28th Mar 1919. Bilton Parish Matters – The War Memorial

BILTON PARISH MATTERS.
INTERESTING DISCUSSIONS AT ANNUAL MEETING.
THE WAR MEMORIAL : CAPT. WRATISLAW’S SCHEME ADOPTED.
RIVALRY BETWEEN THE TWO WARDS.

Further evidence of the unfortunate rivalry which exists between the two wards comprising Bilton parish was forthcoming at the annual parish meeting held at the Church House, Bilton, on Tuesday, when several contentious matters, in which the issue was plainly Bilton v. New Bilton, were discussed. Capt. M. E. T. Wratislaw, Chairman of the Pariah Council, presided over a good attendance, and he was supported by Mr. J. H. Veasey (vice-chairman), and Mr. F Fellows (clerk).

THE ROLL OF HONOUR.

In his opening speech the Chairman said four and a half years of war had not only sapped the nation of its strength, but it had also taken some of the very best out of their own parish. At least 77 men had laid down their lives for their country, but the list was hopelessly incomplete, and he appealed to relatives and friends of fallen men to assist the Clerk in compiling his list.

The company then stood while the Chairman read the roll of those killed during the past 12 months.

Dealing with parochial matters, the Chairman said there had been 75 burials in the cemetery during the past 12 months, and the total interments now numbered 212. Unfortunately, water pockets had developed, and the Council would shortly have to consider further improvements in the drainage system. With regard to housing, many people thought parish councils had powers which did not belong to them. They had no power to bring in a housing scheme; that was for the rural council. Through the courtesy of the Rugby Rural Council, however, the plans of the houses had been submitted to the Parish Council, who, with the help of a committee of ladies, had made a few observations on them. But that was the full extent of their powers. The War Savings Committee was still in existence, and the total savings of the whole parish amounted to £2,522. New Bilton, apart from the school, collected £771, whilst the school children collected £600. In Bilton ward the parish collected £1,016, and the school children £135. At Christmas they collected £71 2s. 10d. for soldiers’ parcels, and sent 10s. to each of 116 soldiers, the small balance in hand being dispensed by presents of 10s. each to 7 men who were then at home, 7/6 each to 14 discharged soldiers, and small presents to three widows.

THE COMMON LAND.

The balance sheet of Bilton Common Land showed that £75 11s. 10d. had been expended on coal for 94 recipients, £10 10s. in hospital tickets, and £4 4s. subscription to Nursing Association. There is a balance in hand of £45 19s. 11d. The accounts were adopted, and the auditors, Messrs. J. H. Burton and A. W. J. Clarke, re-elected.

THE WAR MEMORIAL : GRANITE SLABS DECIDED UPON.

The Clerk read the report of the War Memorial Committee (Chairman, Capt. M. E. T. Wratislaw ; vice-chairman, Mr. R. Lovegrove). The following suggestions had been considered : (1) Mrs. West, Celtic Cross ; (2) Mr. A. T. Watson, oak lych gate in each ward, with panels containing the names of the fallen, the parish to have the right to remove the panels if required for a public building ; (3) Mr. A. J. Askew, clock tower on Bilton Green and at New Bilton ; (4) Capt. Wratislaw, rough granite slabs, bearing names of fallen in each ward ; (5) Mr. R. Lovegrove, at New Bilton a Reading Room ; (6) Mr. A. T. Blick, a tablet in each place of worship in the parish, bearing the names of the fallen. The Committee recommended that either the lych gates or clock towers should be adopted. With regard to funds, they suggested a house-to-house collection in each ward, the fund to be kept open as long as possible to allow the residents to subscribe by instalments.—Mr. Foulds inquired whether a suggestion had been made to the effect that the memorial should take the form of some provision for the widows and orphans of soldiers ?—The Chairman said such a suggestion was  made at the parish meeting on January, but it was not formally laid before the Parish Council.—Mrs. Assheton said the question as to what form the memorial should take was a very important one, because it would stand for all generations as a token of their gratitude and expression of their taste. No one would like to be responsible for anything unworthy, ugly, or hastily conceived. One or two suggestions had been made by the Committee, and one was rather led to ask “ What is the spirit in which we approach the scheme ?” It had been said that the best way to commemorate the dead was to do something for the living. She did not agree with that to an unqualified extent ; if they were dealing with a large sum of money there would be something to be said for it. These men gave their all, and what they ought to do was to erect something to their memory which was beautiful and durable, and where their names could be clearly inscribed, in order that they could recall at a glance the names of the men of the village to whom they owed so much gratitude. The question of benefitting anyone should be a secondary consideration. She deprecated the suggestion to erect a clock tower, because it seemed that they were looking to get something for themselves, and also because although a clock tower might be suitable for a town, it would be unsuitable for a village. Moreover, many were agreed that a clock tower on the green would be out of place and out of character. This also raised the question of whether the green was the best place for a memorial. It was certainly central ; but it was a place where children played, where people congregated, and where once a year at least gipsy vans and coker nut shies were pitched. If sufficient money could be raised, there were great possibilities in a lych gate, especially if designed by a good architect, in keeping with the old church. and after all the churchyard was the place where they always had and always would raise memorials to their dead (applause).—Mr. Watson said his idea was that the lych gate should be erected at the entrance to the cemetery in New Bilton.

The Chairman announced that at the committee meeting the members were equally divided between the clock tower and lych gate suggestions.

