Friday 23 March 1917
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Great regret is felt in the Eccleshill district at the death of Dr Francis G Heard, which occurred last Thursday at his residence, Myrtle House, Harrogate Road. While discharging his duties with the army at Ripon – a post which he volunteered to take over twelve months ago – he was taken ill and was removed to his home at Eccleshill. Dr Heard came to Eccleshill some eighteen years ago and entered into partnership with Dr Richard Aston, the founder of the Ambulance movement in this district. Two years later, Dr Heard was appointed hon secretary to the division and was the means of affiliating it with the St John’s Ambulance movement. Medals For a period of fifteen years he carried on the work with marked success and to increase the interest in and efficiency of the division, he offered valuable medals for competition amongst the members. He also delivered advanced lectures to the full qualified ambulance men
and encouraged them to enter competitive examinations. These labours are bearing precious fruit today. Forty members of the division are now on active service with His Majesty’s forces and the sixteen who still remain at home have rendered yeoman service to the 6,000 wounded soldiers who have been sent to Bradford hospitals. Several of the men have been promoted to the rank of sergeant for excellence of service. Six years ago Dr Heard founded the Eccleshill Women’s Sick Nursing Division which has proved to be even more popular than the Ambulance Division. In the last year as instructor, Dr Heard had a class of seventy ladies, all of whom joined the Volunteer Aid Detachment and many of these volunteered for active service. Dr Heard came of an Irish fighting family for he was the eldest son of Lieut-Colonel Francis Heard, who
served with the 3rd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers. His maternal grandfather was Surgeon-Major George Loane, who served under Wellington through the whole of the Peninsular War. In his youth Dr Heard was a fine athlete and won several prizes for running, swimming and rowing. Poor He held the public offices of vaccinator and medical officer of health for the Eccleshill district and his kind and courteous treatment of the veterans of labour made him deservedly popular with them. The poor of the district have reason to regret his demise for their needs received prompt and efficient attention and their bills were often settled without payment. The funeral took place on Saturday. The local ambulance men who officiated as bearers were First Officer Harry C Crapp, Cpl Moyley and Privates Charles Parratt, Fred Moorhouse, Fred Bland, Charles Moyley, Willie Rhodes and Albert Smith. The Rev R B McKee conducted the last rites and the body was cremated at Scholemoor. He leaves a widow and three children, the youngest being a little boy three months old.
“In the last year as instructor, Dr Heard had a class of seventy ladies, all of whom joined the Volunteer Aid Detachment and many of these volunteered for active service.”
Death of a doctor who served his community
Pte Joseph William Robinson of 16 Peveril Mount, Moorside Road, Eccleshill, has died in hospital in France from wounds received in action. The following letter was received by Mr and Mrs Robinson on Monday: ‘By the time this letter reaches you, you will have received the sad news of your dear son’s death. I buried him today in a little cemetery near here. ‘Would that I could say something to comfort you but in grief like yours, mere words seem useless and real comfort can only come from above, but believe me you have my truest sympathy as all the brave women in England have who are called upon at this time to sacrifice so much. ‘You must try and be brave for your son has now reaped his reward. He was quite unconscious of his suffering and had a peaceful end. ‘Yours, in deepest sympathy, J Parker, Church of England chaplain.’ Pte Robinson enlisted in the 2nd Bradford Pals over two years ago and after seeing service in Egypt, was blown up in the air by a shell and wounded in the right hip on July 1st last year. On recovery he was drafted into the 2nd West Yorks and had been back again at the front two months when he received the wounds from which he died. He was a respected member of the Baptist Sunday School and Choir and was 34 years of age.
Died shortly after returning to the line
Pte E H Lougee, who formerly resided at Simpson Green, writes from Monkseaton, Northumberland that he is learning signalling and says the work is exceeding interesting and in fine weather ‘absolutely top-hole.’ The YMCA is doing a splendid work and the soldiers highly appreciate all that is being done for them by that organisation. Musical Each of the various churches in the locality provide a musical evening at the conclusion of which the soldiers are supplied with coffee and buns. The band of the West Yorkshire Regt plays every Monday night in the Church Hall, capable artistes contribute to the programme and refreshments are handed to the soldiers in attendance. But notwithstanding all that is done by the YMCA and the religious bodies for the benefit of the Tommies and notwithstanding the fact that I like my duties well, I shall not be sorry when peace is declared.
