25th Aug 1917. Commandeering Fat Bullocks


It was officially announced at Leicester on Saturday that the Government were determined to proceed with their scheme of commandeering fat bullocks to cover the needs of the Army and Navy at fixed prices already announced. Auctioneers and official buyers will proceed to the farms on and after September 1st, and select all bullocks sufficiently fleshed for slaughter and have them removed to the nearest railway stations. New weigh-bridges are being constructed as rapidly as possibly for weighing the cattle. At Leicester over 1,000 head per week will be dealt with, and in less than ten weeks it is estimated that 12,000 bullocks will be slaughtered in this country. In fact, all fat stock will be cleared off at least one month before Christmas. The Amy and Navy will only take over bullocks, and all the old cows and heifers will be left for meeting the requirements of the civil population. These will be sold in the ordinary way in open competition. After the official announcement many leading agriculturists expressed the view that a very grave position had been reached, and that in consequence of the action taken there would be a meat famine in the country at the beginning of the year. Thousands of head of cattle, it is maintained, will be slaughtered in an immature condition, involving great loss.

WHY NO FURTHER SUPPLIES OF SUGAR FOR JAM MAKING.—Mr Clynes (Secretary to Food Ministry), in a written answer, says the reasons which make it impossible to allot further supplies of sugar for domestic preserving are the strict limit on the total quantity which can be imported owing to urgent demands on all available tonnage, and the necessity of making allowance for possible losses due to enemy action. While fully recognising the importance of domestic preserving of fruit, the Food Controller does not feel justified in further depleting the available stocks for this purpose.


The Rugby Waste Paper Committee have now been in existence three months, and during that period nine tons of waste paper have been collected and despatched to the paper mills. The proceeds are being devoted to local charities, and householders and business firms can assist these objects by saving their old newspapers, magazines, account books, letters., &c.

On receipt of a postcard the Hon Secretary, Mr J R Barker, 9 Regent Street, Rugby, will arrange for the waste to be promptly collected. In the case of account books, and private documents, the strictest secrecy is observed, and if desired can be baled in the presence of the owner.


On July 31st the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee completed their second year’s work, and very promptly has a statement of accounts been issued. The balance sheet has been audited by Mr W G Atkinson, I.A., and an abstract appears elsewhere in this issue. The year’s receipts amount to £1,707 15s 9d, as against £545 13s 10d last year.

An example of the greatly-increased demands on the Committee is shown by the fact that in the first year £381 2s 8d was spent in food, clothing, and comforts for the local men who are prisoners of war in Germany, whereas in the year just completed the cost was £917 4s 5d. As the committee have over £100 per month to find to pay for the food parcels the balance in hand on July 31st of £694 15s 10d will at the present rate of expenditure only last about six months, provided of course there are no additions to the already long list of local prisoners of war.

The full and detailed balance sheet, which gives the amounts paid to every firm, may be inspected at the Hon Secretary’s office, 9 Regent Street, Rugby, any evening.


Major W. Elliott Batt, R.F.A., has been promoted to the rank of Lt.-Colonel.

Mr A W Reading, of 1 Campbell Street, New Bilton, has received news that his son, Pte H Reading, has been seriously wounded.

Mr. & Mrs. Barnwell, 56 Manor Road, Rugby, have received information that their eldest son, Gunner A. W. Barnwell, of the Howitzer Battery, has been wounded in the chest, and is now in the hospital in England.

Pte Fred Wood, 1/6 Royal Warwickshire Regiment, son of Mr W F Wood, Market Place, has been wounded in the head by a piece of high explosive shell, which penetrated his steel helmet. Pte Wood has been in France about 2½ years.

Flight Lieut W H Peberdy, R.N, son of Mr R W Peberdy, Albert Street, who was reported missing on January 14th, is now presumed by the War Office to have been killed on that date. Lieut Peberdy, who was an OLD Laurentian, was about 35 years of age.

Second Lieut Jones, R.F.A, son of Mr John Jones, of Cosford, has gained the Military Cross for valiant services. After serving in France for fifteen months he came home to receive his commission, and immediately after his return to the front in June performed the act for which he has now been rewarded.

Sergt E R Clarke, of Rugby, formerly of the Warwickshire Howitzer Battery (and now belonging to the R.F.A), who has been in France 2½ years, has been promoted to battery quarter-master.

The D.S.O has been awarded to Capt & Bt Maj Richard Nugent O’Connor, M.C, Scottish Rifles, for conspicuous gallantry and resource. In consequence of a change of situation, a revision of plans became necessary, but owing to darkness and heavy shelling confusion arose. By his courage and promptness he quickly restored order, and organised a successful attack. He is the son of Mrs O’Connor, of Overslade Manor, and is now a Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the H.A.C.

Mr & Mrs G Salmon, of 17 Lower Hillmorton Road, have received official information concerning their son, Rifleman J R Salmon, Rifle Brigade, reported wounded and missing on the 7th October, 1916. The Army Council have been regretfully constrained to conclude that he is dead, and that his death took place on the 7th October, 1916. Rifleman Salmon had been through much severe fighting. He was in the Battle of Loos on September 25, 1915, and was fighting on the Somme front, where he met his death. Rifleman Salmon was an apprentice at Messrs Foster & Dicksee, Ltd, and joined at the commencement of the War at the age of 17. At the time of his death he was attached to the bomb throwers He was an Old Murrayian.

Rifleman F Staines (Second Officer of the Rugby Fire Brigade) has sent to Mr W F Wood a model snake and two necklets made by Turkish prisoners of war, with the request that they shall be handed over to the Rugby Prisoners of War Committee to be disposed of in aid of the fund. Rifleman Staines is one of the guards at a camp for Turkish prisoners of war, and the prisoners are allowed to make various articles which are purchased by the guards or members of the public. The snake is composed of thousands of beads and is a handsome piece of work. It is very realistic and the necklets, too, are very attractive. It has not yet been decided how to dispose of the gifts, which are on view in the window of the Hon. Secretary to the fund, Mr J R Barker, 9 Regent Street, and it has been suggested that they would make excellent prizes in a draw. The kindness of Rifleman Staines in thus thinking of all the lads in captivity is greatly appreciated.


LANCE-CORPL. W WALKER, Northants Regiment, eldest son of Mr & Mrs J Walker, of High Street, Long Buckby, has died of wounds. He has been at the front for a considerable period, and was wounded once before in July, 1916. Four brothers are serving. Before the War he was in the employ of Brig-General Little at Dunsmore.


ILLNESS OF FLIGHT LIEUTENANT B HOLDEN.-The numerous friends of Mr B Holden will be very sorry to hear that he has had to undergo a serious operation. The operation, so far, has been successful, although he is still in a very weak state.

THE LATE COLONEL J H HOOLE, C.M.G.—This gentleman whose death from wounds was recorded in our last issue, was well known in Wolston and district, and the news was received with great regret. He was brother of the late Mrs C W Wilcox, of Wolston Manor. He has on several occasions been a generous subscriber to worthy objects in Wolston.


To the Editor of the Advertiser.

Sir,—In 1912 I selected Harbord, then curate of Pershore, to be the Vicar of Dunchurch. He had served two years as chaplain in the Boer War, and was, indeed, of the African Church, haying been ordained at Bloemfontein in 1900 ; but he was also a fine example of an English parochial priest. When the present War broke out he felt his call to go, and it could not be withstood, so he was accepted as chaplain and went. In the recent advance in Flanders he had been on duty all day with his batteries, which had been heavily shelled, and had just returned when he decided to go in front instead of back with the wagons so as to be near his men. In this act of comradeship he was hit by a shell and killed. One who saw him that day wrote to me : “ He has done a fine work, and is an example to many younger men. He has nobly upheld the honour of the clergy and died gallantly. The divisional chaplain speaks highly of him.”

As his bishop who sent him out with prayer and blessing, I mourn him deeply, reverencing his devotion. He is an instance, among a great number of clergy known to me, manly Christian fellows, who have offered themselves unflinchingly to God and to their country, and whose sincerity as Churchmen has been shown in their self-sacrifice and courage.

Hartlebury Castle.

WEDDING.-A pretty wedding took place on Wednesday morning at St Oswald’s Church, New Bilton, parties being Mr Fred M Staines, son of Rifleman Staines (second officer of the Rugby Fire Brigade) and Miss Lilian Grant, daughter of Mr J Grant, 40 Stephen Street. Mr Staines, who is at present working at Glasgow, was formerly a corporal in the Rifle Brigade, and he was discharged after being dangerously wounded during the heavy fighting of 1915. The Rev H Stevens, a former vicar, promised to perform the ceremony, but he was unable to leave the ship, H.M. Dreadnought, of which he is chaplain, and the Rev G H Roper accordingly officiated. Sergt Hughes acted as best man, and the bridesmaids were Miss Fazey, Misses Kathleen and Margaret Grant (nieces). The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr Fred Grant, was dressed in chiffon poplin with veil and wreath of orange blossoms. For a number of years the bride was a teacher at the West Council School and a Sunday School teacher at New Bilton ; and, in addition to the presents from the former school, already recorded, the girls of the Sunday School gave her a pretty tea cosy. She also received numerous presents from past and present scholars.

SOON TIRED OF THE ARMY.—At Rugby Police Court on Thursday last week—before J J McKinnell, Esq—William Jephcott, 16 Pinfold Street, New Bilton, was charged with being an absentee from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.—Insp Lines, who arrested Jephcott, stated that the man joined the Army on August 1st, and deserted on the following day.—Remanded to await an escort.


DEAKIN.—In loving memory of AROL, the dearly beloved husband of Dinah Ethel Deakin, who died of wounds received in France on August 16th, and was buried at Proven, Belgium.—“ Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friends”—From his sorrowing Wife and Children.

ENSOR.—Reported missing on October 7, 1916, now reported killed on that date. Will, son of William and Emily Ensor, 41 Highbury Place, London. Friends, accept this intimation.


COCKERILL.—In loving memory of PTE T. COCKERILL (son of Mrs Grumble, Gas Street), who died from wounds in Canadian Hospital, France, on August 25, 1915. “ At Rest.”

FOTHERGILL.—In loving memory of WILLIAM ALFRED FOTHERGILL, of the 1st & 7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who died for his country in France on the 27th August, 1916 ; aged 19 years.
“ He sleeps not in his native land.
But ’neath foreign skies,
And far from those who loved him best,
In hero’s grave he lies.”

FOREHEAD.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. T. W. FOREHEAD who died of wounds on August 24,1915.—Never forgotten by his loving Wife and Baby ; also Mr. & Mrs. Dodson & Family.

WARD.—In loving memory of THOMAS WALTER, eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. T. Ward, 170 Lawford Road, New Bilton, who was reported missing August 6, 1915, since reported killed at the Dardanelles ; aged 25 years.
“ He sleeps not in his native land,
But ’neath some foreign sky,
And far from those that loved him best;
Yet we know not where he lies,
We often sit and think of him,
And think of how he died :
To think could not say ‘ Good-bye ’
Before closed his eyes.”
—From his loving Father and Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

WHITTAKER.—In loving memory Lance-Corpl. J. T. WHITTAKER (TOM), who died of wounds August 23, 1916.
“ In a far and distant churchyard,
Where the trees their branches wave,
Lies a loving soldier brother
In British soldier’s grave.
—From KITTY & STANLEY (sister and brother-in-law), Coventry ; ANNIE & JIM (sister and brother-in-law), Beverley, Yorkshire ; & CHARLIE in France.

19th Aug 1916. The Fatal Flying Accident.