Mr. Foulds said most of the discharged soldiers with whom he had talked seemed to think there would be enough war memorials about in the shape of men with one leg or men on crutches. He, therefore, suggested that the memorial should be as cheap as possible and the remainder of the money be used for assisting the widows and orphans He moved a resolution to this effect. This was seconded.

Mr Watson pointed out that this was a question for the Government rather than for the parish.—A soldier’s wife denied that the Government were doing this effectively. The allowance for the eldest child of a soldier ‘s wife was 10s., but the child of a widow was only entitled to 6/8. Moreover, the separation allowance for a woman and two children was 32s., but a widow with two children only received 25s 5d.—The Chairman : That is a question entirely for Parliament, and not for a parish meeting. The only way you can do anything is by impressing your views on your member.

Mr. Burton suggested the erection of a marble wheel on a granite base, bearing the names of those who had fallen, and also all who had served in the forces.

Mr. J. Cripps proposed that a granite slab be erected in each ward.—Mr Barnett seconded.

Mr. Ashew said his idea was that the names of the fallen should be inscribed on the clock tower, and also that the striking bell should be available as a fire alarm.

Mr Barnett said he felt the persons most intimately concerned—viz., the parents and relatives of the fallen—would prefer that the memorial should be erected in the churchyard. Many of their dead were buried in France. Others had no grave, and it was only right that people should have some place which they could look upon as a memorial to their dead, and that place was the churchyard.

The second ballot was adopted for voting, and at the first show of hands the figures were :— For lych gate, 23 ; clock tower, 13 ; provision for widows, etc., 27 ; Granite slab, 44.

Second vote :—Lych gate, 19 ; provision for widows, 29 ; and granite slab, 58.

In reply to questions, the Chairman said it was decided at the previous parish meeting that whatever form was decided upon for the memorial it should be duplicated in each ward.

Some discussion then took place as to the site of the memorials, and Mr. Flowers suggested that at Old Bilton it should be erected in the churchyard.—Mr. Watson also urged that at New Bilton the site should be inside the cemetery, where the memorial could be properly looked after by the caretaker.—Mr. Foulds opposed this, and suggested that the memorial should be erected in the churchyard at New Bilton. This was nearer the centre of the parish than the cemetery.—Mr Watson : Very few people visit the churchyard, but on a Sunday afternoon in the summer use will see hundreds visiting the cemetery.—Mr. Veasy : In a few years the cemetery will be in the centre of the parish. If the parish grows it will grow towards Bilton.

On votes, being taken, it was decided to erect the slabs inside Old Bilton churchyard and New Bilton cemetery.

The Rev. W O. Assheton then suggested that only the Old Bilton names should be inscribed on the Old Bilton memorial, and the New Bilton names on the New Bilton slab—Mr. Watson differed from this view. They were all comrades together, he argued, and they should all be commemorated together.—Mr. Flowers : It will cause disappointment in future if all the names are not commemorated on each tablet.

Mr. F M. Burton said he should he very sorry indeed if the resolution was carried. They were all in one parish. Although he lived in New Bilton, he was proud of the Old Bilton boys who went to school with him ; and the same was true of many ; they lived in one ward and their friends in the other. He would be very sorry if the tablet erected at New Bilton did not bear the names of a very dear nephew of his, who laid down his life because he would not surrender.

The resolution was defeated, after the Chairman had pointed out that the Parish council and the previous parish meeting favoured all the men being commemorated on each slab.

PEACE CELEBRATIONS.

The Chairman announced that Rugby wished New Bilton to be included in their scheme for celebrating the signing of peace, and this was agreed to. The members of the No. 2 Ward, with power to add to their number, were appointed a committee to make the arrangements for the Bilton celebrations.

IN AND AROUND RUGBY.

THE NATIONAL EGG COLLECTION FOR THE WOUNDED is bringing the work of its voluntary helpers to a close on March 31st.

LIEUT. E. R. MARSHALL, Coldstream Guards (Rugby), who has served in France, Belgium, and Germany, has returned safely to England. He carried the colours of his battalion on the triumphal march of the Guards through London last Saturday.

MEMORIAL WINDOW.— A stained glass window of two lights, portraying scenes from the Raising of Lazarus, has been placed in St. Matthew’s Church this week as a memorial to the men of the parish who have given their lives in the war. A brass tablet, recording the names of the men commemorated, will be added at a later date. So far, about 33 names have been received, and others can be added. This is the first general local war memorial to be carried through to a successful issue. The principal and scholars of Oakfield also propose placing a window in the church in memory of old Oakfield boys who have fallen.

CLOSING OF THE INFIRMARY HOSPITAL.
PRESENTATION TO THE COMMANDANT.

The last remaining V.A.D. Hospital in Rugby, the Infirmary, which was opened on January 1st, 1917, will close down at the end of this month, and in this connection a pleasing ceremony took place at the Hospital on Saturday, when, on behalf of the present patients, Sergt. Wheeler presented the Commandant, Mrs. H. P. Burdekin, with an album with a beautifully illuminated frontispiece.

A breaking-up party, to which past and present patients, the Staff, and all who have helped since the opening of the Hospital, was held on Thursday evening. An excellent programme was provided, the artists including Mr. Worrall, a well-known Birmingham humorist, Miss Janet Cranmore, dancer, and Miss Roberta, vocalist. Selections were also given by the Rugby Male Voice Choir. Refreshments were served in one of the wards, which had been tastefully decorated.

LIGHTENING THE PRISONER’S LOAD.
THE ORGANISATION OF A USEFUL RUGBY FUND.
PRESENTATION TO MR. J. REGINALD BARKER.

