Friday 29 December 1916
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A large gathering of teachers and scholars assembled at the Parish Church Sunday School on Sunday afternoon to do honour to Lieutenant Ernest Crowther of Blakehill Cottage, Idle, who recently won the D.C.M. for conspicuous bravery. On entering the school the gallant soldier was received with great enthusiasm. Mr Herber Smith, vicar’s warden, presented to the hero a solid silver cigarette case which was suitably
inscribed as a mark of esteem from the teachers and scholars of the school. Mr Smith said he was proud to be able to take part in those proceedings and on behalf of the donors he wished the recipient even greater distinction in the future. Mr F C Sewell, people’s warden, remarked that as the lieutenant was an old scholar both of the day and the Sunday School, his name would always remind them of what could be attained by doing one’s duty.
The lieutenant had joined the army as a private and had gained his recent rank by sheer merit. It was an honour to the school to have his name on the Honour’s Board and Mr Sewell was convinced that their friend would bring still further honour both to himself and the school. Modestly In responding, Lieut Crowther very modestly said he had not deserved all the kind things that had been said about him but he would be pleased to accept the cigarette case which would remind him of the kind friends he had in connection with the Sunday School.
Sunday School pays tribute to ‘old boy’ hero
Second Air-Mechanic J Wood, the son of Mr and Mrs David Wood of the Rosse Street Chapel House, is expected to go to France early in the New Year. He has a large circle of friends and will carry with him the best wishes of all who know him. He joined the Air Service about eight months ago soon after attaining his eighteenth year. He has already done a considerable amount of flying in this country and on more than one occasion has met with an accident. During one flight the engine began to give trouble when he was flying at a height of several thousand feet and the machine came heavily to the ground. Fortunately, Wood escaped with nothing worse than a broken ankle and a badly sprained wrist. He was formerly employed at Messrs E Parkinson and Sons, Canal Ironworks. He comes of a soldier family, a number of his relatives having seen long service in many parts of the British Empire. Wood returned to his depot on Wednesday afternoon after spending Christmas at home.
Rosse Street airman off to France
Gunner George Baren, of No 8 Norman Terrace, Eccleshill, died of wounds on December 18th at Salonica, He joined the Royal Field Artillery in September 1914 and saw nine months service in France and had been with the force at Salonica about a year. The deceased soldier was 28 years of age and was formerly employed at Messrs Dixon Bros, quarry owners, Eccleshill. Another brother is also serving in the army.
Gunner dies of wounds  serving in Salonica
Tributes to soldier who looked on bright side
Mrs Fred Long of 2 Birkdale Terrace, Shipley, received a letter from one of the officers who had served with her husband who had recently died of wounds. “He will be missed by my platoon as he always looked on the bright side. He was well liked by everyone in the platoon and all are sorry they have lost such a good comrade. It came as a great shock to me when I heard of his death.” Pte E Beetham writes: “We all miss your husband very much as he was one of the best fellows I ever met. He was always the same. He had a pleasant word for everybody and always tried to cheer us up by saying it would not be long before the war was over.”
Time for those at home to resolve to do more
VOLUNTEER NOTES Now is the time when banks and commercial houses take stock and other people make their resolves for another year. It is the time when the Shipley Company should examine their books and see what is wrong. Grabbing money If it could be brought home to every man in Shipley above army age that there is a war going on and that besides merely grabbing all the money they can get, there is a standing duty to the community, Shipley would have a Battalion instead of a company. And it also needs every member of the force to realise that it is his paramount duty to support the officers and attend all possible parades instead of just going when they want a Sunday away from home. Those who complain about the number of tribunal men attached to the Volunteers, who certainly delay somewhat our progress, let them remember that by drilling with them they are lending their experience and steadiness to fit each of these better for the sterner work they will have to undertake when their time comes. Responsibility Should by any chance these notes be read by anyone not in the force, let them think of the brave ones they know who have gone out and given all so that they and theirs may be secure in their homes and surely they will think it is time they accepted some responsibility for their country, some definite work to enable more active men to be sent further afield that this period of anxiety and distress may be ended more quickly. Now then, roll up to the drums, all who are with us and many who still stand aside.
