Friday 4 August 1916
Hearty congratulations to Mr Ted Whitaker on his success in winning the cup in the annual members’ handicap at Shipley Bowling Green Club. In the final, the victor met Mr Sam Holmes, whom he defeated by two points. In the other rounds his opponents were Mr Arthur Pearson, Mr Rowland Hinchliffe, Mr Harry Walker and Mr F W Warned. Old bowlers declare that the game played by “Ted” in the final round was one o the most brilliant that has ever been witnessed on the Shipley Green.
Ted lifts the prize with some brilliant bowling
MP urges peace plan on Shipley Glen crowd
Charles Trevelyan (right), the Liberal MP for Elland, addressed a meeting at Shipley Glen and called on the government to “prepare for peace during war as they prepared for war during peace.” Mr Trevelyan, who had resigned as a parliamentary secretary in the Asquith government in 1914 because he opposed the war, was later to switch allegiance and become President of the Board of Trade in the 1920s Labour government. Lagging behind Speaking at the meeting organised by the No-Conscription Fellowship, he admitted that he was accused of being unpatriotic because he spoke of peace but added: “I don’t want to see our country lagging behind the president of the United States who has said that
what is needed is a League of Peace.” He went on to warn that “The work people who are prosperous now will be the first to feel the pinch when this disastrous war ends. Then the common people will begin to know what war means. “There will then arise such a loathing and hatred of war and of the utter uselessness of it as will cause a volume of feeling such as the militarists do not understand.” He said that like Germany, England had people who felt that militarism would solve all the problems and that “the people of the country should begin now to resist or it will be no use. “Nobody suggests that there should
be peace while Germany occupies Belgium and Northern France. Settlement should be on the lines of justice, in accordance with the wishes of the populations whose territories are in dispute.” He opposed those who were calling for a  trade and economic war against Germany once the military war was won. Repress hatred “The government has not suppressed that cry. They do not contradict it but wait to see what is going to happen. If the government means a League of Peace to come out of the war they must repress the feelings of hatred, abandon retaliation and allay national suspicion.” In answer to a question, he added: “My view is that the war was going to end in deadlock and all the countries will be too far ruined for it to be possible for any of them to pay indemnities.”
The diphtheria outbreak, which had particularly struck Albert Road School, Saltaire, was dying down according to Shipley medical officer Dr Foster who said there had only been two new cases recently reported. In his report for the last quarter he said he had been notified of 35 cases, with five of the children dying. He had also been told of three cases of scarlet fever, 21 of measles, one fatal, and three of German measles. Infant mortality made up 25 per cent of the 109 deaths that had occurred in the area. Among adults the diseases responsible were phthisis (5) and respiratory diseases (25).
Fewer diphtheria cases but it’s taken its toll
WINDHILL WESLEYAN MISSION  SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 1916 Preachers:-  At 10.30 a.m. - Rev JOHN SHENTON At 4.30 p.m. - Rev J MATTHEWMAN Will conduct a War Memorial Service Roll of Honour will be read etc. Special Hymns will be used
In his monthly letter to parishioners, the Rev W H Power, vicar of Greengates, wrote: “The effects of this terrible war claim our attention and cause us all grief and pain but at the same time fill us with pride. “Heroic acts are daily being performed and our gallant Yorkshire lads have proved themselves worthy of their forebears. Justice “The losses have been considerable in killed and wounded but Britain’s eyes and her determination has not been dimmed nor will our national energy be abated till justice has been obtained and the cause for which we unsheathed the sword, carried to victory.” After paying tribute to the local men who had been killed or wounded, he added: “Officers, non-commissioned officers and men have stood the test. Their King and Country are proud of them. “We hope that when peace is declared our government, whether it be Radical or Tory, will recognise the duty which it owes to the families of
the gallant fallen and to the heroes broken in body who have survived. “We grumble sometimes with regard to our income tax, at the demands which are made upon us to uphold the expenses of our great Empire. “Instead of grumbling we ought to go down on our knees and thank Almighty God that Britain’s sons have risen in the hour of their country’s need and proved themselves worthy of those who in the past responded to the great Nelson’s call – ‘England expects every man to do his duty.’ Income tax “I have no pretensions to an expert knowledge in finance but I hope that the minister responsible for the enforcement of the income tax will make us who stay at home pay heavily for the security which has been won at the cost of countless lives. “I met an ordinary workman only this week who candidly stated that he was earning £8 per week in a munition factory.”
He then went on to share some of the letters he had received following the action on the Somme. One officer wrote: “Our losses in officers are out of all proportion to our men. Killed “I did not believe it possible for men to do what the 1/6th West Yorkshires did. Every one was a hero.  “One of our officers was shot through the arm but did not stop. Five minutes afterwards he was killed. “One regular regiment we went through said the advance of our men across the valley was like a regiment marking across a parade ground. “One machine gunner who used to be in the A company carried a gun back on his shoulder with the spare parts of another and the bolt of a third. On his way back he took two prisoners and when he reported he said ‘I hope I shall not get into any trouble for not bringing the other gun with me.’ “Each gun weighs 35 pounds. This is the stuff of which the West Yorkshires are made. We ought to be proud of them.”
Local heroes who deserve uncomplaining support
A 13-year-old girl, who worked at Dumb Mills, was in court charged with attempting to drown herself. The girl, who lived in Shipley with her mother and step-father, had gone out to play in the afternoon with instructions that she must be back between 8 and 9 p.m. When she failed to return her mother went looking for her and found her still at her friend’s house. The angry mother chastised the girl, who ran off and threw herself into the canal. Ninepence It was revealed that the girl earned seven shillings a week, all of which she gave to her mother. She earned an extra ninepence a week by knocking people up in the morning which she kept for spending money. She told the magistrates she was willing to go back home and obey her mother but was still given four days in a detention centre before being handed over to her mother.
13-year-old girl in court after jumping in canal
More wounded arrive  at Bradford station
A group of 98 wounded soldiers, all stretcher cases, arrived at Bradford station where they were met and transported to hospital by members of Eccleshill St John Ambulance Division. Meanwhile a group of wounded soldiers from St Luke’s hospital were given a day out at Shipley Bowling Green Club. They played bowls and billiards and were entertained by local musicians. Humorist ‘Mr Ward Holmes, who has been a favourite in the musical world for a longer period than we dare say, sang a couple of songs in his usual impressive manner. ‘Mr Leonard Learoyd, an exceptionally fine humorist, delighted the audience with his contributions. Mr John Paley, famous for his abilities as a cornettest and trumpeter, gave selections which were simply superb.’ Another group of around 70 men were the latest to enjoy the hospitality of Baildon Golf Club’s club house. ‘The afternoon was spent in walking across the moor, golfing etc. A substantial tea was served by a number of willing lady helpers and soon after tea the company was entertained with an excellent open air concert.’
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