Friday 12 May 1916
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After almost two years of war and with economy being urged on all sides, local distress funds were running dry. An editorial column underlined the effect this would have, including on serving men, and urged those who could to step in and help. The article cited the case of two brothers who had enlisted shortly after war was declared and, ‘their mother being dead, each made an allotment to the father who undertook to keep the home going.’ Funeral expenses This was to be their home when they returned to civil life but recently the father had died and the allowance from the government had stopped. It had taken an intervention from the Local District Committee to prevent the furniture being sold to pay for the
funeral expenses. ‘The position at the present is that unless funds are forthcoming to pay the rent of the cottage where the furniture is stored, the landlord will be entitled to distrain upon the furniture and there is the danger of two young men who are fighting our battles coming back and finding themselves without a home.’ The article went on to give another case of a soldier who had been discharged as unfit for further military service after being wounded.
He no longer received any maintenance from the army and he, his wife and two children were dependent upon local charity to survive. Hardship The article concluded: ‘The two cases cited are only examples of the many cases of hardship which come to the knowledge of the Distress Committee. ‘If the Government does not deal with cases of this kind, then local patriotism ought to be equal to providing what is necessary to keep them in a state of reasonable comfort. ‘To allow our heroes and the families to live in a condition of destitution through no fault of their own would be a disgrace to the community in which they live.’
“To allow our heroes and the families to live in a condition of destitution through no fault of their own would be a disgrace to the community in which they live.”
Serving men in danger of losing their home
Deputy Coroner E W Norris returned a verdict of ‘accidentally drowned’ on the death of schoolboy Joseph Tomlinson of 18 Victoria Street, Shipley. Giving evidence, Henry Thomas, a driller of Huntley Street, Valley Road, said that he had seen a boy’s cap, a rubber ball and small fishing net floating in the water of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. He immediately raised the alarm. Could not swim Boatman Stephen Noble, of Bridge Street, Bradford Arms, Shipley told how had recovered the body with a grappling iron. ‘He did what he could to bring the boy round and informed the police.’ Joseph’s father, Mr Albert Tomlinson, a carter, told the inquest that his son could not swim and he had never been aware of the lad playing with a fishing net in the canal or even going near the waterside. Mr Noble and Mr Thomas were commended for their efforts to save the boy.
Schoolboy drowned while fishing in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Messrs Alfred Bagnall & Sons Ltd, Market Buildings, have very kindly placed their covered Ford motor van at the disposal of the Shipley Ambulance Brigade for use in case of a Zeppelin attack on the district. Further similar offers will be gratefully received by the Officer in Charge of the Corps, Mr J D Busfield, Avondale Road.
The Rose Show, which for thirteen years has been such a popular event in Saltaire Park, will not be held this year. It needs scarcely be said that the only reason for this decision is the war. A number of residents at Shipley Glen promoted a small exhibition last year for the benefit of local war funds and the committee of the Saltaire Rose Society have offered to co-operate with them in any similar effort which they may decide to make this season.
In case of Zeppelin attack
Rose show cancelled
‘Mr and Mrs Johnson Tillotson of Watkin Street celebrated their golden wedding on Tuesday. They were married on 9 May 1866 at Calverley Parish Church. ‘The venerable couple who have been the recipients of hearty congratulations, enjoy comparatively good health.’ Mr Tillotson was born in Shipley and was well-known in the area as an Oddfellow having been a member of the New Prosperity Lodge for 52 years. Firer Now 74 years old, he ‘at present does not follow any occupation’ but for 27 years was a firer at Dumb Mills, Frizinghall. Mrs Tillotson was born at Farsley. At 76, she was one of the oldest members of the Windhill Industrial Co-operative Society and took part in the jubilee celebrations the previous year. The couple had three sons, the eldest of whom was dead, and two daughters. They also had an adopted daughter and eleven grandchildren.
Golden wedding
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The Rev Bernard Herklots, vicar of Shipley, is to be made an honorary member of the Good Intent Lodge at Shipley, on Monday next. The ceremony of initiation will be conducted by Mr Walker Cryer, who for many years has been in the forefront of the Oddfellows movement in the district.
Shipley vicar to be honorary Oddfellow
Lawyers representing two families who had cross-charged each other with alleged assault after a fight between two Baildon schoolboys, asked the magistrates at Otley Police Court for approval to withdraw the charges. Cyril Parker and Victor Kenyon had had ‘an unfortunate difference’ but the lawyer for the Parker family admitted that while his client was younger and not as strong as Victor Kenyon ‘not a ha’porth of damage had been done and not a ha’porth of sticking plaster had been used.’ The magistrates agreed.
Not a ha’porth of sticking plaster used  as result of boys’ fight
W.E.A. visit to the Workhouse at Clayton
The members of the Shipley Branch of the Workers’ Educational Association, under the guidance of Mr Henry Stolworthy, one of the Guardians, paid a visit to the Workhouse at Clayton on Saturday last. The visitors were much impressed with all they saw and Mr Stolworthy gave much information regarding the administration of the institution. Vocal At the conclusion of the tour of inspection, the visitors submitted a programme of vocal and instrumental music in the Infirmary Ward. Cllr E Cowgill, vice-president of the branch, expressed the pleasure of the company at what they had seen and said they had derived much valuable information relating to poor law administration. On the motion of Mr J Hudson, seconded by Mr F Jowett and supported by Mrs Midgley, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to Mr Stolworthy who suitably replied.
Freddie Broadbent, a Shipley carrier, was fined £5 at Bradford West Riding Police Court, for working a horse while it was in an unfit state.
Cruel carter fined
Mrs A Murgatroyd is now showing a large assortment of Newest Spring and Summer Goods, such as BLOUSES, APRONS, CHILDREN’S BONNETS, DRESSES, PINAFORES etc. You cannot do better in the General Drapery than give us a call. Don’t forget our Whitsuntide Club