27th Jul 1918. Rugby and District Food Control Committee


A meeting of this committee was held on Thursday afternoon last week, when there were present : Messrs T A Wise (chairman), H Tarbox (vice-chairman), Mrs Dewar, Mrs Shelley, Mrs Townsend, Messrs G Cooke, C Gay, J Cripps, A Humphrey, R Griffin, T Ewart, and J H Mellor.

The Chairman referred to the suggestion made by the Rugby Magistrates that the committee should provide price lists, and charge retailers a small sum for them and the Executive Officer (Mr F M Burton) was directed to write to the Commissioner for advise on the question,

Mr T E Smart, the representative of the Crick Rural Council, wrote stating that, as he had taken up land work under Sir Auckland Geddes’ scheme for men over 45, he wished to resign his position on the committee.—The Chairman expressed regret at this announcement and a cordial vote of thanks was. accorded Mr Smart for his past services.

At a recent meeting the Executive Officer was instructed to offer three cheeses which had been surrendered to the committee to the local hospitals, but only one hospital required one, and he asked for instructions regarding the other two.—It was decided to let the Institution have half a cheese, and the remainder is to be distributed by the Rugby Housewives Committee.

The Executive Officer reported that he had written to the Commissioner with reference to the frozen meat recently condemned by the local Medical Officer of Health. The Assistant Commissioner had replied that an effort was made to ensure that all frozen meat was inspected before being despatched from Birmingham. Since July 3rd the inspection had been made more thorough, and such an occurrence was less likely to happen in the future.

Mr Ewart reported that the potatoes purchased by a Yelvertoft baker for bread-making were absolutely unfit for use, and he suggested that permission should be obtained to dispose of them for pig food at the earliest opportunity. Several of the potatoes were produced, some of the samples having more than a dozen sprouts 3 or 4 inches long.—It was stated that application had been made for the purchaser to be compensated and this action was endorsed.

The Chairman stated that about a month ago the Executive Officer and his staff were accused of showing partiality in the distribution of sugar for jam. He (the Chairman) expressed his belief at the time that the charges were unfounded ; but the matter was referred to the Rationing Committee, and the person who made the accusations was asked to attend their meeting and to give the names of persons who he alleged had been improperly supplied with sugar. He declined to give any names, but he mentioned several specific instances where sugar was improperly allotted. These cases were investigated, and the committee was absolutely satisfied that there was no ground for the accusation, but that the allotment had been made in strict conformity with the scale and the details on the application forms. He accordingly wrote to the man asking him to withdraw the statements he had made, but so far no reply had been received.

The Foleshill Committee wrote asking the Council for support for a resolution protesting against the issuing of jam to enemy prisoners of war in view of the seriously restricted supplies.—The Chairman said Earl Stanhope recently stated in the House of Lords that only 1oz of jam per week was issued to each prisoner, and it seemed absurd to protest against such a small quantity.—No action was taken.

An application from the Chester Street canteen for 1cwt of sugar for making jam was granted.

Several applications for leave to change retailers were considered, as exceptional hardship was involved, and were granted.—The Executive Officer stated that about 20 people applied for such forms daily, but he refused to issue them because the applications were now too late.—Mr Gay enquired whether the resolution passed by the committee, in which they stated their determination not to consider any application received after July 6th, prohibited them from considering such claims in the future.—The Chairman : We have already broken that rule to-day.—Mr Mellor contended that that resolution referred to the block transfers, and had nothing to do with the individual applications, which should be dealt with in the usual way. He knew a young couple, who were registered at different shops, who were getting married, and he asked if a transfer would be allowed in such cases ?—The Chairman : It would be only common sense to grant such an application.—Mr Mellor : Common sense may enter into other applications also.—Mr Gay suggested that the Executive Officer should be instructed to issue forms to anyone who had a sufficiently strong case.—It was pointed out that it was only a week since a number of changes were sanctioned ; and Mr Humphrey expressed the hope that no more changes would be sanctioned until the present registrations had been completed.—It was decided that no further application should be considered, except on very strong grounds, for two months.

It was decided to grant permission to the Prioress of Princethorpe to receive a side of baron and a ham from America on condition that the rationing regulations were adhered to.

The committee expressed satisfaction with the way in which the Enforcement Officer did his work, and decided to support his application for exemption from military service.


The Minister of Food is releasing a quantity of poultry food which is to be rationed by means of committees throughout the country for the use of poultry of approved utility breeds. Those who desire to participate in the supply should note that their applications must be sent in by to-day, Saturday, July 27th.

Forms of application can be obtained from Mr P J McMicken, of 24 Acacia Grove, Rugby, who has been appointed poultry officer for No. 1 Area of Warwickshire and will be pleased to give all information.