The inquest on Lieut Geo S Rogers and Second-Lieut Cyril de Frece, of the R.F.C, who were killed by the collision of two aeroplanes on Thursday in last week, was opened on Saturday by Mr E F Hadow. Mr J Lord was chosen foreman of the jury.

Alfred de Frece, solicitor, 155 Abbey Road, West Hampstead, and 2 Devonshire Square, identified his son’s body, and said he was 18 years of age. He had been associated with the Royal Flying Corps a little over two months ; previous to that he was in the Middlesex Yeomanry. He was a strong lad, with full possession of his sight and hearing.

Capt McEwen, R.F.C, identified the body of Lieut Rogers, who was 23 years of age. He was a Canadian, and belonged to the Canadian Expeditionary Force. His family resided at Barrie, Ontario. He had been attached to the corps for some time, and was a fully qualified pilot, and had full possession of his sight and hearing.

Dr William Chester Collins, attached to the R.F.C, said he saw the bodies a few minutes after the accident. Life was quite extinct in both cases. The bodies had been removed from under the wrecked aeroplane when he saw them. He accompanied and superintended their removal to the mortuary. He had that morning examined the bodies, and found that both officers had sustained fracture of the skull and dislocation of the vertebrae, either of which, apart from their other injuries, would be sufficient to cause instant death.

The Coroner explained that no other evidence was available at that date, and the inquest would be adjourned till Wednesday, August 23rd.

The Foreman, on behalf of the jury, expressed their sympathy with the relatives, in which the Coroner concurred.—Mr de Frece briefly acknowledged this.

Second-Lieut Cyril de Frece was the only son of Mr Alfred de Frece, a London solicitor. He was educated at the Haberdashers’ School, Taplow Grammar School, and in Brussels. His intention was to become an electrical engineer. He also studied under Professor Thompson at the City and Guilds School, London. He joined the Army in October, 1915, and was appointed to the R.F.C and given a commission in the first week in June.

Lieut Rogers, the pilot, was a remarkably skilful aviator.


The funeral of Lieut G S Rogers was arranged for Saturday, but on Friday evening a cablegram was received from his relatives, asking that he might be buried in Canada. The arrangements for the funeral were accordingly cancelled, and a memorial service was held instead. The members of the squadron to which the unfortunate officers were attached marched to the church, headed by the B.T.H Band, which played martial airs on the way to and from the service. The small village church was crowded to its fullest capacity, this being the first service of the kind ever held in the parish. The service, which was very brief, was conducted by the Vicar, and opened with the hymn, “ Peace, perfect peace,” the singing of which was led by the band. A short and sympathetic address was given by the Vicar. The “ Dead March ” from Saul and the sounding of the “ Last Post ” proved a fitting termination to an impressive service.

A number of beautiful floral tributes were sent by the officers of the Squadron, the men of the, Squadron, Capt McEwen, Mrs Balding and Vandy, a model floral aeroplane by the Staff of the Officers’ Mess, Mr and Mrs Richardson, and Mr Hayter ; and these were placed on a large Union Jack in front of the altar during the service.

The coffin containing the remains of Lieut Rogers was put on the train on route for Liverpool on Wednesday evening. A number of deceased’s colleagues were present, and as the train steamed out of the station the “ Last Post ” was sounded.

The funeral of Lieut de Frece took place at the Liberal Jewish Cemetery, Willesden, on Monday.


Mr W College, of 48 Church Street, Rugby, has this week received a postcard from his son, Pte W F College—who was reported missing—stating that he is now a prisoner in Germany.

From further information to hand it appears that Pte Sidney H Dicken, of the 14th Gloucester Battalion, son of Mr and Mrs W Dicken, of 131 Claremont Road, died from laceration of the abdomen, and that the officer of the regiment was killed outright by the same shell.

Mrs S Reynolds, of 26 West Leyes, received official notification that her son, Pte Arthur Reynolds, of the Royal Warwickshires, had been posted, as missing after the engagement on July 19th. She has since received a postcard from him to say he is a prisoner at Gefanenlager, Dulmen Camp, Germany. He enlisted on July 22, 1915, and went abroad to May 22, 1916.


