Friday 16 February 1917
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Second Lieutenant Ralph Dickinson, son of Ald Dickinson, is on sick leave. For a short period he was in hospital but is now almost sufficiently recovered to resume his military duties. Lieut Dickinson has had a spell at the Front and has seen many examples of German “frightfulness.”
Ready to resume duty
Killed after only three weeks in France
Pte Norman Gilks of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, and he son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Gilks of 18 Esholt Lane, Baildon, has been killed in action. He had been in the army about five months and had only served in France three weeks. He was 19 years old.
Pte R G Illingworth, Yorkshire Regt, of Thackley, who was formerly connected with the Primitive Methodist Church and Sunday School, writes: “I have been so lucky as to come across a good many local lads during the past few weeks, that I thought I would send you a line or two, telling you how we go on when a few pals get together Sausage “On this occasion L Cpl J A Vale, R.E., Pte J Mitchell, M.G.C., and L Cpl A E Baxter, West Yorks – all from Thackley – and I met by arrangement and had a very enjoyable time “We visited one of the towns close at hand, which, by the way, is at various times shelled and bombed by our
‘friend’ Fritz, and quite relished a well-earned dinner consisting of sausage, roast pork, peas and potatoes. “The rest of the night we spent singing old-time songs and also the latest which we learn from the lads who manage to get back to the motherland – a favour which is longed and looked for by all. Banner “I am glad to say that each of the guests at this re-union are in the best of health and still in the best of
spirits, yet longing for the time of our final return home with banners of victory waving round us, so that we may live once again under the best of civilised conditions. Frozen “We have this last three or four weeks been visited by a severe frost and practically everything over here is frozen. “We often have great difficulty in obtaining water to remove the long- staying dirt and have a wash and clean-up. “I have come across Ptes Joe Sharp, Manel Hudson, W Perrow, G Kay, C Prosser, J Elsworth and A Sutcliffe. As far as I know at the moment, all are quite well”
“The rest of the night we spent singing old-time songs and also the latest which we learn from the lads who manage to get back to the motherland.”
When pals from home meet up at the Front
We at home should learn from those at war
The vicar of Greengates, the Rev W H Power, has received from another local vicar, who is a chaplain to the forces at the front, a letter containing the following: “The cold here is very intense, 16 degrees of frost. When I have lately celebrated Holy Communion my hands have been so cold that I could scarcely bold the vessels. The water froze in the vessels before I could get them properly cleansed. “I should dearly like to have a good long talk with you but I hope to be able to do so some time in the near future.” In reference to this letter, Rev Power says: “We grumble at home about the high prices of foods; we do not hear of any grumblers at the front. Yet this letter is but a faint indication of what our soldiers are enduring. “Such a letter should influence us all to put our money down and work in any way that we can to provide for our
soldiers and sailors. Silently they do their duty in spite of the weather conditions and the disastrous effects of shot and shell and bomb. Demand service “May we emulate them and do our utmost to smite the forces which have brought on this brutal and savage war. If we make a great effort at home within the next few months, I think our soldiers will not have to endure another winter in the trenches. “I am glad that the bishops are at last awakening to the calls of the nation and that Mr Neville Chamberlain is about to demand service from the professional classes. Whatever we are asked to do I feel sure every parson is prepared to do his share in any work he is capable of performing in the national interest.”
Rifleman John Ratliffe, of 82 Wellington Road, Undercliffe, enlisted on the outbreak of war and was sent to France three months later with the King’s Royal Rifles He has been in many engagements and has passed through them all safely but is now in hospital suffering from trench feet. His brother Lewis is serving at the Front with the Duke of Wellington’s Regt and his brother Frank, who is in the Northumberland Fusiliers, is at present in hospital, sick.
