3rd Aug 1918. Offences in Park


Fredk Bradshaw, 68 Claremont Road ; Lawrence Payne, 24 Corbett Street ; and Sidney King, 3 Wringrose Court, Rugby, were summoned for cycling in the Caldecott Park. Payne and Bradshaw admitted the offence, and P.C Anderton stated that he saw them ride into the Park by North Street entrance, and cycle round a tree. When they saw the park-keeper they rode away.—Mr Morton explained that the Urban District Council were very reluctant to bring these cases forward, but they felt compelled to do so, because for some time past they had been troubled with mischievous and wanton destruction in the Caldecott Park. After careful consideration, they had invoked the assistance of Supt Clarke to catch some of the culprits, and bring them before that Court to act as a deterrent to others, and he hoped this action would deter other lads from destroying the pleasure of the large numbers of people who wished to enjoy the Caldecott Park in comfort.—Bradshaw said he did not think they were doing any harm, as there was no one about at the time.—Bradshaw and Payne were fined 7s 6d each.—King stated that he had never read the notice at the entrance to the Park, and he was fined 9s.

Albert Nicholls, 36 Oxford Street ; Leslie Eaton, 93 South Street ; Francis Hardy, 57 King Edward Road ; and George England, 20 East Street, were summoned for displacing a moveable seat in the Caldecott Park.—They pleaded guilty.—P.C Anderton deposed that he saw defendants throw a seat over on its back. When he accosted them they refused to give their names and addresses.—Mr Morson said one of the seats had been found broken in two, and another one had been thrown into the lake.—Fined 4s 6d each, the Chairman warning them as to their future conduct in the Park.


DAMAGING SHRUBS IN CALDECOTT PARK.—Fredk Hurley, 5 Market Street ; Wm Killingworth, 8 Holbrooke Avenue ; Raymond and Norman Lee, 29 Park Road ; and Leonard Frost, 96 Wood Street, were summoned for the above offence.—The boys admitted their guilt.—P.C Anderton deposed that he saw the boys chasing each other through the shrubs and over the flower beds, playing “ tig.” All the boys bore very good characters.—It was stated that Hurley had no mother, and his father had recently been killed in action.—Mr Morson said the Council did not wish to press the case, except to deter other people.—The Chairman said the grounds were laid out for the enjoyment of everyone, and the beautiful shrubs and flowers were put there for people to enjoy, and not for boys to play in.—Fined 3s each.

ABSENTEE.—At Rugby Police Court on Monday—before Mr J E Cox—Pte Harry Watkins, Brinklow, was charged with being an absentee from the East Surrey Regiment since July 25th. He was remanded to await an escort.

A FORGED PASS.—On Wednesday (before Mr C G Steel) Pte John Davidson, 3rd Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, was charged with being an absentee from his regiment since July 13th, and pleaded guilty.—Sergt Hawkes stated that on Tuesday afternoon he had occasion to go to 26 North Street, and whilst there saw prisoner, and, being suspicious, asked to see his pass. He produced one made out in the name of Pte James Davis, with leave from 25th to 30th July. The sergeant was able to discern that this was a forged pass, and further questioned him. He eventually admitted that he had made it out himself, and that he was an absentee. At the Police Station another blank pass was found in his possession.—Remanded to await an escort.

LOW FLYING OVER TOWNS.—Low flying over towns is strictly forbidden by two orders issued by the Air Minister, Mr Gilbert was informed by Major Baird on Tuesday. Strong disciplinary action is taken against any airman who is known to have disobeyed the order.


Mr O F LI Bullock, son of the Rev Llewellyn Bullock, of Bennfield, Rugby, has been appointed to a cadetship at the Royal Naval College, Osborne. He was educated at Hillbrow, Overslade, Rugby (Mr T F Burdett).

Sergt A Everton, 16 Pinfold Street, New Bilton, of the R.F.A, has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in keeping his gun in action after he had been wounded. He has also the Mons Medal. Sergt Everton is a native of Walcote, and is a time-expired man. He was working at Rugby Portland Cement Works when called up on August 4, 1914.

News has been received at the B.T.H that a former member of the staff, Sapper R T Jackson, of the Royal Engineers, was drowned on July 6th.

The following notification appeared in the “ London Gazette ” : supplement, on July 30th Infantry, Labour Corps, Temp Second-Lieut C J Newman relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health contracted on active service, and is granted the hon rank of Second-Lieutenant (July 31st).

Bombardier Fred Rawlings, son of Mrs Rawlings, late of Wringrose Court, Rugby, has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the field. He belongs to the 14th Battery, Royal Field Artillery.

Tem Lieut (Acting Capt) W B L Boon, Welsh Guards (Captain, Yeomanry), son of Mr Leo Bonn, of Newbold Revel, has been awarded the Military Cross for an act of bravery, which is thus officially recorded :—“ He had his company headquarters completely destroyed by a shell at the commencement of a very heavy bombardment, he himself being buried and wounded in the arm. Nevertheless, he remained at duty throughout the action, and set a splendid example of grit and coolness to all ranks.”

Mr Bertram Shepherd, a well-known vocalist, formerly of Rugby, has been invalided from the Army, and is now in an institution for mental cases.

Corpl W E Stay, R.G.A, second son of Mr F Stay, 99 Grosvenor Road, Rugby, has been awarded the Croix de Guerre by the King of Belgium. Corpl Stay, who received the D.C.M early in the year, was an old St Matthew’s boy, and joined up in November, 1914. All his brothers also joined the Army. One has been killed in action, and another is at present an inmate of the Infirmary V.A.D Hospital, suffering from injuries to the hand caused by the explosion of a German bomb while he was carrying petrol.

PTE C DAVIS, Coventry Road, Thurlaston, who joined up three years ago, has been wounded in the arm very severely, and has received his discharge. Pte Davis has won several prizes at different sports, and is well-known in the district. He served in the Worcester Regiment.

MARK HERBERT DISCHARGED.—Gunner Mark Herbert, R.G.A, who was severely wounded in May, 1917, has now received his discharge, and has arrived home. He still suffers a good deal from the effects of his injuries.

PRISONERS OF WAR.—Satisfactory news still continues to be received concerning our prisoners of war. Pte Chas Lewis Worrall, R.W.R, reports himself at work and well from Switzerland. Pte George Windsor, R.W.R, has sent home two excellent photos of himself. These ratify the statements made in his letters that he is in good health. Pte Bertie Evetts, Gloucester Regiment, has also sent home a satisfactory report of himself. These two prisoners, who were chums at home, both write from the camp at Gustrow in Mecklenburgh.

OUR SOLDIERS’ GRAVES.— Mrs A T Evetts has now received official information concerning the localities of the graves of her husband and eldest son—Lance-Corpl A T Evetts, R.W.R, killed April 5, 1916, and Pte Rowland A Evetts,  R.W.R. killed June 26, 1916.

GUNNER PERCY HODGES, who was reported seriously gassed, has succumbed in a hospital in France. Hodges, who was a lad of fine physique, joined up in September, 1914, and had been three years in France. He was 25 years of age. A sympathetic letter from the chaplain states that Hodges is buried in the military cemetery at Aubigny.—George Goode is in hospital in France suffering from a fractured foot.


The monthly meeting of the committee was held an Monday. Mr Wm Flint, C.C, presided. There were also present : Mrs Blagden, Mr Anderson, Mr G W Walton, Mr R P Mason, Mr T Clark, Mr F Pepper, and the hon organising secretary, Mr J Reginald Barker.

The loss that Mr C J Newman (a farmer member of the committee) had had in the death of his wife was referred to in most sympathetic terms ; and on the proposition of the Chairman, seconded by Mrs Blagden, the Hon Secretary was instructed to convey to Mr Newman the heart-felt sympathy of the committee.

Referring to the large increase in the number of local men in enemy hands, Mr Barker said the past month had been full of anxiety, the cost of food parcels for the month of July being £357 9s. It was a large amount, but would have been larger if the addresses of the prison camps of all the men had come through. He regretted to say there were 19 local men who, although known to be prisoners of war, could not yet be supplied with parcels of food, as their addresses were still insufficient. So well had the fund been supported that they were very nearly able to meet the July expenditure out of the current revenue, only having to draw on their reserve to the small amount of £10 10s 8d. They had now 121 men actually on the parcel list, and there were also the 19 men he had mentioned, who he hoped to receive news of soon, as the anxiety of the relatives was very great, it being now four months since most of the men were captured. The cost of the parcels for August would exceed £400, but he was glad to say that he had received promises of regular donations amounting to approximately £100 per month.

Mr Barker referred to the fact that they had that day completed three years work in their scheme of relief. They started with seven men, and now they had a list of 140. As an example of the growth at the fund, it was interesting to note that in the first year their receipts amounted to £545, and expenditure £431 ; whilst during the year just completed £2,439 was raised the cost of food parcels amounting to £2,031. Mr Barker said he had been informed by the Central Prisoners of War Committee of the British Red Cross Society that the Postmaster-General has agreed to raise the limit of weight for parcels addressed to prisoners of war to 15lbs. In consequence it was decided to despatch one 15lb parcel per week to each prisoner of war as from August 5th, instead of six 10lb parcels per month. There would be a cycle of four parcels, costing 15s each or £3 per month, in addition to the bread supplies from Berne. There would be a considerable saving in the cost of boxes, packing materials, and labour.

The committee expressed their satisfaction that the support given to the fund was growing so splendidly, the Chairman remarking that he felt that the sympathy of the people of the town and villages would continue with the prisoners of war, and that the extra support needed would be forthcoming to enable the committee to maintain in full the necessary food parcels.

The munition strike at Coventry and Birmingham, which at one time threatened to involve other important centres in a stoppage of work, collapsed during the weekend, the men accepting a suggestion by the Government that a committee of inquiry should be set up to consider the whole question of the rationing of labour.

On Sunday morning a mass meeting of between 1,000 and 1,200 Rugby workers was held in the large Co-operative Hall to hear a report from the delegates to the National Conference, and to consider what action should be taken. It was resolved, with only one dissentient and a number remaining neutral, to accept the recommendation of the National Conference, and cease work on Tuesday evening. Happily, however, the strike had collapsed in the meantime, so that no stoppage occurred locally.

REMEMBRANCE DAY.—To-morrow (Sunday) is the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war, and will be observed by special services in all places of worship. A united intercession service will take place in St Matthew’s Church in the evening, and a drumhead service has been arranged by the discharged sailors and soldiers, to be held in the Lower School field in the afternoon.


At a meeting of this committee, held on Thursday in last week, there were present : Messrs T A Wise (chairman), H Tarbox (vice-chairman), Mrs Shelley, Mrs Townsend, Messrs A Appleby, W Brooke, G Cooke, J Cripps, T Ewart, A Humphrey, J H Mellor, and W A Stevenson.

The Executive Officer (Mr F M Burton) read a reply from the Divisional Commissioner with reference to the protest of the Rugby Grocers’ Association against the regulation requiring them to fill in various returns with regard to their stocks of bacon. The Commissioner pointed out that it was intended that these returns should form the basis for the allocation of further supplies. The authorities were fully aware of the difficulties as to staffs, &c, with which traders were confronted ; but they believed that, as they became more accustomed to these forms, the difficulties would disappear.—Mr Brooke said the Birmingham and West Bromwich grocers had refused to fill up the returns, and did not intend to do so ; in fact, traders all over the country were refusing, and had stated that no Government would make them do it.—Mr Tarbox : What has “ Dora ” got to say about that ?—The Executive Officer : Rugby is setting a very good example.—Mr Brooke : There is no place doing this as well as Rugby is.

The Executive Officer said there were between 100 and 150 retailers in the town, and only seven had failed to send in the returns.—Mr Cripps : The Government will have to deal with the grocers in the same way as they say they will the engineers.—The Chairman : In that case other men will be losing their exemptions, and will be sent into the Army.—Mr Brooke said if it was the wish of the committee the grocers would continue to fill up the forms.—The Chairman said it was the wish of the committee that this should be done. The association and the committee had made their protest, but the Ministry would not listen to them.—Mr Brooke said the whole of the work would be lost unless the returns were sent in everywhere, and this fact would strengthen their position if they refused to fill up the forms.

The Executive Officer read a communication to the effect that a new scheme for the distribution of cheese was to be put into effect on July 24th, from which date it was anticipated good supplies would be available.—Mr Cooke remarked that it was strange that there seemed to be a prospect of a surplus of cheese now that the price had advanced by 4d per lb. It was also very peculiar that a short time ago the public were told no fat was coming into the country ; whereas the price of margarine was now to be raised because it was said more fat was being used in making it.—Mr Brooke : At present prices it is impossible for traders to make their businesses pay.

The Executive Officer said he had received bacon and lard price lists from the Ministry of Food, and he had supplied each retailer with a copy.

With reference to the potatoes which it was reported had been supplied to a Yelvertoft baker for bread making, and which were either bad or growing out, a letter was read from the Divisional Commissioner, pointing out that if the potatoes were supplied in a diseased condition the committee should call upon the factor or grower either to make good the loss, or to supply a fresh quantity of potatoes. Committees should reject all potatoes which were not in accordance with the conditions of the purchase, and it was the duty of the factor to investigate all complaints and to obtain compensation from the grower.—Mr Cripps said he was of opinion that the purchaser was largely to blame for the condition of the potatoes, because he had neglected to take them out of the sacks.—Some discussion took place on this point ; but Mr Ewart, who had inspected the potatoes, said their condition suggested that they were bad when they were despatched. Many of them were quite squashy.—The Executive Officer was directed to take the necessary steps.

A Brandon dairy farmer wrote stating that he was giving up his business on September 28th, and after that date no milk would be delivered in Brandon and Wolston.—The Executive Officer confirmed this, and said the last man had been taken from the farm, in consequence of which the farmer was retiring. The ingoing tenant would not deliver milk.

On Saturday, July 20th, 14 licenses for the sale of meat without coupons were issued, and 550lbs of beef (an increase of 313lbs) and 100lbs of brawn were sold. The increase in the quantity of beef was due to the poor quality of the imported beef.—Mr Griffin said brawn was being sold without coupons in other towns, and he asked why they could not do the same in Rugby ?—The Executive Officer said brawn made from edible offal was coupon free, but for other brawn a coupon had to be surrendered.


An inquest was held on Saturday concerning the death of Col Ralph Harold Austin Sparks, R.A.F, Somerset House Clarendon Place, Leamington, which (as we reported last week) was causes by an aeroplane accident on Thursday.

The father of deceased, George Austin Sparks, 47 Hopton Road, Streatham, London, stated that his son was 37 years of age, and had been a pilot since 1915.

