law), Beverley, Yorkshire ; & CHARLIE in France.

18th Aug 1917. Fatal Accident to an Aviator


A shocking aeroplane accident, resulting in the instant death of a pilot, Lieut William Alexander Taylor, of the Royal Flying Corps, occurred near Rugby early on Friday evening last week. Lieut Taylor, who was only 21 years of age, and the son of Mr William Taylor, of Mary Hill Park, Glasgow, was flying at a height of about 3,000 feet, when one of the plane collapsed, and the machine fell to the earth. The engine was deeply embedded in the pound, and the unfortunate aviator was badly mangled. His skull and practically every bone in his body were broken, and Dr Wardrop, who was quickly on the spot, was only able to state that death had been instantaneous.

The inquest was held by Mr C H Davis, Northampton, on Saturday evening. Mr J G Harper was foreman of the jury.

Second-Lieut Frank William Balls, R.F.C, identified the body, and said deceased was 22 years old. He had been in the Flying Corps at least 18 months.

Captain Kenneth Graeme Leask, R.F.C, said the accident happened about 5.53 p.m on Friday last week. Witness was in the air at the time testing a new machine, and saw the accident. Deceased’s machine was the only other one a in the air. It went up vertically at great speed. Witness than saw the left-hand wing collapse. The machine spun upwards one turn, and then fell to the earth with a spinning nose dive. There were no flames about the machine. When deceased went up vertically witness thought he was trying to loop the loop, and probably he pulled the control back too suddenly, pausing a great strain on the planes and the left-hand plane to collapse. The machine was in order, and had been used the same day by Lieut Park, while witness had used it the night before, when he looped and spun it, and everything was all right. The speed must have been very great for the machine to speed upwards as it did. Witness was about half-a-mile away when deceased went up. Deceased had done observing in France, and also acted as a pilot. In witness’s opinion deceased was very capable pilot for the time he had flown, and on one occasion witness saw him show great presence of mind in saving two machines from clashing together. Deceased had only been in witness’s flight about ten days. Immediately witness saw the occurrence he came down.

A verdict of “ Accidental death ” was returned.


This is only the second fatal mishap that has occurred at the aerodrome since its institution, and when we take into account the number of aeroplanes that go up daily year in and year out, this immunity from more numerous accidents is quite re-assuring.

But there was a remarkable co-incidence about the two accidents. The records kept by Surgeon-Major Collins, the Medical Officer of the Flying Corps, show that both happened on the same day of the month, August 10th, within a few minutes of the same time of the evening, and at a spot which might be said to be identical. The other fatality was twelve months ago, when two officers came into collision.


Corpl W Hyam, Lincolnshire Regiment, son of Mr H Hyam, Drury Lane, was wounded in the last big push. He is going on well. He ia an “ Old boy ” of St Matthew’s School.

Mr P F Fullard, R.F.C., son of Mr A H Fullard, of West Haddon, who recently received his captaincy, has just been awarded the Military Cross for services at the front.

Mrs May, 8 Ringrose Court, North Street, has received information from the War Office that her youngest son, Joe, who is in the Rugby Howitzer Battery, was wounded in action on July 18th, and is now making satisfactory progress. Before the War he was an apprentice at Willans & Robinson’s.

Captain Alan Greenshields-Leadbetter, R.H.A, who was killed last week, was an Old Rugby boy. He served in Gallipoli with the 29th Division until January 8, 1916 — the night of the evacuation of Helles.

Quarter-Master-Sergt Painter, of the Rugby Howitzer Battery, has been injured in action by his horse falling upon him.. His foot was fractured.

Mrs John French, of 3 Bridge Street, Rugby, has received news that her husband, Pte J French, R.W.R., has won the Military Medal in France. He has been wounded three times, and has returned to the trenches for the fourth time. He also won the Queen’s Medal in the South African War. He is the son of Mr and Mrs James French, Long Itchngton.


General regret was occasioned in Dunchurch and Thurlaston and the district around at the news, which arrived on Sunday morning, of the death from wounds while serving as chaplain with the R.F.A of the Rev F R Harbord, vicar of Dunchurch. Mr Harbord was 49 years of age, and was the youngest son of the late W Engledow Harbord, of the Manor House, Stutton. He was preparing for Cambridge when he had a breakdown in health, and was ordered to South Africa, where he took Holy Orders. For many years he was stationed in the Orange Free State, and for two years was an acting chaplain with the Forces in the Boer War. On returning to England he was curate of Yorktown and Camberley, Surrey, 1909-10, and then rector of Pershore till his subsequent appointment to Dunchurch. On the outbreak of the present War he volunteered for service, but was not called up until August, 1916, and had completed exactly a year of service abroad on the day of his death, August 8th. He had just arranged for a further extension of leave from his parish, and in one of his last letters home wrote :- “ I cannot leave the Army when the hardest fighting is to take place.” Mr Harbord succeeded the Rev C T Bernard McNulty, Leamington, as vicar of Dunchurch five years ago, and he was exceedingly popular in the parish. He was a true friend to the poor, taking a keen interest in all matters appertaining to the welfare of his parishioners. He was one of the governors of the Boughton Trust, chairman and correspondent to the Managers of the Schools, chairman of the Almshouse Trustees, a trustee of the Poor’s Plot Charity, and a member of the Committee of the Dunchurch Working Men’s Club. He is the 19th man from Dunchurch to fall in they present War. Until recently the vicarial work at Dunchurch was undertaken by the Rev B B Carter, who relinquished duty about a fortnight ago, and has been succeeded temporarily by the Rev A F G Wardell.