Brothers in arms
An inquiry was held at Baildon District Council Offices on Monday afternoon regarding the sudden death of Pte Willie Pickles, whose home is at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was the second son of the late Mr and Mrs Wm Pickles and went off to Canada a few years ago. He enlisted in the 27th Canadian Infantry Battalion early in 1916, his regiment crossing to England last August. He arrived in Baildon on Friday morning on leave to pay a visit to his sister who resides at Baildon and was found dead in bed on Sunday morning. The jury’s verdict was that death was caused by acute alcoholism accelerated by the intense cold. Medical evidence was given by Dr A Macvie who was called in when the deceased man was first found. The deceased soldier was 36 years of age and leaves a widow.
Canadian soldier dies visiting his roots
Gunner Albert Kirby, only son of Mr Arthur Kirby of Derby Street, Greengates, has been invalided home from France suffering from nervous breakdown and is now in hospital in Warrington. Gunner Kirby joined the army shortly after war was declared, being attached to the Royal Field Artillery with which he has seen much fighting, having been out in France for over a year.
Nervous breakdown after year in front line
Pte Clifford Holdsworth, second son of Mr Asa Holdsworth, of Station Road, Clayton, has been wounded during recent fighting in France and is now in hospital in Stockport. Pte Holdsworth, who is only 19 years of age, joined the Royal Naval Division more than seventeen months ago and was sent out to France towards the end of last year. In a letter to his parents, Pte Holdsworth states that this division was successful in capturing 500 yards of the enemies trenches and it was during this operation that he received a bullet wound in his arm. For a time it seemed as though he had lost the arm but he was quickly attended to and states that he is receiving every possible attention in hospital.
Rapid treatment saves soldier from losing arm
The wife of Pte Harry Holmes who resides at Ramsden Place, Greengates, has received intimation that her husband is suffering from typhoid fever and is now in hospital at Malton. Pte Holmes was called up on April of last year and went out to Salonica towards the latter end of the year. He is attached to one of the Northumberland Fusilier regiments.
Typhoid sufferer
Edwin Holdsworth, a former pupil at Rosse Street Sunday School, wrote thanking them for a parcel: “We are bivouacs in an open field, very much like Baildon Moor. It is bleak and is freezing hard. While I write the air is rent with the sound of guns which never cease and at times it makes one think of the roaring of the sea. The darkness of the night is lit up with vivid flashes. “We all keep smiling and go on with our duties and cheer ourselves up with good old English songs. We all hope this awful business will soon be at an end and we shall return to good old Blighty.”
Like being on Baildon Moor
This is the last day for putting money in the Victory War Loan and none should lose the opportunity which is offered. The money invested will be perfectly safe and a high rate of interest will be paid on it. The soundest investment today is in the British Victory War Loan. But there are also the claims of patriotism and these should be paramount. It should be a point of honour with all to put the largest amount possible into the Loan and if we all exert ourselves as we should do, the result will be what it must be – not simply a success which, by the way is already assured at Shipley – but a wonderful demonstration of the patriotism of the people who realise that they are passing through the greatest crisis in their history. As well as this editorial comment urging investment, the newspaper carried two stories about how companies were doing their bit. A meeting of the employees at the Saltaire Mills was held in the mill
yard on Monday, addressed by the owner, Sir James Roberts. He expressed his willingness to purchase War Loan stock for his employees and accept payment for the same by weekly instalments of 2s for each £5 of stock. He also offered to pay the last 5s, reducing the actual amount to be paid by the workers to  £4 10s instead of £4 15s, no interest to be charged on the advance. Urged The hope was expressed that at least 2,000 workers would avail themselves of the offer. Wilson & Tattersall, worsted spinners, Water Pits Mill, Shipley, also had a meeting of their employees and urged them to swell the War Loan by what small amount they could reasonably advance. To every 10s subscribed in cash by those who have been in their employ twelve months or more, the firm will add 5s and purchase for each 10s 6d subscribed a 15s 6d War Savings Certificate. In regard to those not in a position to
at once advance the 10s 6d, weekly instalments will be taken until it is cleared off thus giving them also the benefit of the 5s grant to each certificate. Those who have been six months and not exceeding 12 months in the employ of the firm are to receive 2s 6d toward each certificate, and those who have been only three months, 1s 3d.
Point of honour to put every spare penny into loans
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