Plenty to keep trainee soldiers entertained
Pte Gordon Dickinson of 7 Holds- worth Buildings was killed in action on February 23rd while serving as a bomber with the 2nd West Yorks He was one of the first to enlist from the Eccleshill district on the outbreak of war and joined the 10th West Yorks as a gunner. His first spell of service in France lasted 12 months and he was wounded in the head by shrapnel on December 20th, 1915. The climatic conditions had been so bad that he was detained in hospital for four months with a severe kind of rheumatism. First-class gunner On recovering from this complaint he was transferred as a bomber to the 10th West Yorks and after serving another four months, he was killed. He was a brave soldier who made no complaints and who said little about the excellent service he had rendered for his country. He was a first-class gunner and the quality of his work was so marked that he was asked to stay on and do extra duty after his battery had retired. The dead hero was 24 years of age and leaves a widow and two young children. He was formerly employed at Messrs James Hustler, machine broker, Victoria Road, Eccleshill
Uncomplaining hero killed on second spell on the front line
Gunner W Cox, brother of Mr Albert Cox of Baildon, and of the RFA has been killed in action. Last year for ‘gallantry and devotion to duty in assisting with wounded horses under heavy fire’ he was awarded a Certificate of Merit.
Mr Thomas Kendall has been promoted to Lance Corporal. Prior to joining the colours Mr Kendall did very useful service as secretary of the Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society and as a member of the Board of Governors of Saltaire Hospital.
Mr J H N Roberts, JP, only son of Sir James Roberts, has been gazetted a second-lieutenant in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
News reached Idle yesterday that Gunner Robert Hartley, RFA, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Robert Hartley of Ella Carr, Simpson Green, had been killed in action. Gunner Hartley enlisted two years ago and only went to France since Christmas 1916. Two of his brothers, Pte Frank Hartley of Bradford Pals and Pte Willie Hartley, are serving. The news was conveyed in a letter written by Gunner Harry Buckley to his wife who resides at 34 Fourlands, Idle, which she received yesterday morning. Pte Donald Briggs, son of Mr Joshua Briggs of Idle, who was reported in the Express to be ill in hospital in Mesopotamia, is now said to be suffering from jaundice. He is doing as well as can be expected. Effects of gas Cpl Stanley Wright, who has been in France nearly two years with the Engineers, is ill in hospital suffering from the effects of gas. Cpl Wright is the third son of Mr J F Wright of Holmlea, Idle. Driver J C Davy, son of the late Mr Henry Davy, formerly of Sherborne, Idle, has been wounded in the face and is in hospital at Leith. He was, prior to joining the colours, employed by his uncle, Mr Arthur Davy, formerly of Idle, now of Wyke. Signaller H Kay, 12 Rawson Square, Idle, is in hospital at Sevenoaks, Kent, suffering from trench feet. Prior to being sent to France, he was in the Northumberland Fusiliers but he has since been in the East Yorks. The elder brother of Signaller Kay, William, is in the Duke’s in France.
Idle soldiers on casualty lists
Roberts gazetted
Gallant soldier KIA
Husband killed
Sec-Lieut P J Walton of the West Yorkshire Regt, who has been killed in action, was the husband of Mrs Walton of 10 Victoria Park, Shipley. Mrs Walton was formerly Miss Lorna G Illingworth.
Bombardier Bertram J Hedera Bentley, son of Mr J Bentley, the well- known Bradford Temperance caterer, and of Bankfield Drive, Nab Wood, has been wounded by shrapnel and is suffering from a split ear drum.
Suffering a split ear drum
Promotion for governor
Quiet khaki wedding
At the Upper Chapel on Thursday last, the wedding of Pte Ernest Harrison, Tennyson Place, Bradford, to Miss Mary Feather, fourth daughter of the late Mr and Mrs John Feather of Idle, was celebrated. Pte Harrison is attached to the West Yorks and is well-known in Bradford wool circles. The wedding was a quiet affair owing to a recent death in the bride’s family. The bridegroom’s brother acted as best man and the Rev C P Tinling officiated.
Valley Road absentee
At the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday, Joseph Wilkinson who resides at 56 Valley Road, Shipley, pleaded guilty to being an absentee from the West Riding Regiment. He was apprehended by Detective Officer Brown, of Shipley, after having been absent from his regiment since January 20th. Wilkinson was handed over to a military escort.
BIRTHS GRAY - On March 17th, at West Royd Terrace, Bradford, to Mrs E Gray, wife of Sgt Gray, RFA, - a daughter. DEATHS NEWSHOLME - Milled in action February 27th, L Cpl Arthur William Newsholme, 1st Bradford Pals, only son of Mr and Mrs Newsholme, Temple Rhydding, Baildon
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