7th Dec 1918. Balance of Prisoners of War Fund – Proposed Endowment of a Hospital Bed.

BALANCE OF PRISONERS OF WAR FUND.
PROPOSED ENDOWMENT OF A HOSPITAL BED.

A meeting of the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee was held at Benn Buildings on Monday, Mr A E Donkin, J.P, presiding in the absence through illness of Mr Wm Flint, C.C. There were also present : Messrs R P Mason, G W Walton, C J Newman, A W Shirley, T Clarke, and J Reginald Barker (hon organising secretary).

Sergt Arthur Scott (Rifle Brigade), of Rugby, attended the meeting to thank the committee for all they had done for him during the two and a-half years he was a prisoner of war in Germany. He said his food parcels arrived very regularly, and he assured the committee that without them he and the other prisoners could not have existed.-Mr Barker reported that the Central Prisoners of War Committee felt that the balance in hand (over £800) would be better applied in Rugby.

After some discussion, the committee agreed that a definite proposal should be submitted to a meeting of subscribers for approval.-Mr Barker said he felt very strongly that the balance could not be allocated in any better way than in endowing a bed in the Hospital of St Cross in memory of prisoners of war who had died in captivity. He had mentioned the scheme to Mr F R Davenport, a member of the committee, and to Canon Blagden, and they both approved of it. The cost to endow a bed was £1,000. Mr Barker said he did not anticipate any difficulty in raising the £200 necessary to complete the sum.-Mr Walton said that, knowing the struggle the hospital had to meet the great increase in costs, and also that there was no doubt the Prisoners of War Fund had been the means of diverting funds from the hospital, he would second the resolution.-The resolution was unanimously carried, the Chairman remarking that it was very appropriate that, as Mr Barker had been mainly instrumental in raising the funds, his proposition should be carried. Anything he had done in the past had always carried great weight with the committee, and he did not think anyone could take the slightest objection to his scheme.

It was decided to call a meeting of subscribers to the fund early in January, when the resolution would be submitted for their approval.

DISCHARGED SAILORS & SOLDIERS.-The local branch of Discharged Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Association is now making rapid strides, and the membership numbers several hundreds. During the past week they have taken over club-rooms at the Eagle Hotel, and as the membership increases they hope to transfer this into a fine institute.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Major E K Sanders, D Battery, 211 Brigade, F.R.A, has been awarded the Italian Bronze Medal for valour. Before the War he was Lieutenant in the Rugby Howitzer Brigade, and was on the staff of Messrs Willans & Robinson.

Lieut G H I Cowley (O.R), of Coventry, solicitor (formerly of Rugby), and now serving in Italy with the Heavy Artillery, has been appointed Education Officer under the Army Scheme of Pre-Demobilisation Education. Mr Cowley has also been detailed to give to the troops a series of lectures on Topical and Educational subjects.

Pte C Rollins, King’s Liverpool Regiment (Rugby), and Rifleman H J Kedge, K.R.R (Rugby), have been reported wounded.

Mrs Keates, 29 New Street, New Bilton, has recently received information that her son, Pte B Keates, 1st Wilts Regiment, died from wounds in Oise le Veiger Field Hospital on March 26th.

Lance-Corpl A C Cox, M.G Corps, Transport Section, has been awarded the Military Medal for volunteering to go down under heavy shell fire for rations and for attempting to salve a machine gun out of the Sanbre Canal under heavy shell fire on November 3rd. He is the youngest son of Mr & Mrs Frank Cox, of 38 York Street, Rugby, and prior to the outbreak of war worked for his father. He has served over four years in the Army, and has been in France most of this time.

REFRESHMENTS FOR TRAVELLING SOLDIERS.
To the Editor of the Advertiser.
SIR,-During the months of February and March, 1916, a correspondence was carried on through the local Press upon the question of a Soldiers’ Rest at Rugby Station, and also the providing of refreshments for soldiers passing through the station, or waiting connections, and possibly stranded for the night. The Soldiers’ Rest was not proceeded with owing to lack of funds. It was, however, pointed out that refreshments were being provided to necessitous cases by the station staff from the funds of the Rugby Station War Relief Fund, and your readers may be pleased to know this was carried on, and is still being continued, and increasingly just now, as many repatriated prisoners of war are passing through the station following the signing of the armistice. The fund is not in need of financial assistance at present, but it is as well that the town should know that the station staff are not unmindful of our heroes, and that they are doing in a limited way what the townspeople take upon themselves at other railway junctions.-Yours, &c,
H WINTERBURN, Hon Secretary,
Rugby Station War Relief Fund.

OFFICIAL NOTICES TO FARMERS.

Return of Soldiers to their own County.
If the employer of a soldier engaged in farm work in another county, who was formerly in Warwickshire, desired to get the man back again he should communicate at once with the Labour Officer, 12 Northgate Street, Warwick. A form of application for the man will then be sent to him.

Soldier Labour.
About 20 skilled ploughmen will shortly be available for two months’ agricultural work in Warwickshire. Application for them should be made at once to the Labour Officer, 12 Northgate Street, Warwick.

Demobilisation.
Farmers should apply to the nearest Employment Exchange for postcard ED40G, and return it with the full military or naval description and address of any man for whom there is a vacancy. The man applied for will then obtain priority of release when demobilisation commences.

