Friday 13 April 1917
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The sadness of war and the toll of battle was brought home somewhat on Monday last to the large concourse of people who assembled to witness the funeral of Pte James William Robinson of the West Yorkshires. Hairdresser Mr Robinson was a hairdresser by trade and before being called up on October 24th, 1916, was manager of Mr Demos Barraclough’s shop in Gordon Terrace, Saltaire. He went out to France with his regiment early this year and was wounded soon afterwards. The first
week in March he was brought to Graylingwell Hospital, Chichester. Here every service and every kindness that mortal aid could give was rendered by doctors and nurses much to the comfort of his widow and relatives, but notwithstanding all the attention, he passed away on April 3rd. His remains were interred in Nab Wood Cemetery in the presence of a large number of his fellow townspeople who assembled to render honour to his memory. The coffin, covered by a Union Jack, was drawn from his late residence, 19
Whitlam Street, Saltaire, on a gun carriage and a squad of soldiers acted as bearers. There were a large number of floral wreaths and many expressions of sympathy have been made to his widow and relatives. Cheerful The deceased, who was 36 years of age, was of a very bright and cheerful disposition and had made many friends. He leaves on child, a boy aged eight. The Rev W J Harris of Windhill Congregational Church officiated at the house and the cemetery in place of the Rev P Drummond Pringle who is at present away from home.
Nab Wood funeral brings home sadness of war
‘Last month I appealed to you,’ writes the Rev H A Moreton, curate of Windhill Parish Church in the current issue of the parish magazine, ‘to take seriously to heart the critical state of our food resources. ‘This month I go a step further and ask the men especially to put out some practical effort to assist our country at the present time. We must produce more of our own food and not depend so much on outside resources. Ploughed ‘By the time these lines appear in print, I hope a good deal of the ground around the Church will have been ploughed and most of the remainder dug. I rely on the men of the Church to carry this through so that, as a body, we can do our bit. ‘Mr Sowden has paid for the ploughing. Mr Brigham and another C.E.M.S, member have paid for the seed. Thus it will be all profit and the proceeds will go to one of the Church funds. ‘Many hands make light work and I hope this scheme will be taken up with enthusiasm. ‘A prominent layman in our Church said some little time ago, “All we laymen want to lead.” Here is a lead given. The layman mentioned was one of the first to get the scheme going and I am confident others will follow’
Christchurch tackles food crisis
In discussion at the meeting of the Bradford City Council on the increases of salaries of the Corporation’s officials, Sir James Hill said that Mr F Ogden Whiteley, the City Treasurer, who resides in Idle, had recovered for the Corporation from the income tax authorities the sum of £36,000. Equally complimentary remarks were made about Mr Joseph Garfield’s ability and work as the Corporation’s Sewage Engineer. Mr Garfield until recently resided at Plompton, Thackley.
Idle treasurer praised for tax windfall
Woolcombers’ club fire
Damage to the extent of £30 has been done by fire and water to the premises of the Woolcombers’ Club, Otley Road, Shipley, and the engineering shop underneath. The fire originated in the Club’s premises but was quickly subdued by the Shipley Fire Brigade.
The Ladies’ Committee of the Shipley Soldiers and Sailors Comforts who have been working continuously since the commencement of the war, are making a special effort on Saturday next, April 14th, for   Shipley men who are prisoners of war. Last Xmas they sent out 1,100 cakes and 1,100 woollen comforts to our soldiers and sailors and prisoners of war. A continuous supply of parcels of food and clothing were also sent during the year. The ladies are anxious that no Shipley man shall be missed and therefore ask all relatives of men who are prisoners to kindly come with the L.C, the Institute, Saltaire, if they have not already done so, so that a continuous supply of parcels can be sent.
