Friday 27 April 1917
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Mr Albert Woodhead, manager for Priestley’s Ltd, at the Union Mills, Idle, continues to receive cheery and interesting letters from his two sons, George and Edward, who have been in France for over eight months. Below we print an extract from a letter received this week from Gunner George Woodhead: The cook Just a few more lines to say that I am still going strong. The weather has been very cold again and yesterday we had a very heavy fall of snow. I think we have the Germans on the move now. At least I am hoping to be home for August Bank Holiday. I have seen Second Lieutenant Denton Stansfield out here. I am now attached to a battery with a working party and at the moment I am the cook.
I have no doubt you will consider the war news very good just now. We have had many successes on our front lately. Eddie and I had rather a narrow escaped the other day. We were working on a new position when a Pip Squeak burst in front of us. Flat on my dinner basket We bobbed down, of course, and no sooner had we done so than another came over and burst within four yards of where I was laid flat on my dinner basket. Luckily I was not touched. Had I been standing I should have got a Blighty. However we are still alive and kicking and likely to be for some to come. And speaking of kicking reminds me that I have had my pay stopped for kicking a mule.
Edward and George Woodhead
Narrow escape from Pip Squeak for Woodhead brothers
Captain Norman Charlesworth Prince, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, the third son of the late Mr Charlesworth Prince, wool merchant of Piccadilly, Bradford, has been killed in action. Captain Prince, who was 35 years of age, had a very large circle of friends in the city and was greatly liked. He took a keen interest in the Volunteer and Territorial movement and for nine years was in charge of the Bingley Company of Territorials. He enlisted at the outbreak of hostilities. His home was at Bankfield, Nab Wood, Shipley. He leaves a widow and two children.
Many mourn Captain Prince
Old Glen soldier killed by collapsing building
Mr Herbert Badland, of the Old Glen House, received the sad news on Sunday that his second son, Mr John Badland, had been killed at the front. Mr Badland had four sons – all his family – serving with the Colours. Pte Clarence Badland, RAMC, was wounded on the Somme on July 5th last. He spent some little time at home and then volunteered for further duty in Mesopotamia. Pte Joe Badland is with the Mechanical Transport and Pte Abram Badland, RFA, is in the thick of the present battles. Lithographer Before joining the forces Pte John Badland was employed by Messrs Illingworth and Co as lithographer and was greatly respected there, as indeed he was by all who knew him. Much sympathy will also be felt for
Miss Mary Fowler, Mr John Badland’s sweetheart. The first intimation of the loss of his son was conveyed to Mr Badland in the following letter from Platoon Sgt G Wood: ‘Dear Sir – I write with much regret to tell you of the accident that befell your son, Pt John Badland, along with 26 other comrades. They were resting in an empty building which, owing to the foundation being shook by the enemy shell fire, collapsed and buried the platoon that your son was in, along with two officers. ‘Parties at once started to dig them out and seven were brought out alive  but badly injured,  but your son, I regret
to say, was dead when we found him. Everything was done for them. Your son was buried in a cemetery behind the firing line. The exact spot will be notified as soon as we can give the name of the place. Cheerful ‘I am pleased to say your son was one of the very best, always cheerful and a splendid soldier right up to the last. He was bright and continually talking about being home at Easter. ‘Please accept the deepest sympathy from all his fellow comrades of B Coy and his platoon. ‘His loss, along with the lads, is greatly felt by us all. Nothing an describe our sympathy with his parents and friends. ‘Hoping you will keep a brave heart and try to realise that your son did his duty to the last. Believe me to remain, yours sincerely, G Wood, Platoon Sgt.’
“Much sympathy will also be felt for Miss Mary Fowler, Mr John Badland’s sweetheart.”
It was with profound grief that the news of Sgt Harry Bairstow’s death from wounds was received by the people of the district last week. Sgt Bairstow joined the Seaforth Highlanders in November 1915 as a private. In four months’ time he had earned his sergeant’s stripes and was engaged for eight months in teaching musketry. Wounds Going to France in December of last year, he was at the base for a few months. After volunteering, he was sent up the line and died from wounds early this month in a casualty clearing station in France. He was well known as a forward in the Bradford Northern Football Club and had a large number of acquaintances. He leaves a widow and two young children with whom the deepest sympathy will be felt. His widow is a granddaughter of the late Mr Joseph Taylor of Hill House, Baildon, who was so well known and highly respected in business and social circles of Bradford and Baildon. By profession the late Sgt Bairstow was an auctioneer.
