2nd Dec 1916. Courage on the Battlefield, Doctors Decorated


One of the doctors who have been recently decorated with the Military Cross is Captain Thomas Ainsworth Townsend, R.A.M.C, the only son of Mr Thomas Sutton Townsend, of Clifton Manor, and 68 Queen’s Gate, London, for many years a magistrate and county councillor for Warwickshire. Educated at Rugby, where he was in the School House under Dr James, and afterwards at New College, Oxford. Captain Townsend then went to Guy’s Hospital, where he took his medical degrees. In 1914 he was sent to Serbia, where he was surgeon under the Red Cross ; and in June, 1915, was given a commission in the 1st London Field Ambulance. In October the same year the War Office sent him to France as medical officer to the 24th Battalion of the London Regiment, whose surgeon had been killed in action, and with which he has been at work ever since.

Captain T A Townsend, R.A.M.C., received the medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed great courage and determination in rescuing several men, who had been buried, under heavy fire. On three previous occasions he had done very fine work.


A number of Zeppelins visited North and North-Eastern Counties during Monday and Tuesday night.

The casualties were slight, considering that the enemy craft dropped over a hundred bombs. There was one death—that of a woman from shock—and sixteen persons were injured. The material damage was not great, and no damage at all of military importance was done.

A daring raid on London by a hostile aeroplane was made about noon on Tuesday. Again the material damage was slight, and only nine persons were injured.

As a set-off to this two of the Zeppelins were brought down in flames and totally destroyed, together with their crews, and the aeroplane was accounted for by French aviators on its way home. The two officers on board had in their possession a large scale map of London.


The new official scheme for the co-ordination of relief to British prisoners of war came into operation yesterday (Friday). It will only be possible to send food parcels to prisoners through an authorised packing and distributing organisation or regimental care committee. As this scheme involves certain changes in the conditions under which parcels have hitherto been sent to Rugby and district men by the Rugby Prisoners of War Help Committee, it may be useful to state briefly the reasons for its adoption and its scope. For over eighteen months enough food has been sent from this country to feed a large number of Germans, in addition to the prisoners to whom it was addressed. It has also been proved that while very many prisoners received a dozen or more parcels a week, others received none. Then, too, unskilful packing and insufficient addressing made it impossible for thousands of parcels sent by private individuals to be delivered, the food, and money being consequently wasted. The contents of others were quite inadequate to sustain physical and mental strength. In these circumstances the War Office decided that regulations were necessary to secure for our men an adequate supply of food.

The Central Prisoners of War Committee have been entrusted with the administration of the new scheme, and every organisation must be authorised by them. The aim is to send to every man in German prison camps three parcels of food in the course of every 14 days, each parcel of a gross weight of 10lbs, in addition .to 13lbs of bread. The cost will be about 42s 6d per man per month.

Meetings of the Executive of the Rugby Committee have been held this week, and the Hon Secretary (Mr J Reginald Barker) was able to report that he had completed the necessary arrangements in connection with the local men on their list.

The men belong to 25 different regiments, and the Care Committee of each man’s unit have undertaken to pack and despatch, on behalf of the Rugby Committee, two of the parcels of foodstuffs every fortnight to each local prisoner of war, the third parcel being provided by the man’s regimental committee, until such time as the Rugby Fund is in a position to undertake the complete cost of all the parcels. The parcels will bear the name of the Rugby Committee on a special Red Cross label, and the men will acknowledge the receipt of same to Rugby as in the past. Mr Barker said he would continue to advise the prisoners of the coming of the panels subscribed for by their fellow-townsmen, and also keep the relatives informed of news he has from the men. The best way, therefore, in which relatives and friends can help is by subscribing to the Rugby Committee sums they would otherwise have spent on personal parcels.

The results hoped for from the scheme are that each prisoner shall receive an ample sufficiency of good food, while none goes to enemy destinations ; that the parcels guaranteed by the special Red Cross label shall pass to him quickly, unmolested and in good order, and that none of the great monetary expenditure now being made on behalf of men in captivity shall be wasted or mis-carried. It is essential that everyone interested in the welfare of their own townsmen should co-operate in the scheme. As an example which might well be followed, Mr Barker mentioned that of the staff of the Rugby (L.N.W.R) Erecting Shop. Every Friday for over four months they have had a “ whip round,” and have been able to hand him for the Rugby Fund 18s per week, in addition to an organised effort producing over £10. The employees at the Rugby Steam Shed had also rendered excellent assistance.

The Executive hoped that similar efforts would be made on the part of other works and shops in the town so that a regular weekly income is assured.

Cheques were signed for the payment of the first four weeks’ parcels, and forwarded to the Regimental Care Committees concerned.

The most convenient time for personal calls upon the Hon Secretary is between the hours of 5.30 and 7.30 any evening at his office, 9 Regent Street, Rugby.

It is very essential that he be informed, as soon as news is received, that a local man has been taken prisoner, so that he can make immediate arrangements for the “ first capture ” parcel to be despatched forthwith, as in most circumstances the man is in urgent need of ordinary necessities of existence as distinct from food and drink. The parcel contains one Cardigan jacket, three handkerchiefs, two towels, tin of vaseline, brush and comb, tooth brush, tooth powder, shaving brush, stick of shaving soap, safety razor, tin opener, spoon and fork, housewife and mending materials. Arrangements will,. of course, be also made for the regular parcels of foodstuffs.

This week’s parcel includes : ½lb biscuits, 1lb beef, 1lb cheese in tin, ¼lb tea, 50 cigarettes (Woodbines), 1lb tin jam, 1 tin rations, ½-lb vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, turnips or carrots), ½-lb milk, ¾-lb sugar, ½-lb margarine, 1 tin sardines.


Second-Lieut G N Sutton, R.F.A, who died on October 14th, was the eldest son of the late N L Sutton, formerly of Bilton, and Mrs Sutton, of 36 Angles Road, Streatham. Historian, musician, and journalist by profession, he received a commission in the Cheshire Regiment, being transferred to the R.F.A in September, 1915.

Lance-Corpl H Mayes, whose parents live at 28 Abbey Street, is in a hospital at Bristol, suffering from wounds in the thigh, arm and hand. Before enlisting in the Oxon and Bucks L.I at the outbreak of war, Lance-Corpl Mayes, who is 20 years of age, was employed as a moulder at the B.T.H. This is the second time he has been wounded.

News has keen received that Pte Ernest Andrew Batchelor, of the Worcester Regiment, was killed in action on October 24th. He was the second son of Mr and Mrs Batchelor, of 35 Worcester Street, Rugby, who have four more sons with the Forces. Pte Batchelor, who was only 29 years of age, was an old St Matthew’s boy, and prior to the War was employed by a firm in Birmingham. An officer of the regiment, in a sympathetic letter informing the parents, added :-“ He was one of our best bombers, and was always cheerful and good-hearted.”

The men employed in Messrs J Parnell & Son’s workshops have presented the firm with a very handsome Roll of Honour, containing the names of 22 men who have enlisted from the yard and shops. The “ roll,” which was tastefully designed and executed by Mr F J R Cole, Rugby, with appropriate and patriotic embellishments, was framed in oak, and the names enrolled thereon are :- Lieut R W Friend, Corpl F Robinson (killed), Ptes A A Ashworth, T Coles, R Collins, C Hobbs, E Gray, W Welsby, G Wood, T E Walden, A Canham, W Tailby, G H Mills, A Adams, J Mann, W Dumbleton, Lance-Corpl W Booth, Ptes H A Eagles, E Lockwood, T Lord, A Coles and F Pickford.


Lance-Corpl John Worrall, R.E. (youngest son of Mr and Mrs Worrall, Queen Street, Rugby), and Pte J Enticott, old scholars of St Matthew’s boys’ School, have been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field.


ROLL OF HONOUR.—News has reached Barby that Mr Joe Muddiman, who at the time he enlisted was the village schoolmaster, has been killed in action. Death was instantaneous, and was the result of shell fire.


MR T MORTIN, only son of Mr Thomas Mortin, of Wolston, has been promoted to lance-corporal in the 7th Warwicks. He has been on foreign service for a long time, but is now suffering from rheumatics and is in hospital at Stockport.

LIEUT BLUEMEL WOUNDED.—Lieut W Bluemel, only son of Mr and Mrs F H Bluemel,has been wounded, and now lies in hospital at Boulogne. He was an officer in the Heavy Section of the Machine Gun Company, and was in charge of a “ tank.” He went to France in August, and did excellent work until he was disabled. Before the War broke out he was a regular attendant at the Works of Messrs Bluemel Bros, Ltd, of which his father is a large shareholder and director. He is rather seriously injured in both arms and his back, but there are still hopes of his recovery. The parents have the deep sympathy of the inhabitants, of Wolston; and the neighbouring villages, where Mr Bluemel is a friend to every good cause. Lieut Bluemel was wounded by a shell bursting when he was carrying out a duty outside his “ tank.”


To the Editor of the Advertiser.

DEAR SIR,—In your valuable paper of the 11th ult. mention is made of the Rugby farmers’ motor ambulance, and that your informant was probably the only local man in the locality who saw it. I am sure it will interest both yourself and all Rugbeians to know that the ambulance in question must have been seen by scores of Rugby soldiers on the Somme front, where it has done splendid work. With the best of wishes,—I remain, yours truly, OLD MURRAYIAN.

B.E.F, France, November 20th.


The Postmaster General announces that letters and parcels intended for delivery to the troops by Christmas Day should be posted as long as possible in advance of the dates given below :-
`                       Letters.            Parcels.

British Expeditionary Force in
France and Belgium                                                Dec. 16        Dec 11.

Egyptian Expeditionary Force                                 Dec. 2            Nov 25.

Salonika Force                                                         Dec. 2            Nov. 25.

Fruit, perishable articles, bottles, pudding basins, and the like are prohibited. The name and address of the sender must be written on the outside of parcels. Parcels which do not comply with this rule will be refused.


BATCHELOR.—In memory of my dear son, Pte. Ernest ANDREW BATCHELOR, Worcester Regiment, who was killed in action on October 24, 1916.
“ Sleep on, dear son, in a far-off grave :
A grave we may never see ;
But as long as life and memory lasts we will remember thee.
No matter how we pray or how we call,
There is nothing to answer but the photo on the wall.”
—Gone but not forgotten by his loving MOTHER, FATHER, BROTHERS and SISTERS.


DODD.-In loving memory of Company Sergt-Major A. J. DODD. Killed in action in France, Dec. 2, 1915.
-Ever in the memory of Bill.

DODD.-In loving remembrance of my dear son, Company Sergt-Major DODD, who was killed in France, December 2, 1915.
“ In a soldier’s lonely grave,
Beneath France’s blood-stained sod,
There lies my dearest son,
Resting in peace with God.
Though rolling seas divide us,
And he sleeps on a pitiless shore,
Remembrance is a relic
That shall live for evermore.”
—Never forgotten by his loving mother, sisters, and step-father.

EDMANS.—In loving memory of our dear son, Frank, who lost his life on H.M.S. Bulwark, November 26, 1914.—“ Thy will be done.”

7th Oct 1916. Lieut-Colonel West Killed in Action


The news, which came to hand on Friday last week that Lieut.-Colonel F C B West, R.F.A, of Bawnmore, Bilton, had been killed in action was received with the deepest regret in Rugby and neighbourhood. The unfortunate event happened on September 29th. While riding, as he had often done before, down a section of road which was much subjected to the enemy’s artillery fire, a shell burst close to him, killing him instantly, and wounding his orderly, Driver Barlow, who had been with him since before Christmas, 1914. Both their horses were killed. Col West was buried in the cemetery in which the remains of Lieut Wyley, Major Brown, and Major Stone, who had been killed only a few days previously, were laid to rest.

When at Baddow, before going out to France, and also for some time afterwards, Col West, Capt Kidd—subsequently promoted Major—and Lieut Wyley were working together on the Head-Quarter Staff. Then they were separated, and it is a sad coincidence that all three of them were killed within a period of ten days in different parts of the line.

Lieut.-Colonel West was the only surviving son of the late Rev C F C West, Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, and Vicar of Charlbury. He was educated at Cheltenham College & St John’s College, Oxford, where he rowed for his college in 1904 and 1905, both in Torpids and Eights. He took his degree in 1905, and was called to the Bar in 1907, but never practised. On the formation of the Territorial Force he received a commission in the R.F.A, and went to the front with his brigade as commanding officer in March, 1915. He married, in June, 1909. Agatha Mary, elder daughter of William Dewar, of Rugby. He leaves a widow and four daughters, to whom the deepest sympathy is extended.

Lieut-Col West took a very great interest in the Territorial movement, and always preferred to be regarded as a “ Territorial.” He did his utmost to prove that the term was synonomous with proficiency, and, being keen himself on gunnery, he spared no pains to ensure the effectiveness of the officers and men in his command and to explain technical details to them.

He was the first Captain of the Rugby Howitzer Battery, when it was formed some years ago through the instrumentality of Col Mulliner, and was afterwards promoted to Major and transferred to the Coventry Battery. In August, 1914, as Lieut-Colonel, he succeeded Col Mallock to the command of the Brigade.

Polo and hunting were his favourite sports and for a season he acted as master of a pack of hounds in the South of Ireland.

Col West was a member of the Lawrence Sherriff Lodge of Freemasons, and for a time served on the House and Finance Committee of the Hospital of St Cross. He took the greatest interest in the Working Men’s Club at Bilton (of which he was a vice-president), and generously assisted in the provision of the new Club premises a few years ago.


Captain Charles Edward Anderson (Gordon Highlanders), of Rokeby House, Rugby, who was killed in France on July 20th, has left estate of the value of £8,929, the whole of which he gave to his mother, Mrs. Anne Rose Anderson.


Second-Lieut Horace Neeves, of the Northumberland Fusiliers (the Old Fighting 5th), son of Mr and Mrs S Neeves, of Murray Road, Rugby, has been promoted to the rank of captain. The gallant young officer was formerly in the Warwickshire Yeomanry, and took part in the landing at Suvla Bay. On returning home he received a commission with the Northumberland Fusiliers, has been at the front since June, and has seen a lot of fighting.
The second son of Mr and Mrs Neeves is serving with the Australian Light Horse.


The Rev R E Inglis (Rugby and Oxford), whose death occurred, at the age of 53, from shell-burst while tending wounded, was an old English Rugby International. After getting his XI and XV colours at Rugby, he played against Cambridge in 1883 and 1884. He played for England in all three matches of 1886. His club football was identified with that of Blackheath. Mr Inglis was the youngest son of the defender of Lucknow, Major-General Sir John Inglis, and we believe we are correct in stating that his son was the googlie bowler of this year’s Rugby XI. Mr Inglis volunteered to join the Forces as a chaplain, and went to the front in July, 1915. During the time he was at Rugby School as a Town boy, his mother, Lady Inglis, lived at The Lawn, Newbold Road.


Mr T Reynolds, builder, Dunchurch Road, Rugby, received official intimation on Thursday that another of his soldier sons, Corpl J Reynolds, of the Grenadier Guards, had been seriously wounded and was in Chichester Hospital. Prior to joining the army Corpl Reynolds was in the Metropolitan Police Force, and was expecting early promotion. Mr Reynolds had four sons in the army. Two have been killed and two wounded.


Pte J R Bradley, of the Northumberland, Fusiliers, who was killed in action on September 1st, was prior to the War employed by the B.T.H Company on the outside construction staff.


Mrs Lee, of 34 Sandown Road, Rugby, received a letter from Sergt Burton, of Hillmorton, this week, informing her that her son, Pte H Lee, of the R.W.R, was killed in action on September 3rd. The writer said he was in command of the platoon, and saw him struck by a piece of shell in the head, and he died in a very short time. He was a brave and noble soldier, and highly respected by all N.C.O’s and men of his Company, for he always did his duty well, “ and feared nothing.” Deceased was 25 years of age, and before, the war was employed as a labourer in the Test Department. He was in the reserve, and was mobilised at the commencement of the war. He had already been wounded. Mrs Lee has four other sons at the front, two of whom have been wounded, and a son-in-law was killed 12 months ago.


MEMORIAL SERVICE.—On Sunday evening a memorial Service was held in the Parish Church for Reginald Bartlett and Joseph Barnett, who have fallen in France. The Vicar preached an impressive and comforting sermon from St John xiv 27.

Mr J W Barnett, 264 Western Road, Leicester, has received official information that her husband, Pte J W Barnett, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, was killed in action on September 11th. Deceased was the second son of Mr and Mrs J Barnett, Rossmount, Hillmorton Paddox. He was 27 years of age, was called up in February, and sent to France early in July. Prior to his enlistment he was employed by the Leicester Tramway Company.


KILLED IN ACTION.—Quite a gloom was cast over this village on Friday when it was known that Pte Frank Sutton, of the Grenadier Guards was killed in action on September 15th. Frank was liked and respected by all who knew him. He was working in Coton House gardens when he answered his country’s call. Mrs Sutton’s three sons have all joined the colours, and the deepest sympathy of the parish is extended to her in the great loss that she has sustained. A memorial service was held in the church an Saturday by. the Rev L J Berrington. All the parish was represented. The xe Psalm and Hymns 536 and 537 were sung, and the service was very impressive.


On Sunday, Sept 10, the collections at both Dunchurch and Thurlaston Churches were devoted to the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund. The satisfactory sum of £32 7s 6d was sent up to headquarters.

Sergt W J Constable, R.E, youngest son of Mr and Mrs John Constable, late of Dunchurch, has gained the Military Medal for bravery.—Private Fissard, of the R.E, who has been home on sick leave, has gone to Bletchley to a rest camp for three months.

The Dunchurch Girls’ and Infants’ School have sent £2 to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blind Soldiers, £2 to the Jack Cornwell Ward in the Star and Garter Home, £1 to Bilton Red Cross Hospital, and 11s to Mrs Neilsen for egg fund. The money was the proceeds of the entertainment held in the spring, and also includes contributions by the children for the Jack Cornwell Memorial Fund during the month.


News has been received by Mr and Mrs J Nicholas, of Lime Kiln Farm, Stretton-on-Dunsmore, that their youngest son, Percy, was wounded in action at the Battle of Thievpal. He received shrapnel wounds in both arms and hands. He is going on well in hospital in Cambridge. This is the second son wounded in action.


Claude Henry Hammond, aged 21, formerly of New Bilton, and of Rugby, charged at Lancaster with giving false information to Morecambe boarding-house keepers and wearing a naval uniform at Morecambe without authority, was committed for six months. Accused stayed at three places in Morecambe, and registered in false names. He described himself as a graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and gave the name of a relative at Nottingham. All the statements were false. He was a deserter, and was wanted at Sheffield and Blackpool for false pretences.


BARNETT.—Killed in action, September 11th, 1916, Pte. J. W. BARNETT, 6399, Queen’s London Regiment, second son of Mr. & Mrs. J. Barnett, Rossmount, Hillmorton Paddox.
“ Oh ! just to clasp your hand once more,
Just to hear your voice again ;
Here life to us without you
Is nought but grief and pain.
Could we have raised your dying head,
Or heard your last farewell ;
The grief would not have been so hard
For us who loved you well.”

GREEN.—On September 7th, RFN. FREDERICK JOHN GREEN, King’s Royal Rifles, died of wounds in France, the dear son of Frederick and the late Louisa Greenfield Green, of 4 Gladstone Street, New Bilton, aged 25.—Sadly mourned by his Father, Brothers, Sisters, and Minnie.

WARD.—On September 3rd, Rifleman C. WARD, 10th Rifle Brigade, second son of Thomas and Mary Ward, of Brandon. Killed in action in France.
“ We often sit and think of him,
And tenderly breathe his name ;
Nothing left for us to look at
But his photo in the frame.
Some day our eyes shall see
That dear face still kept in memory.”


FRANKTON.—In loving memory of Pte. Frederick Frankton, Grenadier Guards, of Lawford Road, Rugby, killed on 27th September, 1915, at Loos.
“ Could we have raised his dying head,
Or heard his last farewell ;
The grief would not have been so hard,
For us who loved him well.
A light is from the household gone,
The voice we loved is still’d.
A vacant place is in our home,
Which never can be filled.”
—From his loving Wife, Children, and Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds.

RUSSELL.—In loving memory of Gunner PERCY EDGAR RUSSELL, R.F.A., who was killed in action, October 3, 1915.—“ He gave his life that others may live.”— Never forgotten by FATHER, MOTHER, SISTERS and BROTHERS.

10th Jul 1915. News from the front – Missing and Killed


News has been received that Pte G W Coleman, of the 5th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, son of Mr Walter Coleman, a carpenter in the employ of Messrs Foster & Dicksee, living at New Bilton, is missing. The message came from a friend of Pte Coleman, who writing to his own father, asked that Mr Coleman should be informed that his son did not answer to the roll call when the Company left the trenches on a recent date. This is corroborated by another correspondent, who states that when coming out of the trenches Pte Coleman was killed. The young fellow was one of the many who enlisted from the B.T.H Works and had only been at the front a few weeks.


Writing to the parents, on July 1st, Captain Webb, the officer commanding the Company, states:—“ I very much grieve to say that your son, Pte W G Coleman, is missing since a charge we made on the night of the 22nd. While in the cases of one or two missing men, they have been found wounded in various hospitals which they reached from the battlefield, I think it would not be wise or just to yourself to build on the hope that such is the case of your son. I fear he is killed, and I am more than deeply sorry for you. It is a terrible thing, and the suspense is awful. We made a charge and were driven back. Countless deeds of bravery were done, and all the wounded were brought in and some of the dead. Still, several men are missing, one an officer, and I’m afraid we must give them up for dead. Perhaps, when we again advance we shall be able to clear the matter up, and I will at once let you know if I am spared. The officers and men offer you their deepest and sincerest sympathy, and will do all in their power to put an end to your suspense.”

Mr Coleman has also received a communication from the Infantry Record Office at Warwick, dated July 5th, stating that a report had been received from the War Office to the effect that Pte W G Coleman was posted as “missing ” after the engagement in France on June 22nd.



Mr and Mrs Williams, Newbold, have received a communication from the War Office that their son, John Williams, a private in the 4th Battalion Rifle Brigade, is missing, nothing having been heard of him since the 10th of May. Rifleman Williams joined the army at the commencement of the war, and was drafted to the front about twelve weeks ago. He was 20 years of age, and previous to joining the army was employed at the Newbold Works of the Rugby Portland Cement Company.


THE ROLL OF HONOUR.—Another young man, the third from the village, has given his life for his country. News was received by the parents of Charles Hancox, of the London Road, some days ago that he was dangerously wounded, and was lying in the base hospital in France. This was soon followed by news of his death. He was a good-natured lad, and was much liked by his companions. Great sympathy is felt for his parents in their trouble. A memorial service was held in the Parish Church on Sunday last, at which there was a full congregation. Suitable hymns were sung, and a touching, inspiring address was given by the Vicar.


Pte Ernest Tomlinson, son of Mr and Mrs E Tomlinson, of 20 James Street, Rugby, is lying in Norwich Hospital suffering from a scalp wound, caused at the front by shrapnel. He was employed as a fitter at the B.T.H Works, and enlisted on September 2nd in the King’s Royal Rifles. He was sent to France in May, and within three weeks, whilst trench digging, was rather badly injured by a shrapnel shell. He has lost, for the time being at all events, his speech, and the use of his right hand, so that the news received by his parents has come through other sources, a soldier in an adjoining bed having sent particulars. It is gratifying to learn that Pte Tomlinson is improving, and hopes are entertained that in time his speech will be restored. He is understood to be suffering from shock as well as from wounds. Mr and Mrs Tomlinson have a younger son, William, serving his country at the front, also in the King’s Royal Rifles, but attached to a different battalion. He has been in the fighting line for some weeks now, and his last letter, received on Monday, stated that he was quite well.


News has been received by Mr and Mrs Hayward, of 43 Lodge Road, that their son, Pte George Hayward, of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, has been wounded and having been in hospital for some time is now at a convalescent home at Hampton-in-Arden. Pte Hayward was for 11 years a member of the 1st Rugby Company the Boys’ Brigade, and when he enlisted in August was employed at Messrs Willans & Robinsons Works. He was shot in the fighting in Flanders, one bullet entering his cheek, injuring his jaw and affecting his eyesight, and another lodging in his hip, after passing through the water-bottle that formed part of his equipment.



The painful task of travelling from the front to break the news of his brother’s death this week befell Gunner George Sutton (Newton), of the Rugby Howitzer Battery. From what we can gather, the Howitzer Battery recently returned to a rest camp, and on Sunday evening it was reported that a man had been shot. Gunner Sutton, proceeded to the spot to see who was the victim, and was horrified to find his younger brother, William, a driver in the Ammunition Column, lying dead. As the result of an enquiry it was established that death was due to accident, and Gunner Sutton was graded several days’ leave of absence to convey the sad tidings to his parents. The circumstances were detailed in a letter from Capt Saunders, of the Ammunition Column, which Gunner Sutton brought home :-“ It is with much regret that I have to inform you that your son, William Sutton, was found shot at about 10 p.m on the 4th of this month. A Court of officers enquired into the circumstances very carefully, and from the evidence decided that death was due to accident, and that there was no question at all of foul play. The funeral was conducted by an Army Chaplain of the Roman Catholic Church, and a cross is being provided with an inscription suitably worded. The N.C.O’s and men of the Ammunition Column are ordering a wreath and the grave will be well cared for. It has been arranged for your other son to proceed home on leave to-day, and I hope this will help to comfort you in your loss. Please accept the sympathy of officers of the Ammunition Column, in which your son was serving.”

Driver Sutton, who was the second son of Mr Wm. Sutton, was 21 years of age, and had been a member of the Battery about two years. Previous to the war he was employed by Mr Scott Howkins, and was very popular, and highly respected by all who knew him.


Sympathy will be felt with Mr and Mrs Pegg, of 1 Addison Road, New Bilton, in the death, on Thursday, from septic fever, at Felixstowe Military Hospital, of their son Harold, the youngest of three who had responded to their country’s call. Deceased was a printer’s apprentice, in the employ of Mr George Over, and about two months ago enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment He was only 19 years of age, and expressed a liking for the military life so far as he had become conversant with it. He was very popular with the men in Mr Over’s printing office, and all have signed a letter of sympathy with Mr and Mrs Pegg in their sad bereavement.


Driver C W Packwood, of the Rugby Howitzers, now serving in France, son of Mr C J Packwood, of St Matthew Street, in a recent letter home states that after three months in the firing line the section of which he belongs is now in a rest camp, the change being appreciated, especially the privilege of sleeping once again in a bed. Driver Packwood also says that the Rugby Battery has been very highly complimented on their accurate firing by the officers they have come in contact with, and the word of praise has naturally had a cheering effect upon the men.


L J D Pepperday, son of Mr J H Pepperday, of High Street ; P Morson, son of Mr Arthur Morson, of Newbold Road ; and Neville and Roland Bluemel, sons of Mr C Bluemel, of Moultrie Road, were included in a draft of 150 who volunteered for the front to fill up gaps in the 1st Battalion of the Hon Artillery Company. The draft left for France on Thursday last week.


Trooper E Amos, youngest son of Mr W Amos, farmer, Dunchurch, writing home from Alexandria, says :- We go out for bugle practice every morning at 6, mounted. This gives us a good chance to have a look round. We see the corn crops growing, chiefly maise, all in bloom now (middle of June) and six feet high, any amount of tomato fields, and the plants seem loaded ; then you see the fig trees and the banana trees. We also see a tremendous lot of cotton coming down the Nile in barges, pulled by men instead of horses. We have had a job this last week unloading wounded off the ships from the Dardanelles. There are thousands of them, mostly Australians, but there are a lot of soldiers who were billeted in and around Rugby. There are a lot of fine hospitals here, and that is why they keep bringing so many wounded.


The “ Yorkshire Observer ” records a plucky act recently performed by Lance-Corpl Arthur Gibson, now in training with the Royal Engineers at Salisbury Plain, who was until he enlisted on the staff at Messrs Willans & Robinson’s Works, being employed in the drawing office. It appears that Lance-Corpl Gibson was on a visit to a sister at Morecambe, when he noticed that a boy, who was bathing, was in difficulties. Promptly divesting himself of his tunic, he plunged into the water ; and although the tide was running strongly, he brought the lad safely to shore. He was complimented on his bravery at the time, but quickly disappeared, and it was not until some time later that his identity was established.

It will be remembered that whilst Mr Gibson was at Rugby he assisted the Football Club as a wing three-quarter. He also took part in Association six aside matches played on Willans’ Athletic Ground, being included in the team that represented the Drawing Office, and assisted Messrs Willans & Robinson’s side in their inter-firm football with the B.T.H representatives. Mr Gibson’s old comrades at Rugby will be interested to learn of his plucky rescue, and glad it has not been allowed to escape public attention altogether.



A preliminary drill took place on Wednesday last, Messrs Baker, Highton, Robbins, and the Central Garage Company lending cars, and a number of Boy Scouts attended. Everything worked smoothly, and it is hoped that fires (if any) caused by a raid will be speedily extinguished.

It is desirable to have motor-cars, because those already engaged may not be available at the moment.

The Chief Officer hopes that at least four more cars will be offered for a preliminary drill on Thursday 22nd inst., at 8 p.m. More scouts are also required, and only one drill is necessary.


The following have been accepted at the Drill Hall, Park Road, during the past week :—W J Hirons and H W Appleton, 220th (Rugby) Fortress Company, R.E ; C A Davis, R.W.R ; G J Smith, Cheshire Regiment ; H J Ford, Oxon and Bucks L.I ; T W Ingram, Royal Inniskilling Fusliers ; F Hawkins, Seaforth Highlanders ; W J Holliday, Royal Berks ; R W Cave, Army Veterinary Corps ; D A Leist, A.S.C ; A Townsend, Military Mounted Police ; J P Betts, Royal Engineers.