Friday 22 June 1917
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LOCAL HEROES IN THE GREAT WORLD CONFLICT
The intense fighting at the front created one of the biggest galleries of local men involved in the war since the battle of the Somme. Above, left to right: Gunner James Atkinson, 7 Westgate, Eccleshill, sick; Pte Same Thornton, Lee’s Place, Albion Road, Idle, missing; Pte Wilfred Teale, 4 Green Place, Undercliffe, wounded; Pte Albert Stansfield, 2 Bromet Place, Eccleshill, was missing now prisoner of war; Pte J Mannasah Leaming, Dallam Street, Undercliffe, killed; Sgt W A Holgate, brother of Mrs W Brook,53 Browgate, Baildon, killed in action; Pte Frank Dickinson, Eccleshill, Military Medal; Gunner Gordon Dickinson, Eccleshill, Machine Gun Corps, Killed; Cpl J W Brooks, 41 Briggate, Shipley, missing since May 3rd; Pte Alfred Blackburn, 82 Stonehall Road, Eccleshill, missing.
Above, left to right: Gunner W A Harrison, Alexandra Road, Shipley, Killed; Gunner Frank Hardaker, Bradford Road, Idle, Killed in Action; Pte Watson Halliday, 19 Prospect Street, Eccleshill, twice wounded; Sgt Norman K Gregory, Saltaire, killed; Cpl Arthur Grange, 6 Craven Terrace, Eccleshill, killed; Pte Arthur Goldsborough of Thackley, killed in action; Pte P Gleeson, 1 Rhodes Terrace, Bolton, wounded; Pte Tom Foy, 8 Baildon Green, Baildon and Union Street, Shipley; Pte Joseph Foy, 8 Green Road, Baildon Green, on service abroad; Cpl Harry Barker, 27 Marlborough Road, Idle, awarded Military Medal.
Second Lieutenant William Gordon Penrice, second son of the late Mr Joseph Penrice and Mrs Lawley of 320 Junction Mount, Idle Road, Bolton, has been killed in action. He was in the Durham Light Infantry and Lieut-Col North of the same regiment, after writing and expressing his sympathy to this deceased hero’s wife said: “Your husband fell leading his men in one of the most complete victories of the war. “He fell dead and can have suffered no pain. His body was well behind the German second line when we found it. He had therefore done, and done well, what he was told to do and had led his men to victory before giving his life for his country. Promoted from Private “I am very sorry to lose so good an officer as are all his brother officers.” Sec-Lieut Penrice joined the West Yorkshire Regt as a private about two years ago and was soon recognised as a prominent recruit and rapidly promoted to the rank of sergeant. For smartness in the field he was selected for a commission and after having undergone a course of training, he was gazetted to the Durham Light infantry, going to France only about a month ago. He was 23 years of age. Before the war he was cashier to the firm of Wertheimer, Whitehead & Co, Bradford
Died behind enemy lines, leading his men to victory
Pte Harry Keighley of Boothroyd, Town Lane, Idle, had a reputation for sending cheerful letters home. In a recent note he said he had heard that his father intended to purchase a pony and wrote: “Don’t bother to invest your money in that way. I can send you a team which cannot be beaten in England – a team of French rats. “There are a lot of advantages in being a soldier which are not realised by those who stayed home. For instance, I used to have to pay a shilling to see a man go up in an aeroplane but here we can see several of them every day for nothing. “At the Idle Feast, too, we had to pay three-halfpence for a couple of shots at the shooting gallery, out here we can have as many pops at the Germans as we like for nothing.” Driver George Keighley is also doing his ‘bit.’
Cheerful ‘Tommy’ sees the bright side
Pte Ernest Kell of the Duke of Wellington’s Regt, younger son of Mr and Mrs Robert Kell of the Old Hall, Esholt, who has been missing since May 3rd, has now written to his parents to inform them that he is in hospital in Germany, suffering from wounds. He is progressing favourably. His only brother, Pte George Kell, has been serving in German East Africa with the Frontiersmen and early in the New Year had an attack of malarial fever. Previous to his enlistment Pte Ernest Kell was employed as a clerk in the Bradford Corporation’s Estate Office at Esholt Hall, whilst his brother was engaged with his father in his business as butcher and farmer.
Missing man is PoW
Pte Percy Newnes of 21 Queen Street, Bingley, and formerly of Bradford Road, Idle and Brighton Street, Thackley, has been home on leave from a convalescent home at Blackpool. He is in that institution recuperating after having been in hospital suffering from shell shock and loss of voice. When war broke out he was in India but it was not long before he was in the fray in France. After a a short experience out there, he  was sent back with a wound in the knee and suffering from frost bite. Cold steel From that time until a year ago, he was at Plymouth and he went to the Continent again in May of last year. In June he was admitted to hospital with a slight bayonet wound in the arm he had received in a hand-to-hand fight. He has been at close quarters with the Germans more than once and has not a great opinion of them as bayonet fighters. They will do anything, he says, to get out of the way when it becomes necessary to use cold steel. His brother, gunner William Henry Newnes, who is 20 years of age, has been in the army two years.
Recovering from shell shock
Driver Richard Lishman (19), RFA, son of Mr J Lishman, jeweller, Idle and grandson of Mr Richard Lishman, headmaster of the Belle Vue School, Bradford, has had to have his left leg amputated below the knee after receiving a piece of high explosive shell in the calf of the leg. It was on June 7th and a piece of shell went right through both his horses and struck him in the left leg. By the plunging of his horses he lost his right stirrup and but for that his right leg would have been struck also. He was thrown from his horse and fell between the pair. The plunging horses seem to have caught him under the arm and have thrown him clean over into a field at the side of the road. Threatened He was picked up within a few minutes by an infantryman who was  escorting eight German prisoners to the rear. The infantryman applied the tourniquet and made two of the prisoners carry him to the dressing station. As the Germans seemed to be rough in their handling of Driver Lishman, the infantryman threated what he would do if they did not exercise more care. He was taken to the dressing station and from there almost at once transferred to the rear. He was taken to the Base Hospital the same night and brought to England two days later. His parents visited him at Liverpool on Wednesday and found him progressing nicely and in good spirits.
Plunging horses help save driver but he still loses left leg
Taken prisoner
Pte Joseph Myers of 9 Chapel Walk, Eccleshill, who enlisted in the Duke of Wellington’s, has been made a prisoner of war in Germany. He was previously employed at James Harper’s Ravenscliffe Mills, Greengates.
Pte William Kay, son of Mr and Mrs Smith Kay of Rawdon Square, Shipley, has been seriously wounded and is not in hospital in Colchester. Pte Kay, who is in the Duke of Wellington’s Regt, has two brothers in the forces.
Seriously wounded
Pte Arthur Thompson, 15 Ada Street, Saltaire is reported missing. A native of Saltaire, Pte Thompson who was 26 years of age, was educated at the Saltaire Central Schools after which he served his apprenticeship at the Saltaire Mills. He continued to work there until he joined the army 12 months ago. He was single and lived with his aunt. He had been in France some seven months and had escaped injuries, the word that he was missing since June 10th being the first intimation of anything wrong with him.
Saltaire man missing
In Warrington hospital
Pte Walter Barraclough, Yorks and Lancs Regt, was wounded some time ago in France and is now in hospital at Warrington, Lancashire. He was formerly employed by the Greengates Worsted Co. His home is at 230 New Line, Greengates.
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