Friday 8 June 1917
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LOCAL HEROES IN THE GREAT FIGHT
Left-Right: Cpl Herbert William Daykin, 10 Jennings St., Windhill, died of wounds; Pte J Willie Taylor, 4 Wellington St., Eccleshill, wounded; Pte Frederick Sampson, 13 Fagley Place, Fagley, killed; L Cpl William Henry Rhodes, 2 Boudary Place, Undercliffe, killed; Sgt Thomas Gomersall, 1 Valley View Grove, Idle Rd., Eccleshill, killed; Signaller Edgar Gatenby, 79 Fagley Rd., Fagley, missing.
Once again a number of local men were posted as missing leaving loved ones in a limbo of fear of the worst and a slight hope that he might one day be found alive. All too often it meant that no one had seen him fall and the body was not found. Pte James Bradley, elder son of Mr and Mrs James Bradley, 9 Birklands Road, Shipley and of the West Riding Regiment is officially announced as missing. Pte Bradley joined the forces in January 1916 and, on going out to France some time later, contracted trench fever. He came home in October last and returned to the Front in March. Pte Bradley is in his 21st year and prior to the war was with his father, who carries on business as a tailor in Charles Street, Bradford. His parents will be exceedingly grateful for any information concerning him.. Pte Fred Marston of Brompton Farm, Idle, is reported missing. News to this effect has been received by Mrs Ted Hartley, his sister.
Died In a letter dated May 22nd, Pte Tom Yellow said: “I think he will have died from wounds received in action. He was a fine lad and his comrades were very sorry to lose him.” When he enlisted a year ago, Pte Marston was 31 years of age. He went to France in November. Before answering the call of his country he was engaged on the farm. L Sgt Tom Warren, third son of Mr and Mrs G C Warren, 82 Beamsley Road, Frizinghall and of West Yorkshire Regt., has been posted as missing since 3rd of May. In a letter to his parents Lieut-Colonel Taylor writes: “He took part in the attack on the German positions on May 3rd and went gallantly forward with his platoon. “When the battalion was mustered after the fight, I much regret to say he was amongst the missing. Any further
news which may be received I will send to you at once.” L Sgt Warren was previously in business with his father at 2 Bank Street. A younger brother is serving with the Duke of Wellington’s Regt at the front and an older brother is in India. Pte Sam Thornton, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, whose wife and family reside at 7 Lees Place, Albion Road, Idle, is reported missing. Sam, who is well known in the neighbourhood, joined up last Idle Feast and went to France towards the end of January. Judging from his letters, he has had many exciting experiences.
“When the battalion was mustered after the fight, I much regret to say he was amongst the missing”
Fearful families face agony of not knowing
Pte Harry Halford, KOYLI, of Woodbine Terrace, Idle, son of Mr and Mrs Charles Halford of Bradford Road, is home on leave after having spent nearly two years at the front in France. Previous to the outbreak of war, he was a baker at the Bradford Institution for the Poor and he donned khaki on the 3rd September 1914. Somme It was in July 1915 that he embarked for the Continent and he and his comrades were soon at grips with Fritz. He took part in the battle of the Somme last Autumn and was one of those complimented by the Earl of Cavan for bravery and tenacity in the capture of Guillemont. In a speech following the capture, the Earl said: “The memory of the feats which you have performed will live for ever and your children will be taught what you did in the battle of the Somme in exactly the same way as you
were taught what your ancestors did at Waterloo and Crimea.” Pte Halford has seen a good deal of the Huns but he has not a high opinion of them. “They are fine fighters at long range,” he said to our representative, “and their bravery lasts as long as they can turn their machine guns upon you, but the moment you get at close quarters their heart fails them and they are ready to surrender. “They dislike bayonet fighting and will not meet a foe in a hand-to-hand combat.” After one attack, he and a pal took a German officer prisoner and Pte Halford secured the officer’s dagger. This bore the following inscription, ‘Retter in der Not’ of which a liberal translation is ‘A friend in need.’ Pte Halford is married and has three children.
Hero Harry has low opinion of German fighters
A smart soldier in the person of Bomabdier Frank Hardaker, only son of Mr Alfred Hardaker of Bradford Road, Idle, the old rugby footballer, has laid down his life for his country. Bombadier Hardaker, who was 24 years of age, joined the forces on May 27th, 1915 and, by a strange coincidence, met his death on May 27th this year. Best pals Three of his comrades – Driver Luty, Gunner Pratt and Gunner Walton, write: “We have lost one of our very best pals. Ever since we enlisted at Otley, we have been together and we deeply feel the loss of him. He was one of the most respected amongst his comrades.” The chaplain to the battery says in a sympathetic communication to Mr Hardaker: “I know you must feel his loss but try to think that he died that you might live in safety and peace. It will be a comfort to you to know that he died doing a gallant action and is laid to rest close to the guns he worked so well.” Before enlisting, Bombadier Haradker was employed at Castle Mills.
Missed by pals who joined up together
A GENERAL MEETING OF DISCHARGED SOLDIERS AND SAILORS will take place at 8 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13th, 1917 at the FRIENDLY SOCIETY HALL, BRIGGATE, SHIPLEY The above meeting is being called with the object of commencing a branch of the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers. As this is of mutual advantage to all whom it may concern, the attendance of all Discharged Soldiers and Sailors in Shipley and District is earnestly requested.
It is with regret that we have to record the death of Gunner J W Jude, who before the war was employed in the warehouse at Saltaire Mills. Gunner Jude was 24 years of age and leaves a wife and one child. A native of Cambridge, he enlisted in August 1916 and after training at Newcastle was drafted abroad on December 24th, 1916. Mrs Jude received a telegram on Sunday that her husband had died on June 1st from wounds received on the previous Sunday.
Salts Mills warehouseman  dies of his wounds
Seaman Gunner Arthur Robinson, older son of Mr and Mrs H Robinson of Heather House, Baildon, has recently had a memorable voyage to the West Indies in his capacity as a gunner on an armed merchant ship. Gunner Robinson has had varied experiences since his enlistment in the Navy as a member of the R.N.V.R. After training at the Crystal Palace and the Royal Naval Barracks, he was sent elsewhere for a special course. Subsequently he was posted to an armed merchant ship. His latest voyage was to the West Indies. The first 14 days on the outward journey were very rough but the destination was reached in safety. Loyalty About four weeks were spent in loading and unloading goods on the islands of Barbados, Trinidad, Dominca etc and whilst so engaged many opportunities were afforded of conversing with the natives. Gunner Robinson was very much impressed with the loyalty of the inhabitants to the ‘old firm’ and their confidence in the ultimate result of the war At the same time he they exhibited their keen disappointment in not being allowed to take a more active part in the war. He recently spent a few days’ leave at his home and like the natives of the West Indies, expressed his confidence in our navy and that the submarine menace will shortly be overcome.
Caribbean journey
Cpl wins Military Medal
Cpl Harry Barker of 27 Marlborough Road, Idle, son of Mr and Mrs Walter Barker, has been awarded the Military Medal. This hero, who is 21 years of age, served from September 6th to Christmas 1916 at the Dardanelles and was then invalided home, suffering from trench feet. During March last, he went to France and it is there that he displayed gallantry which has won the distinction. Particulars of his act have not yet been received but Cpl Barker wrote home to say: “I am proud to inform you that I have been recommended for a military medal for bravery. I shall probably be receiving it in a few days.”
Pte Willie H Vint, only son of Mr Henry Vint of Berkeley House, Eccleshill, has been wounded in the left hand and is also suffering from a second attack of trench fever. He is now in the Third General Hospital, Cardiff and had been in France since last December. He enlisted in the Scottish Horse but was later transferred to the famous Black Watch. Before enlisting he was in business with his father as worsted spinners at Victoria Mills, Eccleshill. Pte Vint was deputy organist at the Eccleshill Congregational Church.
Second bout of fever
Trench fever victim
Pte Thomas Henry Ingham, youngest son of Mr Egbert Ingham of Station Road, Clayton, is suffering from trench fever and has been sent to a hospital in Aberdeen. Pte Ingham joined up in September last and was attached to the Grenadier Guards. He went to France in March. Before joining the army he was associated with his father who is in business as a yarn agent in Bradford. He was also the assistant secretary of the Baptist Sunday School.
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