Pte Fred Staines, of the Midland Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, 2nd officer of the Rugby Fire Brigade, has for some time past been ill in hospital in Egypt. From a letter, dictated by him, and received by relatives, it appears he has been down with typhoid fever, but he speaks very cheerfully of the satisfactory progress he is making, adding that he is in good hands, and that his friends have no need to worry about him.


Mr W Aland, of 30 Arnold Street, whose son, Pte Roy Aland, of the Royal Warwicks, has been badly wounded in France, has received a letter from Lieut Hubbard, attached to that regiment, in which he says :—“ Your boy was my orderly, and I always found him cool, collected, and resourceful. He was much liked and sought after by his comrades, and his loss has been keenly felt by us all. At the time he was wounded I was just posting the company along some trenches we had just taken over, and he was just behind me. A very severe bombardment was going on, and when the shell pitched the trench was instantly filled with smoke. It was difficult to see anything owing to the darkness ; but young Aland was master of himself, although so badly wounded. A stretcher was brought in about five minutes, and when he was placed on it and the bearers were about to lift he called out : ‘ Mr Hubbard, just a minute. Down the trench about five yards, in a bunk hole on the right, you will find a bag ; it’s your grub bag. I put it there for safety.’ I recite this incident to show the pluck and unselfishness and thought for others, which was truly admirable, coming from a man who was so badly wounded as your poor boy was. You have every reason to be proud of him. He was a splendid soldier, and in him we have suffered the loss of a good comrade. . . . Will you please remember me to him. I know he will put up a plucky fight, and do his best to carry out his watchword, ‘ Keep smiling.’


Second-Lieut N Edyean-Walker (Royal Fusiliers), nephew of Mr C H Fuller, solicitor, Rugby, and to whom he is articled, has been wounded in France, and is now in hospital in London.

News has been received that Pte James Pitham, of the Royal Warwicks, has been wounded in the thigh by shrapnel. He is a native of Rugby, and as a youth worked at the Rugby Lamp Factory, but joined the Army from Bedworth. Pte Pitham has two brothers serving with the colours.


News has been received that Pte G H Wright, R.W.R, of Church Gate, Willey, died in hospital from wounds on August 11th. Prior to his enlistment, Pte Wright was employed in the Winding Department at the B.T.H.


Pte J Shaw, of the Royal Warwicks, is reported to have been killed by the bursting of a shell on August 1st. He had only been at the front a fortnight. He was a bricklayer, whose home was at Dunchurch, and worked for Mr Cobley, of Rugby.

Deceased was buried behind the lines by the Army Chaplain. In a letter to Mrs Shaw, who is left with two little children, the O.C the Company says :- “ Although your husband had been with us fora short time only, he had shown a soldierly spirit, and his loss will be felt in the Company.”


The many friends of Sergt J W Milner, R.W.R, son of Mrs Milner, of 7 Bath Street, will regret to hear that he has been seriously wounded. His right knee was smashed, and the limb has since been amputated. Sergt Milner, who was a member of “ E ” Company, and was employed in the Accounts Office at the B.T.H before mobilisation, is still in a French hospital, and is doing well.


Sergt Harold Lee, R.W.R, who, as we reported last week, was seriously wounded on July 23rd, died in the Canadian Hospital, France, on August 6th, in the presence of his parents. Sergt Lee, who was 26 years of age, enlisted at the beginning of the War, and had been in France over twelve months. His home was at Cubbington, near Leamington, but between five and six years ago he took up work in the gardens of Dunsmore, and was employed there when war broke out. He was of a bright disposition, and was very popular with all whom he came in contact with.