A few weeks ago it was suggested that some tangible mark of appreciation should be made to Mr. J. R. Barker in recognition of his success in raising money during the war in the town and district for the Rugby Prisoners of War Fund and other national objects. A fund was accordingly opened, and a presentation was made to Mr. Barker at a meeting of the committee responsible, held under the chairmanship of Mr. W. Flint, C.C., on Thursday evening in last week.

The Chairman said they had met that night to show their appreciation of the good work done by Mr. Barker in providing comforts for our prisoners of war.

Mr. McKinnell said it gave him the greatest possible pleasure to make the presentation, and felt it a very great honour that he had been asked to do to. They wished to make some small acknowledgment to Mr. Barker for all the work that he had done in raising funds during the war. When they had to get money month after month, year after year, it was no good simply issuing an appeal to the kindly feelings of the people, starting a subscription list, and let it go at that. The only way to achieve success was to take the hard course Mr. Barker did and put their back in it and work hard at it month in and month out. In connection with the many official flag days, Mr. Barker took the whole of the responsibility and made the whole of the arrangements and he was most certainly entitled to the whole of the credit. They were very lucky in having a gentleman of Mr. Barker’s ability with the will to work as he had, and the result was that they did wonderfully well for the prisoners of war. He hoped Mr. Barker would feel to the end of his life that many a poor starved Britisher and many a poor starved Warwickshire man was indebted to his efforts for some mitigation of the awful conditions which prevailed for years among the prisoners of war in Germany. As regards the other work he did for national causes, he hoped Mr. Barker would also feel that many poor creatures in the various nationalities were helped and given fresh hope and inspiration. It was now his duty to present to him a cheque for £54 3s. 6d., and a very handsome solid silver rose bowl, which would always remind him of the work he had done in that connection. The rose bowl was inscribed : “ Presented to James Reginald Barker by the citizens of Rugby in recognition of his untiring energies as Hon. Organising Secretary of the Rugby Prisoners of War Fund and other charities, 1914-1919, March 20th, 1919.” Mr. McKinnell also thanked Mrs. Barker for the help and sympathy she had shown in the work her husband had undertaken, and he asked her acceptance of a pair of solid silver flower vases.

Mr. Barker, in responding, said he had had a few hard tasks to perform during the past four years in connection with the various war charities in Rugby, but the hardest task of all was to adequately express his thanks to his fellow-townsmen for the handsome manner in which they had shown their appreciation of the services he had rendered to their prisoners of war and other causes connected with the war. When he undertook this work he had no thought of reward. Everybody had to do their bit ; someone had to look after the prisoners of war in each town, and it fell to his lot to do so. Someone had to organise flag days. That also fell to his lot, and it was a duty he was only too glad to have been able to carry out. The success which had attended his efforts, and the many expressions of thanks he had received personally from so many prisoners of war brought with it its own reward. He thanked them all very much for all they had done to acknowledge his work, and said the rose bowl would serve to remind him continually of the generosity of his fellow townspeople.

Mrs. Barker said she had been glad to assist her husband end encourage him in his work. She thanked them very much for her charming present, which she would always appreciate and think a lot of.

The Chairman extended to Mr. R. P. Mason the thanks of the Committee for the work he had done in connection with the testimonial fund, and in reply Mr. Mason said the work had given him the greatest pleasure.

The presentation committee consisted of Messrs. William Flint, C.C. (chairman), J. J. McKinnell, J.P., C.C., F. R. Davenport, A. E. Donkin, J.P., C. J. Newman, G. W. Walton, and R. P. Mason, hon. secretary and treasurer.

BIRDINGBURY.
Driver P. Kimberley, son of Mr. J. Kimberley, arrived home on Saturday evening from Brighton from a Military Hospital, after bring absent from home for 3½ years, serving in the British Balkan Force. He paid a visit to his old school on Monday, where he was warmly welcomed by the scholars and headteacher.

WOLSTON.

ODDFELLOWS’ WAR MEMORIAL..—The second dance was held on Friday last at the Oddfellows’ Hall. There was a large attendance. Mr. Armstrong acted as M.C. for the first part, and Miss Amos for the second part. Mr. Joseph Howatt, of Binley, was an efficient accompanist, and Mrs. Blackman superintended the refreshments.

Sergt Silas Poxon, second son of Mr. John Poxon, of the Rose and Crown, has received his discharge and returned home. He joined as a private in the Royal Engineers, and went out early in 1915 to France, where he has seen much service, but was one of the few in the district who went through without a wound. For his bravery on the Somme in 1916 he was awarded the Military Medal. He could have received a commission, but preferred to stop as a sergeant.

PAILTON.
WAR MEMORIAL GIFT.—A meeting of parishioners was held in the schoolroom on Monday evening to consider the subject of a War Memorial. Mr. F. A. Morris was elected Chairman, and he offered a beautiful clock on condition that a suitable place could be found for it. It was agreed that the triangle in the centre of the village would be the best place. It was further proposed that a design should be obtained. A working committee was appointed to carry out the work.

IN MEMORIAM.

CHAMBERS.—In loving remembrance of our two dear sons, Pte. CHARLES CHAMBERS, killed in action on March 21, 1918, and Sergt FRED CHAMBERS, who died from wounds on April 4th. 1918.
“ The rolling stream of life flows on,
But still the vacant chairs
Recalls the love, the voice, the smiles
Of them who once sat there.”
—Never forgotten by their loving Dad and Mother, Brothers, Sisters, and Amy.