Capt Norman Brearley, R.A.F, deposed that on Thursday morning the deceased officer, was flying a machine, and until he reached a height of 300 feet the engine worked satisfactorily. At this altitude Col Austin Sparks turned the machine to the left. The pilot apparently had engine trouble, for he made another turn to the left, which brought him into the wind. This turn started the machine spinning, and it nose dived, crashed to the ground, and burst into flames, which were caused by the petrol tank bursting and flooding the hot engine. Witness gave technical explanations as to how the spinning might have been started ; and, in reply to a juryman, said the deceased had only been in the air a minute before the accident happened, but the engine would be hot enough to ignite the petrol before the machine left the ground.

Air Mechanic Arthur William Spinks deposed that he examined the engine on the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning before the accident, and it was then in perfect order. When Col Austin Sparks had reached an altitude of 50 or 70 feet the engine began to splutter, but witness could not account for this.

Surgeon-Major Chester Collins deposed that he visited the spot a few minutes after the accident. The deceased officer was in a semi-sitting position in the burning machine. The heat was so great that it was impossible for the helpers to get near enough to render assistance, but witness satisfied himself that the officer was dead. The flames were about 12 feet high, and the lower portion of the deceased’s body was pinned under the engine, so that, although several of the men made the attempt and received serious burns in so doing, it was impossible to extricate the body until the flames had been subdued by fire extinguishers. Witness afterwards found that the injuries were such that death must have been instantaneous.

A verdict of, “ Accidental death ” was returned, and the Coroner and Jury expressed sympathy with the father and wife of the deceased officer.


DANIELS.—In ever-loving remembrance of Corpl. LEONARD GORDON DANIELS, Grenadier Guards, who died of wounds in Belgium on August 4, 1917, aged 19 years.—“ We shall remember whilst the light lasts, and in the darkness we shall not forget.”—Always in the thoughts of his loving Mother, Father, Brothers, Grandmas and Grandpas.

DUNCUFF.—In ever-loving memory of ARTHUR FRANCIS DUNCUFF, who died of wounds in France on August 3, 1916.—Never forgotten by his Wife.

DUNCUFF.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother, ARTHUR FRANCIS DUNCUFF, who died of wounds in France on August 3, 1916.—Sadly missed by his Mother, Father, Brother and Sister.

GOODMAN.—In loving memory of our two dear sons, Gunner FRED GOODMAN, R.F.A., who died from wounds received in action on August 3, 1916. aged 20 years ; also his brother. Pte. W. G. GOODMAN, 1st Royal Warwicks, killed in action on August 27, 1914, aged 29, at the Retreat from Mons.
“ Father in Thy tender keeping.
Leave we there our dear sons sleeping.”
—From their loving Father and Mother.

GURNEY.—In ever-loving memory of our dear son, Pte. HARRY GURNEY, of Church Lawford, who was killed in action on July 30, 1916.
Somewhere in France there is a nameless grave.
Where sleeps our loved one amongst the brave ;
But the unknown grave is the bitterest blow,
None but his loved ones ever know.”
—From Mother, Father, Brothers and Sister.

HOWKINS.—In ever-loving memory of Lieut. MAURICE HOWKINS, West Riding, R H.A., of Hillmorton Grounds, Rugby, who fell at the victory of Romani, Egypt, August 4. 1916, aged 22 years.
“ Call their names o’er, leave them not
In the shade as those forgot ;
Tender thought to them we give,
At the touch whereof ‘THEY LIVE’.”

LEE.—In loving and affectionate memory of Sergt HAROLD LEE, 10th Warwickshire Regiment, who died in France on August 6, 1916, from wounds received in action on July 23rd. Interred in a cemetery near Treport.
“ Sweet is the memory he left behind
Of a life that was manly, clean, and kind ;
His fight is fought, he has gained his rest ;
We remember dear Harold as one of the best.”
—Inserted by his Friends.

PRESTON.—In loving memory of Rifleman JACK PRESTON, 7th K.R.R., who was killed in action on July 30, 1915.
“ In life loving much, he was greatly beloved,
And in death deeply mourned.”
—From Father, Mother, and Sisters.

REDFEARN.—In loving memory of Rifleman JOSEPH CHARLES REDFEARN, 7th K.R.R.C., who died of wounds on July 21, 1915. Buried in Lyssenthork Cemetery.—“ To live in the hearts of those they leave behind, is not to die.”—From Wife and Daughters (Thame).

REYNOLDS.—In loving memory of Sergt GEORGE REYNOLDS, killed in action on July 31, 1917 ; also of Pte. HARRY REYNOLDS, died of wounds on August 12, 1917, in France.—From Father, Mother, and. Sisters.

SHAW.—In loving memory of Pte. J. G. SHAW, of the R.W.R., second son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Shaw, of Coventry Road, Dunchurch, who was killed in action in France on August 1, 1916, aged 26 years.
“ Days of sadness still come o’er us,
Tears in silence often flow,
Thinking of the day we lost you ;
Just two years ago.
Too far away thy grave to see,
But not too far to think of thee.”
—From his loving Father, Mother, Brothers, and Sisters.

SMITH.—In loving memory of HERBERT SMITH, K.R.R., killed in action in Flanders on July 30, 1915.
“ God took our loved one from our home,
But never from our hearts.”
Sadly missed by his loving Father, Sisters and Brothers.

27th Apr 1918. Can a Greengrocer Substitute a Blacksmith?


At a sitting of this Tribunal on Wednesday there were present : Messrs H W Wale (chairman), K Rotherham, W Johnson, jun, A Craig, and S J Dicksee. Mr T Meredith was the National Service representative.


The appeal of Thomas White (18, general service), Dunchurch, blacksmith, assisting his father, which had been adjourned to see whether a substitute could be found, was next heard ; and addressing the father, the Chairman said : “ Whether you have a substitute or not, the boy will have to go.”—Mr Meredith explained that Major Neilson, who knew the case very well, was of opinion that, although the man was passed for general service, he should not be taken without a substitute being provided, because the firm did a good deal of agricultural work.—The Chairman said, as Mr White’s family had such a patriotic record, one son having been killed and another was serving, they wished to help him, but were they to keep this boy out of the Army until the National Service Department found a substitute ?—Mr Meredith : It is hardly our job ; it is for the Labour Exchange.—It was mentioned that the next appellant—Howard James Allkins, greengrocer (39, B2), Wolston—had been suggested as substitute.—Allkins, however, said he went to see Mr White, who expressed doubt as to whether he would be of any use, because he knew nothing of the business. It would be twelve months, he added, before he could put nail in a shoe.—Mr White explained that shoeing was a funny job. Some of the big horses he had to shoe might injure, if they did not kill, a man who was not used to the work.—The Chairman : we realise that.—Mr White : It would be a case of me picking his pocket and he picking mine.—Mr Meredith : I cannot see how a greengrocer can substitute a blacksmith. He might lame a horse for life.—The Chairman said but for the fact that Mr White had lost a son in the service of his country this man would have had to go a long time ago. They would adjourn the case for a month, but he had been asked to point out that whether Mr White was successful or unsuccessful in finding a substitute, there was no doubt as to what would happen then. Therefore, in his own interests and in the interest of the country, he urged Mr White to do his best to get someone. The Labour Exchange would help him very materially.—The case of Allkins was adjourned for a re-examination.


Pte A E Palmer, Royal Warwicks, of 11 Adam Street, New Bilton, was wounded at La Bassee on april 15th with a bullet wound in his left thigh.

Pte G E Higham, Royal Warwicks, of New Bilton, has been severely wounded in the buttock. He was formerly employed by the G.C Railway.

Pte Albert Coaton, Machine Gun Battalion, son of Mr C Coaton, Grosvenor Road, has been wounded by a bullet in the left knee.

Gunner Norman Atkinson, H.A.C, second son of Mr J H Atkinson, of 37 Windsor Street, has been reported wounded and missing. Prior to joining the Army he was an apprentice at the B.T.H. He was an O.L. And Old Murrayian.

Mr & Mrs J Haggar, of 10 Alexandra Road, Rugby, have received news that their son, Corpl W Haggar, Worcestershire Regiment, has been missing since March 21st. Corpl Haggar was, prior to joining the Forces, employed at the B.T.H.

Gunner A E Moore, R.F.A, has been badly gassed, and is in hospital at Etaples. This is the second time he has been gassed, and last Christmastime he was buried for a time by debris thrown up by a shell. He is the only son of Mr and Mrs E Moore, 100 Grosvenor Road, and was an apprentice at the B.T.H when called up.

Pte Alfred Elson, Hampshire Regiment, who enlisted at the out break of the war, giving up a position at the B.T.H Works, Rugby, has died of wounds received in action. He had been previously wounded, and returned to France last year. He was again due for leave when the offensive started, in which he received severe gunshot wounds, from which he died on April 6. He was of a bright and cheerful disposition, and will be missed by a large circle of friends.

The death from wounds received on April 12th of 2nd Lieut R V Wilson has now been confirmed in a letter from his commanding officer to Mr J G Wilson of York Street. The letter states that Lieut Wilson “ was a most gallant officer, and showed promise of becoming a good leader ; in spite of his youth he had command of a company in action under difficult conditions, and was one of the most capable officers in the Battalion. His brother officers loved him.” The deceased officer was educated at the Elborow and Lower Schools. Intending to become a member of the scholastic profession, he became a student teacher at Eastlands Boys’ School. In May, 1916, he joined the H.A.C, and served in France. Later he accepted a Commission with the 1/7 R.W.R. The news of his untimely end was keenly felt by boys and staff of Eastlands School and by all who knew his cheerful personality. It seems that his battalion was attached at 6 a.m, and at 7 a.m he was sent forward to relieve another officer, and reached the post alright, but was almost immediately wounded by machine gun fire. When being carried back he was full of cheerfulness and of regret that he had to leave the field.

Capt G Gray, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was reported missing on March 26th, is a prisoner of war in Minden.

L-Corpl H Warland, 23rd Royal Fusiliers, son of Mr W Warland, Crick, who was reported as missing on   March 25th, is now known to be a prisoner of war. Prior to joining the Army two years ago, he was employed at the B.T.H.

Mr A G Cox, Kenilworth Home, Poplar Grove, has received official intimation that his son, 2nd Lieut A G Cox, reported missing 23rd March, is a prisoner of war. The camp in which he is interned is not known.


L-Cpl B Holmes, R.W.R, of Rugby, has been awarded the D.C.M. He has acted as a company runner for over two years, and he has been in the majority of actions in which his battalion has taken part. He has always proved himself most reliable, and on many occasions has taken messages through very heavy fire, displaying singular devotion to duty.

Bombardier (Acting Corporal) W E Stay, R.C.A, of Rugby, has been awarded the D.C.M for “ showing great ability on all occasions in supervising the maintenance of the Battery lines, frequently carrying out repairs fearlessly in face of very severe bombardment by high explosive and gas shells.”


Those who are interested in war films will have an opportunity of seeing a free display of actual war films in the Market Place, Rugby, on Monday, May 16th. The show, which is arranged by the Ministry of National Service, will be explained by men who have fought, and will take place at 8.30 p.m.


W GILBERT, son of Mr T Gilbert, was one of those who volunteered to take part in the naval raid on Zeebrugge. He was engineer on one of the motor boats engaged. Although several missiles passed through the little craft none of the crew was hit, and all reached the base safely.

FIVE TIMES WOUNDED.—Mr and Mrs Hedgcock have been informed that their only son, Sergt Hedgcock, has been wounded in the shoulder, which has been fractured. This is the fifth time Sergt Hedgcock has been wounded.


THE sad news was received here last week of the death of Corpl G W Wall, grandson of Mr & Mrs Matthew Wall. He was badly wounded in France, and died soon afterwards in hospital. He had lately been home on leave. He enlisted soon after the War broke out, and joined the Coldstream Guards. At the beginning of December, 1914, he was sent to France. He was wounded in September, 1916, and was for a time in Coventry Hospital. In May, 1917, he was sent back to the firing line, and saw active service. On March 28th he spent an hour at his old school, where he was gladly welcomed by scholars and teachers. Before commencing his sermon on Sunday afternoon, the Rev A E Esau spoke very touchingly of him.

MISSING—Official intimation has been received by Mr Frank Goode of Broadwell that his son, Pte William Goode, of the M.G Corp, is a prisoner of war in Germany, and wounded. Before joining up he was the Secretary of the local lodge of Oddfellow.

MILTARY MEDAL.—The Military Medal has been awarded Pte Augustus Horne, Northumberland Fusiliers, for conspicuous bravery in the field at Hargicourt on September 11,1917.


The supply of fat stock in Rugby Cattle Market on Monday was very short, but on representations being made to the Area Meat Agent a load of beast and two loads of sheep were sent from Stourbridge Market. The difference, as usual, will have to be made up with imported meat.


In explanation of the notice in your last week’s issue on the subject of the Rugby School “ farming ” squads, Dr David wishes me to say that the terms mentioned had reference to potato planting. For this work a large number of boys have had some training in the working of their own potato fields last year and this spring and the Army Canteen fields in Devonshire. Terms and conditions for help in other agricultural work, such as hoeing, &c, can be arranged later on.

In case a farmer needs a planting squad within a radius of six miles from Rugby School during the next fortnight or so will he, in applying to me, please state : (a) The exact locality of his potato field ; (b) the number of boys required ; (c) whether the squad should bring knives for cutting ungraded seed and a few bucket, if available ?

In working our own School potato field I have found it best to organise a large squad in the morning, say 9.30 a.m to 1 o’clock, so that the boys can pick out twitch from the rows (already opened), cut up potatoes, when ungraded, and plant, and so leave the horses plenty of work for afternoon ; but, no doubt, each farmer has his own method and convenience.

“ Mayfield,” Rugby.


BARNWELL.—Sec.-Lieut. G. W. BARNWELL, K.O.Y.L.I., dearly-beloved husband of Mrs. Barnwell, 97 Grosvenor Road, killed action in France, April 13th.

BURTON.—In loving memory of ALFRED JOSEPH BURTON, aged 30 ; killed in action on April 5, 1918.—From his sorrowing Father, Mother and Family, and fiancee, Alice Kennard.

NOBLE.—Killed in action on March 29, 1918, Gunner JOSEPH WILLIAM HARRISON NOBLE, aged 27 years, beloved son of Mr. & Mrs. J. F. Noble, Braunston. Deeply lamented.

THOMPSON.—On April 12th, at Dar es Salaam, East Africa, Pte. FREDERICK THOMAS THOMPSON, A.S.C., dearly beloved and eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Thompson, of 7 Albert Street, Milverton (late of Rugby). Died of dysentry.
“ He sleeps, not in his native land,
But under foreign skies ;
Far from those who loved him best,
In hero’s grave he lies.”
—From his loving Father and Mother, Brothers and Sisters, and fiancee, Nellie.


BIDDLES.—In ever dear and affectionate remembrance of EVAN PERCY BIDDLES, 50th Brigade, R.F.A. (late of Estancia Loma-Pora, Republic del Paraguay), who died in the 103rd Field Ambulance from Gas poisoning received during night of April 22nd, 1917. Buried next day in the little Military Cemetery at Haute Aveanes, Aubigny-en-Artois, 6 miles N.W. of Arras.—“ Pro patria mori.”

BULL.—In loving and affectionate remembrance of Bombardier BULL (TOM), the dearly beloved son of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Bull, Southam Road Farm, Napton ; killed in France on May 3, 1917 ; aged 18.
“ A loving son and faithful brother,
One the best towards his mother.
He bravely answered duty’s call,
And gave his life for one ans all.”
—From his loving Father, Mother & Sisters.

CLEAVER.—In loving memory of Pte. W. T. CLEAVER, R.W.R., eldest son of J. Cleaver, 17 East Street, who died of wounds in France on April 25th of last year.
“ One year has passed since that sad day.
I often sit and think of him, think of how he died.
To think he could not say ‘ Good-bye ‘ before he closed his eyes.”
—From his sorrowing Father and Mother, Brother and Sister.

DAVIS.—In loving memory of Pte. R DAVIS (ROLAND), who was killed in action in France in the Battle of Arras on April 27, 1916.—Sadly missed by his loving Father, Mother, Brother and sisters.

GREEN.—In loving memory of my dear husband, WALTER GREEN, killed in France April 27th, 1917, aged 29 years.
We think of him in silence,
His name we oft re-call ;
But there’s nothing left to answer,
But his dear photo on the wall.
—From loving wife and child.

GREEN.—In ever-loving memory of Pte. WALTER GREEN, youngest son of Mr and Mrs. Henry Green, Broadwell, killed in action in France April 25, 1917. “Until we meet.”
—From his loving Father and Mother, Brothers and Sister.

GREEN.—In memory of Pte. JOHN HENRY GREEN, the loving husband of Elizabeth Green, who died April 26.1915.
“ Sleep on, beloved, and take try rest ;
We loved you well, but God loved you best.”
—Sadly by all. From his loving Wife and Children, Mother, Father, Sister and Brothers.

GRIFFITH.—In loving memory of our dear Son and brother, HERBERT, who was killed in action on April 27, 1915, at Ypres.
“ We think of him in silence,
His name we oft recall ;
But there nothing left to answer
But his photo the wall.
We have lost him, we who loved him ;
And, like others, must be brave,
For we know that he is sleeping
In a British soldier’s grave.
—From Parents, Brother and Sisters (Kilsby).

JONES.—In ever-loving memory of Corpl. D. J. JONES who was killed in action in France on April, 29, 1917.
Loved one gone but not forgotten,
And as dawns another year,
In our lonely hours of thinking,
Thoughts of him are always dear.
—From his loving Father, Mother, Brother & Sisters, and Mill.

OWEN.—In loving memory of Pte. GEO. ERNEST (TOS), Wolston, 1st R.W.R., who was reported missing, since presumed killed, at Ypres, April 25th, 1915.
Though he was only a private soldier
He died a British son ;
He died on the field of battle,
His duty was nobly done.
The hardest part in yet to come,
When the other lads return,
And we miss among the cheering crowd
The face of him we love.
—Sadly missed by all.

WELCH.—In loving memory of our brother-in-law, Pte. E. WELCH, Oxford and Bucks L.I., who was killed in France on April 29, 1917.—Never forgotten by Erne and Ethel Lenton, 64 Wood Street.

WELCH.—In loving memory of ERNEST EDWARD WELCH, who fell in action on April 29, 1917 ; aged 36.
“ We pictured your safe returning,
And longed to clasp your hand ;
But God postponed that meeting ;
It will be in the Better Land.”
—Not forgotten by his Mother and Sisters.

WELCH.—In remembrance of Lance-Corpl. E. E. WELCH who was killed in action on April 28, 1917. “ Gone but not forgotton.”—From his loving Wife and Daughters.

YOUNG.—In loving memory of our dear and only son, Pte. W. C. YOUNG (BILLY), who was killed in action in Salonika on April 24, 1917, in the 25th year of his age. Dearly loved and deeply mourned.
“ The midnight star shines o’er the grave
Of our dear son and soldier brave.
How dear, how brave, we shall understand
When we meet again in the Better land.
—From his Father and Mother and Sisters (Pinfold Street, New Bilton).


12th Jan 1918. Rugby Hero Decorated


A pleasing ceremony was perfumed, in the Lower School field on Sunday morning, when, in the presence of several thousand people, including the members of the Discharged Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Association, Lance-Corpl Enticott, Oxon and Bucks L.I, son of Mr J Enticott, of 60 Union Street, was decorated by Lieut-Col F F Johnstone with the Military Medal and bar and the D.C.M.

Before making the presentation Lieut-Col Johnstone said it gave him very great pleasure to be amongst soldiers again, and more especially to be amongst men who had served their country and taken their part in this terrible War. Many of those on parade had been wounded, and they would all be very pleased to see those decorations conferred upon a man who had behaved most gallantly in the War. He noticed that several present had also distinguished themselves, and had been awarded the D.C.M, and no one would accord greater praise to Lance-Corpl Enticott than those men who had also conducted themselves well. Lance-Corpl Enticott had most conspicuously distinguished himself on several occasions, and had won the Military Medal for “ conspicuous bravery on the field and dressing the wounded and heavy shell fire on September 15, 1916, on the Somme.” He was awarded a bar to this medal for “ conspicuous conduct on May 3, 1916, in the Battle of Warnecourt, for dressing the wounded and getting them away under heavy shell fire.” He was also warded the D.C.M for, on August 23rd, at Hooge, going through two barrages—our own and the German—into a wood to fetch out the wounded and getting them away under heavy fire on August 24, 1917. Having pinned the decorations on Lance-Corpl Enticott’s breast, Lieut-Col Johnstone reminded them that nn man could have greater love than he who was willing to risk his life or give it up for his friend ; and although he was glad to say that Lance-Corpl Enticott had not given up his life, he had risked it a number of times. They were glad to see the return of such a noble soldier ; they trusted that he would have good luck in the future and a happy life ; and as he had to go back to the front, they also hoped that he would be protected and brought back safely to Rugby.

Lance-Corpl Enticott, in a brief, soldierly speech, returned thanks for his warm reception. He hoped soon to be living amongst them again, and that the War would finish during the coming year.

Hearty cheers were then given for Lance-Corpl Enticott, after which the company dispersed.

Lance-Corpl Enticott is an old St Matthew’s boy and a former member of the 1st Rugby Company Boys’ Brigade, and his old Captain, Mr W F Wood, was present during the ceremony.


The latest list of recipients of the Military Cross contains the name of Lieut Neville Hands, R.W.R, second son of Mr & Mrs F E Hands, Sheep Street. Lieut Hands, who is an Old Laurentian, enlisted in the 7th R.W.R as a private, and after a period of active service he was given a commission in March, 1916. He returned to France in the following September, and after taking part in the fighting on the Somme, he was appointed sniping and intelligence officer. He is now in charge of a Sniping Corps in Italy.


The last list of awards of the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field includes the name of Corpl W E Stay, Royal Garrison Artillery, son of Mr F Stay, 99 Grosvenor Road, Rugby. Corpl Stay is a former scholar of Matthew’s School, and the fourth old boy of that school to obtain this honour, previous recipients being the late Sergt W Bale, Lance-Corpl J Enticott, and Pte A Norman.


Lieut W S Stebbing, R.W.R, has been recently mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches for gallantry on the Western Front.

Bombardier A C Dandridge, son of Mr & Mrs C Dandridge. Railway Terrace, has been mentioned in despatches for distinguished service in the field. Before joining the Colours he was employed by the Urban District Council. He is an “ old boy ” of the St Matthew’s School.

The death occurred at Genoa Hospital, Italy, on Christmas Day, of Pte William Murphy, 3rd Royal Warwicks, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Wm Murphy, of 101 South Street, Rugby, The deceased, who was 19 years of age, enlisted eighteen months ago on attaining the age of 18. He served in France, from whence he was invalided for a time, but returned to France, and thence to Italy.

Pte A W Kinzett, M.G.C, son of Mr & Mrs E Kinzett, Wolverton Fields, Stratford-on-Avon, died of wound received in action on December 2nd. He was a native of Dunchurch, and was educated at the Village School. Formerly employed at the Daimler Works, Coventry, he joined the Royal Warwicks in June, 1915. He went to France in the following April, and was invalided home in December, He was subsequently transferred to the M.G.C. and returned to France last April.

ROLL OF HONOUR.—Referring in the Parish Magazine to the death of Pte Chris Eccles, Royal Warwicks, at the front, the Rector Writes :— “ The memory of him will live on. A Bilton man, a familiar figure, a kindly disposition, and a generous heart made him well known to all in the village, while he was no less well known in the Parish Church, where he fulfilled the duties of a sidesman with diligence and affection. We miss him greatly.
Pte Ernest Cox is now reported missing.

OUR SOLDIERS.—Pte G Johnson, who was severely wounded in the arm and thigh and has been in hospital in France for some months, passed away on Friday last week. He was 35 years of age, and leaves a widow and one child.

We recently announced that Lance-Corpl Harwood F Hancox had been transferred from his prison camp in Germany to Switzerland, and this week Mr J R Barker, hon secretary of the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee, has received the following letter from him, dated December 28, 1917, in which he says : —“ I now take the pleasure of answering your kind letter, hoping you had a happy Christmas, as I can assure I and my comrades in Interlaken enjoyed ours. We had a good dinner and supper. After supper a concert was given, which was very good, our artistes being British soldiers, Canadians, and Australians. In the interval was the distribution of her Majesty Queen Mary’s gifts, also cigarettes from the English colony at Geneva. We had three quarters of an hour for dancing, which, after three years behind barbed wire, was a great treat to us. I think from the time your committee was first formed for the Rugby district I received your parcels fairly regularly. Of course, sometimes I might miss a week, and then got two sent on the next week, as I went from Soltau Lager to Lichtenhorst Lager in March, 1915, and all our parcels had to be addressed to Soltau for some time, as that was the headquarter camp. Afterwards we got them addressed direct to Lichtenhorst, where I remained till March, 1916, when I was sent on a farm with five more, but we always had our parcels sent through every week, and they were mostly in a good condition. I do not think I had more than four or five damaged. I am still getting the parcels sent on from Germany to me. I must thank you, the Rugby Committee, and all helpers for the great kindness the prisoners have received. If it had not been for the help in food and clothing there would not be many alive to tell the tale. You would not believe the number of Russians that have died through starvation. I was never with any Rugby men after I left Munster Lager. We had about 150 men join us here to-day from Germany, and they looked as if they had seen very hard times. I now close with best wishes to you and your committee. Wishing all ‘ A Happy New Year.’”


Corpl F Evans, 11th Rifle Brigade, whose home is at 13 James Street, Rugby, has written home to say he is a prisoner of war and interned at Wahn, but will shortly be removed to another camp.

Corpl S T Smith, K.R.R.C, is a prisoner of war in Germany, inturned at Dulmen. Corpl Smith’s home is at Barby, where he worked for Mr Thomas Pittom, and was also in the choir of Barby Church.

Sergt R G Elkington, K.R.R.C, son of Mrs W Elkington, Long Lawford, is a prisoner of war prisoner of war in Germany, inturned at Dulmen. He worked at Rugby Gas Works. He joined up in September, 1914, had been in France 2½ years. In April last he was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and personal bravery in the storming of the village of Metz.

Corpl J C Barclay, North Staffs Regt, who was recently reported prisoner of war, has now been transferred from Wahn to Dulmen.

These men have all been handed over to the care of the Rugby Prisoners of War Committee, and the Hon Secretary, Mr J R Barker, is arranging for the dispatch of standard food parcels and bread to them.

In addition to Bandsman Rowe and L-Corpl Harwood, F Hancox, Pte P Gamble Davis, of Dunchurch, and Pte P Mace, of Hillmorton, have also been transferred to Switzerland, where they will be well cared for.

Pte C Bragg, Royal Warwicks, whose home is at Brinklow, has succeeded in escaping from his internment camp in Germany, and has arrived in England.

Pte Bert Holmes, Royal Warwicks, son of Mrs Everington, 47 Wood Street, Rugby, has been reported missing since November 20th. Apprenticed at Willans & Robinson’s, he joined up immediately on the outbreak of war, and had been in France since November, 1914. He was last seen wounded and lying in a shell hole. A search party sent out failed to find him, and it is believed he is a prisoner of war. Holmes was an old Murray School boy.

The number of men now on the Rugby list who still have to be provided for is 77, the cost being £213 13s 6d every four weeks.


Of our airmen on the Western Front the names of two who have met with remarkable success recur constantly in conversation among flying men in France, at home, and even overseas. One is Capt J Byford McCudden, M.C., of London. So far he has brought down 34 German machines.

The other man is Capt Philip Fletcher Fullard, D.S.O, M.C. He is a fine, upstanding young fellow, who loves every form of sport. Next to flying, football is his favourite recreation and in a game in which he took part in France a few weeks ago he sustained a fractured leg. The accident necessitated a stay in a London hospital from which he has just been discharged, and checked his record of air triumphs.

Capt Fullard went fresh from school into an Officers’ Training Corps. He has flown in France for about six months, and during that time has brought down 42 enemy machines and three balloons. In a single day he brought down four German aeroplanes—his record day’s “ bag.” On another occasion he and another airman brought down seven enemy machines before breakfast, Fullard accounting for three of them. Up to the middle of October the squadron to which he belongs had brought down 200 enemy machines, and their number now stands at about 250. The outstanding feature of Capt Fullard’s record is the few casualties his “ flight ” has suffered. For three months he worked with the same flight of six pilots without a casualty among them, and in that time they brought down more enemy machines than any other flight in France. He has a narrow escape when fighting a German two-seater, his goggles being shot away from his eyes. The Very lights in his machine caught fire and set the woodwork of the aeroplane alight, but he managed to get his burning machine back to the British lines. Capt Fullard respects the fighting capacity of the Boche airman, and considers they are good in a tight corner.

Capt Fullard, is the son of the late Mr Thomas Fletcher Fullard, of Hatfied, and Mrs Fullard, who now lives at Rugby. He was educated at Norwich Grammar School, and in 1915 joined the Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps. Passing high in his examination, he was offered a commission in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, but was selected as suitable for flying work, and joined the Royal Flying Corps. He went to Upavon, and was given a post as instructor there. In April, 1917, he was sent to the front. He has gained the D.S.O and the Military Cross, with a bar.



At the first meeting of the Rugby and Crick Joint Committee on the 22nd ult, there were present : Mrs Anderson, Mrs Draper, Mrs Neilson, Mrs Peet, Mrs Townsend, Rev R S Mitchison, and Messrs A Appleby, J Cripps, J C Harrison, H Tarbox, A T Watson, and W Woodward.

H Tarbox was unanimously appointed Chairman of the Joint Committee, and Mr F Fellows Executive Officer and Enforcement Officer for the joint district.

A circular was received giving details of the Milk Priority Scheme which the Government propose should be adopted in the districts where there is a shortage of milk, and consideration of this matter was adjourned so that each member might receive a print. A Finance Committee was appointed, consisting of the Chairman and Messrs A Appleby and J Cripps.

Applications were received from bakers in the district for a supply of potatoes (for use in bread) and as the applications were from a very small proportion of bakers, it was resolved that the Commissioner for the district to be asked whether there was any likelihood of the use of potatoes in bread being made compulsory upon the bakers in this area. It was pointed out that this is a fairly large potato-growing district, and a good proportion were of varieties that would not keep, and it would be better for the potatoes to be used in this way rather than they should be allowed to bad and waste. The Executive Officer was directed to arrange for supplies of potatoes to the bakers who applied for them.

A number of certificates were granted to retailers of meat, and the Executive Officer pointed out that apparently these applications were from shopkeepers who sold sausages.

A number of letters were received from the Secretary of Food Economy Sub-committee in the district asking for leaflets and for arrangements to be made for speakers to address meetings, and for cookery demonstrations. The Executive Officer promised to send leaflets, and to ask Mr W E Lovsey, of Birmingham, the Assistant Divisional Commissioner, if he would come into this area and address meetings.

The question of the distribution in the Rural area of margarine commandeered in the Urban District was fully discussed, and the Committee is taking up this matter with the Urban authorities.



A meeting of butchers of the town and district to consider a new order concerning the supplies of meat was held at the Benn Buildings on Tuesday morning. Mr H Tarbox presided, and there was a good attendance.

A memorandum from the Divisional Commissioner was read to the effect that in future all meat retailers will only be allowed to receive 50 per cent. of the quantity sold by them in October last, and pointing out that particulars of the weekly meat supplies required by butchers in the district should be forwarded to the Auctioneer-Chairman of the Cattle Purchase Committee, but any serious complaints or difficulties should be reported to the Live Stocks Sub-Commissioner for the County, Mr H F Knightley, Sheep Street, Stratford-on-Avon. Dead meat, either home-killed or frozen, hitherto purchased from wholesalers, must continue to be obtained through the same channel as far as possible. “ It seems probable,” the Commissioner continued, “ that Local Food Control Committees will be required to take an active part in meat distribution, and if the matter is one that affects your area to any great extent I suggest that you make arrangements accordingly.”

A copy of the form which each retailer has to fill up weekly was also produced.

Mr Reeve drew attention to the fact that the dead cattle did not yield the percentage of meat that it should do, and instead of paying 1s 2½d per lb for their meat, they were really paying 1s 4¼d ; but the Chairman pointed out that the new regulations were to ensure that they obtained a supply of meat. It had nothing to do with the price.—Mr Reeve : But there is no use for us to stop in our shops to sell meat at a loss, as we are doing at present. It is hard to think that we have got to cut meat at a loss to feed the public. Sheep are 2s per lb ; and how are we to get a living at that price ? He pointed out that some butchers only had one small beast per week ; and if, in consequence of this supply being cut down by half they had to close their shops, would other butchers be allowed more meat to supply his customers ?—Mr Burton replied in the affirmative.—In reply to Mr Waite, the Chairman said if the butchers neglected to make their returns they would probably find themselves without any meat.—The butchers present, however, expressed themselves as willing to do all they could in the matter ; and two committees to assist the Executive Officers were appointed, viz : Urban District, Messrs H V Wait and C W Clayson ; Rural District, Messrs Wooley (Dunchurch) and B Page (Wolston). Mr A H Reeve was nominated to receive beasts consigned to the Rugby butchers by the Authorities.

SOLDIER’S WONDERFUL ESCAPE.—An Army Sergeant travelling on the Euston to Scotland express on Friday evening in last week had a wonderful escape from death. When the train, which was travelling at about seventy miles an hour, was near Stow tunnel, a few miles south of Weedon, the man accidentally fell out. The accident was reported by some comrades on arriving at Rugby, and Night Stationmaster Walton immediately left with a search train and an ambulance party. In the meantime the soldier had regained consciousness and had walked to the Heyford signal-box. He was conveyed to Rugby and taken to the Hospital of St Cross, where his injuries, which consisted mainly of severe cuts on the head, were attended to.

Call and see the many testimonials of lives saved
SOLE AGENT: CHAS. T. TEW, TAILOR, 7 Regent Street, Rugby.


MURPHY.—In loving memory of WILLIAM, the eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Murphy, of 101 South Street, Rugby, who died in Genoa Hospital, Italy, at the early age of 19, on December 25, 1917.
“ Oh ! how sadly we shall miss him ;
There will a vacant place.
We shall never forget his footsteps,
Or his dear, familiar face.”
—From his loving Father, Mother, Sister & Brothers.

Stay, Arthur George. Died 21st Sep 1917

Arthur George STAY was born in Rugby in late 1883 or early 1884, his birth being registered there in the 4th Quarter of 1883.

He was the eldest of three sons of Stephen Stay [born in Longham; whose birth was registered in Q1, 1853 at Wimborne 5a, 284], and his wife, Mary Ann, née Hartnell [b.c.1854, Trull, Taunton]. They had married at Trull, Taunton on 27 December 1882. His father was a ‘plasterer’ and before 1883 they had moved to, and were living in Queen Street, Rugby.

Arthur was baptised on 20 April 1884 in Bilton, Rugby. His two younger brothers, Walter Edward [b. 10 June 1885], and Alfred William were both baptised later on 31 October 1886 at St Matthew’s church, Rugby.

In 1871, Arthur’s father, Stephen Stay, was a plasterer’s apprentice, aged 17, and lodging and working with another plasterer in Ringwood. He was later known for a period as Frederick.   This caused considerable confusion when researching the family, however, he when he later remarried – once again as Stephen Stay – he stated that his father had also been Stephen Stay, a joiner, which probably explains why he was known as Frederick in his younger days.

In 1891, Arthur George was 7 and his father was now enumerated as ‘Frederick’ Stay. His two younger brothers, Walter E, and Alfred W, were aged 5 and 4 respectively.   They were living at 25 Queen Street, Rugby.

In 1901, both Arthur and his brother Alfred were at home with their mother. Their father was presumably away working, and seems to have missed being enumerated. Arthur was now 17 and an ‘Apprentice Plasterer’ and the family were living at 61 Claremont Road, Rugby. His brother Walter was following the family trade as a 15 year old plaster’s apprentice, and was boarding in Newmarket.

Sadly, in later 1904, Arthur’s mother, Mary Annie Stay, died in Rugby aged 51. Some three years later, on 28 September 1907, his widower father remarried, now again as Stephen Stay, a ‘Master Plasterer’, with a widow, Kate, née Taylor, Mills at the Parish Chapel, in St Pancras, London.

Arthur married on 6 June 1906 at Tempsford in Bedfordshire with Emily Scrivener; who had been born in Felmersham, Bedfordshire in about 1884.   They had three children, a son, Harold George Stay in late 1907 who was registered in Rugby; then a daughter, Bessie Eileen Stay who was born in 1909, and registered in Lutterworth; and then another son, Frederick John Stay, born on 21 September 1910 in Rugby. It seems that his wife later had returned to her home area and was living at Roxton, and that village is given as Arthur widow’s address on some documents.

