Friday 13 July 1917
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Sgt Arthur Smith Scott, of the West Yorkshire Regt, formerly of the postcard shop,  46 Saltaire Road, Shipley, than whom few men are better known in Shipley, has been awarded the Military Medal and  has been promoted from lance-sgt to full sergeant. His Lieut-Col certifies as follows: ‘During the operations on Hill 60 on June 7th, 8th and 9th, 1917, this N.C.O. was in charge of a section of bombers and led his men with great dash in the attack. ‘After the first objective had been secured, he organised a supply of bombs and thus materially assisted the capture of the second objective. Bombing post ‘At a later phase of the action when a counter-attack  was threatened, he established the bombing post under heavy shell fire. Sgt Smith was 39 years of age when he enlisted and is now 40.’ It is great gratification to Shipley that many of its citizens have proved themselves so gallant in this world war and it is especially gratifying to the people who know that one of their tradesmen has earned this coveted distinction. During Mr Smith’s absence fighting his country’s battles, Mrs Smith has managed the business.
Military medal for Shipley tradesman
Signaller Edgar Gatenby of 79 Fagley Road, Eccleshill, who was recently reported missing, has written to his parents to say he is a prisoner of war in  Germany.
Missing man is PoW
Second Lieutenant William Thomas Gregory Moss, son of the Rev Thomas Moss, pastor of the Baptist Church, Idle, has met his death as the result of an accident. Something went wrong while he was piloting an aeroplane over an aerodrome on Thursday of last week and the machine crashed to the ground. At the inquest which was held at Cirencester on Saturday, a verdict of Accidental Death was returned. It was stated the Lieut Moss, who was a qualified pilot, went on a flight alone in a machine he liked and asked for. When at an altitude of 300 feet a witness saw the machine turn nose downwards and dive to the ground, the pilot being killed instantaneously No suggestion could be offered as to the cause of the accident. A native of Shepton Mallet in Somerset, Lieut Moss, who was nearly 19 years of age, commenced his education at a private school at Bath and previous to the family coming to Idle, he attended the Clifford Collegeate School at
Beckington. From 1910 to 1916 he was a student at the Bradford Grammar School and on attaining his seventeenth year in September, 1915, he joined the Artistes’ Rifles. Later he joined the Royal Flying Corps and after a course of training at Oxford, where he was recognised as a youth of great promise, he was granted a commission. He had been described by one of the instructors as one of the most promising airmen. Before joining the army, Lieut Moss was a devoted worker in the Idle Baptist Sunday School and he was highly respected by all who knew him. His father is serving as a chaplain under the auspices of the YMCA in France where he is accompanied by Mr Edwin W Berry of Thackley. Before Mr Moss went to college to train for the ministry he was in the Durham Light Infantry to which he rendered excellent service.
As well as the report of Lieut Moss’s death, the newspaper carried this tribute in its editorial column. For those whom he dearly loved, Sec-Lieut Gregory Moss, R.F.C., of Idle, has freely laid down his life. He had not been face to face with the enemy but he was a clever airman and was shortly to proceed to the Continent. A little short of 19 years of age, Gregory was a fine lad and never did a keener patriot then he don khaki. It was not certain what calling he would have followed but he was a sympathetic and loveable lad and had he lived and followed in the footsteps of his father he would without doubt have made his mark. Never was he so happy as when doing a good turn. The poorest of the poor found in him a real friend
and never would he pass a crossing sweeper without saying ‘a word in season.’ Irreperable loss When the war broke out he longed to be a soldier and before joining he took part in many a march with regiments who passed through the district in which he resided. It is when we sacrifice such promising lads as Gregory that we feel more than ever the irreparable loss we are sustaining by this fearful catastrophe. Here is our tribute to the deceased airman. The love that prompted knights of old To deeds of valour and renown, The love unmeasured and untold That is at once life’s cross and crown, Unfolding his youthful heart Bid him go play the hero’s part.
With sympathy his soul o’erflowed He longed to serve his fellow men; The spirit of adventure bold Was ever in his mind and ken. He yearned to turn all wrongs to right, To make life’s way more smooth and bright. When duty’s call came ringing clear Across a world of strife and woe, To fight for all that men hold dear, Or yield to a relentless foe, Ease counted naught at such a price, He gave his life as sacrifice. He fell, not mid the battle’s roar, Yet none the less his deed will count, His aspirations high did soar, O’er mundane things his soul did mount. Honour still lives; to such as he We owe our England’s liberty.
