Friday 25 August 1916
There was an explosion at a Yorkshire Munitions Factory on 21 August and officials went to great pains to play down the loss of life and damage and to ensure that the site of the incident wasn’t revealed. The following statement was issued by the Press Bureau on the authority of the Ministry of Munitions: “The explosion began with a fire outside one of the small magazines, which shortly afterwards exploded and this explosion was followed at short intervals by other explosions until the largest magazine exploded, causing the great part of the damage. Sufficient warning “The loss of life was not so serious as at first seemed probable and this was due to the fact that the fire which preceded the first explosion gave sufficient warning to enable most of the men and all of the women workers to get out of danger. “The munition works themselves are practically demolished and some works situated close by were set on fire and burned down. With this exception, neighbouring works have escaped substantial damage. “A quantity of rolling stock in a railway siding was also destroyed by fire and the bursting of one of the fire engines caused the death of a number of firemen. “Many of the houses near the works were damaged by having their windows blown in their walls shaken but in most cases they escaped structural damage.”
Secret Yorkshire munitions factory destroyed in explosion
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Tong Park CC’s appearance in the Priestley Cup final prompted the paper to fill a gap in which many people ‘were unaware of the geographical position of Tong Park and there not a few who declared that they had never heard the name before.’ The writer admitted he didn’t know how the place got its name but reproduced a description of the village by one of the locals: Cloister of cottages The village of Tong Park lies in a little sheltered hollow at the foot of Hollins Hill, bounded on the West by the viaduct of the Midland railway towards Ilkley, from which one catches a glimpse of green woodlands and shining waters, with here and there a cloister of cottages surrounding the handsome residence of the owners of the place, like children under the protection of a parent. It is an ideal community the like of which is seldom met with at this day, having its own co-operative stores, its village reading room, its cricket club and last, but not least, its own poet.
Ideal community in a sheltered hollow
Mr John Emsley, the military representative on Calverley Tribunal found himself in lively debate with Mr Arthur Willey, the Leeds solicitor. He was representing Mrs Hannah Noble who was appealing against the conscription of her son, described as a farmer, and another man, employed as a cowman. The Tribunal was told that these two men were responsible for the work on a farm of 42½ acres and included a milk round of 60 gallons of milk a day. ‘The military representative expressed the opinion that the milk round cannot be included as farm work whereupon Mr Willey exclaimed: “I do not know who you are, sir, but you cannot know much about farming or you would not say that. I never knew of a man having a milk round without having a farm.” Military Rep: “Oh yes. Milk can be bought wholesale.” Mr Willey: “Well, you are right in that sense but these people sell their own production. If the milk is sold wholesale to a milk dealer, the man will obtain exemption in order to deliver it.” Military Rep: “A woman can deliver it.” Mr Willey: “Well, perhaps so, if you can find a woman.” Dictatorship At that point the Mr Emsley interrupted but Mr Willey interposed: “Excuse me, your duties are well known to me and the fact that you are the military representative on this tribunal gives you no greater rights to address the members than I myself possess as representative of the applicant. “No doubt these gentlemen around this board are businessmen who can very well excuse their common-sense without your dictatorship or mine. “I do not say that a woman cannot do this work but I do say it is impossible to get one who will do it. You cannot get women at any price. “We cannot afford to pay women 30s a week for delivering milk and that is the wage they can demand.” Military Rep: “I have told you my opinion.” Mr Willey: “Well, you are wrong.” Conditional exemption was granted in the case of the son until December 31st and the other application was dismissed.