DEATHS BAIRSTOW - Sgt Harry Bairstow, beloved hubsnad of Ethel Bairstow, 27 Church Hill, Baildon, Seaforth Highlanders, died from wounds at the casualty clearing station. BRADBURY - Sapper Jesse Bradbury, of 24 Oak Bank, Gaseby Lane, Shipley, died April 19th, at Exeter Hospital. Interred at Windhill Cemetery. IN MEMORIAM SLINGSBY - in loving memory of my dear husband, L Cpl Fred Slingsby, who fell in action in France, April 23rd, 1916. From his Wife. 52 Birklands Road, Shipley
Bradford Northern forward dies in France
Cllr Sir Ellis Denby, Thomas Hill, chairman of the District Council, and Mr J A Burton JP have appended their signatures to an appeal to Shipley people with a view to the gallantry of a local soldier being publicly recognised. They write: ‘Some time ago, Pte Walter Nicholson of 33 Dale Street, Shipley, was awarded the DCM for gallantry on the field. ‘The General Officer Commanding-in- Chief is present him with the medal at Clipstone Camp on Friday next. ‘It is though that some tangible recognition of his gallant conduct might appropriately be made by his fellow townsmen. ‘Nicholson at the outbreak of war at once enlisted although only 17 years of age. The London City and Midland Bank, Shipley, and Lloyds Bank, Saltaire, have kindly offered to receive subscriptions.
Townsmen urged to give tangible recognition to Shipley medal hero
Lieut Ernest Crowther, son of Mr Albert Crowther, of Blackhill Cottage, Springfield, Idle, proprietor of the Northern Flexible Metallic Tubing Co, Bradford, has been awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in the field. Though but 22 years of age, Lieut Crowther has had an unique record of service. He joined the Green Howards as a private in September 1914 and won the DCM in January 1916. He was granted a commission with the 1st Bradford Pals in June last year and was promoted to the rank of first-lieutenant in December last. He was educated at Belle Vue Secondary School.
Second medal for man who came through ranks
Medal from the king
Rev Richard Whincup, chaplain of the Bradford Territorials and Vicar of Windhill, was decorated by the King with the Military Cross at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.
Pte Laurie Dooley, formerly of Beech Grove, Undercliffe, has died of wounds. He was in a Yorkshire Regiment, 20 years of age and enlisted in the regular army about two months before war broke out. He was well-known and much respected. A letter has been received at the St Joseph’s Convent, FCJ, West Hartlepool, sent by a chaplain at the front to the Reverend Mother stating that when the body was searched before burial, the prayer book which was presented by the Rev Mother to him at the Convent was found in his possession.
Died with Rev Mother’s prayer book
Mr James Johnson, second son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Johnson, 5 Belmont Terrace, Shipley, has received a commission. He joined the Colours soon after the outbreak of war and his promotion to Second Lieutenant is all the more creditable because of his having risen from the ranks. A younger brother lost his leg some time ago while serving with the RAMC.
Commission for James
The deepest sympathy has been expressed on all hands with Mrs Harry Sharpe of Saltaire, on the sad loss of her husband, Sgt Sharpe, of the West Ridings, who was killed by a shell. Rifleman H Birch, King’s Royal Rifles, only son of the late Mr and Mrs Ned Birch, has been killed in action. He was 21 years of age and the brother of Miss Birch of 86 Beamsley Road, Frizinghall. Pte Norman Butterfield of 67 St Paul’s Road, Shipley, son of Mr and Mrs E Butterfield, is in hospital in France suffering from shock. He is in the Northumberland Fusiliers, having joined the colours early in 1915. Pt J H Hyde of the Durham Light Infantry is now at a base hospital. He has been seriously wounded. He is the youngest son of Mr and Mrs J C Hyde, 21 Northdale Road, Frizinghall. His brother, L Cpl F Hyde has been serving in France for the past 18 months. Pte Harry Crossley of 4 Fagley Road, Eccleshill, is seriously ill at a base hospital in France. Pte Fred Craven, who is in the Duke of Wellington’s Regt., and resides at 5 Victoria Road, Eccleshill, has been wounded.
Local casualty toll keeps rising
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