Friday 27 April 1917
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L Cpl H Norfolk of 9 Burley Street, Bolton Woods has had the certificate of merit conferred upon him for gallantry and devotion to duty in laying out and maintaining the telephone line under heavy shell fire on March 2nd, 1917. He is in the West Yorks.
Certificate of Merit
Mr A Crowther of Clayton has received the following interesting letter from Pte Joe L Murgatroyd, a member of the British East African Expeditionary Force: You will be pleased to know that I have today, February 14th, received the parcel which your committee has been kind enough to send. Though it had been so long on the way, the parcel was in fair condition with the exception of the cake which was merely a mass of crumbs but it is very nice to feel that one is remembered by one’s own townspeople when out here, so far away from home and taking part in a campaign which seems almost forgotten by the papers at home. You can never imagine the difficulties under which this campaign has been conducted even though you will have seen in in the various telegrams from General Smuts, but the more one sees of the country, the more one wonders. I was very fortunate in being retained at the base depot for almost six months but since then I have had my share of knocking about. Whilst being moved from the base I was exceedingly fortunate in travelling via Zanzibar which is by far the prettiest tropical town I have yet seen. The outskirts are especially fine with grand avenues of trees and plantations. Very unhealthy Dar-es-Salaam (pictured) is laid out on the European style with fine big buildings and streets, almost all of which are lined with trees. The great fault with it is that it is very unhealthy. The town has not suffered
much from bombardment but the enemy has done a fair amount of damage there before leaving it. Quite a number of fine ships have been sunk in the harbour, some of which have since been raised and the quay had been rather roughly handled as well. I was not very long in Dar-es-Salaam when I was sent on trek to General Headquarters. The journey is almost beyond description and the scenery was very find indeed. Christmas Day I spent my Christmas on the journey and on Christmas Day we were held up by the mud which would not allow our cars to get through. One part of the journey is over a pass where the road has been cut sheer in to the side of a hill and is just wide enough for a motor to travel safely. Whilst with the headquarters I was fortunate enough to see all the main commanders engaged in the campaign. I was not there many weeks before I had one of the usual attacks of fever and I was sent back to where I now am. It would make people open their eyes
to see the magnificent rubber plantations which extend everywhere about here. Fever I have not found the heat very trying but, like most other white men out here I have had a few attacks of malarial fever. One gets quite used to it as well as the doses of quinine which at home would sound almost incredible. I have not seen any wild beasts only heard them at night but about a fortnight ago I saw a fine lion which was shot about two miles from camp. The regiment to which Mr A Davies of Selbourne Villas belongs is quartered here at resent but I have not had the pleasure of meeting him yet, though I have met a man who lives in Girlington and was born at Thornton and who is a fiend of the Rhodes’s of Thornton Hall Farm I regret to say, however, that Rhodes was wounded in the fighting which took place early in the new year and has since gone home. The voyage out here was very interesting if not too comfortable. The calls at Capetown and Durban, especially the latter, were incidents which one will never forget. The reception given to us at these places outshines that showered on the Colonials at home. We are preparing for the rainy season which is supposed to begin next month but we get rain almost every day now and terrific thunderstorms. I am hoping to get home again some time during the coming summer but whether I shall be lucky enough to do so remains to be seen
Places and incidents I will never forget
News has been recently received that included amongst the wounded in the recent stiff fighting on the Western front are the following men from Baildon: Pte S Lamb, younger son of Mr and Mrs J Lamb of Jenny Lane, wounded in foot. Pte Leonard Ellis, younger son of Mr and Mrs H Ellis, Northgate, suffering frofm wounds in wrist and leg. E Wilman of Charlestown; J Craven of Otley Road. Pte Teddy Denby, a son of Mr and Mrs D McCone, 32 Park Road, Tong Park. Teddy has received serious shrapnel wounds in the head and face and his hand was so badly shattered that it has been found necessary to amputate it. Pte Joseph Copley, of Moorside, who was reported to be suffering from trench feet a few weeks ago has now had to have a foot amputated. He is progressing favourably and is in hospital in England.
Amputees among a list of Baildon wounded
Shot in the calf
Official intimation has been received that Pte Leonard Peel, of 29 Pangbourned Terrace, Idle Road, Undercliffe, and of the Sherwood Foresters, has been admitted to hospital at the base suffering from a gunshot wound in the right calf. He is the fourth son of the late Mr J E Peel and of Mrs Peel. He is 19 years of age and was formerly employed by Messrs Kellett, Woodman and Co. Two brothers are also serving with the colours, Ernest Peel with the RAMC in Macedonia and Frank Peel who has been with the Royal Flying Corps in France over two years.