KEATES.—In loving memory of BERNARD KEATES (1st Wiltshire Regt.), who died of wounds received in action on March 26, 1918, the dearly beloved son of Mrs. Keates, 29 New Street, New Bilton.—From his loving Mother, Brothers, Will and Jack, sisters Mary and Diana, and Grandma.

MATTHEWS.—In loving memory of JOHN MATTHEWS, who died of wounds in France on March 25, 1918.
“ Gone is the face we loved so dear,
Silence his voice we long to here ;
His gentle hands, his loving face,
No one can take our dear one’s place.”
—From his loving Father, Mother, Brothers, Sister, and Brother in-Law (Churchover).

SALISBURY.—In loving memory of our dear son, WILFRED JOHN SALISBURY, killed in action on March 25, 1917.
“ Gone from our midst, so young, so fair,
But Father knoweth best ;
He called him from a world of care
To Heaven’s eternal rest.”
—From Mother and Father, Brothers and Sisters (17 Clifton Road).

TABOR.—In loving memory of ALEC JOHN TABOR, who was killed in France, March 26, 1918.
“ There is a link that death can’t sever,
Love and remembrance live for ever.”
—From his loving Mother, Brother & Sisters.

WALL.—In loving memory of Corpl. LOUIS HAROLD WALL, M.M., King’s Royal Rifles, reported missing November 30, 1917, at Cambrai, now presumed killed on that date (of Stockton).
“ God’s will be done, though hearts may break ;
‘Twas His to give, it was His to take.
We pictured him safely returning,
We longed to clasp has hand,
But God has postponed the meeting
Till we meet in the Better Land.”
—From Dad and Mother, Eva and Janet.

15th Sep 1917. A Successful Experiment.

A SUCCESSFUL EXPERIMENT.—One of the war-time experiments tried at the Murray School this year was the utilisation of the flower plots for vegetable growing. This proved very successful, and resulted in the raising of 116lbs of carrots, 86lbs of beet, and 46lbs of parsnips. This does not include thinnings, which have been constantly pulled, amounted to about 50lbs.

OUTING.—A very pleasant outing to Kenilworth was enjoyed by the shell workers of the B.T.H last Saturday. They journeyed in brakes via Bubbenhall and Stoneleigh Deer Park. After tea a visit was paid to the Castle ruins. A concert was arranged, and those who contributed to the harmony were : Miss Cave, Miss Hollinsworth, Mrs Cotching (accompanist), Messrs Barnett, Boff, Welsh, Brown and A Harris. The party, numbering 70, had a most enjoyable time. The arrangements were made by Mr D Barnett.

NORMAL TIME ON SEPT. 17th.

The Home Secretary gives notice that summer time will cease and normal time will be restored at 3 a.m (summer time) in the morning of Monday next, the 17th inst, when the clock will be put back to 2 a.m.

All railway clocks and clocks in Post Offices and Government establishments will be put back one hour, and the government requests the public to put back the time of all clocks and watches by one hour during the night of Sunday-Monday, 16th-17th inst. Employees are particularly recommended to warn all their workers in advance of the time change of time.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Mrs Angell, 17 Little Pennington Street, has received official intimation that her son, Pte A Angell, Royal Warwicks, has been seriously wounded by gunshot in the face, arms, and neck, and his left leg has been amputated. Pte Angell has been twice wounded previously, lost a finger, and has been gassed twice.

MR W J LARKE HONOURED.

The many friends of Mr W J Larke, 71 Hillmorton Road assistant chief engineer at the B.T.H, who has been lately employed in the Ministry of Munitions, will be pleased to hear that he has been appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire.

PTE. BRADSHAW KILLED.

Mrs Bradshaw, of 216 Lawford Road, Rugby, received news this week that her husband, Pte Bradshaw, had been killed in action on August 19th. In writing to the widow deceased’s officer states : “ It was a great shock to me when I returned to the regiment to find Pte Bradshaw had been killed in action. He had just carried a wounded man to the first-aid post when a shell came and smashed the post. I am not wont to praise unduly, but your husband has, during the very long period he has been with us, done work of very great service, especially when the lines. To those of us who have been with the battalion through many months his loss will be very keenly felt.” Pte Bradshaw was in the 7th South Staffs. He enlisted on the outbreak of war. He has seen service in Egypt, the Dardanelles, and France.

OLD MURRAYIAN GAINS MILITARY MEDAL.

In a letter to Mr. W T Coles Hodges Sergt F H Bird, of the Army Service Corps, writes :—“ We have had a very hot time for the past ten weeks. We were in the big push of July 31st, and I was mentioned in dispatches, and have since been awarded the M.M. . . . . We have had some very bad weather, but for the past few days has been lovely and fine. . . . I have never met any of the ‘old boys’ out here. We have been out here two years, and I have only met two fellows who came from Rugby.”

ANOTHER B.T.H EMPLOYEE KILLED.

News has been received at the B.T.H that Second-Lieut Percival Thistlewood, Rifle Brigade, died of wounds on August 24th. Second-Lieut Thistlewood was the only surviving son of Mr Thistlewood, a well known Leamington resident, and brother of Corpl Frank Thistlewood, Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, who was killed on September 3, 1916. He enlisted in the Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry within a month of the commencement of the War, and was soon promoted sergeant-major. After being in France 18 months he returned to England to train for a commission, and was eventually gazetted to the Rifle Brigade. After leaving school he came to the B.T.H with a view to qualifying as an electrical engineer. Here he showed marked aptitude for the work, and in 1913 he won the first prize in an open competition as an electrical engineer. Second-Lieut. Thistlewood was 26 years of age, and like his brother Frank was very popular with his fellow-employees at Rugby.

