Tribute to men who served their King and CountryAs so often, the newspaper was only able to publish pictures of men a week after their stories had first appeared.
Great sympathy is felt with Mr and Mrs Thomas Anderton of Tong Park in the loss of their eldest son, Pte Harold Anderton (above), who has been killed “somewhere in France.”The young man was 19 years of age and was very highly respected in the village.Mr and Mrs Anderton have received letters from several of their son’s comrades, all of whom express their deep regret and sympathy with his parents. He was killed by a trench mortar and his death was instantaneous.Joined up togetherHe was a friend of Pte Teddy McEwen and the two joined the colours on the same date, 10th July 1916, and went to France together in October.He met his death through the bursting of a shell when his regiment were leaving the trenches.Before joining the colours, he was employed by Messrs Wm Denby & Sons, Tong Park Mills.
Exploding shell kills 19 year old Harold
Albert struck down with trench fever
Pte Albert Stansfield, of 2 Bromet Place, Eccleshill, who has been at the front several months with the 15th West Yorks, has been sent to a base hospital suffering from trench fever.Two of his brothers are also at the front, one in the Royal Field Artillery and the other in the Yorkshire Hussars.
Mr W A S Robinson of Shipley had been one of the leading voices in recruiting men to fight in the war but his energies now were being turned towards the conduct of the war and the treatment of those who had signed up to serve.In speech he said “We are now entering the final stage of the great war. The demands the State will have to make upon all will be tremendous and in certain respects appalling but we shall have to face the music.Pinch“The manner in which the majority of people have responded to the call of the motherland is truly remarkable but there are those who have not yet heeded the “call” and who have not felt the pinch.“On the contrary, they are having a good time at other people’s expense.
“Such beings should be exposed. No individual, to use vulgar parlance, should be allowed to “make up” out of the war.“If there is money made out of a terrible calamity like this, the State should confiscate that wealth. We are fighting for the preservation of our Empire and all that such a phrase implies and not to get men ‘rich very quick.’“Certain people will, if their consciences were not so elastic, blush with shame after the war if the
question were put ‘What did you do in the great war?’ If they answered truthfully they would say, ‘We did everybody we could, including government departments’.”PitiableTurning to the question of separation allowances for soldiers’ dependants, Mr Robinson said he noted with pleasure that both services were to receive better treatment, thanks mainly to Mr Hogge MP pestering the government.“Many cases, really pitiable, have come to my notice. Patriotism and hardship for women and children do not mix and doling out charity is only adding insult to injury“The concessions made, however, will greatly help the soldiers’ people to a degree of comfort which unquestionably should be theirs.”
We will have to face the music after the war
VOLUNTEER NOTESThere was something very exhilarating in last Sunday morning’s march to the uplands above Eldwick. It had been intended to have Company Drill with Bingley in a field there but the snow put that out of the question and the operations resolved themselves into a march up to Drake Hill and back home through Bingley.The wide and expansive views of the snow-clad landscape, varied by occasional snow showers, more than made up for the thick snow under foot in places, and the increased energy called for to march under these conditions brought its own reward in the cheeriness and good humour of the men.One could not but remark the spirit of comradeship which seemed to pervade the ranks.It is one of the advantages of the Shipley Company that, coming from a comparatively small place, the men – both Volunteers and recruits – know each other much better than in other Companies drawn from a wider area.Pub HQ to guard aeroplanesCertain members of the 13th Battalion W.R Volunteer Regt (South Leeds) will have good reason to remember the Christmas of 1916. On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, Major Cecil H Taylor received an emergency telephone call from the Military Authorities requesting guards for two aeroplanes which had been compelled to descend owing to fog in two outlying districts of the city.Many men were away for the holidays but eventually a sufficient number was secured for 24 hours’ guards until Tuesday afternoon when the interrupted flights were continued.One aeroplane had descended in a ploughed field and a guard room had to be improvised in the nearest public house.There was a heavy downpour of rain in the early hours of Christmas morning and it was no easy matter for visiting rounds and reliefs to find their way in the pitch darkness, to say nothing of the pounds of soil which stuck to their boots.The men forming the second guard commanded a corrugated hut or “dug out” in a windswept grass field for a guard-room and their wants were kindly provided for by residents in the neighbourhood.
Eldwick views made up for marching on thick snow
On reading the Shipley Times dated Jan 12th, I see the war on the rum still continues and it may be interesting to know that we “mere boys” are standing to again.There has been a slight attack from the direction of Shipley by “some” member of “some” order, who has not had “Somme”. That has failed miserably before the letters published on our side and we are winning all round.I think neutrals had better take note and remain neutral or join our side. That bottle of rum must certainly have been strong as it has made many people talk.One of the Rum Brigade, Salt Auxiliary Hospital
Rum row rumbles on
WINDHILL MISSIONOn SATURDAY, January 20th, 1917the REV H M NIELDwill give a LANTERN LECTURE entitledDEUTSCHLAND UBER ALLESOr the Rise and Fall of the German Empire.Admission by Silver Collection at the Door. Doors open 6.30 Commences at 7