Probably no member of the Isaak Walton Angling Association is better known, than Mr Fred Taylor, of 59 Abbey Street. Mr Taylor has two sons at the War, the elder of whom—Pte Wm Taylor, of the 6th Leicesters-has been severely wounded. He was shot through the arm and neck, and had his head badly hurt by shrapnel, his injuries including a broken jaw. He staggered some distance before being taken in hand by a member of the R.A.M.C, whose aid was very timely. Pte Taylor being much exhausted from loss of blood, and without prompt attention would probably have died. He is now in hospital in Surrey, where his parents have visited him. They found their son quite cheerful, in spite of numerous wounds, and he is reported to be making good progress towards recovery.



CORPL B PEARCE, of the Bedfords, one of the twin sons of Mr and Mrs Pearce, Coventry Road, has been made sergeant. He is the youngest soldier from Dunchurch who has attained that rank, and he has only been in the Army 18 months.

The people of this parish always take a great pride in the flower borders in front of their houses. Mr H Pearce and Mr W Busby have a fine lot of stocks ; and Mr J Cleaver, The Heath, makes a good show of all kinds of flowers not often seen at a cottage. Mr H Burrows, Mr F Stanton, and Mrs Burton, all of Mill Street, have excellent displays ; Mr Jennings bas a good show of stocks. The flowers on the front of the Dun Cow Hotel make quite an attractive display.

Second-Lieut J D Barnwell, of the R.W.R, second son of Mr W D Barnwell, farmer, who was wounded a short time ago in the foot, has had to have all the toes amputated. He is going on favourably.


DEVONPORT.—In loving memory of Alfred William, Royal Garrison Artillery, who died of wounds, July 7, 1916 (in France), aged 28 years. Also Arthur John, 6th Leicestershire Regiment, killed in action, July 17, 1916 (in France), aged 22 years.—Beloved sons of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Devenport, Napton Road, Southam.

DUNCUFF.—On August 3, 1916 (died of wounds in France), Arthur Francis, 6th Oxon and Bucks L.I., dearly beloved husband of Mildred G. Duncuff, Benn Street, aged 22 years.
“ Lord, ere I join the deadly strife,
And battles terrors dare ;
Fain would I render heart and life
To Thine Almighty care.
And when grim death in smoke wreaths robed
Comes thundering, o’er the scene,
What fear can reach a soldier’s heart
Whose trust in Thee has been.”

HOWKINS.—Killed in action on August 4th, in Egypt, Lieut. Maurice Howkins, West Riding R.H.A., elder son of Mr. and Mrs. William Howkins, of Hillmorton Grounds, Rugby ; aged 22 years. “ One of the brave boys, when shall their glory fade.”

ILIFF.—Killed in action, July 26th, Corpl. E. Iliff, Royal Warwicks, second and only surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Iliff, Dunchurch.

LOVEROCK.-Died of wounds received in action, Second-Lieut, Harold George Loverock, second son of Lewis Loverock, of Greylands, Hillmorton Road, Rugby, aged 25.

SHAW.—Killed in action “ somewhere in France,” August 1, 1916, Pte. J. C. Shaw (Jack), 11th Batt. R.W.R., aged 26 years 11 months, the dearly beloved husband of Edith Annie Shaw (nee Harris).
“ We often sit and think of you,
And tenderly breathe your name ;
Nothing left of you to look at
But your photo in a frame.”

22nd May 1915. Casualties of the War


Mr and Mrs J Wood, of 85 Oxford Street, have received news from the front that their son, Rifleman Leslie Wood, of the Rifle Brigade, is missing. His regiment was engaged in severe fighting in the neighbourhood of Hill 60 on Sunday, May 9th, and after the battle he failed to respond to the roll call, and his fate is, at present, uncertain. Rifleman Wood joined the army in August last, and was drafted to the front about ten weeks ago. He was 21 years of age, and previous to joining the army was employed, in the Controller Factory of the B.T.H. He was a former member of the Holy Trinity Church Choir, and was also a member of the Church Troop of Boy Scouts, in which organization he took a great interest. He is a nephew of Mr W E Robotham, vice-chairman of the Rugby Board of Guardians.


