14th Apr 1917. Baptist Local Preacher Killed


News has been received this week of the death in action of Sergt Albert Leeson, of the Bedford Regiment. Sergt Albert Leeson, who was 22 years of age, was before the war employed as a printer by Mr G E Over. His parents reside at Leicester, but he had lived with his grand-parents at Newbold practically all his life. It appears from a letter which has been received, that he was killed by a shell while his unit was following up the German retreat. His death has caused widespread sorrow in local Baptist circles, where he was greatly beloved as a local preacher, and as late secretary to the Christian Endeavour Society. He was a very earnest worker, and, starting to preach at the early age of fifteen, he was a great favourite in the village churches. A young man of considerable intellectual power, he contributed letters and poems to “ The Pioneer,” the Baptist Magazine.


W H Packwood, fourth son of Mr C J Packwood, of St Matthew’s Street, Rugby, has been granted a month’s leave. Since September he had been out in France with a trench mortar battery of the H.A.C, and has had varied experiences. On the recommendation of his Captain-although still under twenty years of age-he has been offered a Commission, and after his furlough will go into training for his new duties as an officer.


General regret will be felt at the news, which was received early this week, that Second-Lieut Victor Rallison, of Manchester Regiment, was killed in action on Saturday. Second-Lieut Rallison, who was 30 years of age, was called to the colours on August 4, 1914, as a reservist, and was granted a commission on October 23rd last. Prior to the War he was for 2 ½ years a member of the Rugby Police Force, and by his unfailing courtesy and tact he made himself very popular not only with his colleagues but with the public generally. He had been married about six months, and his wife resides at her home at Churchover.


Pte W F W Satchell (Royal Warwicks), son of Mr W Satchell, 94 Park Road, Rugby, has again been wounded, this time by shrapnel, in the right knee.

Major Leonard Parker, cousin of the Earl of Macclesfield, and nephew of the Hon A E Parker (late master of the North Warwickshire Hounds),has been killed in an air duel at the front.

The parents of Trooper P W Labraham, Warwickshire Yeomanry, 23 Little Pennington Street, have received intimation that he was wounded on March 27th in Egypt.

The death took place from measles, in a military hospital on April 8th, of 3rd Air Mechanic M Bruce Andrews, who joined the Royal Flying Corps about three weeks ago. Prior to joining the army A.M Andrews was employed in the Cashiers Dept at the B.T.H.

Mr and Mrs Kirby of Birmingham, late of Winfield Street, Rugby, have received this week official news of the death of their eldest son, W Kirby. He was reported missing from July 1, 1916. He belonged to the Territorial Battalion R.W.R some time before the war broke out, and was drafted to France soon afterwards. Pte Kirby was 19 years of age, and when living in Rugby was employed at the B.T.H.


BRASSINGTON.-Chown.-On April 10th, at the Parish Church, Daventry, by the Rev. A.S. Lindsay (Rector), ALEXANDER FRANK (Fitter, R.F.A.), son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brassington, Murray Road, Rugby, to DORA AUGUSTA, eldest daughter of C.S.M. H. Chown (Northants. Regt.) and Mrs. Chown, “Express” Office, Sheaf Street, Daventry.


ANDREWS.-On Easter Sunday, at Aldershot Isolation Hospital, of bronchial pneumonia, following measles, 3rd A.M. MELVIN BRUCE ANDREWS, Royal Flying Corps, dearly beloved son of S. M. Andrews and the late Thomas Andrews ; aged 22 years.

KIRBY.-On July 1st, 1916, W. J. KIRBY (BILLY), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, late of Winfield Street, Rugby, now of Witton, Birmingham, aged 19 years. Killed in action in France.

MANSFIELD.-In loving memory of 2nd Lieutenant H. E. MANSFIELD, of the 1st Cheshire Regiment, late of the Rugby Howitzer Battery, who died in France, April 12th, 1916.-Gone, but not forgotten.-M. G. W.