Friday 4 May 1917
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The military funeral of the late Gunner William Taylor took place on Thursday, April 26th at Idle Parish Church. Gunner Taylor, who was 30 years of age, was a Kitchener Volunteer and went to France in June 1915. He was gassed in July 1916 and was subsequently brought to Epsom War Hospital. Here he remained until December 8th last when he was brought to his home, 23 Hall Lane, Windhill. Despite all the tender care and loving nursing of his mother and sister, it was impossible to combat the gangrene consumption which had set in and after a long and painful wait, he passed away on April 22nd. Needless to say the keenest and most heartfelt sympathy is felt by the many friends of the family and the public generally in the sad loss and still sadder circumstances of the death of Gunner Taylor. Mr and Mrs Chippendale of Calverley received news last week that their son, Pte Sam Chippendale, has been killed in France. The flag at the Parish Church was hoisted half mast. The sympathy of the village is extended to Mr and Mrs Chippendale in their sad loss. Pte Geo F Neale, 3 Alexandra Road, and of the RAMC is suffering from trench fever and is in hospital in France.
Gunner R Jackson of RFA and formerly residing at 22 Elliott St, Saltaire Road, Shipley, is in hospital at Newcastle, suffering from wounds. L Cpl Alfred E Hodgson of Mount Terrace, Eccleshill, who is with the London Scottish at the front says: ‘My old platoon captured 130 Boches and the division somewhere about a thousand of them in the recent offensive. We go over the top more on Sunday than on any other day of the week. Pte James Hayton, son-in-law of Mr and Mrs Buxton, 96 Union Street, has lost his right leg as the result of wounds. Another son-in- law was previously wounded. Pte Hayton is in the West Yorkshires. Pte Rennie Craven, second son of Mr William Craven of Beaconsfield Road, Clayton is wounded and in hospital in France. In a letter to his parents Pte Craven says he will never forget ‘the terrible bombardment on the morning of the 23rd when we commenced our advance. ‘At a quarter to five in the morning its intensity was terrible and we were sending about twenty times more shells over than the Germans,’ Pte Craven was one of a relief party and on returning was caught by
some shrapnel and wounded but was able to get to the dressing station He states he is going along nicely. The first Eccleshill soldier to receive his discharge from the army after serving in France is Pte Sam Hoyle  of 33 Norman Terrace. He has been 17 months with the colours and three months in France where he was twice wounded. He was in the Bradford Pals. Pte Charles Saunders of 10 Avondale Grove, Shipley, is suffering from trench feet and is in hospital in France. He had been on active service since last July, is in the Northumberland Fusiliers, and prior to the war was actively connected with the Bradford Road Congregational Church, Shipley. In a letter home he wrote: ‘We have been over the top and made a big push taking eleven lines of German trenches and a big lot of prisoners and guns. ‘Our division alone did that but, of course, there was a big advance all along the line and I suppose it took the Boche by surprise and he had to scoot. ‘After we had obtained our objective we could not be relieved for another five days – a time of great hardship as we had no dug-outs to shelter us from the bitter weather and snow blizzards. We just had to dig ourselves into the soil.
‘We met with very little resistance from the enemy for our guns fairly raked the Hun out before we got to his lines. There were some awful sights but it was surprising how one got used to seeing them and took them as part of the game, as it were.’ Pte James Lister, 32 Dale Street, has been killed in action. Pte Thomas Leach of No 1 Pit Lane, the Bank, Eccleshill, received a gunshot wound in the face on Easter Monday afternoon and is at a base hospital in France.  He enlisted  in the Durham Light Infantry last July and was sent to France in November. He was formerly employed by Mr John Wilks, contractor, Baildon Sgt Willie N Close, only son of Mr and Mrs John Close of Lands Lane, Eccleshill, was married to Miss Laura Bushby, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas Bushby, of the Currocks, Carlisle, on Thursday, April 26th. The ceremony took place at St Stephen’s Church, Carlisle. Sgt Close was a popular member of the Boy Scouts movement and on the outbreak of war enlisted in the Green Howards. He was badly wounded in the left leg while engaged in bringing in the wounded during an engagement in France.
SERVING THEIR KING AND COUNTRY
SHIPLEY EDUCATION COMMITTEE A well-qualified Woman is required as Matron of the Committee’s Food Kitchen, Gallows Bridge, to take charge of the Kitchen and to prepare dinners for poor school children. Wages 15/- per week and a War allowance of £5 per annum with meals while at the Kitchen. Forms of application and particulars of the duties may be obtained at the Educcation Dept, Saltaire Road, Shipley W POPPLESTONE, Secretary MISS PHIPPEN, 153 Bradford Rd., Idle, can make and supply you with any kind of Cloth Buttons.
