Back from the dead, Wilfred comes to terms with his injuries
Pte Wilfred Powell, son of Mr and Mrs George Powell, Union Yard, Albion Road, Idle, was severely wounded in the ‘big push’ last July. In this illustration he is seen in a convalescent state. He knows what it is to meet the Boches in a hand-to-hand fight. He has lost a leg, an eye and a finger and was also badly wounded in the body.His life was at one time despaired of and it is a wonder how he has been able to pull through. He is now at St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford. He is married and resides at Otley Road, Bradford.
Pte Lucien de Mets, who as a Belgian refugee resided for some time with his parents at Prospect House, Idle, is on leave.He joined the Belgian army about a year ago, the regiment of his choice being the cavalry styled ‘Les Guides,’ the crack regiment of that brave little nation.Pte de Mes has had some startling experiences. Only a few days before he left the front he had a very narrow escape from being wounded by a piece of shell.Struck his horseHe was attending his horse in the stable when a shell burst close by and a large piece of missile passed through the roof and, just missing his head, struck his horse on the backPte de Mets is anxious to have a ‘go’ at the Huns. On the remark being made to him ‘the Germans are on the run now and you will soon be after them,’ he observed, “I should be delighted if we were.”He is a clever scholar and speaks English perfectly. He arrived last Friday and is to return on 1st April.
Narrow escape for Idle refugee
Pte J W McGarry of 22 Constance Street, Saltaire, who has been serving in France, is now in hospital at Aberdeen, suffering from pneumonia and wounds.His mother, Mrs McGarry, has received from him an interesting picture which was found in an old ruin in France.It depicts Christ, is dated June 17th, 1689, and bears the following inscription: ‘Souvenir of the 2nd century of the demands of our Lord. To the good Margaret Marie in order to adopt the image of the heart on the standard.’
Pte William Glover of the West Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr Edmund Glover, Park Hill Farm, Thackley, has lately been home on leave.He has been for some six weeks in hospital at Penrith, suffering from trench feet after having been in France for about three months.
Pte Walter Patrick, the Grove, Idle, second son of the late Mr Horatio Patrick, formerly postmaster at Idle, is now on his way to German East Africa.He is in the telegraph section of the Royal Engineers and in East Africa will have charge of the telegraph office.Prior to joining the forces he was employed at the Bradford General Post Office. Pte Patrick is brother in law of Mr P Cooper, the present postmaster at Idle.
Driver A L Petit, Haigh Row, Idle Road, Undercliffe, has been severely wounded in the leg and arm. He is in the Royal Field Artillery.
James Margerison of Chestnut Grove, Calverley, last week received his commission as second lieutenant and went to Whitley Bay on Wednesday to commence his new duties.
On leave after hospital
On his way to Africa
Received his commission
IN MEMORIAMMARSHALL – In loving remembrance of my dear husband, Sapper W Marshall, 1st Advance Company, Royal Engineers, who answered the Last Roll Call March 31st, 1915.Gone but not forgotten From his Wife and Children.
The National Service Campaign was launched in Shipley at a meeting at the Windhill Mission at which Mr W A S Robinson (right) was the chief speaker, which sparked a long comment piece in the Shipley Times & Express.We hope that when the effort is over, Shipley will be found to have made as generous response as any town in the country.Release menIt should be born in mind that volunteers are urgently needed either directly for work of national importance or to release men already engaged in such work who would be free for military service if suitable substitutes could be found.As indicated by Cllr T Hill, Chairman of the Shipley District Council, volunteers may not exactly get on a bed of roses but if they do happen to be called upon to make sacrifices, they will have the satisfaction of knowing they have done their duty to the land of the free.
Nay more than that, everyone who volunteers for National Service thereby drives another nail into the coffin in which, if not the disgraced Kaiser, at least his fond hopes of world domination are to be interred.The editorial then went on to describe the different kinds of patriotism – the negative and the positive, the latter being split into two sub-divisions.First comes the patriotism which is anxious not to do anything whereby the country can be harmed.That is not so small a matter as might be supposed for it is so easy to do harm.In recent days we have learned – or ought to have learned – that to eat more than a certain amount of things we could do without, actually reacts harmfully on our fighting powers at every front.To practice this negative kind of patriotism, therefore, means a careful
watch on every department of our lives, at any rate rigid obedience to every suggestion of the Food Controller and others who have the right to counsel or command.At its least demand patriotism requires that we shall not eat a slice of bread too much and shall always gather up the fragments that remain so that nothing is lost.The paper described the first sort of positive patriotism as ‘service rendered at little or no cost – certainly with no sacrificial pain.’Real costThough all such patriotism is to be praised, it hardly entitles those who manifest it to the highest praise of all.That is earned by those who serve with a service which involves cost, real cost, to themselves.We need not labour the point, “England,” as Mr Robinson said, “calls for sacrifice and the highest discipleship,” and really to give up something the loss of which we shall feel, in order that the country may wage its war and win its victory the more surely, is to stand on the top rung of the civilian patriotic ladder – whose top rung, however, is still far below that on which stand the fighting men who offer life itself.The civilian who climbs to that has done his bit and his best – and that claim cannot fairly be made by any other.
In a similar vein, the paper commented on a meeting by the War Loans Committee who were concerned that after a successful campaign to raise money for the government, people were now slipping back into old habits.“The effort of the Loan Campaign has worn off and an effort should be made to stimulate enthusiasm.”A good many people in this, as in other parts of the British Empire, would be prepared to do something big for the country’s sake if the opportunity and the call came; but little tasks and little sacrifices come harder.Scrape and drudgeryThese mean a daily scrape and drudgery rather than a swift high enterprise carried through on an emotional high tide, and natures which would face the second often shrink from the first.Yet it is precisely the small tasks that the country’s cause asks us to perform today. To watch against waste, to gather up the fragments that remain, to go without certain pleasures, to keep within the limits prescribed by controllers in food and other things, to lend what little we can to the State – these are the contributions the ordinary man and woman can make towards winning the war.The plain truth is that we who stay at home can hardly do or leave undone a single thing which will not have some effect on the fortunes of the war.It may not occur to us, but it is nevertheless true, that a soldier may die because one might spend on himself a sixpence which he might have spared for his country’s needs.Those who fail to do their part in the matter of saving and lending fail for the most part – not from want of thought, for the mind is convinced that economy in the abstract counts for a great deal – and not from want of heart, for they love their land well – but from want of vision.Long-sightedThey cannot see that the small things they are asked to do or leave undone can matter. But when we become long-sighted with that sight which is so long that it is no more sight at all but the imagination which compasses the invisible, then it is different.Then the small opportunities are seized with something more than willingness because, small though they be in themselves, they get dignity and greatness from the dignity and greatness of the result they further.
Patriotism demands our National Service
Little things can make a massive difference
The churches also joined in recruiting for National Service with semons. The vicar of Idle, Rev W T Forster, said people should be asking: “Is my time full occupied? Is my occupation essential or non essential? Can I do anything more than I am doing to help my country at this awful time?ConscienceIt is for each to satisfy his or her conscience before God that we are discharging our trust in the best possible way.This war has made some wonderful changes. It has changed many customs. It has put a new value on all honest toil.