Tribute to a promising teenage airman
It is with regret that we have to record the death from wounds received in action, of Pte Arnold Illingworth, son of Mr Fred Illingworth of 18 Woodbine Terrace, Idle. Pte Illingworth was severely wounded in the chest when in the trenches on July 3rd. Whilst in hospital he was visited by Rev W D Stedman, whose wife is living with her parents at Ashville, Thackley, and he chatted cheerily with the clergyman about his home. Fatal wound Mr Stedman writes that Illingworth was attended by one of the cleverest surgeons in France but died during an operation owing to internal haemorrhage which the surgeon was unable to arrest. Pte Illingworth was 19 years old. It is not a year since he joined the army. He was wounded on March 9th, invalided to England and had only been back in France a month when he received the fatal wound. He was brought up at the Idle Baptist Church and was highly respected in the district. It is not fifteen months since Pte Illingworth’s brother, Pte William Illingworth, was killed in action and thus Mr Illingworth has lost both his sons in the war.
Idle family lose second son to the war
Mrs Watts, wife of Pte Joseph Watts, whilst at work at Marshall Peppers, Moorhead Lane, Shipley, had her thumb taken off by an accident. She was attended at her homme, 29 Shirley Street, by Dr Sharpe and is progressing nicely. Detroit Pte Watts has been on active service since 1915 and last October was wounded. He was home at Xmas when he took advantage of the holiday to get married. A field postcard from him last week brought he news that he is all right. Pte Watts was in Detroit at the outbreak of war and came home to see his mother during her illness. Upon her death, he enlisted.
Soldier’s wife injured
The following letter appeared from Hannah Mitchell, matron of Saltaire Hospital. Sir, I should be grateful to you if you would allow me a little space in your paper to appeal to a few people in our town that it is impossible to reach in any other way. Lately there has been a great increase of an abuse we have had in a smaller degree ever since we have had the wounded soldiers in the town. This is undesirable females accosting our men in the streets and after ten and eleven o’clock at night, calling up to the wards to them after all are settled for the night and disturbing the inmates of the hospital. More bitter than death The chief duty of women at present is ‘to keep the home fires burning’ and not by word or deed to damp down the home fire of another. I am afraid these women will be cause of trouble more bitter than death when the war is over. They do not care a scrap when a man tells them he is a married man with a family; they laugh and say ‘That doesn’t matter.’ To such, nothing matters, nothing is sacred. We have had married men here who have stayed indoors to avoid them.
They are more to be feared than the guns. The gun can only kill the body, but they leave the body miserably alive and kill the soul, leaving misery not only for the immediate victim but innocent ones as well. It may not matter to them whether the man is married or not. But what of the clean girl-wife at home? And what of the clean boy sent out to fight our battle as much as his own? If these creatures do not think it matters it rests with those that do to see to it that the abuse so far as possible is stopped. The mothers and wives of our men know better than I do the intense longing for the return of their own. The wives especially are looking for the loved one to come to his little grey home in the west. To him it is just the hub of his universe and only the absence of the one makes it imperfect for the wife. The others are longing for their boys to come home again, clean and good. The sweethearts are longing for the safe return of the only one that matters to them. These creatures that come along saying ‘it doesn’t matter’ are like the blight that takes the bloom from the fruit and disease that strikes at the
root of the tree. They sow sorrow for those that deserve it least. They would trample over the hearts of the innocent and call it a triumph. In fact, they are one with the enemy and the sooner they are rooted out the better it will be for all. Undesirable persons The mothers, sisters and friends of our town are magnificent in the way they treat the boys – their generosity and goodness is a thing to be proud of and it is greatly appreciated by all. I feel confident of the sympathy of each of them in this matter and if there is anything of good in the undesirable persons concerned, I hope that now their attentions has been called to their conduct, they will either mend their ways or direct their steps away from the hospital! Yours etc, H Mitchell.
Girls more to be feared than guns
MARRIAGE BREARLEY-PARKER - Driver Albert Ed Brearley, A.S.C. second son of Mr and Mrs W H Brearley, 59 Carr Lane, Windhill, to Louie Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs George Parker, 3 Springwood Place, Shipley. IN MEMORIAM GIBSON - In loving memory of our dear friend Pte Ernest Gibson, killed in action July 10th, 1916, We think of him in silence, And his name we oft recall But there’s nothing left to answer But his photo on the wall From Pte and Mrs George Drinkwater
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