Whilst on a visit to friends in Bradford during the weekend, an old lady who resides in Nelson Street, Green Lane, had the misfortune to be gassed. On Saturday evening, the old lady and the friend with whom she was staying visited a picture theatre, returning home on the Saturday evening. Nothing unusual was noticed by the neighbours but on Sunday afternoon, investigations were made as no one was seen moving in the house with the result that both the occupants were found to be suffering from gas poisoning. It is surmised that the gas tap was accidentally turned and the gas thus escaping was inhaled, stupefying the two women before they were aware of the escape. Both were conveyed to the infirmary where they were reported to be progressing favourably.
Baildon woman gassed while visiting a friend in Bradford
Shipley Council have approved plans for a workshop in Market Street for the Windhill Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd; a motor garage at 143 Bradford Road, for Mr S Illingworth (temporary); a motor garage in Bradford Road, for Mr Charles Womersley (temporary).
Miss Alice Rushworth, daughter of the late William Rushworth, formerly of the Oddfellows Hall, has opened the shop at Town Gate, Idle, near the Old Chapel, for the sale of Fancy Drapery, Ladies’ and Children’s Wear, Millinery etc. She sells pretty and useful goods at reasonable prices. Ladies’ blouses a speciality.
New shop in Town Gate
Planning permission
For our men are in the trenches And we are at the benches And it’s all one work in the end. So runs in simple, homely phraseology, the munition workers’ song, which has not had the popular appreciation it merits. The idea of the Rev B Herklots (pcitured), vicar of Shipley, to have a service especially set apart for these workers in our country’s cause was very commendable. Ironworks Band The Canal Ironworks Band, under the leadership of Mr Handel Parker, played at the head of the procession which was formed in Crowgill Park and proceeded to the Parish Church through crowded streets. And their happy choice of ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ was worthy of a more imposing following. It was abundantly evident that his band was never in finer form than now. The vicar, who has himself taken on munitions work, said: ‘I am very glad to welcome today this company of men and women who are working with their hands to supply our munitions of war and I am proud to belong to you myself. ‘If we have our parade services for
our soldiers who go out to battle, it is just as right and proper that we who are helping to make the munitions with which they fight should assemble the same way, unitedly and publicly to acknowledge our dependence upon God. ‘It is a special pleasure to me to see here many of the mates with whom I work and whose friendship I value, and also to welcome munition workers from other works in this town. I have only a very small and humble place and am only a half-timer, or rather now a quarter-timer, as Mr Hirst is now working on alternate days with me, but I am still proud to have even a minute shared in the great task of equipping our armies and helping to overthrow enemies who have proved themselves to be the foe both of God and man.
‘I am pleased also to feel that I belong to a great army of labour. We parsons belong to a great body of men who labour like you do, but with our heads rather than with our hands. ‘But it is a real gain to any head worker to have a good spell of work with his hands, to share in some respects the lot and the work of our vast throng of toilers. Partnership ‘The head cannot say to the hand “I have no need of you” nor can the hand say the same to the head. Hand and head must be united in a partnership if anything worth doing is to be done. ‘All over England we need to realise this more and it helps us to realise it when we share each other’s work. I wish I could ask some of you to share mine, so that you might get an idea of my work as I have got an idea of yours. ‘We want to get all the good out of this fearful war that we can. We want a new understanding in England between all parties and classes, bringing with it mutual recognition and mutual respect. ‘We respect each other more as we get to know each other more.’
Vicar holds service for fellow munition workers
“I am still proud to have even a minute shared in the great task of equipping our armies and helping to overthrow enemies who have proved themselves to be the foe both of God and man.”
In the House of Commons on Wednesday Mr F W Jowett asked the Under Secretary for War if his attention was called on April 5th to the case of Ernest Parker of Springwood Cottage, Esholt. Parker is a woodman who also assisted in the cultivation of wheat and potatoes and who enlisted in the Regular Army on 18th October 1904 but was discharged medically unfit on the following day. Arrested Mr Jowett asked if the Secretary was aware that Parker had been arrested by the police as a deserter on March 29th and tried at Otley Police Court the following morning without being allowed time to arrange for legal defence. And notwithstanding the fact that on that date Parker was an excepted person under the Military Service Act, he was handed over to the military authorities as a deserter. Mr Jowett asked that the man should be restored to civil life. Mr Macpherson replied that inquiries were being made into the case and he would let Mr Jowett know the results
Discharged soldier in court as a deserter
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