Friday 18 August 1916
An inquest was held at the Saltaire Institute on Friday afternoon into the death by drowning of a schoolboy named William Henry Farnell of 20 Rhodes Street. The boy had gone bathing in the River Aire just below Hirst Mill. He was accompanied by Lawrence Atkinson who did not go into the water. Soon after, Farnell ‘found himself in difficulties, he having got into a hole in the river bed, and shouted for help.’ Atkinson and some other boys playing nearby rushed to the river bank and one of them, Leavens Parks, rushed into the water  and, finding Farnell with his head under water, got hold of him and ‘did his utmost to keep his head above the surface. ‘Although only ten years of age, this young boy, Parks, whose home is at 70 George Street, Saltaire, was successful in bringing Farnell in an unconscious condition to the edge of the water.’ A man named John Snowden, a herbalist from Bradford, administered artificial respiration but the boy was unable to revive the boy The coroner commended both Parks and Snowden for their efforts.
Brave ten year old unable to save boy from drowning in River Aire
Humorous columnist ‘The Outcast’ reported that he had taken himself off to local photographer Arthur Dobson to have a portrait taken (above). But he wasn’t sure about the reaction he got. “When I shewed the accompanying photograph to my wife, for whom I have the greatest respect, she said: ‘O, love, I wish you were twins.’ “I’ve been chewing that remark over. Is it a compliment or not? Does it mean I’m only half a man? Or does she like me so much that she wishes there were two of me? “Anyhow, I bought her a new blouse on the strength of it. But at the same time, I have come to the conclusion that there are only two periods when a man does not understand a woman. That is before marriage and after.”
Pondering  on man’s understanding of women
While some men were being summoned to court for failing to honour a conscription to the military, others were charged with failing to do their duty as munitions workers. Fred Lupton pleaded guilty at Bradford Munitions Court for failing to attend regularly, having been away in Blackpool from 28th July to August 3rd without permission to be absent. ‘Generally speaking the defendant had been a good time keeper.’ Lupton, who was described as being engaged in very urgent work, said in his defence that he had been feeling run down and so went on his usual holidays but that just brought the rebuke from the bench that ‘a good many men on the other side of the channel need a holiday.’ The defendant was fined 20s to be deducted from his wages in four weekly instalments.
Blackpool trip leads to absentee fine
Their deeds must make us better men and women
Recent events on the Somme prompted the vicar of Eccleshill, Rev R B McKee (pictured), to write in the parish magazine about local men who were serving their country. Our own parish has had its noble share in the splendid achievements of our troops and we think with justifiable pride of those men who gave their lives that we might be permitted to live. To many of our homes, the sad news has come of wounds and death. Such homes we honour more than any other because in them lived those heroes whose brave deeds can never be effaced from our memory. How commonplace the lives of many of us seem, how paltry our self- sacrifice, how trivial our ideals when
we think of the brave fellows whose bodies have been broken and whose lives have been joyfully given up for us. As we pass the homes where they lived how the old words come to us: “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?” God help and pity us if we can pass by unaffected. Their deeds must make us better men and women and will be an inspiration to the young people who will form England now in the making. Never want Let us see to it that the widows and orphans and men who are maimed for life shall never want while it is in our power to help. The glory is not in the thing itself but in that which led up to
it and to the way it was endured. In our men gladly leaving all – home, wife, children, lovers – for the sake of a holy cause, in the alacrity with which they faced wounds and death, in their splendid cheerfulness – there is infinite glory, to which no language can give expression and which no brush can paint. The splendid self-sacrifice – that is the glory of war and always will be. That it is which makes us proud to be akin to such men. “Is it nothing to you?” Look at the list of lads from this parish and ask yourself what it means to you and me. If it means anything surely we can hear the voices of the departed calling to us to uphold the true, the right, the honourable, the just, the cause of the downtrodden and oppressed as they did – to follow in their steps as they followed in the steps of Him who died for the good of the world.
