Friday 2 November 1917
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Left to right: Pte Joseph Myers of 29 Mount Avenue has been wounded in the left forearm and is now at Bournemouth Hospital, making satisfactory progress. This is the third time he has been wounded. He has seen service both at the Dardanelles and Egypt. Pte Ernest Ayre, whose home is at 59 Norman Drive, has been wounded in the right arm and shoulder and is at present in Rouen Hospital. Signaller Frank Scott, who was wounded in the right knee while signalling from the trench top after sundown, is
now an inmate of the Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington. Pte Joe Hopkinson of 8 Wellington Road, has been brought to the Northern General Hospital, Leicester, suffering from trench feet. Rifleman James Mitchell, who has been over two years in France with the West Yorks, has been wounded in the foot and has been conveyed to Queen Mary’s Military Hospital, Blackburn.
ECCLESHILL WARRIORS IN HOSPITAL
Our readers will doubtless be interested to hear that though he has been wounded in France, Gunner Thomas Horsfall of Greengates, late reporter on the staff of the Express, writes a cheerful letter to the editor. He came over to ‘Blighty’ about a week ago as a ‘casualty’ to a northern general hospital but – to use his own words – “though out of the action” he is “in good heart.” Warrior Like hundreds of thousands of our wonderful soldiers, he has proved his valour in front of the foe and has, fortunately, lived to reach old England, bearing the hall-mark of a warrior. As is the case with the bulk of our soldiers, he was before the war a peace-loving, good natured fellow and an excellent colleague. When the call came for him to join up he was ready to take the man’s part in a quiet, unobtrusive way; and he has played his part like a man.
All honour to him and his kind. Of such stuff are our armies made. “Good old Tom,” as we like to call him in our private circle at the Express, is our hero; we all hold him in high esteem and heartily wish him a speedy recovery to health and strength. L Cpl Maurice Glover, also of Greengates, another of our heroes who has been in the thick of the fray, has received his marks of honour.
He was quite a youth when he joined the staff of the Express upon which he  had his early training and followed up his studies as a reporter on the Bradford Daily Telegraph. Gassed Joining the colours in April of this year, he embarked for the Continet as soon as he reached 19 years of age. About the middle of October he was wounded and slightly gassed. A field card from him has reached the office with the intimation – “wounded; going on well.” Maurice was enthusiastic in his studies and intelligent. He bids fair to blossom into a capable man in the profession of journalism in which his two brothers – Mr Archie Glover and Sec Lieut Walshaw Glover, both Express cadets – have won their spurs. By the way, Sec Lieut Glover is home on leave from the  front where he has taken part in many important operations.
Gunner Thos Horsfall (L) and L Cpl Maurice Glover
Two fine Express men who  are doing their duty
Pte Edward Ward Wilcock, 51st Battalion Australian Imperial Forces, was killed in action in France on October 12th. He was the third son of Mr and Mrs John A Wilcock of 139 Wilmer Road, Heaton and formerly of Windhill. Emigrated The family emigrated to Australia about seven years ago and were farming in Malyalling, Wickapin, Western Australia Pte Wilcock joined up with his elder brother, Lawrence E Wilcock and the two brothers were within a few yards of each other in the front line trenches when a shell fell near to Edward. It was the unfortunate experience of his elder brother to be with the party who went to the assistance of Edward only to find that he was dead along with two more. He was a fine, promising young man and his loss is greatly to be deplored.
Former Windhill soldier killed with his brother only yards away
A Shipley sailor who is at present enjoying a few days at home, has had the somewhat remarkable experience of having been on three torpedoed vessels and he has been fortunate in coming through each ordeal unscathed. He is Leading Seaman Thomas Henry Walker of 63 Manor Lane and formerly of Briggate Walker, who is a native of Leeds, has been in the Navy about 19 years and was called up with the Fleet Reserve at the outbreak of war. He has been in many engagements, including the battle of Jutland.
Survived three torpedoes
Rifleman Arthur Booth of the West Yorks Regt, whose home is at 5 Institute Road, Eccleshill, has received injuries to his right arm and is troubled with trench feet. He has completed a year’s service in France and is now in Glasgow Hospital.
Rifleman in hospital
Cpl Harry Barker, son of Mr and Mrs Walter Barker of Marlborough Road, Idle, has been killed in action in France. This hero was awarded the Military Medal last June. A few weeks ago he was home on leave and he was accorded a hearty reception from his numerous friends. He was formerly connected with the Primitive Methodist Church and School and while on furlough attended service. He had only been back in France for a few days when he met his death. He was 21 years of age and served from September 6th to Christmas 1916 at the Dardanelles and was then invalided home, suffering from trench feet. It was in France that he displayed the gallantry which secured him his distinction.
Killed days after home leave
Sportsman missing
Pte Harry G Parker, Australian Forces, second son of Mr Arthur Parker, builder and contractor, 5 New Street, Windhill is reported missing since October 4th. Prior going to Australia seven years ago, he was employed at J Parkinson and Son, Shipley. He was a versatile sportsman, playing hockey and football for Windhill Parish Church and was a member of the Windhill Cricket A XI. His sporting talents were recognised when he reached Brisbane and he became a player for one of the foremost athletic clubs. The family would be glad of any information concerning him.
Mr C F Pyett of 13 Castle Road, Shipley, who works so hard on behalf of our wounded heroes, has received a letter from him brother, Rifleman H Pyett who is a Brigade Runner in France and has been in the recent heavy fighting. He says: “You will have seen photographs in the newspapers of Tommies coming out of action all muddy and their clothes tattered and torn. Saved my life “Well you can easily imagine what I looked like. I had my clothes torn to bits with barbed wire and had my gas bag shot off my back but not a scratch did I get. “On one occasion I heard a shell coming and I laid flat down in the slush ‘face downwards.’ That saved my life. The shell burst six feet from me and my legs were buried. “I, along with others, often jumped in shell holes when we heard a shell coming and we were up to the neck in mud. Burned to death “In one pill-box we came across five dead Germans. They have been burned to death. “I’m proud of the lads out here. I should never have believed it if I had not seen it – that the boys get over the top smoking cigarettes and often stopping to get a light. I can stick it as long as I know you are all well at home.” Rifleman Pyett’s mother is an invalid and a widow and it is significant that amongst all the perils of his service at the front his only worry should be about home.
Pte Charles Cordingley, son of Mr Levi Cordingley, Aire Street, Thackley, is reported missing.
Thackley lad missing
Mud and danger but concern is of home
Mr and Mrs Mead of Thorn House, Charlestown are anxious as to the welfare of their only son, Pte George Mead, who it is reported is wounded. A parcel which was sent by the official of the Baildon Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund some weeks ago was acknowledged by a soldier of the same platoon as Pte Mead, who stated that Pte Mead was wounded but his whereabouts were unknown. From enquiries made by Miss B Mead, Pte Mead’s sister, another Baildon soldier who knows Pte Mead personally, says that he was wounded a short time ago. Information would be gladly welcomed by the family
Family anxious as son’s whereabouts unknown
IN MEMORIAM PROCTOR – In loving memory of a dear husband and loving father, Cecil Proctor of HMS Good Hope, who was drowned in the Chilli Isles, South America, November 1st, 1914. So sad yet so true, We cannot tell why; The best are the first To be called on to die. From his loving Wife and Children, 2 Mount Place, Saltaire Road, Shipley.
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