Friday 2 November 1917
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Left-Right: Gunner Harry Lee, son of Mr Fred Lee of Idle, is in hospital at Warrington, suffering from trench fever. He is in the Royal Garrison Artillery and has been in France for several months. His brother John is in the same regiment and is in France. L Cpl Frank Davison, only son of Mr and Mrs Albert Davison, Simpson Green, Idle, was wounded in the legs on October 11th and is now in hospital in Warrington. He has been in the army since 25th February 1916 and went to France in May this year. L Cpl Davison is 19 years of age and at the present time is attached to the 6th Bedfordshire Regt, but previously he was in the Northumberland Fusiliers. Pte John A Mitchell, Machine Gun Corps, son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Mitchell of Brackendale, Thackley, was wounded on September 27th last but has made a good recovery and has returned to the front. He has to his credit eighteen months’ active service in France. In civil life he was a butcher and was in the employ of Mr E Woodhead, Bradford Road, Idle. Pte Edward Verity, who is married and resides at 4 Regent Street, Thackley, was wounded in the right arm some time ago and is now at a hospital in Manchester. Before joining up he was a spinner in the employ of J Raistrick and Sons, Brackendale Mills, Thackley. The regiment of his choice was the Northumberland Fusiliers but he was subsequently transferred.
WOUNDED FOR THEIR COUNTRY
Pte Norman Mitchell, West Yorks Regt, who was wounded in the ‘Big Push’ of last year, is again in hospital. He is the son of Mr Edwin Mitchell of Marlborough Road. He was a comrade of Cpl Cyril Pearce who has been missing for over a year and is now presumed to be dead.
Wounded for second time
Left, L-R: Pte J W Duckworth, 12 Sun Place, Woodbottom, killed; L Cpl Thomas William Mitchell, 15 Dale Street, Shipley, killed; Gunner Fred Patchett, 41 Institute Road, Eccleshill, killed. Below, L-R: Pte H Mitchell, Marlborough Road, Idle, in hospital in France; Rifleman Leonard Cole, 1 Fagley Road, Eccleshill, wounded; Pte Fred Wilson, 65 Valley Street, Shipley, wounded; Artificer William Walker, 65 Valley Street, Shipley, a Jutland hero; AB S Percy Walker, Valley Street, Shipley, won distinction;  Cpl Harry Sutcliffe, Ash Grove, Greengates;  J Normington, Shipley.
MEN WHO ANSWERED THEIR COUNTRY’S CALL
This picture was taken from the pocket of a dead British soldier in a dug-out at Arras by Driver Sylvester Richards, 1 Undercliffe Road, Eccleshill. It features the dead soldier whose name is unknown.
An unknown soldier
In the London Gazette recently there occurred the name of an old Salt School boy, Sec-Lieut Edgar M Kermode (pictured) who has been awarded the Military Cross. In a recent offensive, Lieut Kermode led his platoon with great dash and gallantry and after some stiff fighting, during which many of the enemy were killed and wounded, succeeded in rounding up the survivors of a fortified post and in sending them back as prisoners. Saved lives Lieut Kermode is the son of Mr W M Kermode of Moorhead, Shipley, and has now won his second decoration during the war. Last autumn when serving as a private he gained the D.C.M. for an act of bravery whereby he saved the lives of several of his comrades. We trust that he may long be spared to wear the honours so gallantly won.
Cpl G W Hobson, RFA, of 35 Threshfield, Baildon, has been awarded the D.C.M. on the field by the Commander in Chief for a very gallant act of bravery. He went out with a party laying wires and they were isolated for four days on account of the heavy gun fire and he brought back every man safely. During the whole of this time they had no food, except the rations they took with them. He was recommended for a commission some months ago for a similar act of bravery in France. Formerly he was employed by the British Dyers Association as assistant colour dyer with W Grandage & Co of Brownroyd Dyeworks. Joining the army on 5th September 1914, he was sent to Gallipoli, went through the Suvia Bay landing and Dardanelles Campaign until the evacuation and has since been in France.
The recipients of war medals presented by the Duke of Connaught on the occasion of his recent visit to the Birmingham Hospital, included Cpl Jim Scott who is a native of Idle. The record of Cpl Scott, who is attached to the Royal Warwickshire Regt, spoke of his “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty by going out 150 yards, under heavy fire, to the assistance of an officer who was endeavouring to bring in his commanding officer, who had been wounded.” Regular Cpl Scott, who was a regular when war broke out, was formerly employed at Castle Mills. He is well respected in the district and the recognition of his gallantry will give great pleasure to his many friends. His father served with the Coldstream Guards in the South African War. Cpl Scott is a nephew of Mr and Mrs Jeremiah Turner of Rosemount, Bradford Road, Idle, and of Mr and Mrs Matthew Watkinson of Highfield Road.
Medals awarded to gallant local heroes
News has been received that Pte Charles Raistrick of the Australian Imperial Forces has been fighting in France and he has made the supreme sacrifice. The late hero was the youngest son of the late Mr Nathan Raistrick and of Mrs Raistrick, 1 The Grove, Idle. He was on a visit to Idle during the summer when he came to the motherland with the Australian forces. It is seven years since he left England for the Antipodes and when the war broke out he had built up a good business in Queensland. When in training in Australia he was promoted to sergeant but sacrificed his stripes on joining the British Imperial Army. Previous to coming to this country he fought in German East Africa.
Idle emigré KIA
Death of only son
Much sympathy is felt by the many friends of Mr and Mrs C H Beech of Bank Crest, Baildon, on the loss they have sustained by the death in action of their only son, L Cpl Frank Beech of the West Yorkshire Regt.
Saltaire soldier rising through the ranks
Sec Lieut J W Cutler (married), son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Cutler of 2 Constance Street, Saltaire, has just proceeded to France to join the British forces in the field. This is his second venture. He enlisted as the outbreak of war in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry with whom he saw 19 months of active service. He went out as a private but by sheer hard work and devotion to duty was quickly promoted to the rank of sergeant. Flying colours In February of this year he was recommended by his Battalion Commander and the General commanding his Brigade for a commission. After spending a month’s furlough with his people at Saltaire, he entered an officer’s training school at Pirbright in Surrey, where he passed his examinations with flying colours and obtained his commission in the Yorkshire Regt stationed at Sutton on Hull. He went to join his regiment there and has just been home again on embarkation leave.
Pte W Hudson, whose wife resides in Bright Street, Clayton, has been killed. He has been in the army more than three years and was wounded in the head last March.
Clayton man killed
Promotion for joiner
Cpl L Haithwaite, 2 Binswell Fold, Westgate, Baildon, is 41 years of age and before the war was employed by Mr S G Dolphin, joiner, Bank Crest, Baildon. He enlisted on 22nd August 1916 in the Army Veterinary Corps as a joiner. He was sent straight to France where he is now serving Some time ago he was promoted to lance corporal and within a month of that was further promoted to full corporal. He has not had leave home since joining the colours. He is married and has five children, the eldest of whom is 16.
Gunner Joseph Kitcheman of 12 Jennings Street, Windhill, is in the curious position of having been lent by his regiment to another. He is 41 years of age and enlisted on October 1st, three years ago, He went abroad eight months later. Before the war he was employed at the Telephone Office in Saltaire Road, Shipley as night operator. He is a married man with six children, the eldest of whom is 12 years old and the youngest three. He is a soldier with 16 years’ service to his credit, seven of which were spent in India. He was then just time expired but volunteered for service. Promptly accepted, he was sent to France. Gunner Kitcheman has been a prominent boxer and boxing instructor but most of his appear- ances in the ring have been in India.
Lent to another regiment
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