Friday 26 January 1917
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The above photos are of the late Sgt James Page and his sons, Bombardier Thomas Page and Gunner Edward Page, whose wives and families reside at 36 Kitson Street, Crag Road, Windhill. The others are relatives: Pte C Wheatcroft, the late Pte W Yates, and Pte W Halford, who before the war resided at Bradford. Sgt James Page, who at one time lived at Windhill, was on the reserve of the Royal Scots Greys. Bombardier Page, along with his brother, is in France but is expected home on sick leave. Prior to the war he was a running member of the Wibsey Park Harriers. Pte Wheatcroft went through the South African War and was badly wounded. Pte Yates was also in the South African Campaign and at the outbreak of war was given a position as Drill Instructor, which he retained up to his death from cancer a few months ago. Pte Halford is attached to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers and has been out in France but had to return owing to illness.
The service of a Windhill family
A memorial service for Sapper Percy Holgate was held at Rosse Street on Sunday evening last and was conducted by the Rev H W Burdett. There was a large attendance of friends and the Rosse Street Brotherhood attended in a body. The choir, under the leadership of Mr Wilfred Knight, sang ‘Cast thy burden’ and ‘the Hymn of the Homeland.’ At the close of the service the ‘Dead March’ was played. Mr Burdett said that the service was no conventional thing. Many there had known Percy Holgate well and greatly liked and esteemed him. He had belonged to the Sunday School and Brotherhood and had rendered fine service in the cricket and football clubs. Character They had always found him straight, considerate, reliable. A man of principle and character, there was only one testimony about him, that he was good and true. A sacred and touching letter had been received from the chaplain who attended him when he was brought into hospital badly wounded about 7 o’clock on January 1st. As he lay dying, he sent loving messages to his mother and sisters and to his friends at Rosse Street. Almost the last thing he said was: “I’m thinking about these words, ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’ “ A memorial service of an impressive nature was held in the Tong Park Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday in memory of the late Pte Harold Anderton, elder son of Mr and Mrs T Anderton of Tong Park, who was recently killed in action. An appropriate sermon was eloquently given by Mr R Lindley of Shipley, whilst Mr H Lister of Baildon sang ‘How willing my paternal love’ very effectively. At the conclusion of the service the ‘Dead March’ was played by the organist, Mr W Bentley.
Remembering the fallen
The wedding took place at the Providence Wesleyan Chapel, Shipley, on Wednesday of Mr Frank Johnson (left), the son of Mr T Johnson of Belmont Terrace, and Miss Marion (Marie) Lennon of 12 Market Street. Mr Johnson, who was in the RAMC when war was declared was called to serve with the Colours immediately. Amputated He was so badly wounded in the early stages of the war that his leg was amputated. He is now doing Army clerical work at York. He is only 21 years of age. His father was for a time the manager at Robson’s Ltd and is now in charge of an important munitions works. The bride was a member of the Providence Wesleyan Chapel choir. Mr Joseph Johnson, brother of the bridegroom acted as best man and the bride was accompanied by Miss Amy Shaw, niece, as bridesmaid. Mr Walter Cryer gave the bride away. The officiating minister was Rev David Ashby, Saltaire.
Wounded soldier’s wedding
Harold Bakes, second son of Mr J Harper Bakes of the Grave, Idle, has received a commission as second lieutenant. An engineer by trade, he joined the forces soon after the outbreak of the war and, like his elder brother, Captain Leslie Bakes, has won promotion from the lowest position in the army by sheer merit. While Captain Bakes, who is 27 years of age, ‘jumped’ from the position of private to that of second-lieutenant, his brother Harold, who is 25, advanced by degrees. The latter served for a few months in France and subsequently went to Salonica where he was selected, owing to his smartness, for training as a commissioned officer. He has received his training at the Imperial School of Instruction in
Harold was remarkably successful in his training and came out very near the top. We shall not be surprised that other promotions are in store for Second Lieutenant Bakes in the near future. Captain Bakes, who by profession is an architect, joined the Leeds Pals as a private and on the formation of the Second Bradford Pals was granted a commission and gazetted on 1st December 1915. Before joining the army he had many interests. He was deeply interested in several kinds of sport and especially in golf and he carried off a good number of prizes in connection with the Ravenscliffe Golf Club. He was also particularly clever as an amateur dramatist. He now occupies the post of Salvage Officer to one of the divisions in France.
Idle brothers progress through the ranks
Egypt, which although it had a small beginning after the commencement of the war, is now one of the most complete military training centres in the British Empire. In this school six weeks is sufficient to prepare a cadet to become an officer whereas it takes months for a man to pass through the Officers’ Training Corps at home.
Another large convoy of our wounded soldiers arrived in Bradford at the Midland Station on Monday night. Amongst them was Pte Ralph Stamford of 5 Mount Terrace, Eccleshill. He was wounded in the arm and was also suffering from trench feet. Arm This is the second time Stamford has been wounded, his former being in the arm also. The ambulance men who tended the wounded were in charge of Sgt Harry Cripps who, along with the following men, is from the Eccleshill Congregational St John’s Ambulance Brigade: Cpl A Mosley, Privates Fred Bland, C Wood, E Mosley, A Wadsworth, T Harlusher, Newton, Thomas Stead, H Clough, B Stephenson, W Holroyd, C Parratt, F Moorhouse, D Burton, L Slingsby, A Wheeler and M Thornton.
Eccleshill ambulance men welcome home twice-wounded hero
Pte Arthur Lancaster, a Baildon soldier, was charged at Otley on Wednesday with being an absentee from the Machine Gun Corps at Grantham. The prisoner pleaded guilty. P.C. Bentley stated that he arrested Lancaster at his house at Baildon the previous night and charged him with being an absentee. Lancaster replied: “Yes, I am. I ought to have gone back on Sunday but I was going tomorrow.” The witness asked why he had not gone and he replied, “Well, it was my last leave so I thought I would have a few days longer.” He was remanded to await an escort.
Baildon soldier extended last leave
Mr Thomas Obank of Thackley has received a very interesting letter from Pte William Lofthouse who is serving as a motor driver in Mesopotamia. He says his first job was passing a test on a ‘Pierce Arrow’ which he did without fault “Nothing exciting happened during the voyage from England and I was pleased to get off after spending 32 days on water. “When we landed we had a tramp of about three miles through dirt. It was awful and dark. I thought, well this is a nice start but after a night’s rest, things looked brighter. Rations “The first two nights we slept in a long building similar to long Dutch barns with clots of mud to lay on. The next week or so a little drilling and then I went on fatigue at the river side until the cars arrived which had been allotted to us. “After another test, I was sent off along with 17 others up country. I was given rations for six days and we proceeded with the motors across the deserts. “Picks and shovels were also supplied and each car had two planks fastened to the foot board, ready for ditch jumping etc. “The first dozen miles were fairly good and then came my first chance of crossing a river on a pontoon bridge. Bad travelling followed this across dry ditches, sometimes a yard deep and often the car gets stuck in the mire. “In such a hole as this a car came a cropper and partly turned over into the ditch. Fortunately the driver was unhurt but the front axle was badly strained. “After a few more exciting incidents, the party arrived at their destination.”
Learning to cope with tricky driving conditions
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