Friday 10 November 1916
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Gunner Harry Town (left) of the Royal Field Artillery, of 55 Mountain Street, Wood End, Windhill, was killed in action on October 9th. He was married (corrected the following week to say he was single) and was 24 years of age. Gunner Town, who had been in the army over six years, had been at the front since the outbreak of hostilities. He was well known in the Windhill district and was formerly employed as a moulder at Murgatroyd’s Foundry, Windhill.
Long-serving soldier killed
Writing to a friend from a Northampton War Hospital, Pte Frank Kendall, who has been at the front with the West Yorks says: “I have only had a short experience at the front but it is packed with incidents that are not likely to be forgotten. “I arrived up the line to have an early whack at Fritz on the Somme. It was here, during some heavy shelling, that Fritz gave me a slight iron tonic. “I was jolly luck as the shell dropped directly into the trench and wounded five of us. I did not know for quite some time after that I was wounded as I was dazed. Four miles “After waiting 12 hours, the stretcher bearers took me out of the trench and carried me about four miles over moorland in the drenching rain. “On arriving at the first-aid post I tasted hot tea for the first time in four days and after having my wounds dressed was sent to the base and afterwards landed in Blighty and am now going on well.”
Recovering in Blighty from Fritz’s ‘iron tonic’
In Memoriam
There were fewer reports from the front line this week but plenty of activity at home aimed at making life better for serving men. Church leaders from all over the Shipley area met to discuss setting up a recreational facility for soldiers who happened to be in the area. The project was led by the YMCA who had rented the Old Masonic Hall in Spurr Road and agreed in addition to pay for one paid worker to run the facility. Now they were seeking volunteers to help. Lowest prices The Shipley YMCA Soldiers’ Institute, as it was to be known, would be ‘open to all men in Shipley wearing the King’s uniform and all will be done for the men which is usual in a YMCA Camp Hut. ‘Tea, coffee, light refreshments etc., will be sold at the lowest possible prices; there will be free reading and
writing facilities, games of chess, draughts, dominoes, concerts and sing-songs in the evenings and a religious Social Hour after church hours on Sunday evenings. ‘There is splendid accommodation for all these purposes and a fine room in which will be placed a billiard table.’ The committee put out an appeal for donations of suitable games and also pictures to make the Institute more homely. ‘If anyone willing to help in this way will communicate with Mr J Banks Fearnley, Red Beck House, Shipley, or any of the clergy and ministers of Shipley, they will be fetched and taken proper care of.’ Meanwhile the committee of the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund were making final arrangements for sending Christmas parcels to the troops. They had previously invited local
grocers to submit sample parcels and tenders but having had no response they were purchasing the items and making up the parcels themselves. Prisoners of war ‘Having in view the terrible privations of the prisoners of war, it was unanimously agreed that parcels should be forwarded to all Shipley soldiers interned in Germany. ‘The ladies committee are kindly adding certain articles of clothing to the parcels to be sent ‘Any addresses of men serving abroad which have been altered since the despatch of last parcels should be forwarded immediately. Similarly all up to date addresses of men on home service or in home camps are required. The address is required of every man from Shipley serving with the forces who is not otherwise receiving a parcel at Christmas, barring home gifts.’
Off-duty recreational centre planned for troops
The paper also carried a letter from national women’s rights campaigner Edith Picton Turbevill (pictured) on behalf of women war workers. Sir – May I beg the courtesy of your columns to make known the offers now being made by the Women’s War Time Fund of the YWCA to provide school girls of the Empire with the opportunity of paying their tribute to those thousands of women and girls who, by making munitions, are helping the nation in its hour of sorest need. School girls are notoriously patriotic but the opportunities whereby they can express their patriotism are inevitably few and far between. This present appeal provides that opportunity which has hitherto been lacking and as it has both patriotic and educational value it should not be difficult to obtain the hearty co-operation of both school mistresses and their pupils, past and present, without which the tribute it is hoped to offer to our devoted women war workers cannot take that national and comprehensive character which is so desirable. The methods by which the tribute will be raised are so novel, interesting and instructive that I am sure they need only to be explained in order to receive enthusiastic support. I invite, therefore, all school mistresses and ‘old girls’ willing to do a little for the comfort and welfare of our women war workers to communicate with me without delay. A postcard addressed to The Schoolgirls of the Empire War Tribute, 14 George Street, Hanover Street, London, W, and simply bearing the full name and address of the sender, will bring full details of the appeal, when it will be for each recipient to decide whether or not she can see her way clear to assist us in our efforts in the cause of these noble women workers.
Schoolgirls invited to take part in scheme to boost women war workers
Appeals have been made to the employees at the workshops in Shipley for the Local Fund for the assistance of the dependants of soldiers and sailors, and also of men who have been discharged and it is expected that in another week or so, organised collections will be made. Insufficient The allowances from the Government are admittedly insufficient under the present circumstances for the maintenance of a great number of these people and the only hope they have of getting sufficient lies in the local fund. Both employers and employees in this as in other industrial districts are doing exceedingly well and out of their abundance they ought to do something for those who are sacrificing so much for King and country.
Workers need to share abundance with those who answered the call
Anxious time for family
Pte James Briggs (above), Duke of Wellington’s Regt, whose parents reside at 23 Butt Lane, Idle, is reported missing from October 12th. Pte Briggs is 19 years of age and after serving at the Dardanelles, was invalided home, afterwards being drafted out to France. Naturally Mrs Briggs is anxious about the welfare of her son and would welcome any news concerning him.
L Cpl Harry Burton, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, only son of Mrs Burton, Hollins Terrace, Shipley, has been wounded for the third time. He is now in hospital in Glasgow suffering from a compound fracture of the left arm.
Wounded for third time
Windhill chaplain back to work after trench fever
The Rev R Whincup (above) has had trench fever but his numerous friends will be pleased to hear that after being in hospital about a fortnight, he is now much better and has been able to resume his duties. In a letter to his Windhill parishioners, the rev gentleman says: “The chief difficult in this complaint is the temperature which runs up and down in amazing fashion. “Many people at the front suffer from it and its exact origin seems to rather baffle the skill of even the most brilliant medical officers we have out here. “In some cases it can be thrown off in a short time but in others it takes weeks and weeks.”
Pte Charlie Nutter (right), son of Mrs Nutter of 7 Manor Croft, Baildon, has been killed in action.. He went out to Canada about twelve years ago and joined the Canadians out there about 18 months ago. This is the second son of Mrs Nutter who has been killed. Both Charlie and Joseph were well-known Baildon lads and resided in Green Lane all their life up to going to Canada.
Family’s second loss
On Saturday morning Mr Wilfred Howcroft, manager of the mending department at Tunwell Mills, was presented with an air pillow, cooking pan and safety razor, which had been subscribed for by the workers associated with him. Mrs Schofield, pastor, handed over the gifts and expressed the good wishes of the department for the best of luck and a safe and speedy return. Mr Howcroft commences military duties on Saturday. He has rendered valuable service for over three years as assistant secretary at the Congregational Sunday School and for eight years has been assistant librarian at the Eccleshill Branch Free Library.
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