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. ”

WOUNDED SOLDIERS LEAVE RUGBY.

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.

SOCKS FOR THE 7TH WARWICKSHIRE BATTALION.

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.

CHRISTMAS PARCELS FOR THE RUGBY TROOPS.

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,
AGATHA M WEST.
CLAUDE SEABROKE
“ Bawnmore,” Bilton, Rugby.

AN APPEAL TO THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF 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.

How?

(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.

MORE RECRUITS FROM RUGBY POST OFFICE STAFF.

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.

ANOTHER FOOTBALLER JOINS THE COLOURS.

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.

LOCAL MEN LOST ON THE BULWARK.

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.

Edmans, Frank Sidney. Died 26th Nov 1914

Frank Sidney Edmans was born on 17 October 1893 and baptised on 12 November 1893 in Walthamstow London.
In 1901 the family were living in Waverley Road Walthamstow with their first three children and a boarder.
In 1911 the family were living in Rugby at the Cooperative Cottages in New Bilton.
1911 Census
Name Age Born
William Arthur Edmans b 1867 44 Shoreditch Middx
Beatrice Mary Eliza Edmans 43 Dalston Middx
Frank Sidney Edmans 17 Walthamstow Middx
Violet Beatrice Edmans 14 Dalston
William George Edmans 10 Walthamstow
Lillian Gladys Edmans 8 Walthamstow
Ivy Grace Edmans 7 Walthamstow
Albert Edward Edmans 3 Wolston
Harold Ernest Edmans 2 Wolston

In 1911 Frank was a celluloid bicycle pump overhauler and his father, William, was a celluloid bicycle handle polisher, both in the Cycle Accessories industry in Rugby
(In Walthamstow in 1910 23 cycle manufacturers were listed, representing about 16 per cent of those in Essex, though doubtless many of them were small works merely assembling components.)

There is a naval record for Frank in 1912. He must therefore have already been serving in the Royal Navy before the outbreak of war. Frank was at that time a Stokerman Second Class no. SS 115220, on HMS Bulwark.
Following the outbreak of the First World War HMS Bulwark was attached to the Channel Fleet, conducting patrols in the English Channel. On 26 November 1914, while anchored near Sheerness, she was destroyed by a large internal explosion for the loss of 736 men. Two of the 14 survivors died later in hospital. The explosion was likely to have been caused by the overheating of cordite charges that had been placed adjacent to a boiler room bulkhead. The body of Frank Sidney Edmans was not recovered for burial.

Also on the naval record Frank S Edmans won the Star, Victory and British War Medals.

The Commonwealth War Graves entry reads
Frank Sidney Edmans
Death Date: 26 November 1914
Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Service Number SS/115220

UK, Commonwealth War Graves Register

UK, Commonwealth War Graves Register

Edams 2

Portsmouth Naval Memorial

On his death in 1914, Frank’s mother Beatrice lived at 82 Co-op Cottages, Lawford Street, New Bilton, Rugby.

 

RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM