5th Oct 1918. Margarine Shortage at Rugby

MARGARINE SHORTAGE AT RUGBY.

The non-arrival of the weekly supply of margarine last week, owing to the railway strike, occasioned considerable inconvenience locally. The majority of the grocers were left without supplies before the end of the week, and many of the late customers were unable to secure their rations. We understand that the supply arrived on Tuesday last, six days late.

RUGBY PRISONERS OF WAR COMMITTEE.

At the monthly meeting of the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee on Tuesday, Mr William Flint, C.C, presided. Also present: Mrs Lees, Mrs Anderson, Mr A E Donkin, J.P, Mr R P Mason, Mr J W Walton, Mr E Pepper, Mr F A W Shirley, and Mr J R Barker, hon organising secretary.

Mr Barker said the support given to the Fund from all quarters showed a most gratifying increase. The cost of the food parcels, etc, during the month of September was the highest on record, the amount being £517 14s. Yet it had been possible to meet this charge out of current subscriptions and donations, there being a surplus on the month of £2 8s 2d.

As an example of the great growth of the Fund, Mr Barker said the accounts showed that the cost of the food parcels, &c. during the-past three months amounted to £1,349 10s 6d, but so well had the Fund been supported that nearly all this amount had been raised during the same period, the deficit on the past three months’ working being only £73 15s 6d. A substantial sum could, however, be expected as a result of the recent effort organised by the General Help Society, which would wipe out this deficit and leave a good sum to carry forward towards the October parcels, which would not be less than £350.

There were now 142 local men to whom food parcels were being despatched, but he expected to have the addresses of the prison camps of eight other men very soon. Four men had been recently repatriated, who were taken prisoners at the end of March last. He regretted that these men were all badly wounded, and in consequence of the Germans not giving them proper medical and surgical treatment, in addition to half starving them, they reached England in a very serious condition. There had, of course, been no time for them to receive the food parcels which had been despatched to them from England, as in each of these cases the men had been removed from their prison camps for repatriation just before the arrival of their first parcels.

The Chairman said the splendid support the public of Rugby and District had given to the Fund had enabled them, in spite of the huge increase month by month to meet the cost of the food parcels without having to call on the British Red Cross Society to contribute anything towards the cost. He was sure the people of Rugby and district would do all they could to see that this splendid position was maintained.—Mr Shirley said he would like to associate himself with the Chairman’s remarks. He knew the working men of the district especially the railway men, were contributing splendidly, but he would like to see more organised weekly efforts from other works in the town.—Mr Barker said he thought the figures he had given showed that everyone was alive to the importance of regular and continued support. The month’s revenue was not made up by a few individual amounts, but by a very considerable number of small donations, as well as Works collections and organised efforts, so that if people were not subscribing in one particular way, they were doing it in some form or another.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Sapper S J J Hodges, R.E, and Pte J Hart, Wiltshire Regiment, both of Rugby, have been taken prisoners by the Germans.

Corpl W S Bosworth, Royal Engineers, son of Mr S Bosworth, Rowland Street, has been awarded the Croix de Guerre. He is an old St Matthew’s boy.

Lieut E M W Boughton, M.C. Royal Engineers, has received an immediate award of a bar to the Military Cross which he gained in the Cambrai offensive of last year.

As a result of an egg collection amongst the staff of Mr J J McKinnell’s establishment on Saturday 37 eggs were handed over to the Infirmary V.A.D for the wounded soldiers.

Lance-Corpl A Lester, Royal Engineers, 92 South Street, Rugby, was killed in action on August 17th. For upwards of 18 years he was employed as a platelayer in Rugby. He had served in France since February last.

Mr & Mrs S Mace, Lower Street, Hillmorton, have five sons in the Army. Four are still serving in France and one (Percy) was wounded and taken prisoner, and subsequently transferred to Switzerland. This is believed to be a record for the village.

