29th Dec 1917. Suggested Rationing Scheme for Rugby

SUGGESTED RATIONING SCHEME FOR RUGBY.

At a meeting of the Rugby Urban Food Control Committee on Thursday evening a sub-committee was appointed to formulate a rationing scheme for butter, margarine, lard, bacon, and cheese for the Urban and Rural Districts.

MARGARINE COMMANDEERED.

The Rugby Food Control Committee did not wait long before putting their new powers, enabling them to commandeer supplies of margarine, into force. The margarine queues on Friday and Saturday last were longer than ever, and there was every indication that similar scenes would experienced on Christmas Eve. Mr F M Burton, the Executive officer, however, ascertained that one of the multiple shops was expecting a consignment of four tons of margarine, and he immediately commandeered one and a-half tons, and distributed it among other grocers in the town. A notice to this effect was displayed in the window of the shop affected, and the police promptly broke up all attempts to form a queue. The action of the committee and the executive officer was greatly appreciated by many people, who were thus enabled to do their shopping with a degree of comfort which has been lacking for the past two months.

THE COLLECTION OF WASTE PAPER.

A meeting of the Rugby Waste Paper Committee was held on Thursday last week, Mr J J McKinnell, J.P, C.C, presiding. A grant of £10 was made to the Rugby Town Red Cross effort, and it was decided that at the next meeting the claims of the Prisoners of War Fund should have first consideration.—The Hon Secretary (Mr J Reginald Barker) reported that there had lately been an encouraging increase in the amount of waste paper collected by the boys of Elborow School and Murray School.—Mr McKinnell said that the Local Government Board had again urged the local authorities to collect all waste paper. Mr Barker had arranged to have every description of waste paper sorted and graded and sent to the paper mills for re-pulping, obtaining for the committee the maximum amount under the Government schedule of prices. They had, therefore, been able to devote considerable sums to local charities, and, in addition to the grant made at that meeting, had rendered substantial assistance to the Hospital of St Cross, St John’s Ambulance Brigade, the Hamilton Home, and the District Nursing Society. There were, however, other deserving objects which were in need of funds, and he trusted all who had waste paper of any kind would drop a postcard to Mr W T Simmonds, of Elborow School, or Mr W T Coles Hodges, of Murray School.

RAILWAY BOOKINGS.

During the days immediately preceding Christmas there was the usual exodus of workers from the town, and the number of travellers was well in excess of last year, when the Government’s exhortation to the people to avoid unnecessary travelling was loyally observed. At the L & N-W Railway Station bookings were very heavy to all parts of the United Kingdom ; and the Great Central Authorities also experienced exceptionally busy times. The majority of people travelling were munition workers and their families, and of the number of visitors to the town a large portion were soldiers home on leave.

CHRISTMAS ARRANGEMENTS AT THE POST OFFICE.

Owing to the scarcity of foodstuffs, the number of parcels despatched to the troops this year from the Rugby Post Office was not so large as usual ; but, nevertheless, during the busiest nights preceding December 14th—the last date for sending such parcels—as many as 80 odd mail sacks were sent off one night. There was, however, an enormous increase in the number of registered letters and small parcels of comforts. The labour question proved a great difficulty this year; but with the assistance of 28 extra postwomen and sorters and about a dozen spare-time workers, the rush was successfully dealt with. To relieve the counter pressure the Army allowances, amounting to over £1,000, were paid out for two weeks during the week preceding Christmas. On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday the counter staff was kept abnormally busy, and on Christmas Eve the number of parcels delivered in the town was unusually large, vis. 1,500 ; while the number on Christmas Day was 700. There was a falling-off this year in the number mainly confined to the residential quarters. In the working-class districts of the town the numbers were as large as ever.

Another unusual feature was the small quantity of poultry passing through the post, the customary ducks and geese giving places to more homely, but nowadays none the less welcome; piece of bacon.

For four days preceding Christmas the country mail motor vans were forced to make double journeys ; and although these ran rather late on several of the heaviest mornings, the times compared well with previous years.

SUNDAY POSTAL DELIVERY IN RUGBY.

To the Editor of the Advertiser

SIR,—Would it not be possible for Rugby to forego its delivery of letters on the Lord’s Day ? When we see so many women on the rounds we all know what it must mean in those homes, and they surely need their Sabbath rest as much as we do. In asking this I do not mean to ask that their pay shall be stopped for that day’s work, but that they should receive the same wage as now, and that we should forego our letters on that day.

London and many other large cities do without Sunday delivery, and so I think we should do the same. I believe it can only done by a resolution passed by the District Council. Will not some member propose such a resolution ? I believe he would find the whole Council ready to support him, and I am quite sure he would have the great majority of the townsmen with him. It is too much for a man to work seven days a week. What must it mean to these women ?—Believe me, sir, yours faithfully,

CYRIL T ASTON,
Vicar St Matthew’s Church.
St Matthew’s Vicarage, Rugby, Dec 24, 1917.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Dennis Over, youngest son of Mr Samuel Over, has passed out fifth in his company from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and has been gazetted to a commission in the Regular Army in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

Mr & Mrs C F Everett, 42 Claremont Road, have received news that their eldest son, Lance-Corpl Fredk Stanley Everett, of the Motor Transport, died from disease in the base hospital at Basra, Mesopotamia, on Sunday, December 16th. He was 21 years of age, and an Old Murrayian. Prior to joining the Army in January, 1916, he was employed as a goods clerk by the L & N-W Railway Company at Berkswell and Hampton. He was at one time a teacher in the Murray Sunday School and secretary of St Andrew’s Guild Cricket Club. He was also a member of St Peter’s Church Choir, and after the service on Sunday evening the “ Dead March ” in Saul was played to honour his memory.

MENTIONED DESPATCHES.

In Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches of November 7th appears the name of Sergt A W Hughes, Royal Engineers. Sergt Hughes was formerly employed at the B.T.H, and has been on the Western Front 2½ years. In July last he was the recipient of a “ card of recognition ” from the General commanding the Division for distinguished conduct.

ANOTHER ADDITION TO THE RUGBY PRISONERS OF WAR LIST.

Another prisoner of war has been added to the list of the Rugby Prisoners of War Committee, viz, Lance-Corpl W H Roberts, 2nd Machine Gun Company, who is interned at Lechfeld, Bavaria. This man was formerly employed at Messrs Bluemel Bros, Ltd, Wolston. Mr Barker has arranged for the standard food parcels and bread to be sent to him as from “ his former fellow employees,” as they have generously undertaken his adoption.

CHURCH LAWFORD.

MILITARY MEDAL.—This week Mrs F Cooke has received news that her brother, Corpl A Haynes, of the 28th Canadians, has been awarded the Military Medal.

MEMORIAL SERVICE.—On Sunday evening last a memorial service was held the Parish Church for Sergt S Batchelor, when a good number of the parishioners attended. The service was impressively conducted by the Rector (Rev H Smith), and one or two of Sergt Batchelor’s favourite hymns were sung. In his sermon at the evening service the Rector made allusion to the loss the parents and family, the parish, and the church had sustained by the death of Sergt Batchelor, and said it was such men that our country can ill-afford to lose. Amongst the many letters of sympathy which Mr & Mrs Batchelor have received several have come from the front, from the chaplain, the nurse, and from his lieutenant. The latter wrote:—“ Everybody who knew him recognised in him a good N.C.O and a good soldier every way.”

DUNCHURCH.

ROLL OF HONOUR.—Mr & Mrs Pearce, Coventry Road Dunchurch, have received intimation that their son. Pte W Pearce, K.R.R, is missing. This is the fourth son Mr & Mrs Pearce have lost in the War.

WOLSTON.

PTE W BARKER KILLED.—Mr & Mrs N Barker received news on Sunday that their son, Pte W Barker, had died from wounds in France. Deceased volunteered early in the War for the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, but was rejected owing chest measurement. Later on he joined the Royal Warwicks, and has been in the thick of the fighting. He was well known and respected in the district. His father has for many years been a member of the Wolston Parish Council, and occupied other public offices in the parish. Much sympathy is felt for Mr & Mrs Barker and family.

BRANDON & BRETFORD.

CORPL C DIPPLE WOUNDED.—Mr V Dipple has received news that his brother was wounded in the charge at Cambrai. Corpl Dipple was one of the Mons and Marne fighters, being attached to the 18th Hussars. His other brothers—Sergt F Dipple, R.F.A, is now stationed in Italy (he also was amongst the 1914 battles); while a third brother, Bombardier H Dipple, is also in Italy and a sister is a nursing sister in the Army.

WOUNDED SOLDIERS ENTERTAINED.

On Boxing Day the wounded soldiers at the Infirmary and “ Te Hira ” Red Cross Hospitals numbering about 120, were entertained by the Rugby V.T.C at the Howitzer Battery Drill Hall. Tea was provided by the Red Cross Society in the small rooms, which were nicely decorated and presented a warm and cosy appearance, and this was followed by an entertainment in the Large Drill Hall. Under the supervision of Sergt S H Weobley, the members of Corps had tastefully decorated the hall with flags and garlands. The stage was arranged in a series of arches, illuminated with coloured electric bulbs, and a large Christmas tree, upon which useful and suitable presents were hung, was also illuminated by movable electric lights, arranged by Sergt O H Watson. Quartermaster Alderson as Father Christmas presented each guest with a present from the tree. An excellent programme, consisting of instrumental and vocal items, was given ; and, in addition to members of the V.T.C and wounded soldiers, were songs by Quartermaster C Prior and Miss Phyllis Vann.

BILTON HALL RED CROSS HOSPITAL.

The wounded soldiers at this hospital has a very pleasant round of entertainment. On Thursday last week Corpl Hawkins and friends from Rugby gave a concert, and on Saturday Mr Giggs and party went over from Rugby for a similar purpose. Dinner on Christmas Day consisted of turkey, plum pudding, &c, given by friends ; and in the afternoon the soldiers and staff were entertained by a professional conjuror from London. On Boxing Day the Southam Amateur Dramatic Company attended, and gave a concert and theatricals. The Bilton Brass Band played carols at The Hall on Sunday, and again during dinner and tea on Christmas Day. The men enjoyed and appreciated everything immensely.

SEASONABLE WEATHER.

The weather during Christmas was, on the whole, bright and seasonable. In the previous week frost and snow gave promise of ideal conditions, but on Monday there was a considerable rise of temperature, with drizzling rain, which quickly converted the road surfaces into sticky mud, and the outlook was not at all promising. On Christmas Day, however, a keen wind from the North with spells of bright sunshine put the roads in good order again, and outdoor exercise was quite enjoyable, and the same may be said of Boxing Day.

DEATHS.

EVERETT.—On December 16th, at Basrah (Persian Gulf,) Lance-Corpl FREDERICK STANLEY EVERETT, of the Motor Transport, A.S.C., eldest and dearly loved son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett, aged 21. (Nature of illness not stated).—Rest in peace. Not lost, but gone before.
Father, in Thy gracious keeping,
Leave we now our dear one sleeping.

MATTHEWS.—In loving memory of PTE HARRY J. MATTHEWS, the only and beloved son of D. and M. A. MATTHEWS, of Napton, who died in hospital in France on Dec. 14th, 1917, aged 28 years.

 

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3rd Feb 1917. Rugby Hairdressers and The War

RUGBY HAIRDRESSERS AND THE WAR.—Since the outbreak of war 22 Rugby hairdressers and their assistants have joined the Forces, and nine saloons in the town have been closed.

SOLDIERS’ PARCELS DESTROYED.—A number of soldiers’ parcels and letters for the Front were destroyed by a fire which broke out in one of the coaches of a mail train on Thursday afternoon last week. The fire was discovered at Welton Station, and the Long Buckby Fire Brigade, under Captain Clifton, were soon on the spot, and speedily coped with the flames. The coach and its contents were, however, practically burnt out.

WOUNDED SOLDIERS ENTERTAINED.—On Saturday afternoon the wounded soldiers of the Rugby Town Red Cross Hospitals were entertained by the members of the Bible and Sunday School at the Baptist Church. An excellent tea was provided, after which a musical programme was gone through by the members of the schools, and cigarettes were distributed among the soldiers.