Ladies help for POWs
The Literary Committee of Shipley Bowling Club invited Mr W H Parkin to lecture on An Avian Paradise near Bradford. “To many of you,” said Mr Parkin, “the title of my talk may appear passing strange for such a district as ours but let me tell you at once – and most emphatically – that it is quite true we have an avian paradise in midst. “The birds are there in hundreds. Few places are as fortunately placed or as favoured by the visitation of the varied species of bird life as this district of ours. Saltaire to Beckfoot “Take the riverside from Saltaire to Beckfoot and it will compare favourably with any district in Yorkshire, particularly during the spring time when the big migratory movements are on. “Then we get rare passing visitors that only use the valley for a day or so. These pass on to be seen no more till the following year. This is one of the charms of field work and you never know what treat is in store whenever you set off on a birdy ramble on this or, in fact, on any stretch of country at this time of year.” He was keen to entice his audience to take up the pastime, tempting them with the thought of “migratory movements,
distribution, flight, song, protective coloration, mimicry, leadership and many other points I can only just draw your attention to with the hope that it may lead up to a further interest in all sorts and phases of bird life later on. “To the true lover of bird life there is no room, no time for ennui, no time for worry,  if once we are out in the highways and byways.” Towards the end of his talk, Mr Parkin used a lantern to show ‘many very life-like pictures of birds, photographed in the field. ‘Many beautiful birds of the district were shown on the screen, including some of the rarer visitors. ‘A few, too, where the colouration of the sitting bird so perfectly blended wth its surroundings that it would be difficult to locate. Egg tooth ‘Another interesting slide may be worth mentioning as exceptional, to wit, the hatching chick breaking through the shell. And yet another was the wonderful development shown splendidly through the lantern, of the “egg tooth.” ‘The latter is used once only in the chick’s life history and yet how necessary it is for the escape of a healthy chick out of its temporary prison.’
Bowlers hear of ‘avian paradise’ on their doorstep
Nothing could have emphasised more thoroughly the vital need of National Service than the grave statement made by General Sir William Robertson, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, that it is mpossible to put a limit to the number of men needed for the Army and that we ought not to expect to win the war unless and until every man and woman in the country does a full day’s work of an essential nature. More specifically, he asked for 500,000 men between now and July. Who will take the places which these 500,000 or more must leave? It is for the National Service Dept to find the substitutes. The departement was erected ‘for the purpose of making the best use of all persons, whether men or women, able to work in any industry, occupation or service.’ Women’s Land Army The Women’s Land Army has grown brisk with the improvement in the weather and the farmers who are training the Volunteers are said to be very satisfied with the results, particularly in all branches of dairy work. Ten thousand women are required at once for training for work on the land, 5,000 to be taught milking and dairy work, 5,000 for general work. It is calculated there is room for 40,000 women on the land in England alone this year. as for the men, the number of volunteers so far is far short what is needed in the trades and industries which we dare not leave depleted. Therefore the word of command is more urgently than ever - Enlist!
Urgent need to free men to fight
The heaviest convoy of wounded soldiers since the war began reached Bradford in the early hours of Sunday morning. There were 120 cot cases and 80 walkers. Seventeen members of the Eccleshill Ambulance Division attended and rendered excellent service.
Record casualty toll arrives in Bradford
Spring cleaning tips
Cleaning silver or white metal – If silver or plated spoons and forks are carefully washed in hot soapy water, rinsed in clean hot water and dried on a soft cloth while still hot every time after use, they will very seldom require a special cleaning. Half the battle of silver and metal cleaning consists in regular attention; a rub or so every day means much less cleaning every week, but we all know, writes ‘Isabel’ in Pearson’s Weekly, how often it is impossible to give those few polishing rubs every day and so we must perforce resort to that one day a week. To clean silver, make a paste with whitening and water or, if the metal be discoloured, use liquid ammonia or methylated spirit. Rub the paste well in and polish with dry whitening and a soft leather; carefully dust. It is well to begin and finish one article at a time because if the whitening and ammonia are allowed to dry it is sometimes difficult to remove. If there is any chased or embossed work, a soft brush may be used. If silver or plate is to be stored for any length of time, it is well to wrap each piece up separately in white tissue paper. Table and ornamental glass – Wash in warm, soapy water, in a wooden bowl if possible, then rinse in clean cold water; drain for a few seconds, then dry with a soft cloth and afterwards polish with another cloth or soft paper. Tumblers which have been used for milk should be rinsed in cold water before they are washed in hot. If this be omitted the milk will stick to the glass and make it cloudy. To remove glass stoppers – Warm the bottle near the fire then put a few drops of sweet oil round the stopper and warm the bottle again. Then knock it gently against wood and the stopper will usually come out.
Cricket club’s appeal
Mr J C Overend, secretary of Eccleshill CC, appealed to the public for support for the new season. As they will be aware we had last year, from a playing standpoint, the most disastrous season on record. This was due to the non-success of an international whom we engaged. We cannot be charged with not being patriotic as two of our players, Denton Rogers and Fred Rothery, have met their fate, whilst Edgar Slingsby, H Badland and N Fisher are all ‘somewhere’ in the great struggle and some 70 of our members and supporters are doing their bit in France and elsewhere. Cloudy menace It is for these we are fully determined that they shall find the old home and club when they return as they left it. Not only that, but for those at home on whom hangs heavily the cloudy menace of the terrible struggle, those who are engaged in everyday work, almost never ending in some cases. I hope in conclusion that the Eccleshill public will give us their support even if we do not win matches.
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