For the 1911 census, Arthur’s father Stephan Stay, now 58, was with his second wife, Kate who was 41. They were living at 99 Grosvenor Road, Rugby; he was still a plasterer. His wife filled out the census return, which probably explains why she has entered his place of birth as ‘Old Eastbourne’ rather than the similarly sounding ‘[Old] Wimborne’.   Nellie Taylor who was a visitor, was possibly his wife’s, sister.

In 1911, Arthur was away from home, still working as a ‘Plasterer’ and in lodging with another plasterer at 37 Claremont Road, Romford, Essex. He was no doubt working on a contract in that area. His wife, Emily, and their three children, were at their home at 45 Lodge Road, Rugby. His brother, Walter, now 25, was working in Camberwell.

Arthur’s youngest brother Alfred also became a Plasterer and by 1911 had just married Nellie Ruth née Mill from Epsom and was living at The Firs, Welton.   They married on 1 August 1910, at West Fordington, Dorset, so maybe there was still a family connection to his father’s birth county.

With the outbreak of World War I, Arthur first joined up in Lambeth, London, originally as a Private, No.6341, in the ‘London Regiment’, although in which of its many Battalions is unknown.

He would later transfer, or be posted, to the 122nd Machine Gun Company as No.65340, and would later be promoted to Lance Corporal. He does not appear to have been awarded the 1915 Star, so it seems that he did not go to France until 1916, which would suggest he was with the 122nd MG Company when they first went to France.

The 122nd MG Company became part of the 122nd Brigade, 41st Division in May 1916. The Company War Diary[1] noted that the 122nd arrived at Le Havre at 5a.m. on 17 May 1916. They left for Rouen and arrived at Steenweerk by rail on 21 May. They undertook familiarisation training over the next few days. On 27 May they moved to Le Romarin, and then on 28 May to Ploegsteert.

July started quietly except for two NCOs being sent for Court Marshal for being drunk on duty!! The Acting Battery Sergeant Major was paraded and publicly reduced to the ranks – the other NCO was found not guilty.

They were later in action at the Battle of Flers-Coucelette [15-22 September 1916] and the Battle of Transloy Ridge [October 1916], these being the last two actions on the Somme. In 1917 they fought during the Battle of Messines; the Battle of Pilkem Ridge; the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge.[2]

The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, was part of the 3rd Battle of Ypres, and the 122nd Machine Gun Company’s War Diary gave some information on the actions in the month of September, before and after Arthur’s death.   It shows something of the training, constant movement and the fierce battle actions that the men endured:

1 to 6 September – the Company was training at Barringhem. Then until 13 September, one Section went to help make ready barrage preparations and various C.O.’s conferences were held whilst various further training took place.

14 September – ‘Company moved into billets at Le Nieppe.’

15 September – ‘Company moved into billets at La Rounlushille.’

16 September – ‘Company moved into camp at Shippewa Camp.   2 Section relieved 2 guns 194 Coy and 2 guns 116 Coy in the Line.’

17 September – ‘No 3 Section rejoined the Company …’.

18 September – ‘Nos 3 & 4 Sections reported at 4pm to the 11th R W Kents at Ridge Wood and Larch Wood. Company Headquarters moved into Hedge St. Tunnels. …’.

19 September – ‘… Sections … moved up to assembly positions in Bodmin Copse. Assembly complete by 12 mid-night.’

20 September – ‘3.40am, attack delivered on Tower Hamlets Ridge. All sections arrived at final positions with only 4 casualties. 12 noon R W Ks unable to hold on in Green Line owing to their right flank being exposed, withdrew and Srg O’Connor, commanding No 4 Section (2/Lt Wearne having been wounded) brought forward the two rear guns to cover the gap.   He remained in this exposed position till 6.0pm when he withdrew to the same line as the R.W.Ks.

21 September – ‘4.15 am – German counter attack delivered on right and left of Menin Road. The sub-section No.3 was wiped out & both guns destroyed and all of No.4 Section with the exception of 6 men became casualties through the heavy bombardment which preceded this counter-attack. Counter-attack was beaten off. 2/Lt Hale inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. 2/Lt Cantnell wounded. Reinforcements from reserve sub-section sent up to No.4. 7.0pm – Second counter-attack attempted, which never materialised.’

22 September – ‘Situation normal. 122 Inf. Bde. relieved out of the line by 116 Bde.’

23 September – ‘Situation normal. Relief expected but did not turn up.’

24 September – ‘Relieving Company arrived but owing to heavy shelling, no relief was possible till 6.30 am. Relief complete by 9.0am Company proceeded to Jackson’s Dump where limbers were waiting for the guns & then to Ridge Wood. Casualties in the line, 3 Officers + 52 ORs. 2.0pm Left Ridge Wood by bus for Eecre.   Transport followed from Millekreose and arrived in camp 8.30pm.’

It is not known exactly where and when on 21 September 1917 that Arthur was ‘Killed in Action’, but it must be assumed that he was probably in either in No.3 sub-section that was ‘wiped out’ or in No.4 Section, where all but six men were casualties.

His body was either never found, or was not identified. He is remembered on one of the Panels 154 to 159 and 163A of the Tyne Cot Memorial. The Tyne Cot Memorial is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient. Whereas those who died before 16 August 1917 are remembered on the Menin Gate, the United Kingdom servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot.

Arthur George Stay was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and is also commemorated on the Rugby Memorial Gates in Hillmorton Road, Rugby, and remembered on a family grave in the Clifton Road Cemetery, Rugby.

Probate was granted to his widow, Emily Stay, at London, Arthur was then recorded as ‘of Roxton, Bedfordshire’, his wife’s home village. His effects totalled £579-0-1d.

The Register of Effects[3] confirms his rank, number and date of death. His back pay owing of £2-5-1d was paid to his widow on 30 January 1918, and his War Gratuity of £4-10-0d was paid to her on 3 December 1919.

Both of Arthur’s brothers joined up, and both survived the War.

Arthur’s younger brother, Walter Edward Stay, joined up on 19 November 1914 at Gosport Regimental as No.53445 in the Royal Garrison Artillery [RGA] and had served in the 19th Siege Battery, RGA, and became an Acting Corporal.   He went to France on 25 June 1915 and served with some distinction and was awarded both the DCM [Distinguished Service Medal] on 1 January 1918 and the Belgian ‘Croix de Guerre’. His DCM was presented by Major General Franks on 6 October 1918.   He survived the war and his marriage to Elsie Agnes Francis (b.22 July 1892 in Shaftesbury St James, Dorset, but who had been resident in Bilton, Rugby in 1901 and 1911) was registered in Q3 1919 in West Ham, Essex. He died aged 84 in 1969 in the Salisbury area; his wife died at about the same date.

Arthur’s youngest brother, Alfred, joined up on 10 December 1915 into the Gloucester Regiment, and was later in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Private, No.39776 and was discharged on 27 November 1918.

Arthur’s father, ‘Stephen, otherwise Fred’ Stay of 18 Murray Road, Rugby, died on 19 May 1933, with probate, giving both first names as alternates, in London to the value of £932-19-1d, granted to his two surviving sons: Walter Edward Stay, still a plasterer, and Alfred William Stay, now an Inspector.



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This article on Arthur George STAY was researched and written for the Rugby Family History Group [RFHG] project, by John P H Frearson and is © John P H Frearson and the RFHG, July 2017.

[1]       The National Archives, UK, WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920, Various Infantry Brigades, 41st Division, Piece 2635: 122 Infantry Brigade – 122 Machine Gun Company (1916 – 1919).

[2]       Information from: http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/mgcompany.php?pid=10712.

[3]       UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929.