Friday 13 April 1917
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1 Pte Gordon Dickinson, Holdsworth Buildings, Eccleshill (Killed); 2 Signaller H E Sheard, Hope View, Shipley; 3 L Cpl A Schofield, Caroline Street, Saltaire; 4 Pte Tom Mannifield, Dudley Hill Road, Eccleshill (died of wounds); 5 Pte Frank Kendall, Mount Terrace, Eccleshill (wounded); 6 Cpl G H Robertshaw, The Bank, Eccleshill and formerly of Idle (wounded)
1 Gunner R Hartley, of Idle (killed); Pte Willie Hartley, West Yorks, of Idle; G Moulson of Idle; 4 Pte W Geo Broadhurst, Mount St, Eccleshill, Killed in action)
The week after they announced the death of Pte Frank C Mitchell, formerly of Ingleside Grove, Shipley, the newspaper published a letter from his Company captain explaining how he had died. ‘His platoon was ordered to advance in daylight to reconnoitre the enemy’s position. The men advanced in perfect line and without a waver. ‘The Divisional General and our Commanding Officer have expressed in writing their admiration for the magnificent courage displayed. ‘From a soldier’s point of view it was a magnificent advance and I trust the knowledge of this will in some degree alleviate your grief. ‘He is buried with his comrades on the ground they won.’ The fallen soldier was 42 years old. He voluntarily enlisted in December last. A younger brother of Pte Mitchell, Mr George F Mitchell is in the Seaforth Highlanders and is at the front.
Killed in the course of a ‘magnificent advance’
A most enthusiastic reception was given to Pte Willie Holdsworth of 231 Moorside Road, Eccleshill when he arrived home on Wednesday. The street was gaily decorated with bunting and the neighbours received him with many sympathetic handshakes. He had come home minus his left leg and the sympathy of the people in the neighbourhood took the practical form of a collection which realised the handsome total of £17 4s 8d. Mr Wilson, the head of the firm at Moorside Mills, contributed £5. Jolly time On calling to see the returned hero, our representative found him having a jolly time with some of his friends. He readily related something of his experience at the front. He said he joined the Duke of Wellington’s early last year. He first faced the Germans on the Somme but after a three weeks’ stay was sent North.
Here he became servant to Captain Thompson who was a thorough gentleman and a very fine soldier. Things were very quiet at this place but later they were drafted South and here they went ‘over the top’ twice. On their second attempt they were compelled to retire owing to an enfilading fire. The object of their attacks was to capture Bapaume before winter set in but they were prevented from doing so by the extremely wet weather which set in. Tanks The next time they went over the top they were assisted by a couple of tanks. Their curious construction caused a great deal of amusement among the Tommies but they proved their worth by accounting for a good number of the Boches.
The order was given for the Wellington’s to advance and ‘over the top’ they went. Their captain led them forward but a shrapnel shell came and killed him and also caused other casualties. Counter attack This same shell wounded Holdsworth in the left knee and he was left on the ground while his regiment swept forward and took the German trenches. A little later the Boches counter-attacked and drove the British to their former line. Holdsworth lay out in ‘No-Man’s Land’ all night and remained their till the afternoon of the following day. The British then stormed the German position and took it and made a good number of prisoners, consisting mainly of young lads and old men. After being laid out in the open over 24 hours, Holdsworth was picked up by ambulance men and his wounds dressed. Four of the prisoners conveyed him on a stretcher for a distance of six miles to a clearing station and next morning he found surgeons had amputated his leg owing to sceptic poisoning setting in. 5,000 patients Later he was conveyed to Lord Derby’s War Hospital in Warrington, the second largest hospital in the British Isles. It has accommodation for 5,000 patients and a concert room that will hold 1200 persons A concert was given once a week and pictures were shown four times a week. After five weeks in hospital sceptic poisoning set in again which necessitated another operation and now the next stage has almost been reached when he expects having to proceed to Roehampton to be fitted up with an artificial limb. He paid a high tribute to the nursing staff and the doctors at the Warrington Hospital for the skill and kindness and to the neighbours for their sympathy and generosity.
“Holdsworth lay out in ‘No-Man’s Land’ all night and remained their till the afternoon of the following day.”
Bunting out on the street as amputee returns
Two local men wounded
L Cpl S T Hardcastle of 33 Holdsworth Buildings, Eccleshill, has been wounded in the left hand and is now an inmate of the East Leeds War Hospital. He was previously wounded in the face. He joined the West Yorks in December 1914 and was formerly a tram driver for the Bradford City Tramways. Pte Willie Horne of 10 Hope View, Carr Lane, Windhill and of West Yorkshire Regt has been wounded in the hand and foot.
Family lose second son
Mr and Mrs S E Hinchcliff of Cliff House, Calverley, have received news that their second son, William Percy Hinchcliff, has been lost at sea. He was 31 years of age. They have lost two sons in the war and the sympathy of the village is extended to them in their bereavement.
The two sons of Mr and Mrs Samuel Holdsworth, the Green, Idle, are now in hospital. L Cpl George Holdsworth (right), the elder son, is in hospital in Norfolk suffering from rheumatism. He joined the forces soon after the outbreak of hostilities and took part in a ‘big push’ in France last July coming out without a scratch. He had many narrow escapes however. On one occasion a shell burst so dangerously near that a piece of it passed through a pan close by him and several men were killed in the vicinity. Pte Aldewin Holdsworth (left), the other son, is in hospital at Warren Road, Guildford, Surry, suffering from gastritis for which he has undergone an operation. He went to France in September and met his brother out there. Fancy work A number of ladies take a great interest in the soldiers at the Warren Road Hospital and they visit the place frequently for the purpose of teaching the lads to do all kinds of fancy work while they are confined to bed. A fine sample of what is being done by these apt pupils has been received from Aldewin in the shape of a blotting pad covered with silk poplin on which Pte Holdsworth has worked a spray of beautiful flowers. He has also sent a pocket handkerchief case which he has worked, as a present to a friend, Miss Eva Elwood, who was married on Saturday to Mr David Dibb of the Green, Idle.
Two Idle brothers in hospital
Lieut W H Dean, son of Cllr A Dean of Calverley, is at home on leave and he is looking remarkably fit and well. Last September Lieut Dean was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. This smart young officer – he is 22 years of age – joined the officers’ training corps at he Leeds University where he was pursuing his studies and was soon gazetted to his regiment. Previous to the war he was an enthusiastic cricketer and rendered excellent service to the Calverley St Wilfred’s CC and Leeds University.
Calverley hero welcomed home on leave
Mr Thomas Shepherd of Town Bottom, Clayton, received official notification that his second son, Pte Ben Shepherd, had died in hospital in Alexandria as a result of an attack of acute appendicitis. Pte Shepherd who was 39 years of age and single, emigrated to America some years ago but returned to England in November of 1915. In February of the following year he was called up with his group and attached to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. After undergoing about four months’ training he was sent out to British East Africa but judging where he has died it is assumed that he was subsequently transferred to Egypt. About a month ago a telegram was received stating he was dangerously ill but a subsequent communication reported him to be out of danger. Evidently he must have had a relapse from which he succumbed.
Died from appendicitis
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