Sharp exchanges over who does the milk round
The writer of the Volunteer Force weekly notes was of the view that just as the map of Calais was supposed to be imprinted on the heart of Queen Elizabeth I, ‘there can be no doubt that the Shipley Company are beginning to carry the mark of Baildon Moor inscribed on their grey uniform, which considering the extent to which they have taken cover from theoretical machine guns among its grass tufts and bracken dumps is hardly a matter for surprise. ‘Afternoons like that of last Sunday hasten the process. Attached to one of the three columns formed out of their battalion, the Shipley men helped to carry through an attack on the reservoirs on the moor and between two and four “pip emma” as the signallers have it, were more frequently prone on the ground than up-ended. Subtle ‘As usual in our battalion operations, there was nothing very subtle or complex attempted. The exercise was nevertheless interesting enough. ‘We think it would have been more satisfactorily carried out on the part of the rank and file if the latter had been given an exact idea, at the outset, of what was to be done. ‘It seems to us, indeed, that anything like the full value of these Volunteer tactical or strategic schemes can be realised only when the plan has been made the subject of a clear preliminary lecture, best of all with diagrams on a black board.’
Constant use leaves the imprint of Baildon Moor on Volunteers’ uniform
Undercliffe beat Tong Park in front of 7,500 spectators at Park Avenue to lift the Priestly Cup. For Undercliffe it was their third final but a first for Tong Park and, showing admirable bias towards the side from their own circulation area, the Shipley Times & Express claimed, ‘taking all the circumstances into consideration, their performance was magnificent.’ Tong Park captain Harry Denby lost the toss, which proved crucial because Undercliffe decided to bat and their opening pair put on 65 runs ‘while the pitch was acknowledged to be easy and the bowlers were handicapped by a wet ball.’ Crack trundlers The reporter also thought the wicket favoured Undercliffe’s ‘crack trundlers – C H Parkin of Lancashire County fame, and C B Llewellyn, the well-known, Hampshire county and South African Test match player.’ Tong Park’s bowlers weren’t so bad either and once they managed to separate the opening pair, Cook and Pratt made steady inroads, taking the last nine wickets for 65 runs in 72 minutes. Cook finished with six wickets and Pratt with four. In comparison to their opponents, Tong Park made a dour start to their pursuit of the 138 needed for victory. Tyson and Coyle seem to have settled on a strategy to try and tire the bowling by dogged defence and went seven overs without scoring, bringing cries of derision from some spectators. They never quite got on target, despite Undercliffe putting down some catches, and with Parkin living up to his reputation with an eight-
wicket haul that took him past 100 for the season, Park fell well short. Harry Denby said: “We must give Undercliffe due praise for the fine victory they have achieved today. “I only hope that next year we shall have to meet them again in the final round for the Priestly Charity Cup and that on that occasion the result will be reversed.” Undercliffe J W Parrington b Cook 49 Lieut R Hudson lbw, b Pratt 14 W Spencer b Cook   4 C H Llewellyn c Hill b Cook 19 C H Parkin st Lamb b Pratt 20 D Marsden c Hill b Cook     2 T Toulson c Pratt b Cook     4 W Cawdry c Hill b Pratt     2 T Wright b Cook 15 E Priestley b Pratt   5 J R Wolstenholme not out     0 Extras   3 Total             137 Bowling Cook 22-5-46-6 Pratt 16-3-65-4 Tyson 4-1-7-0 Coyle 4-0-11-0 Tong Park C Tyson b Llewellyn 24 F Coyle lbw b Parkin   8 W Cook b Parkin 19 M Drake C Toulson b Parkin   4 E Hey c Llewellyn b Parkin   7 W Hill b Parkin     6 N Harrison b Parkin   0 H Denby b Parkin   9 J Lamb c Cawdry b Llewellyn 11 M Stead c Hudson b Parkin   5 C Pratt not out   5 Extras   4 Total            102 Bowling Parkin 22-4-56-8 Llewellyn 22.5-8-41-2
Tong Park captain, Harry Denby
Tong Park can have pride in defeat after luck of toss thwarts them
Mr Harry Murgatroyd of Bradford Road, Idle, was a successful exhibitor at the Bradford Fanciers’ Show on Saturday. His young Belgian hare secured the silver spoon for the best rabbit on view At a show held at Blackpool last week, Mr C B Thompson, Green Row, obtained first prize in a large class with a young black and white English rabbit. The same exhibit secured first at Bradford on Saturday. Meanwhile Mr H Dobson of Thackley secured first prize for 12 dissimilar violas at the North of England Pansy and Viola Society annual exhibition held at Menston.
Prize rabbits on show
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