Pte C Berry, West Yorkshire Regt, only son of Mrs C Berry, the Poplars, Idle, has been admitted to the Mount Hospital, Faversham, Kent, suffering from septic poisoning and influenza. Pte Berry, who joined the forces about the beginning of July, had been in France a little over five months. Pte Fred Loveday, brother of Mr Ernest Loveday of 1240 Bolton Road, Eccleshill, has been wounded in the hip by shrapnel. Some years ago he emigrated to Winnipeg. He joined the Canadians and has been doing his ‘bit’ in France. Air Mechanic Bert Whitehead,  second son of Mr Thomas Whitehead of 3 Tunwell Mount, Eccleshill, has septic poisoning in both hands and is now in Woking hospital.
Still more wounded
Information has been received that Pte Arthur Illingworth, eldest son of Mr Tom Illingworth of oak Street, Clayton, has been wounded in recent fighting and is now in hospital at Sheffield. Pte Illingworth, who is attached to one of the King’s Royal Rifle regiments, joined the army nearly two years ago and has been out in France six months. He has wounds in the thigh, wrist and shoulder but is progressing satisfactorily. Before joining the army he was employed by Mr A Walton, plumber.
Multiple wounds put plumber in hospital
Ralph Illingworth, a member of Windhill CC team who was being treated at Leeds Infirmary after serving in France, wrote to support the continuation of Bradford League cricket in war time. In a letter to Bradford League president, J J Booth, he wrote: I am delighted to see that you have decided to ‘carry on’ for season 1917. As you no doubt are aware there are a lot of players connected with the Bradford League who are now playing the greater game in France and elsewhere. I have been in France for a short time and you would be surprised if you could have heard the debates and criticisms about the Bradford League. I am sure that the boys out there would have been sorely disappointed if you had decided any other way than what you have done. I know they look forward to their newspapers from home and they enjoy reading the details of a cricket or football match in which their favourite club is engaged almost as much as if they were sat round the field. Nightmare of war I would just like some of those people who croak about cricket in warfare to see these chaps when the sporting papers arrive. I should like these people to understand that there are men out there, face to face with death every day, who, when they have half an hour to spare are discussing the merits etc of their favourite clubs. If the Bradford League does nothing else in 1917, there is one thing I am  certain it will do and that is it will take their thoughts away for a short time from the horrible nightmare of war. I hope before the season closes that all the boys will be back home again. I should have liked to have been able to see the season open but I have had to ‘retire hurt’ so to speak. That you will have a record and most successful season is the sincere wish of Ralph Illiingworth, Windhill CC.
Lads at the front welcome Bradford League decision to carry on
New cricket season under way despite criticism and snow
Despite a great deal of criticism that it was inappropriate to play cricket when the country was at war, the Bradford League decided to continue playing and the first Saturday of the season was welcomed in the local paper. The genial weather of the two preceding days had given groundsmen a chance of preparing the wickets – a chance which looked somewhat remote earlier in the week when the snow of this unprecedented winter still lingered in places. Celebrities Although the League has lost the regular services of Frank Woolley and J B Hobbs, there is a host of celebrities whose play will be followed with the greatest interest during the next four months. In place of Woolley, Keighley have engaged J W Hearne, another Test match player and it is probable that Schofield Haigh, the Yorkshire bowler, will render assistance in most of their games. Hobbs, we understand, is in a position to travel down to Yorkshire occasionally and will assist Idle when he can do so and that club have done a fine stroke of business in engaging Charlesworth, the hard-hitting Warwickshire batsman. Yorkshire Of last year’s international and county players, Barnes and Sedgwick have been re-engaged by Saltaire, Parkin and Llewellyn by Undercliffe, Leach by Great Horton (in addition to Percy Holmes of Yorkshire), Mills by Baildon Green, Newstead by Lidget Green and others, while among the
newcomers is Spring of Surrey, who will assist Bankfoot. Among the most noteworthy performances in the opening week was the feat of Parkin in taking all ten wickets at Baildon Green for 15 runs. Haigh and Hearne jumped into the limelight straight away by playing innings of 77 and 78 respectively for Keighley against Queensbury, who could only field eight players.
Six wickets for ten runs constituted the opening feat for Barnes, the Saltaire ‘star’ who is taking up his residence in Bradford and may settle in the district for years to come. Collapsed dismally Bowling Old Lane looked set for defeat when Pudsey Britannia dismissed them for 33 but the home batsmen collapsed dismally before Grimshaw and Smith and were beaten by 10 runs.
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