WHITER BREAD.—Flour which will be put on the market shortly will provide lighter bread consequent on a further reduction in the percentage of extraction from the grain. The Wheat Commission is releasing more imported flour, which may be mixed with the G.R article to the extent of 20 per cent.


On and after to-morrow (Sunday, July 28), ham and bacon is to be sold without coupon, but it must be obtained from the retailer with whom the consumer is registered.

Each person will be entitled to not less than 8ozs. of bacon and 12ozs. of ham per week if demanded.

Supplementary ration books will cease to be available, and further instructions will be issued as to their future disposal.


Pte A S Horswill, son of Mr C H Horswill, of 48 Craven Road, who was reported missing twelve months ago, is now presumed to have been killed. He was an old Elborow boy, and for a time was a teacher on the Murray School staff, but at the time of his enlistment he was engaged at a school in Coventry. Besides being a talented teacher, he was a musician of considerable ability.

Pte C H Thatcher, R.W.R, who before joining the Army was employed in the L & N-W Railway Loco Sheds, has written from Italy to his mother, who resides at 20 Dale Street, as under :—“ You will have seen by the papers that we have been in again. It was a terrible time for the Austrians and for us. We defeated them after hard fighting, and they lost thousands of men. Our battalion captured about 500 prisoners. They (the Austrians) thought it was going to be a ‘ cake walk,’ but we were there waiting for them. They are rotters for fighting. We have won a very good name in Italy, and they were about five to one against us. The fight was in a big wood on the mountains ; but, thank God, we beat them off. We are the talk of Italy. It was hand-to-hand fighting, and as soon as the Austrians saw who they were fighting they lost all spirit. The Frenchmen fought well, and the Italians also are doing well. Don’t worry—we are winning.”


At about 11 o’clock on Thursday morning another fatal aeroplane accident occurred in the Midland area. Col Sparkes, of the Royal Air Force, had just commenced a flight, and when about 500 feet high his machine fell to earth and burst into flames. The heat of the burning machine was so intense that it was some time before helpers could extricate the unfortunate officer, and when they did so he was dead, the lower portion of his body having been terribly burned.


Mr H C Levis presided at the annual meeting held on Wednesday, July 17th. He said that the past year had imposed exacting demands upon the employees, and he could not speak too highly of their loyal and efficient co-operation. Of the employees who joined the Forces 180 had been killed in action or had died in service; 21 were missing and were believed to have been killed. In addition, 163 had been wounded. 13 were prisoners of war, and one was interned in Holland, making the total list of casualties 378. Of the 121 holding commissions 87 had been promoted from the ranks, 39 had been awarded special honours, 16 were mentioned in despatches, and 11 had been specially commended for services in the field. As stated in the last report, the company proposed to erect a suitable memorial to those who had died in serving their country. Sir C A Coffin, one of the directors and chairman of the Board of the General Electric Company of New York, had been awarded by the French Government the Order of Officer of the Legion of Honour in recognition of his energetic and fruitful work in connection with the French Red Cross and other kindred organisations ; and the Serbian Government, for the same reason, had likewise conferred upon him a similar Order for work in connection with Serbia. Another of the directors, Mr Owen Hugh Smith, for the past three years had given practically his entire time to work for the Ministry of Munitions, and also as one of the emissaries from Great Britain to America in connection with food problems. They welcomed as a valuable addition to the Board Lord Carmichael. They had on hand at the end of the year Exchequer and National War Bonds to the amount of £175,000. It would be interesting if they could make a statement relative to the character of the work they were carrying out. When, after the War, they could speak freely of those matters, he was sure the shareholders would be very well satisfied with what had been accomplished.


The Chairman mentioned that Capt T A Townsend, R.A.M.C, son of Mr T S Townsend, had been awarded a bar to his Military Cross for gallantly attending to the wounded of his own and neighbouring units under a heavy concentration at high explosives. The official account of Captain Townsend’s gallantry read.—“ Although twice wounded he refused to have his wounds attended to, and continued to dress the wounded under a continuous and heavy concentration of high-explosive and gas shells. Not only did he attend the wounded and gassed at his own unit, but rendered aid, under conditions at great difficulty, to wounded of neighbouring battalions, whose medical officers had become casualties. His complete disregard at personal danger and splendid devotion were a magnificent example to all.” The Chairman added that they all regretted that Mr Townsend had so far received no further news of his son. The action for which he had received this additional honour added to their knowledge of what a very gallant English gentleman Capt Townsend was. They all prayed that he had been spared, and that before long they would receive the good news that they might see him again, and they would then welcome him with the greatest gratitude for what he had done for his country. To Mr Townsend he would like to say how pleased the Guardians were to read of his son’s honour, and how they hoped that they might hear from Capt Townsend before long, and have the honour of shaking hands with him, for it would be a very real honour to shake hands with a lad who had done so gallantly, so bravely, and so nobly for his country.—Mr Townsend : Thank you, very, very much.

HERBERT WRIGHT DISCHARGED.—After 20 months’ service, Pte H T Wright, R.W.R. has now received his discharge through ill-health. He served first in Mesopotamia, then in India, from whence he was transferred to hospital in Bloemfontein. While in South Africa he located the grave of Sergt George French, who fell in the Boer War, and has brought home a photograph showing the memorial erected over it. He and his brother, John French, both fought in South Africa, and the latter was killed while on service in France in October last. They are the gallant sons of Mr & Mrs James French, of this village.

Labour Available for Farm Work.

WOMEN OF THE LAND ARMY, with 6 weeks’ training ; 38 Milkers, 38 Carters, and 114 Field Workers, also 171 unskilled Field Workers (14 days’ training). Others will be available as they leave the training centres. Applications should be made to the County Women’s Agricultural Committee (Miss Margesson, Room 43, 3 New Street, Birmingham), or to the local Hon. Secretaries, Lady Patterson, Bilton ; Miss Townsend, Kings Newnham ; or Mrs. Lister-Kaye, Stretton-on-Dunsmore.

WAR AGRICULTURAL VOLUNTEERS, many with agricultural experience, can be obtained on application to the Employment Exchanges.

INTERNED ALIENS. A number of able bodied men can be licensed for work on the land, including men who claim to have experience of agricultural work, or knowledge of motor implements, steam ploughing tackle, &c. Apply to the Labour Officer, 12, Northgate Street, Warwick.


A delightful entertainment was derived from the performance of “The Masqueraders ” Costume Concert Party at the Co-operative Hall on Wednesday evening, when about 800 people were present to support No. 3 R.F.A Cadet Officers from Weedon in their endeavour to raise funds for the Royal Artillery Prisoners of War Fund. During an interval Capt Doherty, who directed the performance, explained that they did not like to come for support to a town which so nobly helped a local Prisoners of War Fund, but their regiment was practically drawn from all over the world; and they, therefore, could not go solely to one district ; £2,200 was required per month to help their unfortunate brethren. The performance was bright and breezy, and the programme well varied. A capable company of ten artistes included Corpl Pollard, who, as Barrie Seddon, has won considerable distinction behind the footlights. As a mirth-provoker he made good in all items, and received able support from the others. Sentimental items formed a prominent part, and none of them was more popular than the duet, “The Battle Eve,” sung by Cadets Burns and Wallis. It was, as the title of the opening and closing choruses suggested. “ some ” show, and was admittedly the best of its kind given in Rugby for a long period. The patrons were very generous in their applause throughout the performance, which lasted upwards at 2½ hours.

HOSPITAL INFLUENZA CURE.—The deaths from influenza that have occurred have been almost invariably cases in which the patents were in a weak condition beforehand, or when the golden rule of at once lying up in bed has been disregarded. All sorts of remedies are popularly recommended. The hospital cure consists of bed, calomel, open windows, and a milk diet.


KENDRICK.—At Duston War Hospital, Northamptonshire, on the 16th inst. after a short illness (influenza-pneumonia), Private HAROLD KENDRICK, A.O.C, aged 33, beloved husband of Elsie Kendrick, 12 Victoria Avenue, New Bilton.


ALLSO.—In loving memory of our dearly-loved son and brother, LANCE-CORPL PERCY ALLSO, who was killed in action in France July 27, 1916, aged 23.
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.
—From his loving father, mother, and family.

CRAWFORD.—In loving memory of CLEMENT ERIC CRAWFORD, of the 18th Canadians (late of Clifton-on-Dunsmore), who died of wounds in London July 23rd, 1917.
No one knows the silent heartache,
Only those can tell
Who have lost their dear ones
Without one last farewell.
Days of sadness still come o’er us,
Tears of silence often flow
When we think of the loss of our dear one
Just a year ago.
—From Mother, Dad, Brothers, and Sisters.

DICKEN.—In ever-loving remembrance of Lance-Corpl. SIDNEY HAROLD DICKEN, who died of wounds in France on July 20, 1916 ; aged 23 years.—“ We loved him in life, let us never forget him in death.”—From his sorrowing Father, Mother, Sisters, Brothers, and Elsie.

DUNKLEY.—In ever-loving memory of our dear sons, PERCY and HARRY, killed “ somewhere in France ” on July 25, 1916, and July 30, 1916.
“ No one knows the silent heartaches,
Only those can tell
Who have lost their loved and dearest
Without saying ‘ Farewell.’”
—From their loving Mother, Father, Brothers and Sisters.

HART-DAVIES.—Killed in an aeroplane accident on July 27, 1917, IVAN B. HART-DAVIES, Lieut. R.F.C. Always remembered by his old office staff, 3 Albert St.