In a letter to Mrs Harbord, an officer of the R.A.M.C. Writes :—“ I have just come back from a little military cemetery, where we laid to rest this afternoon, at three o’clock, the body of your husband—and to all of us—our Padre. We got the sad news this evening. I went down to the dressing station after breakfast this morning to see the arrangements carried out, and we took him back a few miles to our wagon lines. At the dressing station there was a Church of England chaplain, who saw him when they brought him in, and the end was peaceful and quiet. The doctor there assured me that he was beyond human aid. He had a billet on the main road, and, as was his custom, he used to give a cheery word to the men as they passed. It was while talking to a sergeant and one or two men that the fatal shell came. I do not think he could have suffered much pain—the shock would be so great. There were five officers and five men at the funeral, and Major Dickinson, the senior chaplain, conducted the Burial Service. How much we miss him I cannot say. We had known him now since August of last year, and had lived with him, and out here a constant friendship of a year means a great deal. We, the officers of the staff, are having a cross made to mark the spot where he is laid, and as long as we are in his area you can rest assured that the grave will be looked after. He was a personal friend to everyone, and in that degree the loss to us is a personal one. How vividly some of his great thoughts stand out-thoughts that had helped many of us to bear these hard things in the past and to look forward with some hope to the future. He used to say to us in his service and in the mess that whosoever made the supreme sacrifice out here made it as it was made two thousand years ago. It is a fine thought.”

Another officer writes :—“ I cannot possibly tell you how terribly grieved we are at the death of our Padre. He was a friend of every single man in the Divisional Artillery, and especially in this Brigade, with whom he had lived since he came out last August, and there were very few whom he did not know personally. I should think the greatest consolation you could possibly have must be the knowledge that he died as he himself would have wished—talking to some of the men outside his billet on the road where the infantry pass on their way down from the trenches, and the gunners bring their guns and ammunition wagons.”

The Commanding Officer has written :—“ I regret to have the sad task of informing you of the death of your husband in action. The best consolation I can offer you is that he suffered no pain, and that he has been tireless in his efforts throughout this trying time in cheering and looking after the men of this brigade. My staff and the whole Brigade feel his loss very deeply, and we offer you our very heartfelt sympathy in your great loss. It may comfort you to know that he performed his duties often under severe fire with cheerfulness and personal bravery. The Brigade, one and all, are deeply grieved.”

[Memorial Service also reported in this issue]

WOUNDED ENTERTAINMENT.—On Wednesday last Mr Smith and friends entertained the wounded at “ Te Hira ” with a musical programme. A sergeant acted as chairman. During the concert cigarettes were passed round, and the soldiers were very appreciative.

RUGBY SCHOOL NOTTING HILL MISSION.—Following the visit of the girl members of this Mission which is supported by past and present members of Rugby School, about 60 boys, all employed in munition work in the east end of London, have had a week’s holiday at Rugby. They arrived on Saturday, and were accommodated at the School Gymnasium. On Tuesday they played a team of wounded soldiers at cricket, and they were entertained by the R.F.C. Officers at Lilbourne on another day this week.


In the pursuit of national economy, the daily round of mealtime is apt to become a little monotonous in these days. Any suggestions which provide change, without adding to the cost, and also show the way to use up in the form of tasty dishes such commonplace items as left-over rice pudding and stale bread , will be more than welcome to our readers.

The well-known firm of Messrs Alfred Bird & Sons, Ltd. Have sent us a copy of their very useful and well-produced cookery booklet, entitled “ Pastry and Sweets.” This contains about 120 well-tried household recipes of great interest to every housewife. They have placed a limited number of these books at our disposal. Any reader, therefore, of the Rugby Advertiser who would like to have a copy sent to them post free can obtain same by writing on a post-card to Alfred Bird & Sons, Ltd, Birmingham, and mentioning the name of this paper. As the number available is strictly limited, early application is necessary.


PARNELL.—On July 23rd, 1917, Corpl. JAMES PARNELL, of Withybrook, 1st Batt. R.W.R., killed in action in France ; aged 22 years.
“ So ready to answer the call to the brave,
Although you now rest in a far-distant grave ;
More or better could any man give
Than die for his country that others might live.”


LEACH.—In loving memory of our dear son, PERCY JOHN LEACH, who died at Sulva Bay, August 4th, 1915.
Two years have 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 closed his eyes.
Still sadly missed by his loving Mother and Father, Sisters and Brothers.