KILLED IN ACTION.-Much sympathy is felt with the Rev W E and Mrs Jackson, who received the news on Friday last week of the loss of their second son, Second-lieut E P Jackson, 3rd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, but attached to the 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers, killed in action. Lieut Jackson was a young man of great promise and very highly spoken of by his brother officers. Before joining the Army he was pursuing his legal studies, and after he had graduated at his college he intended to take up law as his profession. He seemed to have a peculiar aptitude for legal decisions. His College authorities, as well as his military authorities, speak in the highest terms of his work. All will regret that a young life of such promise should be out off after just having attained his majority.



Mr and Mrs J Hancocks, of Hillmorton Locks, have received the sad mews that their third son, Sergt Herbert Harold Hancocks, of the 3rd Battalion King’s Royal Rifles, was killed in action at Hill 60 on April 26th. Sergt Hancocks, who was 25 years of age, had been in the Army eight years, seven, of which had been spent abroad in Crete, Malta, and latterly India. He was present when the dastardly attempt to assassinate the Viceroy, Lord Hardinge, was made, and some of the scraps of metal from the bomb were embedded in his helmet. He also assisted in lifting Lord Hardinge from the elephant, and was present at the great Durbar. He finished his term as a soldier in July last, but owing to the outbreak of war was unable to return home. His regiment landed in England in November, and proceeded to the front a few days before Christmas. Before leaving for France he spent a few days with his family at Hillmorton. He was one of the best shots in the corps, for which he was awarded at modal. He was also a first-class signaller, and acted as instructor in this branch. An enthusiastic follower of local football, Sergt Hancocks informed his patents that he always looked out for the Rugby Advertiser reports of local matches. The accompanying photograph is reproduced from a group taken in India. Another son of Mr and Mrs Hancocks is serving in Kitchener’s Army.


Mr J C Brown, son of Mr J Brown, of North Street, Rugby, has received a commission as surgeon probationer in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves.

Lieut-Col and Hon Col H Hanbury has been gazetted lieutenant-colonel of the 7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

Mr Percy Read, of 86 York Street, who is a compositor at Messrs Frost & Sons, is leaving his work to join the Army. Mr Read was married about two years ago, and as an old Volunteer has been so impressed with the necessities of the military situation that he is giving up his employment and disposing of his home in order to do his “ little bit” for his country. We hope that his patriotic example will be imitated.

Some Royal Engineers were waiting at a railway crossing near Bletchley on Monday when a trainload of German prisoners captured in the Hill 60 fighting passed through. The latter, seeing the British soldiers, spat at them from the carriage windows and made insulting remarks. The Engineers disregarded the jeers, and remained standing at attention.


Corpl F M Staines, 2nd Rifle Brigade, a son of Second Officer Staines, of the Rugby Fire Brigade, has been rather badly wounded. In a letter he states that on Sunday, May 9th, after a bombardment, they made a charge, and after they had captured three German trenches he was wounded in the left hip. He got back somehow, but while he was doing so he received another wound through the right thigh. This was at 6 a.m. on Sunday, and he had to lie where he was until 4 a.m on Tuesday before they could carry him in. He is now in hospital at Boulogne, where he states that he is receiving every attention, and where all are most kind. He concludes his letter with a request for the Rugby Advertiser.- A lady writing from the hospital states that Corpl Staines has undergone an operation, and that he is very plucky in bearing his wounds.


It was with very great regret the news was received of the death at the battle of Ypres, on April 25th, of Pte Charles Hancox, of the 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was one of first from this village to enlist, and the first to fall in the service of his country. He was of a quiet, unassuming character, and was well liked by everyone. Charlie was a native of Long Lawford, and losing both his parents when he was quite a boy, he and his younger brother were taken to and brought up by the late Mrs Clark, of Kings Newnham, with whom they lived till her death two years ago. He proved himself deserving of all her kindness and care.

