Friday 4 May 1917
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Pte Laurie Berwick, son of Mr Ben Berwick and Mrs Berwick, has been killed in action. The deceased was a native of Shipley and had lived in The Holt, Windhill, several years before leaving for Australia with his family 12 years ago. He was 23 years old in February. His father and mother and two brothers are in Australia. His grandfather, Mr George Berwick, lives at Baildon Green. Fever Pte Berwick was only drafted about Christmas. He came over with the Australian Expeditionary Force and while fighting at the Gallipoli Peninsular he contracted enteric fever and was invalided to England. Subsequently he visited his grandfather and friends in Shipley and Windhill. He was a smart young man and was of a generous disposition. While over here he visited his old school and his old schoolmaster, Mr Robert Denison, and had a chat with many of his old school-mates. He had a large number of friends in the district and they will regret to hear that he has lost his life. He was a true patriot and proud to do his duty.
True patriot from Down Under killed in action
Top L-R: Pte Leonard Peel, 29 Idle Rd, Undercliffe, wounded and in hospital in Dorset; Sgt T W Tidmarsh,West Yorks, 23 Albion Road, Idle, who has been awarded Certificate of Merit for excellence of service at the Front; Pte J W Robinson, Eccleshill, died of wounds; Pte Gordon Potter of Idle, wounded in the back by shrapnel; Gunner Edgar Wilman, Eccleshill, killed in action; Pte J Myers, Eccleshill, wounded Left: Pte E A Cornish, Eccleshill, wounded; Right: Pte J W Cornish, Eccleshill, suffering from trench fever
The Shipley Times & Express paid a double tribute to Sam Turner, not only publishing the story of his death, but including a passage in the editorial comment column. Mr and Mrs Jeremiah Turner of Rosemont, Bradford Road, Idle, have this week received the sad intelligence that their only son, Lieutenant Samuel Turner, has sacrificed his life for his country. Sam was widely known and he was beloved by all who knew him. Even from being a lad he was deeply interested in travel and his aim always was to leave the mother country for the laudable purpose of helping strengthen the bulwarks of Empire in the lands across the sea. Emigrated He emigrated to Australia just about the time of the outbreak of war in the hope of engaging in agricultural pursuits and secured a situation on a Government farm in New South Wales. The war had not been in progress long before he cabled to his parents asking for their consent to his joining up. This they gave and as showing how anxious he was to do his bit, on receiving a reply from home in the affirmative, he threw his cap in the air and almost danced for joy.
After training in Australia and in Egypt, he served at the Dardanelles and elsewhere. A smart, educated young man, he soon won promotion and last year, when a non-commissioned officer, he was honoured by being chosen for a commission. He came over to England for his training and returned to the Continent about Christmas. He took a deep interest in the welfare of the men under his command and there was little wonder that he was so popular amongst them. Before going to the Antipodes
Lieutenant Turner was associated with church work at Idle and he rendered valuable aid to the Boy Scout movement. He was a lad who was always ready to put himself out of the way to do a good turn. In verity, he was one of those who could be said to have ‘done good by stealth and blushed to find fame.’ The news of his death was received with great regret by all who knew him and much sympathy is felt with his family who are well-known and highly respected. The deceased hero was twenty-two years of age.
Lieut Sam Turner of Idle has given his life in the highest of all causes and his name is enscrolled on our national Roll of Honour. A lad with high ideals, ‘he hath done what he could’ in the interest of humanity and he has set a fine example to the rising generation. Here is our humble tribute to this young, heroic officer, whom we had all learnt to love: A true son of the Empire, bright and brave, Willing to live or die his land to save; Great-hearted, noble-minded, fearless, free, He worshipped at the shrine of liberty. High purpose ever o’er his pathway shone, As in the hearts of heroes dead and gone; Love for his fellows did his soul inspire Service and sacrifice, his life’s desire.
Not mean reward of worldly wealth or fame – To uplift humanity his loyal aim; He hailed his quest and followed it afar, Progress his watchword, truth his guiding star. Thus when across the world the fierce storm broke, The love heroic in his heart awoke; He saw his duty clear and at the call, Brought honour, strength and life and gave them all. And so they die our bonny lads and brave, Our Empire and our liberty to save. Fighting for justice to their latest breath, Champions of Freedom, faithful unto death.
Double tribute to Idle lad who returned to fight for Empire
Much sympathy is felt with Mr and Mrs Daniel McCuen of 32 Park Lane, Tong Park, on the loss they have sustained by the death of their son, Pte Michael Edward McCuen, West Riding Regt. The deceased hero, who was 19 years of age, was a most estimable youth and one whom to know was to respect. He joined the army on 10th July last year along with his friend, Pte Harold Anderton, who was killed early this year. He had been in France since October. Teddy, as Pte McCuen was known to his friends, was formerly employed in the finishing department at Tong Park Mills and he was greatly respected by his fellow employees who deeply mourn his death. Amputated In the recent heavy fighting he was wounded in the right leg, the head and face, and had a fractured forearm. So serious was the wound in the arm that it was found necessary to amputate it. At the meeting of the Baildon Education Committee on Monday evening, reference was made to the death of Pt McCuen, the chairman, County Cllr Wm Holmes, remarking that the lad had died a noble death, for he had lost his life fighting for the salvation of his country and the true liberty of Europe. It was decided to send a letter of sympathy to the bereaved parents.
Gunner Edgar Wilman of 53 Mount Avenue, Eccleshill, has been killed in action. He had been serving in France about four months and was 29 years of age. Writing to his wife, Major Mackenzie says: “His loss is mourned by all ranks in the battery and all the officers, NCOs and men wish to express their deep sympathy in your sad bereavement. “It may help you to know that his death must have been absolutely painless and unknown to him; two officers suffered the same fate and six more were wounded at the same time.”
Edgar’s death would have been painless
Mrs Harry Sharpe of 2 Higher School, Saltaire, has received the following letter of condolence from Capt George S Gordon: Dear Mrs Sharpe – I have been ill or I should have written sooner to tell you how your husband died and what a loss he is to all in B Coy. He and two officers and his platoon, of which he was sergeant, were taking cover in a cellar while waiting to go into action when a a shell hit the house and brought it down on the vaulting of the cellar which collapsed and buried them. It happened about noon on the 11th and the Engineers were hard at work digging them out ten minutes afterwards. I have never seen men work as the Engineers worked and it is one consolation to me now and will be to you that everything that was humanly possible was done to save your husband and those who were with him. A cross marks his grave We found your husband about 6 o’clock and tried to revive him but without effect. He was not disfigured. We buried him the same day beside the cemetery of the village. A cross marks his grave and soon the Engineers will have put up a better cross with name and regiment engraved on it. All his effects are being collected and are being sent home. They should reach you within the next few weeks. I cannot do much to console you. Your loss is too great but I feel for you from the bottom of my heart. Your husband was one of the best soldiers in the battalion and the friend of everybody in his company. As his company commander I feel his death and the death of his comrades more than I can say.
19-year-old Edgar dies from his many wounds
Buried alive while sheltering in cellar
A Thackley youth names Pte Fred Halliday of the Canadian Scottish Regt, has been killed in action. Pte Halliday was 28 years of age,and about four years ago he went to Canada where he was doing exceedingly well. He joined the forces about twelve months ago. His home was at 6 Boothroyd, Town Lane, Thackley.
Came back to fight
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