Mr W H W PARSONS’ NEPHEW KILLED IN AN AIR RAID.—One of the victims of the recent air raid in London was Mr Henry Over Parsons, 33, a violinist, who was injured by the bursting of the time fuse of an aerial torpedo or shrapnel, and died two days afterwards. Deceased’s widow stated at the inquest that her husband informed her that he must have been blown 10 yards. Mr. Parsons was a nephew of Mr W H W Parsons, sanitary inspector to the Rugby Urban District Council.

WOLSTON.

MR A J POXON ILL.—The numerous friends of Mr A J Poxon will be sorry to hear that he is ill in hospital at Chatham, He is in the Naval Air Service, and for some length of time has been on foreign service. Before joining the Navy he was assistant overseer of Wolston and attendance officer for the Warwickshire Education Committee in the Monks Kirby district. He is the elder son of Mr John Poxon.

LANCE-CORPL G READER A PRISONER.—Mrs Reader has received a postcard from her husband, who was reported some weeks ago by the Army Authorities as missing. In the postcard he stated that he was slightly wounded and a prisoner of war at Munster, Westphalia. The news that he is still alive has given general satisfaction in the district. The facts have been communicated by the Rev J C Gooch to Mr J R Barker, hon. secretary of the Ruby Prisoners of War Help Committee, and arrangements have been made to send Lance-Corpl Reader the standard food parcels and bread.

BRINKLOW.

DEAD HERO’S WIDOW RECEIVES HIS MEDAL.—Pte R E H Murden, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Before hostilities broke out he has served seven years in the Army and at once proceeded to France where he went through all the early engagements. He was a native of Brinklow and before entering the Army was employed by Mr W Dunn, of Church Lawford. He has been killed since the medal was awarded, and his widow, who resides at Longford, was summoned to the hospital at Birmingham on Saturday, when it was presented to her by Lieut-General Sir H C Slater, C.C.B No record had been taken of the brave deed deceased had performed—a fact for which the General expressed regret. As Mrs Reeves received the medal she was heartily cheered by the wounded soldiers and staff at the hospital. Her brother-in-law, Pte J Murden, lost a leg in France.

RUGBY PRISONERS OF WAR HELP COMMITTEE.

The monthly meeting of the Rugby Prisoners of War Committee was held in Benn Buildings on Monday last. Mr W Flint C.C, chairman of the committee, presiding. There were also present : Mrs Blagden (hon. Treasurer), Mrs Anderson, Messrs G W Walton, J H Mellor, Thatcher, Porter, Clarle, and the Son Secretary (Mr J Reginald Barker).

The balance-sheet for the year ended July 31st, particulars of which have already been published, was presented by the Chairman, who also read a letter from the Hon. Auditor, Mr W G Atkinson I.A, congratulating the committee upon the excellent results they have achieved as shown by the year’s figures. Only those who actually go through the accounts could form any idea of the enormous amount of work entailed, and great credit is due to Mr Parker for the methodical and painstaking manner in which this work is carried out. The Chairman felt that not only the committee, but all interested in the fund, would be very pleased to have this testimonial to the efficient manner in which Mr Barker carried out his duties.—This was cordially endorsed.

Mr Barker reported that there were now 73 prisoners of war on their list, the total cost of the regulation food parcels and bread to these men now amounting to £162 18s 6s per month. He had, however, been in constant communication with the Regimental Care Committee of each man’s unit, and had, through these committees, secured “ fairy-godmothers ” for 26, and, in addition, various sums on behalf of others amounting to £74 10s per month ; thus the balance to be raised in Rugby and district was still very great, no less than £88 per month being required. Constant effort would have to be made to see that this was maintained.

The Chairman referred to the gifts sent from Egypt by Rifleman Fred Staines, with the wish that they be disposed of for the benefit of the fund. It was decided that they be competing for, the snake being offered as first prize and the necklaces second and third prizes—the tickets to be one penny each.

The prizes are on view at 9 Regent street. Persons willing to sell tickets are invited to make application for books of same to the Hon. Secretary at this address.

WARWICKSHIRE WAR AGRICULTURAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

At a meeting of this committee it was decided to send a further resolution to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries on the matter of fixed prices for meat. The resolution was to the effect that, in the event of the present Order being allowed to stand, a great waste of grass and consequent loss of meat would result, inasmuch as farmers would sell all their cattle while the higher price was obtainable rather than leave them on the grass, where they would gain more weight, but which would not pay on account of the declining price as fixed by the Food Controller. The statement of the soldier supply to date shows that there are 630 working on farms, and that there is a further available supply at the barracks.

RUGBY RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.

THE HOUSING QUESTION.

The committee to which the letter from the Local Government Board with reference to the provision of houses for the working classes after the War had been referred reported, that the Clerk should reply that they estimated that the number of houses required, and which should be built on the conclusion of the War, was 500, as overcrowding was very prevalent.—The Vice-Chairman : It is a very big order, 500 houses ; but the committee think they will be required.—On the motion of Mr Cripps, seconded by Mr Burton, the motion was approved.

DEATHS.

