Friday 22 September 1916
The weekly blurb for pictures to be shown at the Prince’s Hall included: “The latter end of the week will see displayed the brilliant picture depicting the ‘Battle of the Somme,’ comprising official pictures of the British Army in France and taken by special permission of the War Office by the British Topical Committee for War Films. Free seats suspended “So great has been the call for bookings already, that all the free seats have been suspended on the three days that the film will be exhibited. “The pictures were actually taken under fire and at grave risk to the operator’s life. At no price should this famous picture be missed. It has already been acclaimed by thousands as the greatest war picture yet produced.”
Crowds clamour to see film of the Somme
Mr and Mrs Joseph Mortimer, who left Shipley about three years ago for Nairobi, in British East Africa, are now on a visit to the home country. After a few weeks stay on the Isle of Wight with their son’s family, they will be visiting Shipley. Mr Mortimer was in business as a butcher in Westgate, Shipley, and was a prominent member of the Shipley & District Butchers’ Association. He was also a zealous religious worker and one of the most ardent and persistent advocates of temperance. For many years he was secretary of the Shipley Temperance Union. Many people who have lived temperate lives readily admit that they owe much to the fine example and good influence of Mr Mortimer.
Temperance butcher on a visit home
Community turns out to honour one of their own
Impressive scenes were witnessed yesterday afternoon at the funeral of the late Pte J E T Howard, of Idle, (right) who was familiarly known as Pte Johnny Howard. The deceased passed away in the military hospital at Liverpool where he had been treated since being severely wounded in July. He was in the machine gun section and when wounded was just preparing to open fire upon the enemy. For nearly eleven years he was a member of the Idle and Thackley Brass Band, in the interests of which
he laboured whole- heartedly both as an official and as an instrumentalist. Music He was a keen lover of music and almost his last words to those nearest and dearest to him were that his brothers in harmony should play over his last resting place his favourite tune Beautiful Zion. “Never in my life have I seen so many people brought into the streets by a funeral,” was the observation of an aged native. He might with truth have added that it was not mere curiosity that brought the people out but it was probably a
visible and outward sign of the sympathy which draws those in trouble together, for amongst the crowd were assuredly many who either have loved ones fighting or who have lost them in the battle for the right. The coffin was placed upon a gun- carriage and covered with the Union Jack and numerous wreaths, and the improvised hearse was drawn by two black horses, mounted by men in khaki and  preceded by a non commissioned officer, Cpl Monstel, on horseback. The Idle Brass Band headed the mournful procession and on route to the church played in solemn tones the Dead March from Saul, the muffled beat of the drums adding an eerie effect to the music.
County Councillor W Holmes, the chairman of Baildon’s sanitary committee, was accused of covering up the fact that a case of diphtheria in Baildon Green had been caused by the ‘very insanitary and disgraceful state’ of the lavatories in property he owned. The discussion at a meeting of Baildon District Council was started by Cllr Fred Holmes. He and other members were careful not to point the finger directly. Instead they referred to questions being asked by Baildon Green residents and asked if there was any substance to them. Cllr W E Rhodes, the council chairman, said: “I believe that you are referring to property that belongs to a gentleman who sits on this council. If that gentleman has any desire to reply I will give him this opportunity to do so.”
Cllr W Holmes accepted the opportunity and denied that his house was the one causing the nuisance. “It is probably nine yards away from where my property is and I could name the person who does belong to the houses where the nuisance is said to be taking place. Conveniences “I do not think it would be wise to mention names, however, and in fact I do not know that there is anything particular wrong with the conveniences at all. “The secret of the whole thing probably is that the people who are saying so much at Baildon Green are not quite sure of their facts. That is all I can say about the matter. It has nothing to do with my property whatever.” Cllr P L Carrol did not think the
situation should be ignored because people were saying things about Cllr W Holmes and the council ‘that were not altogether nice.’ Accusations were being made that the nuisance was allowed to continue because of Cllr W Holmes’ official position. Calling for a full report, he added: “I do not think that it is right that this council should get blamed or that that the chairman of the sanitary committee should be blamed for the state of affairs referred to. “The people at Baildon Green were talking about the matter and referring to the members of the council as a lot twisters.” It was agreed that the Medical Officer should submit a full report and Cllr W Holmes assured the residents of Baildon Green that ‘the question will be gone into fully.”
Baildon committee chairman accused of cover up
To the Editor of the “Express” Sir – I was delighted on Monday to see framed rolls of honour up and down the parish of Windhill and each one hung outside some public building, adorned with choice fragrant flowers in vases. It showed that the memory of dead saints and living heroes – valiant patriots – is kept fragrant in the hearts and minds of Windhill people. I regard it as evidence of thought, admiration and sympathy. It is an example worth following by other districts. It must cheer those who have dear ones absent from home on duty. Yours, etc, Joshua Pitts, Eccleshill
CORRESPONDENCE
Windhill’s gesture sets an example to all
IN MEMORIAM
Michael Thomas Snell of Windhill pleaded guilty of being drunk and disorderly at Bradford West Riding Court. Learning that the defendant was 27 years old, the chairman of the magistrates, Mr J A Burton, demanded to know why he had the time and money to get drunk when “the country needs every young man that can be obtained?” On being told that Snell had been discharged from the army, Mr Burton added: “Well even in that case you can find plenty of opportunities for helping the men who are serving their country so heroically in the field. “There is no reason why you should waste your time in this way.” On hearing that Snell had been in court on a similar charge in February when he was fined eight shillings, Mr Burton said: “you will be fined 18s with an alternative of ten days imprisonment.”
No excuse for being drunk instead of helping with the war effort
Mr Richard Swain of Rawdon gave a talk to Saltaire Adult School entitled ‘Irish Life and Humour’. It was to celebrate the school’s anniversary and “the stories he related, both grave and gay, were very much appreciated by the large number of people present.” The following morning the celebrations continued with a breakfast on Shipley Glen and Mr Swain gave another lecture, this time on ‘ The Weather.’ And after a short break, he spoke on ‘How Jesus found His life work’, dealing with the various aspects of the temptation of Jesus “in a way that was most helpful and inspirational.”
Inspiring talks to mark Adult School’s anniversary
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