A major sporting event was coming up the next day, the final of Bradford Cricket League’s Priestley Cup between Tong Park and Undercliffe at Park Avenue, and the newspaper used the occasion to re-tell the story of the competition. The original trophy had been presented by a local Alderman, W E B Priestley, who was now Sir William Priestley, MP (right). When J J Booth became president of the league, he discovered the trust under which the trophy had been presented was quite loose, so he set about negotiating a new deal. Cartwright Hall ‘The cup is now definitely and exclusively under the control of the League but in the event of the League
becoming defunct it must be deposited in the Cartwright Memorial Hall as a relic of that organisation. ‘Thanks, however, to the efforts of Mr Booth, the League has become so firmly established that the trophy will indeed be a relic – and an ancient one at that – when the career of that organisation comes to an end.’ Mr Booth enthusiastically tackled promoting the cup competition and the final had become one of the most important dates in the local sporting calendar, with Bradford’s Lord Mayor often on hand to present the trophy. In recent years Sir William had handed over the cup to the winning captain and was now an enthusiastic supporter of the Bradford League.
Sir William’s precious trophy to be competed for once more
The wedding was solemnised at the Idle Parish Church of Pte J Wheatley, Northumberland Fusiliers, youngest son of Mr Mr and Mrs William Wheatley of 14 Park View, Calverley, and Miss Cissie Lofthouse, daughter of Mr and Mrs John Lofthouse of Croft Street, Idle. The bridegroom was well-known in the district. Before the war he was a member of the Calverley Parish Church Football club
Khaki wedding in Idle
Much needed Workers Office offers advice to working men and women
Residents in the town can now pride themselves on the possession of an organisation – necessarily small at present – the want of which has long been felt. Under the supervision of Mr Joe Hudson, an indefatigable worker in the public weal, a “Workers’ Office” has been opened at 28 Saltaire Road, which is intended to act as a sort of general information bureau on questions affecting the welfare of the working man. Incidentally, we might also mention that the organisation is a sub-office to Somerset House in respect to matters appertaining to the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Pension Committee. This in itself will fulfil a much needed want. It may be added that Mr Hudson is a vice-chairman of the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Pension Committee and therefore fully acquainted with its business. Goodwill The office is centrally situated and comfortably furnished and although open only a couple of hours in the evening, it has already become evident to Mr Hudson that the step taken is one in the right direction. The “Workers’ Office” has been opened with the sanction and goodwill of the Shipley Trades’ and Labour Council which recognises the need for such an institution in the town and any worker finding himself, or herself, in difficulties with respect to insurance – in matters pertaining to which Mr Hudson possesses expert knowledge - and questions respecting prisoners of war, hospitals, missing relatives, charity administration etc., will received the greatest possible assistance.
Walter Hainsworth, a Baildon warp- twister was fined 15s at Otley Police Court for being drunk and disorderly in Baildon on 28 July. He did not appear. P.C. King stated that at 10.45 on Friday he was in Otley Road, Baildon, along with P.S. Richardson, when he saw the defendant, who was very drunk and committing an offensive action. Several people were about at the time. When told he would be reported, he replied:”I suppose I shall have to pay that’s all.”
Ready to face his fine
Joseph Myers, a Baildon coal dealer, was fined five shillings  for allowing a mare to stray at Baildon. He pleaded guilty. P.C. King stated that about 10 p.m. he was in Green Lane, Baildon, when he saw a bay mare on the highway. He caught it and took it to the Cricketer’s Arms where it was claimed by the accused the next day. Defendant said he had had the mare running about with some horses belonging to his brother. On the morning previous to the horse being out, his brother found that one of his horses had been kicked, so he told him to take the mare out. He had been unable to find an alternative so turned it out on Baildon Green. The mare had not been out two hours when the policeman found it. Inspector Foulkes pointed out that on the 14th of last month the defendant was fined for a similar offence.
Fined for roaming horse
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