BRADSHAW.—On August 19th, in France, Pte. F. J BRADSHAW, 7th Staffords, of Long Itchington, aged 28. Deeply mourned by his sorrowing wife.
“ He sleeps not in his native land,
But ‘neath some foreign skies,
And far from those that loved him best :
In a hero’s grave he lies.”

IN MEMORIAM.

BARNETT.—In loving memory of JOSEPH WILLIAM BARNETT, who was killed in action at Barent in le Grand, near Albert, France, September 11, 1916 ; second son of Mr. & Mrs. Barnett, Hillmorton Paddox.
“ One year has 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 he closed his eyes.”
.—Sadly missed by his loving Wife, Mother and Father, Sisters and Brothers.

BARTLETT.—In loving memory of our dear REG, who was killed in action in France on September 17, 1916. At rest.—Sadly missed by his loving Dad, Brother, Sisters, and Trixie.

COLING.—In ever-loving memory of Gunner JOHN THOMAS COLING, R.F.A., the dearly beloved son of Mr. & Mrs. John Coling, Grandborough, who died of wounds at Rouen Hospital, France, Sept. 10, 1916.
“ Sleep on, dear son, in a far-off grave :
A grave we may never see ;
But as long as life and memory lasts
We will remember thee.”

HAYES.—In ever-loving memory of my dear husband Pte. WILLIAM GEORGE RUSSELL HAYES, Coldstream Guards, of Combroke ; killed in action at Ginchy, France, September 15, 1916 ; aged 33.—His duty nobly done.

HOPKINS.—In loving memory of FRANK, the beloved and youngest son of Henry Hopkins, of Long Lawford, who was killed in action in France on Sept. 18, 1915.
“ He sleeps, not in his native land,
But ‘neath some foreign skies,
And far from those that loved him best ;
In a hero’s grave he lies.”
—From his Sister.

LISSAMER.—In loving memory of Pte. WILLIAM ARTHUR LISSAMER, youngest and beloved son of Thomas and Emily Lissamer, 5th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, who fell in action in Frances on September 15, 1916.
“ The midnight star shines o’er the grave
Of a dear son and soldier brave ;
How dear, how brave, we shall understand,
When we meet in the Better Land.
—Sadly missed by his loving Father and Mother.

OVERTON.—In ever-loving memory of my dear husband, GABRIEL GEORGE OVERTON, Gaydon, of the Coldstream Guards, officially reported missing, now reported died of wounds received in action on September 15, 1916.
“ His comrades will return one day,
But he will be sleeping in a far-off grave,
And the saddest of it all, dear,
It not to know where you are laid.”
—Sadly missed by his loving wife PEM.

 

23rd Sep 1916. Fatal Accident to a Soldier

FATAL ACCIDENT TO A SOLDIER.

As Gunner Edward Brady, R.F.A., was cycling down Spoilbank Hill in the direction of Clifton he collided with Mr Billing, of Caldecott Street, and Miss Hall, of Clifton, who were walking in the same direction. The cyclist was thrown on his head, and sustained a badly fractured skull and other injuries. The pedestrians were also considerably shaken. Assistance was procured, and Gunner Brady was conveyed to the Hospital of St Cross, where he died on Saturday morning. His home is at Edinburgh.

The inquest was held at the Police Court, Rugby, on Tuesday afternoon, Mr E F Hadow was the coroner, and Mr B Patchett was chosen foreman of the jury.

Dr Clement Dukes stated that deceased was admitted to the Hospital of St Cross between 10.30 and 11 on Friday evening last week. He was accompanied by another doctor, who telephoned to witness, stating that he had done all he could for the man, and there was no necessity for him to come to the hospital that evening. Witness saw Brady the following morning, and found he was suffering from concussion of the brain only, but he could not ascertain any fracture. Witness was called to deceased at about a quarter to twelve, and when he arrived found that life was extinct. He was satisfied that the cause of heath was haemorrhage, which might have come on suddenly, making the body rigid, and in that rigidity he died. Such a thing was quite common in the case of concussion of the brain. Deceased was unconscious at the time he came under his care.

Elizabeth Cook, married woman, living at Denstone, Glasgow, identified the body as that of her brother, and he was 25 years of age. He resided in Glasgow until the outbreak of war, when he joined the R.F.A as a reservist, he having previously served three years with the colours. He came to Rugby from Scotland five weeks ago, and when he left the North he could not ride a bicycle.

Elizabeth Mary Sutton, wife of A Sutton, of 23 Charlotte Street, Rugby, said deceased was billeted with them from August 22nd until quite recently. He was a quiet, steady man and a total abstainer. On the 10th of September he left them to go into billets at Clifton, and on the 15th inst she met him in the Market Place, Rugby, and told him to go round to her house to have an injury on the hand bandaged. When she arrived home at eight o’clock he was still there with two other soldiers of the same section. He left about 9.30 with his bicycle. He had not learned to ride long, but he occasionally used a bicycle when he was living with her. When he left the house on the night in question his bicycle was in good condition, so far as she knew, and the lamps were lit. She told him to be careful, and he said he would be all right ; he had every confidence in himself.

Ernest Walter Billing, clerk, of 19 Caldecott Street, Rugby, said on Friday evening he and a young lady were walking in the direction of Clifton. He was pushing a bicycle, and they were walking on the extreme left-hand side of the road. Both his lamps were lit. When they were half-way down the hill near the railway bridge he heard a cry from behind, and almost immediately afterwards something collided with him and knocked him down. It subsequently transpired that it was the deceased man and his bicycle. Witness had not seen him coming, or heard anything of him until the shout. There was not time for him to turn round after he heard deceased. It was simply a “ yell and a smash.” Witness was stunned, and when he came round he found deceased lying on his back in the road, his head pointing towards Clifton, and the bicycle was lying near him. The young lady pulled the bicycle off witness. Deceased was unconscious, and witness and his companion did what they could to restore him. He was bleeding profusely from a wound on his face, and his head was covered with blood. Shortly afterwards a soldier came along, and they carried deceased to the side of the road, and witness sent the soldier for assistance on his bicycle. A motor lorry came along shortly afterwards, and deceased was placed in this and conveyed to the hospital. Witness received an injury to the bottom of the back where he was struck by deceased’s bicycle.

Dora Hall, who was present with the last witness, said she was knocked down on to the grass by the force of the impact, and her head struck the road. She could not tell whether she was knocked down by a bicycle or by one of the men. She was the first to recover, and found both the men unconscious, and the bicycle was lying on her companion. His lamps went out immediately the collision took place. Mr Billing subsequently recovered consciousness, and they then did what they could for Pte Brady.

The Coroner described the occurrence as one of those regrettable accidents which might occur at any time. There seemed to be a suggestion that this unfortunate man was not so expert in riding a bicycle as he might have been.

The jury returned a verdict of “ Accidental death,” and added that they thought the front brake of the bicycle was not sufficiently strong for such a steep hill. They expressed their sympathy with the relatives of the deceased, and the Coroner concurred in this.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

A war-marriage of local interest took place on the 14th Inst, at the Wesleyan Church, Ulverston, between Armament-Staff-Sergt Stribling and Hilda, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs John Ferry, of “ Southgate,” Elsee Road, Rugby. The ceremony was performed by the brother of the bride, the Rev John Wilson Ferry, of Measham. The bride’s simple robe of ivory eolienne was enhanced by a veil of fine point lace. She was given away by her father, and attended by a number of V.A nurses in uniform from Fairview Auxiliary Hospital, of which she is sister-in-charge. All the wounded men in the hospital sufficiently convalescent were present at the ceremony, and formed a guard of honour as the bride and bridegroom left the church. The marriage was by license owing to the bridegroom’s immediate return to the front.

WARWICKSHIRE YEOMANRY IN EGYPT.

Mr R H Myers, headmaster of St Matthew’s School, has received the following interesting letter from an “ old boy ” who is an N.C.O in the Warwickshire Yeomanry, now on active service in Egypt :-

“ I thought perhaps you might like an account of our recent doings out here during the attack on the Canal by a mixed force of Turks and Germans. They were supported by artillery, but did not manage to being their larger pieces nearer than Katia. I should think the size of the guns captured in front of Romani was equal to our 3-inch, but in subsequent fights they threw 6-inch shells at us.

“ On August 4th we took part in repelling the Turks’ attack on the rail-head, and in the afternoon we led the flank counter-attack. The enemy attempted to bring up reinforcements, but our machine guns got on them, and mowed lines down as they came over the sand ridges. It was during this fight that Lieut Loverock was killed. He was leading his troop round the enemy’s position when a sniper got him through the head. I helped to place him on a horse. He is buried at a place called Pelusium.

“ The next day we attacked Katia. The enemy were entrenched and supported by guns of large calibre throwing high explosive shells. We had no artillery, and were, therefore, compelled to retire ; but the next day a move was made in conjunction with infantry. When we arrived we were surprised and pleased to find Katia evacuated. We were able to chase this enemy as far as Oghratina, returning to Katia, where we rested the next day. I say rested, but there were guards and patrols to do, though no actual fighting. One would like to write an account of the precautions taken, but this is not permissible at present.

“ The next day we made a move to Oghratina, with the object of ascertaining where the enemy had placed their guns. For about five hours we were shelled vigorously, but fortunately not much damage was done, our casualties being chiefly amongst the horses. After occupying Oghratina we moved up to Bir-el-Abd, where the enemy had constructed earthworks and trenches with a view to holding the place. Our artillery served us excellently here, searching the ground systematically for a good distance. The enemy had evidently moved off in a great hurry, as they left quite a lot of stores, &c. There were many of them dead and wounded in front of the position. We searched the battlefield afterwards, and found many groups of dead sitting as if asleep behind bushes or in gun-pits. They were not all Turks, of course ; here and there we came across some of our own men stretched out as if trying to reach the positions, when the end came. We have seen some terrible sights, but one tries to forget the horrible side, and think only of the cause for which we are fighting.

“ We stayed a few days at D-, but as the water was infected with cholera germs we moved elsewhere.

“ The plague of flies is fearful, and has to be seen to make one believe that there could be so many in one place at one time.

“ At Katia there is an ancient well and cypress tree, said to have been where Joseph watered and sheltered on his way in Egypt. The water tasted like milk to us, but we were not allowed to drink it on our return.”

LOCAL CASUALTIES.

Lieut J J McKinnell, of the Royal Warwicks, son of the Chairman of Rugby Urban District Council, has been wounded in the leg, and is now in a hospital at Oxford.

The following Rugby men have been wounded :—Sergt E R Bulter, Pte E Ingram, R.W.R, Sapper F Armstrong, R.E, and Pte E Hempstock, Rifle Brigade, Pte W Quartermain and Pte A A Fox, R.W.R. ; Pte J W Dunn, South Staffords ; Lance-Corpls A W Bottrill and H L P Tomlin, Northants Regt ; Lance-Corpl J W Oliver, R.W.R., Hillmorton.