HART-DAVIES.—In memory at LIEUT IVAN BEUCLERK HART-DAVIES, killed in aeroplane mishap at Northolt July 27th, 1917.—From old boys of 1st Rugby Troop, B.P. Boy Scouts, at home and abroad.

LEA.—In loving memory of Pte. EDWARD CROFTS LEA, 16th Warwicks, eldest son of the late James E. Lea, Denbigh Arm, Monks Kirby, killed in action in France on July 30, 1917.

PARNELL.—In loving memory of Corpl. JAMES PARNELL, 11th R.W.R., who was killed in action in France on July 23, 1917.
“ We do not forget him, nor do we intend ;
We think of him daily, and will to the end.
We miss him and mourn him in silence unseen,
And dwell on the memory of days that have been.”
—From his loving Mother, Sisters and Brother, and Alice.

SPENCER.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Signaller J B SPENCER (JIM), 11th R.W.R., killed in action July 22nd, 1917. “ In the midst of life we are in death.”—Always in the thoughts of his loving Mother, Father, and Brothers.

WAKELIN.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. C. H. WAKELIN, who was killed in action in France on July 26, 1917 ; aged 26 years.
“ His King and country called him,
The call was not in vain ;
On Britain’s roll of honour
You will find our loved one’s name.
We think of him in silence,
No eyes may see us weep ;
But ever deep within our hearts
His memory we’ll ever keep.”
—From his loving Mother and Father, Sisters and Brother.

Horswill, Algernon Sidney. Died 26th Mar 1917

Algernon Sidney Horswill was born 2nd March 1892 to Charles and Fanny Horswill at Coventry, Warwickshire and was baptised 26th December 1892 at Holy Trinity Church Coventry. The family were living at 4 Irby Terrace, Foleshill Road, Coventry and his father occupation is given as clerk.   Algernon’s parents were married 18th September 1890 at the Parish Church of St Thomas Coventry.   Algernon’s mother‘s maiden name was Burton. On the census of 1901 Algernon is the only child and his father, Charles is working as a clerk in the cycle trade and they are all living at Palmerston Road Coventry in the Parish of St. Thomas Coventry.

By the time of the next census, 1911, Algernon and his parents are living in Rugby at 48 Craven Road. Algernon is a teacher for the Warwickshire County Council and his father is a bookkeeper at engineering works.

Algernon went as a student to St Marks College Chelsea and where on the 21st October 1912 he signed an Attestation form to serve in the Territorial Force, he was then aged 20 years 7 months and his number on the form was 1319.

His Battalion was formed at Stamford Brook September 1914

Moved to Staines November 1914 and joined the 201st Brigade 0f the Welsh Division

Moved to Cambridge and Transferred to Welsh Border Brigade, of the Welsh Division

Moved to Bedford May 1915

Unit renamed 160th Brigade and the 53rd Division 13th May 1915

Mobilised for war 18th July 1915

Landed at Sulva Bay, Gallipoli 9th August 1915 and was engaged in the action and were also at the Battle of Scimitar Hill. Due to heavy losses from the fighting and the severe weather conditions they were evacuated to Egypt December 1915

In November 1915 the Rugby Advertiser reported a letter Private A. S. Horswill, a former member of Murray School Staff wrote to Mr. W. T. Coles Hodges from a “dug out” in the Mediterranean theatre says:-

“We landed on August 9th three weeks after leaving England, and proceeded straight to the firing line under shrapnel fire.   We saw life for four days. Talk about snipers! They were up in the trees, absolutely surrounding us; they were the chief cause of the casualties. Fortunately they were more or less indifferent shots; otherwise we should have come off worse off than we did. Since then we have had various trips to firing line, interspersed with spasms of “fatigue” work, unloading lighters, filling water-cans for the firing line, and digging. We see some glorious sunsets out here at times; also some very fine play of light on various islands. I myself never believed the deep blue sea theory till we came out here. In the Mediterranean you get a lovely ultra-marine in the day, which gradually darkens to deep indigo in the evening.”

He saw action at the Battle of Romani 4th – 5th August 1916 and was involved in the Second Battle of Gaza 17 – 19 April 1917, by this date he had been reported missing and was listed as having been killed in action 26th March 1917.


Algernon’s service number was changed from 1319 to 290110, and in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records he is also under service number TF/290110 2nd/10th Bn. Middlesex Regiment and with that last service number CWGC gives the place of his memorial. In the Forces War Record Algernon is under 290110 (late 1319) and he is given as being in the E. E. F. Signal Section and is given as missing 26th March 1917 but with no place of a memorial in their records, under TF/290110 he is given as being killed in action 26th March 1917 and the record names his parents and their address 48 Craven Road Rugby.

Algernon’s name is on the Jerusalem Memorial, panels 41 and 42, for those who have no known grave and also on the Rugby Memorial Gates. He was 25 years of age at the time of his death and had never married and was the only child of Charles and Fanny Horswill.

Algernon was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.