Pte J J Hancocks, 1st Worcester Regiment, son of Mr & Mrs Hancocks, Hillmorton Wharf, who was reported missing on November 22nd last, is now presumed to have been killed on that date. He was employed at the Lodge Factory when he joined the Army on February 23, 1917, at the age of 21 years.

Pte W Lacey, R.W.R, son of Mrs F Holmes, 66 Rowland Street, has been wounded in the shoulder and neck. Pte Lacey, who is an old St Matthew’s boy, joined the Army in September, 1916. He was wounded in the following January. Fourteen months later he was invalided home with trench fever. He has an elder brother also serving in France.

Mrs G Cowley, late of Rugby, has recently received a letter from Major Eric Charles, commanding a battery of heavy gums in Italy, saying : “ Your son is one of the Subalterns in my battery. He has recently been responsible for a very brave act. The battery was being heavily shelled, a shell falling in the gun pit and setting alight to the camouflage, ammunition and the clothing of two of the wounded gun crew. Your son ran in and carried them out, thereby saving their lives.”

Lance-Corpl J A Maycock, M.M. Royal Warwicks, of Rokeby Cottage, Bennett Street, Rugby, was recently killed in a trench raid in Italy. He joined the Army three years ago, and was awarded the Military Medal for bringing in wounded men under heavy shell fire in November, 1917. He has also been twice mentioned in despatches. He was a member of Rugby Congregational Church, and also of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade. Prior to the War he was employed by Messrs Faulkner, St Matthew Street. He leaves a widow and two little children.

Recently the mother of the only child of the late Pte A W Bottrill received a cheque from his late father’s Captain, together with a letter, as follows :—Thank you so much for the photograph of the latest Coldstream recruit. He is very like his father, and I hope he will be as great a credit to it as his father was. I am sending these few pounds, which I hope you will put to the credit of your boy until the time when he joins the regiment. I hope your boy will be a great comfort to you and a worthy successor to his father. Pte Bottrill, who was killed in France on March 19th, was buried on his child’s third birthday. Lady Sybil Grant acted as godmother to the boy in consideration of the fact that his father was serving in the regiment at the time of the baby’s birth.

RUGBEIAN KILLED IN AUSTRALIA.—News has just been received of the death of Mr W Cox, late of 14 Market Street, Rugby, the result of a railway accident at Brighton, South Australia. Mr Cox emigrated to Australia nearly nine years ago. Two of his three sons have served for some time in the A.I.F. The eldest one at present in France, and the youngest had his discharge early this year after service in Egypt, the Dardanelles, and in France, where he was badly wounded.

HILL.
ROLL OF HONOUR.—News has come through from companions that Pte Henry Cockerill, of the M.G.C and of the Warwickshire Yeomanry, son of the late Mr T Cockerill and Mrs Cockerill, of Hill, was killed last week by a shell, which also very seriously injured a companion. After joining the Warwickshire Yeomanry, he went to Egypt three years ago, and was on the Seasowe Castle, which was torpedoed when the regiment returned to France.

STOCKTON.
OUR MEN.—The sad news has reached the village that Lander Mann, formerly a choirboy in Stockton Church, has made the great sacrifice on the Western Front. The family, who now live at Rugby, have many friends in the parish, and great sympathy is felt for Mr & Mrs Mann in their sorrow. The lad was 19 years old.—Wheeler C Cleaver is home on leave from France. He belongs to the now historic Tank Corps, which is doing go much to make victory at the present time.

BRANDON.
ANOTHER SON WOUNDED.—Mr George Harris, who for some time has been in the employ of the L & N.-W Railway Company at Brandon Station, has received news that another of his sons has been wounded. Mr Harris had four sons, who willingly volunteered. One has already lost his life ; a second has just been released from hospital, after being there three years, half of which was spent in bed; the third son now lies in Bath Hospital. Two of his fingers have been amputated, and his left hand is badly damaged. Mr Harris’s fourth son is now with the Engineers in France. Much sympathy is felt for Mr Harris in his fresh trouble.

LONG ITCHINGTON.
OUR WOUNDED SOLDIERS.—Several more of the village boys are reported wounded. Pte Harold Priest, Warwickshire Yeomanry, is suffering from a shrapnel wound through his left arm. He is not yet 19 years old, and has only lately gone to the front.—Pte Thos H Tandy, Warwickshire Yeomanry, who was at home less than a fortnight since, is also wounded, but it is hoped not seriously.—Pte Ernest Lane, R.W.R, whose brother Frank was lately reported missing, and whose brother Arthur has been killed, is also wounded, and cannot yet be located. He was formerly porter at Long Itchington Station. Mr & Mrs Joseph Lane, parents of the foregoing, have also received an intimation that their second son, Pte Fred Lane (another former L & N-W employee), is in hospital wounded in the right arm.—Pte Chas Biddle, Gloucester Regiment. is also in hospital suffering from a shrapnel wound in the left knee.—Pte Wm Hyde, South Staffs, is reported badly gassed, having lost his speech and sight, but it is hoped only temporarily.

THE ROLL OF HONOUR.—The Long Itchington roll of honour now contains a list of 229 names of soldiers and sailors. Of these 27 have been killed in action, or have died on service, three are missing, four are prisoners of war, and 50 are known to have been wounded.

COVENTRY APPEAL TRIBUNAL .

Held on Wednesday. Present: Messrs H W Wale (chairman), K Rotherham, P G Loveitt, W Johnson, jun. and A Craig. Mr T Meredith was the National Service representative.

In support of his appeal for exemption on domestic grounds, Joseph Hayes Davenport, brick setter, Brockhurst (45, B2) explained that he was recently ordered to take up work of national importance by the National Service Department and he accordingly obtained work as a labourer at the B.T.H.—Mr Meredith urged that bricklayers were in great need in the army.— Application refused, but given 21 days to settle up his affairs.

Bourton Page (33, Grade 1), butcher, Wolston, applied for a further exemption. Mr C A Kirby represented appellant, and said his client, who was formerly a C2 man. had now been placed in Grade 1.—Mr Meredith, however, said he did not think the question of age or grade entered into this case. It was a fact that between Coventry and Lawford on the one hand, and Brinklow and Wappenbury on the other, there was no other butcher.—The Chairman : There is very little meat to distribute, but what there is the people are entitled to share.—Mr Meredith : It seems that if one butcher is not left the people in this district will starve, or, rather, have to go without meat.—The Chairman agreed, and also reminded the Tribunal that a very satisfactory agreement had been entered into by appellant and another butcher whereby the latter joined up and was guaranteed financial assistance.—Four months conditional exemption, and excused the V.T.C.

Mr H Eaden represented Charles Francis Graham Hancox (36, Grade III, sedentary), accountant, who asked for a further exemption. He explained that his client had fulfilled the condition imposed by the Tribunal—i.e, that he should work thirty hours a week on the land. This work was proving too much, however, and in consequence Hancox was forced to remain in bed half a day each week. Mr Eaden accordingly asked that the hours should be reduced to twenty per week.—The Tribunal agreed to this, and a .National Utility order was granted subject to this condition.

Arthur James Haddon, butcher (B1), 38 Lawford Road, was exempted till January 15th, and excused the V.T.C.

The cases of four bakers—Wm Walter Perkins Cowley (34, Grade 1), Cambridge Street ; Austin William Harris (40), 37 Pennington Street ; Marcus Ophir Russell (36, Grade II) ; and Edgar Matthew Bates (35, general service), 106 Park Road—were down for hearing, but Mr Meredith asked for an adjournment for 14 days. A conference was to be held at Rugby that day with regard to the Food Trade of the town, and he hoped that after this conference they would be entirely agreed as to who was essential and who was not.—The application was granted.

Samuel Dowell, hay, corn, and coal merchant (40), Stretton-under-Fosse, who had lodged an appeal against the decision of the Monks Kirby Tribunal, wrote explaining that he wished to withdraw the appeal because he had a protection certificate.—Mr Meredith said he could never understand what the man had appealed for. The reason why he was refused exemption by the Lower Tribunal was that he already held a conditional protection certificate, and dual protection was not allowed. It was a most extraordinary case.

WAR WORK VOLUNTEER SCHEME.

It has been decided to extend offers of enrolment for the “ Z ” class of work under the above scheme until further notice. instead of until October 1st, 1918, only, as previously announced.

Offers of enrolment from men for the “ Z ” class of work under this scheme will continue to be open under certain conditions to Grade 3 men of any age ; to Grade 2 men of 35 or over on January 1st, 1918 ; and Grade 1 men of 43 or over on January 1st, 1918. Offers of enrolment from men for “ ordinary class ” war work volunteer vacancies are open, under certain conditions, to men of Grade 3 of any age to Grade 2 men of 45 or over on January 1st, 1918.

Men who are enrolled for either class of vacancy under the scheme will, as previously announced, be protected from military service so long as they continue in employment as war work volunteers, provided that they prove to be within the grades and ages named above and satisfy the other necessary conditions.

Opportunities for enrolment under this scheme are available at every Employment Exchange, where full particulars of the scheme can be obtained. There are at present many thousands of vacancies under the scheme.

DEATHS.

LESTER.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. ARTHUR (DICK), dearly beloved husband of Mrs. Lester, 92 South Street, killed in France on August 17, 1918.
“ God takes our loved ones from our home,
But never from our heart.”
— From his sorrowing Wife and little daughter.

WALTON.—In ever-loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte. EDWARD, killed in France on August 8, 1918 ; aged 20 years.
“ God knows how much we miss him,
More than loving words can tell ;
Not a day have we forgotten him
Since he bade us his farewell.
Daily in our minds we see him,
As we did in days of yore ;
But some day we hope to meet him
On that bright and golden shore.”
—Deeply mourned by his sorrowing Mother, Father in France, Brothers and Sisters.

WALTON.—In ever-loving memory of our dear grandson and nephew, Pte. EDWARD, Killed in France on August 8, 1918 ; aged 30 years.
“ We think of him in silence,
And his name we oft recall ;
There is nothing left to answer but his photo on the wall.”
—Not forgotten by his loving Grandmothers and Grandfather, aunts and Uncles.

IN MEMORIAM.

HOUGHTON.—In ever-loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. W. T. HOUGHTON, 1/7 R.W.R., who was killed in action on October 4, 1917.
“ There is a link death cannot sever,
Love and remembrance last for ever.”
—Never forgotten by his loving Wife and Child.

HOUGHTON.— In loving memory of our dear one, Pte. W. T. HOUGHTON, 1/7 R.W.R., who was killed in action “ somewhere in France ” on Oct. 4, 1917.
“ We pictured your sale returning,
And longed to clasp your hand ;
But God postponed that meeting
Till we meet in that Better Land.”
—From his loving Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

LINDLEY.—In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. J. LINDLEY, who was killed in action on October 5, 1917.
“ Could I have raised his dying head,
And heard his last farewell,
The grief would not have been so hard
For those he loved so well.
I think of him in silence.
And make no outward show ;
The heart that mourns most truly
Mourns silently and low.”
—From his loving Wife, Son and Daughter.

LUDFORD.—In ever-loving memory of Pte. C. H. LUDFORD (HARRY), who died of wounds in France on October 6, 1917.
“ There is a link death cannot sever,
Love, honour, and remembrance live for ever.”
— Ever in the thoughts of Monica.

Maycock, John Arthur. Died 9th Sep 1918

Although listed on the Memorial Gates as L A MAYCOCK, it seems likely that this was J A Maycock.

John Arthur Maycock was born in Little Bowden, Market Harborough in about 1885.  He was the son of John Maycock, who was born in Little Bowden, in about 1844 and worked as a ‘Brewers Labourer’ and in 1891 and 1911 was a ‘Brewer’s Assistant’, and Harriet, née Hodges, Maycock, who was born in 1850 in Hazelbeech, Northamptonshire (probably the present Haselbech, which has been spelled in many ways!).  They were married on 16 November 1870 at Hazelbeech, when John senior was a ‘Porter’.

In 1891, John Arthur Maycock was at school, and his eldest brother was a ‘Spirit Merchant’s Assistant’.  In 1901 the family were living at 48 Patrick Street, Little Bowden, and John Arthur had become a ‘Cabinet Maker’s Apprentice’.

By 1909, John Maycock had presumably completed his Apprenticeship as on 30 September 1909, he married Amy Blackwell, at Silverstone where they were then both living.  Amy had been born in the village in early 1886 and had also been baptised there on 2 May 1886.

By 1911, John and Amy Maycock had moved and were living at 51 Rowland Street, Rugby.  John was now enumerated as a ‘cabinet maker’.  They had been married for one year.  It seems that they later had two daughters: Kathleen G Maycock’s birth was registered in Rugby in Q3, 1914, and Evelyn Maycock’s birth, in Rugby in Q2, 1916.  This would suggest that John was still in Rugby until at least, say, August 1915.

Before the war John was a member of Rugby Congregational Church, was in the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade and was working for Messrs. Fawkner, 8 Matthew Street.[1]

There are no extant military Service Records for John Arthur Maycock, except for his Medal Card and his listing in ‘Soldiers that Died in the War’,[2] but it seems that he joined up in Rugby,[3] and a later obituary implies this was in 1915.[4]  The Medal Card does not give any date of embarkation, nor was he awarded the 1914-1915 Star, so he did not go to France until after later 1915 – which would agree with his presence in UK at about that date, and with the subsequent date of birth of his younger daughter.

He was initially in the 11th Battalion (Bn.), Royal Warwickshire Regiment (R.W.R.) and then transferred to the 10th Bn. R.W.R..  His Medal Card shows that he served throughout as a Private, No:19568 and was latterly in the 1st/5th Battalion – Territorial.  The 10th and 11th Battalions had gone to France on 7 and 30 July 1915 respectively, and it would seem that he would have still been in UK at those dates.

The dates when he moved between the Battalions is also unknown, but both the 11th Battalion – as part of 112th Brigade of the 37th Division – and the 10th Battalion – as part of 57th Brigade of the 19th Division – took part in many of the major actions of WWI.  The 11th Battalion was disbanded at Wardrecques in France, on 7 February 1918, after the carnage of the First Battle of Passchendaele, the men being transferred to reinforce other Battalions.  In John’s case this was presumably to the 10th Battalion, although he may have been transferred earlier, possibly after winning the M.M. and possibly then being promoted.

By November 1917, a news article noted that he had already been ‘Mentioned in Dispatches’ twice, and had won the Military Medal, and had been promoted.

Lance-Corpl J A Maycock, Royal Warwicks, of Rokeby Cottage, Bennett Street, Rugby, son of Mr & Mrs J Maycock, of Market Harborough, who has been twice mentioned in despatches for good work and bringing in wounded under heavy shell fire, has now been awarded the Military Medal.  His brother, Quarter-Master-Sergt C Maycock,[5] has also received the Military Medal.[6]

The award of the Military Medal (M.M.), was noted in the London Gazette and the Edinburgh Gazette,[7] and also subsequently in the Coventry Standard in January 1918,[8]

‘19568 Pte. J. A. Maycock, R. War. R. (Rugby).’  

It seems likely that he was still officially a Private, but had been promoted to Lance-Corporal in the field.

At some date, after the Battle of Poelcapelle and before November 1917, he must have been posted to the 1st/5th Bn. R. War. R. – as part of the 143rd Brigade of the 48th Division – which was then moved to Italy in order to strengthen the Italian Resistance.

The Italians had entered the war on the Allied side, declaring war on Austria, in May 1915. Commonwealth forces were at the Italian front between November 1917 and November 1918.  Then in the spring of 1918, Germany pulled out troops for use in its upcoming Spring Offensive on the Western Front – see Operation Michael.

In March 1918, XIV Corps (the 7th, 23rd and 48th Divisions) relieved Italian troops on the front line between Asiago and Canove, the front being held by two divisions with one division in reserve on the plain.  The front was comparatively quiet until the Austrians attacked in force from Grappa to Canove in the Battle of Asiago (15-16 June 1918).  The Allied line was penetrated to a depth of about 1,000 metres on 15 June but the lost ground was retaken the next day and the line re-established.  It seems that John Arthur Maycock survived this battle.

Between June and September 1918, frequent successful raids were made on the Austrian trenches, and Austria was already making first appeals for an armistice in September 1918.

The 48th Division was involved in these various actions during 1918, including the various fighting on the Asiago Plateau.  In the absence of any readily accessible War Diaries for the Italian campaigns, the assumption must be made that one of these ‘successful raids’ on the Austrian positions was made on 9 September 1918, as on that day, a significant number of men from the 1st/5th Battalion were killed, and some of their bodies were never found or recovered.

At some time on 9 September 1918, John Arthur Maycock was ‘Killed in Action’.  He was originally buried, or possibly was found later where he had been killed, at ref: H 5256 near Asiago.  He was either found and recovered, or exhumed, by a ‘search party’.  His body was reburied in Plot 3. C. 13, in the Barenthal Military Cemetery.  When a permanent gravestone was installed, his family had the words ‘Loved too Dearly to be Forgotten by his Loving Wife & Children’ inscribed on it.

The Barenthal Military Cemetery is one of five cemeteries situated on the Asiago plateau in the province of Vicenza, in the Veneto region, containing burials relating to this period.  The cemetery is some 5 kilometres south of the town of Asiago, Italy.

Later, in October, the 7th and 23rd Divisions were sent to the Treviso area of the River Piave front.  However, the 48th Division, remained in the mountains as part of the Italian Sixth Army, and played an important part in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto (24 October – 4 November 1918) in which the Austrians were finally defeated.

In early October 1918, the ‘Local War Notes’ reported,
Lance-Cpl J A Maycock M.M., Royal Warwicks, of Rokeby Cottage, Bennett Street, Rugby, was recently killed in a trench raid in Italy.  He joined the Army three years ago and was awarded the Military Medal for bringing in wounded men under heavy shell fire in November 1917.  He has also been twice mentioned in dispatches.  He was a member of Rugby Congregational Church and also of the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade.  Prior to the war he was employed by Messrs. Fawkner, 8 Matthew Street.  He leaves a widow and two little children.[9]

John Arthur MAYCOCK was awarded the British War and Victory Medals, as well as winning the Military Medal for gallantry.  He is also commemorated on the Rugby Memorial Gates in Hillmorton Road, Rugby.

On 30 January 1919, his outstanding monies, £15-14s, were paid to his ‘widow and sole legatee, Amy’.  His War Gratuity of £10 was paid to her on the 9 December 1919.

After the war, his widow, Amy, was living at Rokeby Cottage, Bennett Street, Rugby.  Their daughters both married in 1941.  It seems that Kathleen G Maycock married Denys E Jacob in Q2, 1941, and her younger sister, Evelyn M Maycock married Emrys R Jones in Q3 1941.

RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM

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This article on John Arthur MAYCOCK was researched and written for the Rugby Family History Group [RFHG] project, by John P H Frearson and is © John P H Frearson and the RFHG, May and July 2018.

 

[1]      Information from: Rugby Advertiser, 5 October 1918.

[2]      British and Irish Military Databases, The Naval and Military Press Ltd.  This database contains information extracted from 81 volumes of ‘Soldiers Died in World War I’.

[3]      Information from: UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919.

[4]      Rugby Advertiser, 5 October 1918.

[5]      It seems that his brother, C W Maycock, joined up in November 1915, see, Rugby Advertiser, 13 November 1915.

[6]      Rugby Advertiser, 17 November 1917, also https://rugbyremembers.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/17th-nov-1917-the-payment-of-wroth-silver/.

[7]      The London Gazette, Supplement 30476, Page 839, 11 January 1918; also, The Edinburgh Gazette, Issue 13195, Page 367, 16 January 1918.

[8]      Coventry Standard, Friday, 18 January 1918.

[9]      Rugby Advertiser, 5 October 1918.

 

17th Nov 1917. The Payment of Wroth Silver

THE PAYMENT OF WROTH SILVER.

This ancient custom was duly observed on Monday morning last before sunrising at the usual spot on Knightlow Hill. Mr John Heap, from the Estate Office, Dunchurch, again attended on behalf of the Duke of Buccleuch, to whom the tribute is payable. He read the charter and received the amounts due from the respective parishes called upon to pay it. In all but a few instances the money was either sent or thrown into the hollow stone by the parish representatives, and the exceptions were made good by the bystanders, numbering between 20 and 30. This small assemblage was strangely in contrast with the large crowds of people who in pre-war years found their way there to witness the proceedings. The falling off was attributable to the exigencies of the War, the petrol restrictions, and so forth, and not lack of interest ; and from the same primary cause the ceremony was shorn of an important adjunct—the breakfast, with its potations of hot milk and rum, which from time immemorial has followed. But ancient custom cannot prevail against licensing regulations and the Food Controller’s restrictions ; and so, instead of adjourning to the neighbouring inn for a substantial repast, the drinking of healths and smoking church warden pipes and tobacco, the visitors were invited by Mr Heap to partake of the Duke’s hospitality to the maximum extent circumstances permitted—to wit, hot coffee, which was provided in Mr Quarterman’s house close by.

Several old faces were to be seen in the modest group, including Mr D Borsley, of Stretton ; Mr Kelcey of Wolston (in khaki) ; Mr R T Simpson, who came from Edinburgh to demonstrate his undiminished interest in the time-honoured custom. Mr David Whiteman, of Church Lawford, woodman on the estate, acted as bailiff.

The ceremony did not last long, and as the company separated speculation was rife whether it would disappear altogether, and whether the magnificent avenue of trees, at the end of which Knightlow Hill is situated, would go with it. The hope was unanimously expressed that both would survive and be passed on to posterity.

THE DUNCHURCH AVENUE.

At Warwick Town Council meeting on Friday last week Ald J C Purser, who represented the authority on the committee which met at Rugby recently to consider measures to be taken with a view to securing the preservation of Dunchurch Avenue, moved a resolution expressing the regret of the Town Council to hear of the proposal to cut down the trees and the hope that arrangement would be made by which the avenue might be preserved. He pointed out that the County Council Committee which was appointed to act in the matter had co-opted the Mayors of Warwick, Coventry, and Leamington, and that he attended the first meeting in the absence abroad of the Mayor and the inability of the Deputy-Mayor to attend. From what he learned at the meeting they were determined that no step should be left untaken to secure the preservation of the avenue. The committee decided to ask the Duke for a personal interview before he took any further step. A point of interest in connection with the preservation of the avenue was that it was contemplated to erect there a memorial to the immortal 29th Division, which were reviewed there by the King before going on active service, and the people of Rugby and Dunchurch felt that if the avenue was destroyed the memorial would be robbed of historic and picturesque surroundings.—Ald Purser’s resolution was carried unanimously.

WASTE PAPER COLLECTION.

To the Editor of the Advertiser.

DEAR SIR,—With reference to the waste paper collection which is being made in the town, and which not only helps the nation in supplying the raw material for paper, but also is of very great use in realising money for some of our local charities, I desire to call attention to the fact that these happy results could not be arrived at if it were not for the immense amount of hard work and keenness put into the movement by the boys of the Elementary schools, who do the collecting.

I think it reflects very great credit on these lads, and hope that their parents and the inhabitants of Rugby at large will realise what good work they are doing.

I regret to say that the quantity   collected has fallen off ; and I hope, therefore, that all who have any suitable paper will make a point of immediately advising Mr Simmonds, of Elborow School, or Mr Hodges, of the Murray School, and boys will be sent to collect.—Yours very truly,
J J McKINNELL.
27 Sheep Street, Rugby November 14th.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Pte F Smith, Royal Warwicks, the second son of Mr J G Smith, Bath Street, has been wounded in both thighs.

Pte Albert Coaton, Machine Gun Company, son of Mr C K Coaton, 42 Grosvenor Road, has been wounded by gunshot in the back.

Lieut R O Gladstone, Royal Engineers, who prior to the War was engaged on the outside construction staff of the B.T.H, was killed in action on November 2nd.

Mr W Eadon, Hillmorton Road, Rugby, has received information that his son, 2nd-Lieut L W Eadon, R.F.A, who been in France since September, 1916, and has been in most of the recent heavy fighting round Passchendaele, has been injured and is in hospital.

Lance-Corpl J A Maycock, Royal Warwicks, of Rokeby Cottage, Bennett Street, Rugby, son of Mr & Mrs J Maycock, of Market Harborough, who has been twice mentioned in despatches for good work and bringing in wounded under heavy shell fire, has now been awarded the Military Medal. His brother, Quarter-Master-Sergt C Maycock, has also received the Military Medal.

Sergt F Tucker, Rifle Brigade, Rugby, an employee of Messrs Frost & Sons, has been awarded a bar to his Military Medal ; and the following other Rugby soldiers have also gained the Medal :—Lance-Corpl F E Butler, Rifle Brigade ; Pte A Horne, Northumberland Fusiliers ; Bombardier W Vears, R.F.A ; and Gunner S F Painter, R.F.A, who is returned as having enlisted at Rugby.

PTE C B JONES.

News been received that Pte C B Jones, Gloucester Regiment, was killed in action on October 9th. Pte Jones formerly carried on business as a hairdresser in Murray Road, and he was also agent for the Rugby Advertiser. Before joining the Army in January last, however, he was employed in the Lamp Shipping Office at the B.T.H.

DEATHS.

GARDNER.—Died of wounds on October 28, 1917 in France Pte. CHARLES GARDNER, PO2163, 2nd Batt. Royal Marine Light Infantry, only son of Richard and Alice Gardner, Lower Shuckburgh ; aged 21 years.

HOWARD.—In loving memory of our youngest son, HARRY LEE HOWARD, who fell in action on October 26, 1917 ; aged 26.

JONES.—Killed in action on October 9th, “ somewhere in Flanders,” Pte. CHARLES BRADLAUGH JONES, 1/6th Gloucesters, the beloved husband of Ellen D. Jones, 148 Bath Street, Rugby.—“ Thy will be done.”

SARGENT.—Killed in action on October 23rd in France, Pte. ALBERT HARRY, aged 30, youngest son of the late J. H. Sargent and Mrs. Sargent, of Barby.
“ A sudden loss, a shock severe,
To part with him we loved so dear.
Our loss is great, we’ll not complain,
But trust in Christ to meet again.”
—Deeply mourned by Mother, Sisters and Brothers.

WILLARD.—In proud and loving memory of KENNETH HUGH WILLARD, 2nd-Lieut, York and Lancaster Regt., attached to R.F.C., killed in action on the Western Front on October 12, 1917 ; second son of T. W. and Tryphena Willard, Rugby ; aged 19 years.