CONCERT BY BLIND MUSICIANS AT THE SPEECH ROOM.

A delightful concert was given by blind musicians in the Temple Speech Room on Thursday night in aid of St Dunstan’s Hostel for our blinded soldiers and sailors. Space does not permit an extended critique. Every number, both vocal and instrumental, possessed undeniable merit, and if the wishes of the large audience had been gratified—they were in the second part of the programme—encores would have been general throughout. Miss Sarah Maden sang, beautifully in tune, an old favourite, “ The Enchantress,” which seemed to please even better than “ Hindoo song,” which came later in the evening. Miss Ada Jackson (soprano) gave as her first number Cowan’s popular song, “ The swallows,” and as her second “ Solveig’s song ” (Grieg). Both proved acceptable. Clay’s “ I’ll sing thee songs of Araby ” received full justice, and in some respects a new interpretation, from Mr Angus Brown ; whilst the vigour and ability with which Mr Andrew Fraser rendered the Cornish “ Floral dance ”—by no means easy to sing—won for him a hearty encore. During the concert the four vocalists contributed several part songs, in which their voices blended nicely. Instrumental pieces were rendered by Mr John Arr—quite a well-trained and accomplished violinist, and Mr W Wolstenholme, Mus.Bath, whose pianoforte playing was exquisite and whose improvisation of themes suggested by the audience were as marvellous as they were amusing. During the interval Mr Avalon Collard, under whose direction the concert was given, delivered a short address, illustrated by lantern slides on the work at St Dunstan’s Hostel, London.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Lieut-Col C B M Harris, D.S.O, of the Manor House, Marton, was amongst those mentioned in Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig’s New Year despatches.

FORMER “ ADVERTISER ” REPORTER HONOURED.

Capt Rawson Hughes, of the A.S.C, who has been mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s recent despatch for meritorious service, was formerly district reporter for the Rugby Advertiser at Kineton. Capt Hughes enlisted immediately on the outbreak of War, and he is now acting as deputy-quartermaster at one of the Divisional Headquarter Staffs in France.

MILITARY MEDAL FOR NEW BILTON SOLDIER.

Corpl Alfred John Potter, King’s Royal Rifles, son of Mr A J Potter, 4 Victoria Avenue, New Bilton, has been awarded the Military Medal for distinguished conduct in the field. Corpl Potter, who was employed at Messrs Willans & Robinson, enlisted at the outbreak of War, and has been in France about 18 months.

THE MILITARY MEDAL.

Sergt Charles Elliott Atkins, third son of Mr and Mrs J W Atkins, of the Carlton Hotel, South Lowestoft, has been awarded the Military Medal. Prior to the War, Sergt Atkins was with the British Thomson-Houston Company at Rugby, and at the outbreak he joined the Signal Section of the Royal Engineers.

LIEUT B C RELTON AGAIN WOUNDED.

The friends of Dr and Mrs Relton will regret to learn that their son, Lieut R C Relton, of the Royal Warwicks, has again been seriously wounded. His regiment has been taking part in the heavy fighting now going on in the East, and a short time ago Lieut Relton was shot by a sniper, the bullet passing through the upper part of his thigh. He recovered from this, and was apparently soon in action again. Official information has now come to hand that on January 25th he received a gun-shot wound in the head, and was reported two days later to be dangerously ill.

RUGBY PRISONERS OF WAR HELP COMMITTEE

The monthly meeting of the Executive Committee of the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Fund was held on Saturday last, the Chairman (Mr William Flint, C.C) presiding.

The Hon Secretary (Mr J R Barker) reported that the subscriptions during January amounted to £66 6s 1d, and payments on account of food parcels amounted to £87 13s. Cheques were signed in pre-payment of the food parcels during February for the local men interned in German prison camps and forwarded to the Regimental Care Committees of each man’s unit, who will, in accordance with the new scheme, purchase the goods at wholesale prices, and pack and despatch same to the men in the name of the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee.

The parcels sent this week contained : 1lb Libby’s beef, 1lb salmon, 1lb biscuits, 1lb Quaker oats, 1lb dripping, largo tin potted meat, 1 bottle sauce, 1lb vegetables, 1 tin veal and ham.

Mr Barker has received from Pte F A Ward (Pailton), of the Oxford and Bucks L.I, the January number of the “ Rennbahn Church Times,” which is a record of camp spiritual work. It is excellently produced entirely by the prisoners in Rennbahn prison camp. There is one particularly interesting paragraph to the effect that one can easily locate the position of the church in Rennbahn camp. It stands just opposite the row of huts wholly given up for the censoring and distributing of parcels of comforts sent from their good friends at home. In the centre of the front page is an announcement as follows :- “ The ‘boys’ of Rennbahn sincerely thank their relatives and friends for all parcels of comforts sent to them during the past year.”

COVENTRY MUNITIONS TRIBUNAL.

Mr Carmichael presided on Friday last week, and the assessors present were Mrs Griffiths (women), Mr J Roberts (men), and Mr F W Smith (employers).

Miss S Hopkins, Hillmorton ; Miss O E Yapp, Rugby ; Mrs V Hopkins, Hillmorton ; and Mrs E Sutton, Rugby, were summoned for losing time.—Miss Hopkins wrote a letter complaining of   the cold in the shop.—The firm’s representative said they had 150 girls on shells, and they brought the cases because of the serious amount of time lost in this department. The firm had trained them in the work. The workers were divided into three shifts of 7½ hours each.—Fined 10s.—Miss Yapp wrote stating that she suffered from a strained arm, and had her eyes burnt by hot steel flying about.—The firm’s representative said the accident had not been reported.—The case was adjourned.—Mrs V Hopkins wrote to the Court explaining the cause of her absence.—She was fined 10s.—Mrs Sutton also did not appear, and it was said in her case she had been away a whole week.—Fined 10s.

A sitting of Coventry Munitions Tribunal took place at the Police Court on Monday, Mr E G M Carmichael presiding.

Mrs B Burt, Rugby, was summoned for losing time, and did not appear. She had been repeatedly warned about her time-keeping, the firm’s representative told the Court.—Fined 15s.

Miss O E Yapp, Rugby, was summoned on adjournment for breach of rules.—The case was adjourned to enquire into a statement she made in a letter at the first hearing about her eyes being burnt.—The firm’s representative said they had no record, and she could have had goggles for her eyes.—The Court imposed a fine of 12s 6d.

 

Hughes, John William George. Died 18th Jun 1915

John (Jack) William George HUGHES

Lance Corporal 2006 1st/7th Btn Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Killed in action 18 Jun 1915, buried Rifle House Cemetery, Ploegsteert

Hughes, J W G

John was born in 1891, his birth being recorded in Rugby RD in the September quarter.   His parents were John and Betsy Maria nee Wills who were married September Qr 1890 in St Albans RD.

His baptism has not been found in the Rugby area, but brother Harry was baptised at Bilton in 1893, sister Edith Matilda at St Andrew Rugby in 1895, and brother Charles also at Rugby St Andrew in 1905 (parish registers).

In the 1911 census the family was at 13 Paradise Street, Rugby, which runs alongside the Clifton Road Cemetery; the three boys were with their parents, but not daughter Edith. George and Betsy had been married 21 years, and had four children all living. George was a grocer’s vanman, born in Buckinghamshire, John was an engine cleaner.   All except George were born in Warwickshire, no place named. No railway service records have been found for John.

In the 1901 census, also at 13 Paradise Street, George was a coal merchant’s drayman born at Hardwick Bucks.   He had a boarder, another coal merchant’s drayman, who was probably working with George for a local coal merchant.   Betsy was born in Dunchcurch, the three children (Charles was not yet born) all in Rugby. Betsey Maria Wills was baptised at Dunchurch 27 Oct 1872, daughter of John, labourer, and Eliza (parish register).

John and Betsy were living in Weedon near Aylesbury in 1891, aged 24 & 21, George an agricultural labourer.

John was sent to France with his regiment on 22 March 1915, and was killed in action on 18 June 1915.   He is buried in Rifle House Cemetery at Ploegsteert, twelve miles south of Ypres, together with 8 other members of the regiment who were killed 18-25 June 1915.

 

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