Before enlisting he worked for Mr W Dunn as a farm labourer. He went into the trenches on February 22nd. On Sunday evening, after the usual service, the Rector (Rev G W Jenkins) invited those who cared to stay to at memorial service in the Parish Church, where he was a most regular worshipper. Part of the Burial Service was read by the Rector, and the hymn, ” On the Resurrection morning,” was sung. The whole congregation remained to pay their last respect to this young soldier. He was 24 years of age. He had a very deep sense of his duty to his King and country. In a letter received from him, written shortly before his death, his concluding words were : ” Don’t worry about me; God knows best, and that is my hope.”


SIR,  – Lord Kitchener has told me that he needs 360,000 more men.

The War Office has asked the town of Rugby to raise a (Fortress) Company Royal Engineers, and a reply has been sent to the Secretary of the War Office to say that Rugby will raise this company.

The members of the recruiting committee, the leaders of the trades and labour organisations, and many others have done everything they can to put full information before the men. We are still short of about 60 men, especially bricklayers, blacksmiths, carpenters, and masons.

There are plenty of suitable men in Rugby who can join, and I ask them to do so at once in order that the training of the company may go on without any delay.

If man has good reasons for not coming himself, he ought to feel justified in asking others to join. If he does not feel justified in asking others to join, then I ask him again to consider the possibility of coming himself.-I am, sir, yours faithfully.


0.C 22th Fortress Company, R.E.

During the past week the recruits have been drilling at the Howitzer Battery headquarters, and by their smartness and general aptitude for their work have surprised and delighted the experienced non-commissioned officers who are training them. It is hoped that the first batch will receive their uniform in the course of a few days.


The following have enlisted during the past week at the Rugby Drill Hall :- E J Baker, A V Herbert, G E Manser, W V Ingram, W F Bloomfield, T H Lang, W T Boyce, W C Carrick, F G Turner, Rugby Fortress Company; T Holman, Staffords; A J Brett, R.A.M.C ;G J T Collier, Hants Regiment ; C A Bird, Leicestershires ; W H Hallam, Lincolnshire Regiment; E Harris, R.W.R ; J Dorman, L J Turner, and G Facer, Mechanical Transport. A.S.C.


SIR,-I received a postcard through the post this morning with a white leather on and the following words: “ Stop playing with little boys ! Be a man ; play the game ; think it over.” It is generally a wise rule to pay no attention to anonymous letters ; but I think, perhaps, that the sender may be sincere, if ignorant, and I therefore propose to answer it.

Firstly, let me say that I spent four years with the Rugby Boy Scouts – years which cost me all my spare time and a considerable amount of money. I fail to see that I am to be condemned for doing voluntary work.

The following facts may possibly enlighten those who concern themselves with other people’s affairs :-

My business was founded by myself twelve years ago on a capital of £10, and has grown steadily owing to personal effort, until to-day we are handling about £17,000 a year in premiums. A year and a half ago a move was made to larger premises, and consequently heavier expenses were incurred. Six months later war broke out. During these eleven years I never had a salary, but have depended entirely on commission. There have been many anxious moments throughout that time, and the future is naturally very uncertain. Nevertheless, I immediately volunteered for active service in the Royal Flying Corps, armoured car section, or elsewhere, stipulating that I should be given the option of leaving the service at the end of six months. This was refused by the authorities. This insurance business is a personal one and dependent on me, and I see no reason I should be driven into bankruptcy, with the consequent dismissal of my staff and the failure of heavy obligation to some of my relatives.

The idea of sending me a white feather marks the sender as a fool. No one knows until he faces the great crisis whether he is coward or not. So far, any rate in the minor adventures of life, my nerve has not troubled me.

Finally, let me express my disgust at the action of a Rugby inhabitant who is capable of sending such an epistle through the post on a card. My only reason for dealing with the matter at all is to save the feelings of others to whom, no doubt, similar documents may be sent, I am not ashamed of my reasons, hence this letter, which I shall be glad to explain further if the sender has the courage to call at my office or write to me under his or her correct name.


3 Albert Street, Rugby, May 17th.

[Note: Lieutenant Hart Davies of the Royal Flying Corps was killed on 27 July 1917]