AT the Rugby Cattle Market on Monday Messrs Howkins & Sons conducted a sale of surplus Army horses. There was a good company, and trade was sharp for the best and younger animals, prices ranging from 20 to 67 guineas.

LONG ITCHINGTON.

OUR SOLDIER BOYS.-Quite a number of local soldiers have been able to pay flying visits home since the armistice was signed. The following recent casualty cases have been invalided home :-Pte Austin Smith (Royal Irish Fusiliers), Gunner Sidney Webb (R.G.A), and Pte Albert Priest (Rifle Brigade).

MRS MOORE has received official intelligence that her eldest son, Pte Wm Moore, who is with the Royal Warwicks in Russia, was wounded on October 18th. He served in the Boar War, and has been all through the prevent struggle. This is the second time he has been wounded.

BRANDON.
The influenza epidemic is now subsiding, and many families have been attacked. The schools, which have been closed for three weeks by the Medical Officer, will re-open on Monday.

DEATHS.

BROMWICH.-Pte J. H. BROMWICH, 10th Queen’s R.W.S., died November 5, 1918 ; aged 18 years and 9 months, at hospital at Outrean, France.
“ He bravely answered him counties call ;
He gave his young life for one and all.
If I could have raised his dying head,
And heard his last farewell,
The blow would not have been so hard
To part with him we loved so well.”
-Sadly missed by his Uncle, Aunt, and Ivy.

KEATES.-In loving memory of Pte. BERNARD KEATES, 29 New Street, New Bilton, who died of wounds on March 26, 1918.
“ God takes our loved ones from our homes,
But never from our hearts.”
-From his loving Mother, Brother, Sisters, Will, Jack, May, Dinah, and Grandma.

IN MEMORIAM.

BATCHELOR.-In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Sergt S. J. BATCHELOR (SID), 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment. who died of wounds in France on December 1, 1917.
“ Father in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now our dear son sleeping.”
-From his loving Father, Mother and Sisters.

EDMANS.-In loving memory of FRANK, the dearly beloved son of W. & B. Edmans, of New Bilton, who was killed on H.M.S. Bulwark on November 26, 1914.
“ God takes our loved ones from our homes,
But never from our hearts.”
-Sadly missed and silently mourned by his Mother, Father, Brothers and Sisters.

GLENN.-In ever-loving memory of Pte. JOHN GLENN, who died in France, Dec. 8th, 1916.-From his loving wife and children.

MAYES.-In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Lance-Corpl. HORACE MAYES, 5th Oxford & Bucks LI., who died in Bristol Military Hospital from wounds received in action on December 6, 1916 ; aged 20 years.
“ The midnight star shine o’er the grave
Of a dear son and brother, a soldier brave ;
How dear, how brave, we shall understand
When we meet again in that Better Land.
Oh, brother dear, ’tis hard to part
With one so good and kind in heart.
When others return we’ll miss you more,
The realisation will make our hearts sore.”
-Sadly missed by his loving Mother, Dad, and Family, also Lizzie.

 

Sanders, Alfred Edwin, died 30th Dec 1914

Alfred Edwin Sanders was born in Barrowden, Rutland in 1893. He was the eldest son of William Cooper Sanders and Sarah Agnes (nee Betts). Formerly an agricultural labourer, William Sanders was a labourer in a stone quarry in 1901 and in 1911 a labourer at a lime works. In 1911 Alfred was a 19 year old farm labourer and living with his parents.

By 1914 he was working for the L. & N.W. Railway in Rugby and when the war started he joined the army as a private in the 3rd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards (regimental number 11020). He returned at Barrowden for a visit in October before arriving in France on 11th November 1914.

On 23rd December he celebrated his 22nd birthday and on Christmas Day he wrote a letter home.

“I got your parcel all right on Christmas-eve, and also one from Mrs Cave (Barrowden), one from where I used to lodge at Rugby, and one from Edie Clarke (Barrowden), and also a letter from dear Jane. So I think I got on all right for Christmas, don’t you, in the three parcels I got? Besides yours was socks and cigarettes. I shall be thinking about you at home this Christmas ‘scoffing’ plum-pudding and cake. And poor me living out here in the wet and cold, and the bullets and shells flying about something awful. Yes, my dear mother, if I get out of this alive I shall be a lucky boy, as the Germans are not half ‘hot stuff,’ and it’s most awful to see the poor soldiers as they get shot … I also got Mrs Stapleton’s (Barrowden) parcel. I hope you have had a good holiday this Christmas, and also Jack. But I don’t expect it will be much of Christmas in England this year, with so many lives being lost. I feel proud to think that people at home all think so much about me … I cannot write any more this time, as my hands are so cold, and there are no fires out here. Give all the kiddies a Christmas kiss for me, especially little Reggie. So long!”

(Grantham Journal, 16 Jan 1915 – http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ )

On the 30th December 1914 he was shot in the head while fighting in the trenches and died six hours later. He was buried in the Bethune Town Cemetery, Grave number III. B 20

A photo postcard of the King and Queen, received at Christmas, was forwarded home for preservation.

Alfred Edwin Sanders is also remembered on the Memorial in St Peter’s Church, Barrowden

 

RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM