Friday 15 December 1916
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DEATHS SLINGSBY – Killed in action on Nov 29th, 1916, Pte J W Slingsby, West Yorks Regt, aged 21, beloved husband of Ethel Slingsby, of Esholt Lane, Baildon and Bradford. Deeply mourned by a sorrowing family. CLAUGHTON – On Dec 6th, at Elliot Street, Shipley, Eva, third youngest daughter of Margaret and the late Jesse Claughton, in her 28th year. Interred at Hirst Wood Cemetery, Dec 9th, 1916. Mrs Claughton and family desire to thank all friends for their kindness and sympathy in their sad bereavement; also for floral tributes. SHACKLETON – On December 10th at Queen Street, Greengates, Alice, beloved daughter of Clara Shackleton. ATKINSON – On December 7th, Mary Atkinson, of 4 Bromley Road, Shipley, the widow of the late Charles Atkinson. Interred at Baildon Church- yard on Monday. EMMOTT – December 8th, in his 78th year, James Emmott, of High Bank Cottages, Moorhead, Shipley. Interred on Tuesday at Nab Wood Cemetery. FAWCETT – On December 8th, 1916, William Henry, the dearly beloved husband of Jane Fawcett of 25 Shipley Fields Road, Frizinghall, Bradford, aged 67. Interred on Tuesday at Undercliffe Cemetery. WOODHEAD – On December 7th, at 412 Bolton Villas, Bradford, Joshua Woodhead, in his 54th year. Interred on Monday at Upper Chapel, Idle. WILSON – Killed in action, Ernest Wilson, Durham Light Infantry, in his 22nd year; eldest son of Stephen and Elizabeth Wilson, Norman Street, Carr Lane, Windhill. SLINGSBY – Signaller J W (Billy) Slingsby, only son of Mr and Mrs H Slingsby, the Tarn, Baildon, and beloved husband of Ethel Slingsby, 1 Chester Street, Horton Lane, Bradford, of the West Yorkshire Regiment. HORROCKS – On Dec 10th, James Horrocks, landlord of the Seven Stars Inn, Greengates, aged 57.
Another gallery of soldiers appeared with only the briefest details of their fate. L-R: Pte Frank Waddington, Baildon, killed in action; Pte Tom Smith, Shipley, wounded; Pte J Nutter, Shipley, killed; Cpl J B Booth, Windhill, killed; A.B. Arthur Brooks, Saltaire, died of wounds; Drummer T Woodhead, Saltaire, shell shock; Pt Sam Jeffrey, Saltaire, certificate of merit, 8 Pte F Charlesworth, Eccleshill, wounded.
L Cpl A  Renard (37), of the Grenadier Guards, son of Mrs Renard of Whalley Range and grandson of the late Mr Samuel Renard of Baildon, and of the late Mr John Ives of Shipley, has been officially reported killed in action on November 15th. In a letter to his mother the Commanding Officer says: “He will be terribly missed; he was bombing instructor and a most valuable man.” L Cpl Renard joined the Grenadier Guards at the beginning of the war and had recently been selected for a commission. An old Volunteer Reserve man, he was very well-known in football and athletic circles, being the hon treasurer of the Broughton Park Rugby Football Club. He was a member of the Manchester Exchange and highly respected. All his business life he was with Messrs J H Sladin & Co of Manchester.
Mrs Verity of Station Road, Clayton, received intimation on Tuesday morning that her husband, Pte George Verity, of the Motor Transport Section had been wounded in the hand. The letter was written by the Chaplain and stated that the wound was in the right hand. Pte Verity joined the army at the latter end of August and after being a few weeks in England he was sent out to France as a motor lorry driver for the transport section Before joining the army he was the motor lorry driver for J Benn & Co, Oak Mills, Clayton.
Clayton lorry driver wounded just four months after enlisting
A young gentleman, who has recently gone to India and whose parents reside at 14 St Paul’s Road, Shipley, has sent us a letter in which he says: Our steamer, the City of Nagpur, bound for Calcutta, was steaming along we will say “somewhere.” All was well until about 4.45. p.m. just after tea, when a steamer was sighted on the port bow. Smoke Nothing at first distinguished it from others that we had met, until suddenly columns of smoke were observed to ascend. Then the stern rose to an angle which proved that all was not well with her. She assumed an almost perpendicular position and shouts went up “The steamer is sinking.” Shortly afterwards she dived and disappeared from sight.
Naturally, this was thought the work of submarines and rumours of a steamer having been sunk there a few days earlier strengthened the assumption that the destroyers of the Lusitania and the Persia would not hesitate to repeat their inhuman acts and that proved to be the case. Chip A very gallant act was performed by the carpenter – Chip as he was named on the ship – who got over the side of our ship, clinging with one hand, and half immersed in the water, practically being dragged along by the steamer on its way, he caught a struggling swimmer, who was thoroughly exhausted and held on to him grimly
until help came when they succeeded in attaching a rope under his arms and got him up on deck. Some 50 or more were picked up, one of whom was a Chinaman, one of the crew, who was badly hurt and received the timely attention of the ship’s doctor and the voluntary assistance of a lady passenger whose expert work proved her to be a trained nurse. Decorated I cannot express adequately my admiration of the manner in which she worked and helped the stricken man who was apparently in agony. No praise is sufficient for the commander, officers, engineers and crew of our ship. A number of them had already been decorated by some of our Allies for saving life. They have now added to the high reputation.
“He caught a struggling swimmer, who was thoroughly exhausted and held on to him grimly until help came”
Shipley man witnesses steamer sunk at sea
Rugby player killed in action
Appeal for funds for Xmas parcels for troops
Gunner wounded mending a puncture
Gunner Bernard Briggs, Royal Garrison Artillery, of Cavendish Road, Idle, is in hospital at Warrington. At the time he was wounded he was acting as a despatch rider. While he was mending a puncture on his bicycle, the Germans began shelling the road on which he had broken down and he was struck in the thigh with a piece of shrapnel. His brother Maurice is in the Royal Flying Corps.
Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comfort Committee issued an urgent appeal for funds to ensure no Shipley serving man was forgotten at Christmas. Local public bodies and religious groups had come together to send a Christmas parcel ‘to every Shipley man who would not otherwise have received one from any other local organisation.’ The original estimate had been that they would need 800 parcels but it was was found that the estimate was far too low. Cigarettes ‘Already 800 parcels have been dispatched and a further sum of £100 is urgently needed in order that every man serving from the town shall receive a Christmas gift from Shipley.’ The parcels contained: one tin of 50 Gold Flake cigarettes, one tin of salmon, one tine of sardines, one tin of fruit tablets, one tin of Café au Lait, one tin of chocolate (1s 3d size), one tine of boracic ointment, one tube of sauce, one tablet of soap, one packet of ginger biscuits (Carrs). In addition there was enclosed in every parcel a Christmas cake, a pair of socks or scarf provided by the Ladies Clothing Committee at the Saltaire Institute.
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