The following Rugby names have appeared in recent casualty lists :—Killed : Pte H Lines, R.W.R, Pte F J Nichols, King’s Own Lancashire Regiment, and Driver P G Major, R.F.A. Missing : Pte G Lock, Norfolk Regiment ; Pte C H Bland and Pte F H Boyes, Royal Berkshire Regiment.

Gunner A J White, of the Rugby Howitzer Battery, son of Mr and Mrs W White, 22 Grosvenor Road, has been severely wounded in the side with shrapnel, and is now in hospital at Manchester. Previous to the War he was a fireman on the L & N-W Railway.

WOLSTON.

CORPL SILAS POXON AWARDED THE MILITARY MEDAL.

Corpl Poxon, of the Royal Engineers, has been awarded the Military Medal. This has caused great satisfaction not only to his relatives but to the whole of the inhabitants. He is the second son of Mr J and Mrs Poxon, of the Rose and Crown Hotel. He joined the Royal Engineers on the 1st of September, 1914, and is now with a signal section in France, where he has been for upwards of 16 months. He has been in a number of engagements, but with the exception of slight ill-effects to his eyes from a gas attack, has come through unscathed. Like his father, Mr John Poxon, he is well known and respected in the district, and is very popular with his comrades in his Company. He is 23 years of age, strongly built, and very unassuming. Even in writing home to his father he seemed to mention his award as a secondary consideration, for he did not refer to it until towards the end of the letter, and then did not state for what conspicuous act he received it. As a boy, Corpl Poxon was a pupil at Ryton-on-Dunsmore School, where his father then resided. He afterwards attended Bablake School, Coventry. The staff and scholars of both schools will be proud of his success.

WOUNDED.—Private W Drinkwator, Royal Warwicks, son of Mr Joseph Drinkwater, was wounded some short time ago. He received a shrapnel wound in the foot, and was sent to Cardiff Hospital, where he is now progressing favourably.

VOLUNTEER CORPS INSPECTION.

The higher commands in the new Volunteer Force have already been gazetted, including that of Col D F Lewis, C.B, as county commandant of the Warwickshire Regiment ; and on Sunday last Colonel Lewis attended to inspect the Rugby Volunteer Corps in Caldecott’s Piece, when 100 men were on parade, under the command of Mr C H Fuller. Col F F Johnstone (in command of the 2nd Battalion) and Major F Glover (acting adjutant) were also present.

The Corps was drawn up in line, and after presenting arms, Col Lewis passed down the ranks. The Corps then marched past in column of route, an afterwards in column of platoons, Col Lewis taking the salute. Some Corps movements under Mr Fuller, and afterwards under Mr Haigh (second in command), were then gone through. The platoons and the recruits were also exercised in platoon drill under their Commanders ; and Col Lewis, in addressing the recruits, congratulated them on the progress they were making, and said that he felt sure that they would appreciate the benefit of their training.

Addressing the rest of the Corps, Col Lewis said that he noted a very marked improvement since he last met them in October. Important duties had now been assigned to the Corps in lines of communication, and he was responsible himself for finding the necessary men for this duty. He urged each man to be a recruiting sergeant and increase the numbers. The unexpected was constantly happening, and they must not allow themselves to be taken by surprise. It was silly to say there was no chance of their country being placed in danger ; they must, above all things, be prepared, and he hoped that every man who was able to join the Corps would realise this fact, and become a Volunteer without delay. It would be seen later on how important this matter was in the interests of the country.
MECHANICAL TRANSPORT
Army Service Corps.

An Officer will attend at RUGBY DRILL HALL on MONDAYS between 11.30 and 1 o’clock and 2 to 4.30 in each week until further notice for the purpose of examining men for M.T., A.S.C.
Applicants must be experienced Motor Drivers, Fitters, or Turners.

F. F. JOHNSTONE, Lt.-Colonel, Recruiting Officer, Drill Hall, Rugby:
16th Sept., 1916.

WOUNDED SOLDIERS AT THE EMPIRE.—About 100 wounded soldiers from the “ Te Hira,” Pailton, and Bilton Red Cross Hospitals visited the picture matinee at the Empire on Monday afternoon. This matinee is always free to wounded soldiers from the hospitals.

IN MEMORIAM.

SHONE.—In loving memory of our dear brother Tom, who was killed in action, September 25th, 1915.
“ He sleeps, not in his native land.
But ’neath some foreign skies,
And far from those that loved him best ;
In a hero’s grave he lies.”
—From FLO and HORACE.

SHONE.—In loving memory of Rifleman Tom Shone, 12th Rifle Brigade, who was killed in action at Loos, September 25th, 1915.
“ We often sit and think of him,
And tenderly breathe his name.
Nothing left for us to look at
But his photo in the frame.
Some day our eyes shall see
That dear face still kept in memory.”
—From FATHER, MOTHER, and SISTERS.

STENT.—In loving memory of Percy Victor Stent, who was killed in action September 25th, 1915.
“ Death divides, but memory lingers.”
-From Mr. and Mrs. HARBAN and Family.

STENT.—In loving memory of Corpl. P. V. Stent, killed 25th September, 1915. Sadly missed.
“ One of the first to answer the call,
For the land he loved he gave his all ;
Somewhere in France, in a nameless grave,
Lies my dear son among the brave.”
—From his MOTHER & FATHER, BROTHER & SISTERS.