BIRTHS HATCH - On Dec 2nd at Shipley Hall, Shipley, the wife of J A Freeman Hatch, Temporary Captain R.A.M.C., of a daughter. COMING EVENTS WINDHILL MISSION SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31st 1916 Morning at 10.30 Evening 6 p.m. WAR INTERCESSION SERVICE Preacher Rev JOHN MATTHEWMAN Special form of service will be used  BROTHERHOOD from 3 to 4 Speaker  REV J MATTHEWMAN Subject “When the boys come home” WATCHNIGHT SERVICE at 11 p.m. Conducted by Rev J Matthewman
Hoping for an honourable peace in 1917
We publish today New Year’s Messages from prominent people and are sure they will be read with great interest. The burden of the messages is that this is not the time for peace and that we should be prepared to “carry on” until Germany’s punishment fits her crimes against humanity and an honourable and lasting peace has been established. The Member for Shipley Mr Oswald Partington MP has sent the following telegram from Knightsbridge: Please convey to your readers my best wishes for the New Year. May it bring us an honourable and lasting peace. Sir Ellis Denby, Kt., J.P., Wycliffe House, Shipley I fear I can say nothing very encouraging about the coming year. I see no signs of an early peace. Germany no doubt desires peace but will she be willing to submit to terms which would make peace permanent and lasting? Is she prepared to make reparation for the wrong she has done? Will she restore to the Belgians, the French and the Serbians the territory she is now occupying? Is she willing to give guarantees as to her future conduct? These are the minimum terms the Allies can accept… It looks as if the war would go on another year. That means a year of stress and suffering such as we have not yet known. It will need all our strength and courage and all our nerve if we are to come out of the struggle victorious. The nation must be prepared to endure much hardship with patience. Then, in conjunction with our allies, we shall bring this terrible war to a victorious end. Patience, courage and an unflinching determination are needed. I believe we
possess those qualities and that they will carry us through. Cllr W E Rhodes, Chairman Baildon District Council The year 1917 will be eventful and historic; may it bring in its early months a victorious peace! England is not a decadent nation and the enemy has now discovered this truth; but it will never be the same England again. Yet, if the lessons of the war are taken to heart, we may face the future with confidence. Taxes must necessarily be high but the return of those of our soldier lads whose lives are spared will sweeten the home atmosphere and their victory over the “Mailed Fist” and its unholy following will sweeten the political atmosphere of Europe. May those of us who have “stayed at home” prove as worthy in our spheres as our soldier lads have done in theirs. Cllr Thos Hill, Chairman of Shipley District Council Let us hope for peace but, in the meantime, help to win the war. We cannot all be soldiers and sailors but we can give comfort to our fighting men by helping their dependants at home and by doing some service for the country. The man or woman who is not doing both is neglecting an obvious duty. Mr Joe Walker, President Shipley Tradesmen’s Association “If we stay in this world to be served, we shall be of no manner of man. But if we live to minister to others, yearning to be of service to everyone we meet, our life will be something worthwhile.” The year 1917 will be a strenuous one for each and all and much depends upon the individual whether we shall emerge from the world’s great struggle as the victors or as the vanquished. Mr John A Burton J.P., Glenholme, Shipley With all my heart I wish your readers a  Happy New Year. Happy in the
determination to place all that we are capable of at the service of our country in this time of trial. Happy in the complete overthrow of the military tyranny which has devastated so many lands and made so many homes desolate! Happy in the increasing sense of brotherhood and mutual trust which will enable us to face without dismay and by God’s blessing to solve the many problems, Imperial, National and Social which will confront us in the years to come. Cllr F Fearnley Rhodes, Hon Com Shipley Volunteers. At our festive season of Christmas this year a restraining influence was felt by all the nation with the knowledge of the terrible war that is still continuing for the third year in the West and East of Europe. Our hearts go out at this time to the heroic men who by their bravery and devotion to their King and Empire have not only saved this country from the chance of desolation and violation as has been the fate of Belgium and France but have allowed us all to enjoy the blessing of security at home without any fear of invasion by an enemy. Let us all unite then for the attainment of our object by supporting loyally those in authority with all our labour and wealth, never losing sight of the duty we owe to those who have given of their service and returned to us maimed and crippled and that they should ever receive the attention and comfort worthy of them. Then, surely and steadily, will come the final victory for the allies over her enemies and we may look forward with renewed confidence to saying with heart and voice at Xmas 1917, Peace on Earth.
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