Friday 6 July 1917
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L Cpl Oscar Greenwood, son of Mr and Mrs W Greenwood of Thackley, is home on leave after having been in hospital and is shortly to return to the depot of his regiment, the West Riding. Joining the forces in April 1915, he went to the Continent early this year. In a successful move which was made by our troops in April he received a shrapnel wound in his left leg and has been in hospital for nearly thirteen weeks. His brother, Pte J W Greenwood, York and Lancaster Regt, is in a military hospital near Liverpool, suffering from a shrapnel wound in the right leg. This is the second time that Johnny has been placed hors de combat, he
being wounded the first time in September of last year. A well-known bowler, Pte J W Greenwood, who is 29 years of age, won several trophies in that particular sport before the war. In 1915 he carried off both the ‘Butterfield’ and ‘Stringer’ cups in
this locality and was the second prize winner in the Pudsey and Stanningley League. Like his brother Oscar, he was a member of the old Trinity Harriers and a chorister at the Parish Church. Mason Cpl John Thornton, brother-in-law of the two men, is in France. In civil life Cpl Thornton was a foreman mason in the employ of the firm of Jeptha Thornton & Son, which was founded by his father, and he is now in charge of a gang of men engaged in certain necessary work in France. Cpl Thornton, too, was formerly associated with the Parish Church choir and was a member of the Constitutional Club.
L-R: L Cpl Oscar Greenwood, Pte Johnny Greenwood; Cpl John Thornton ‘photographed in France after trudging several miles’
Thackley family ready to keep on fighting
LOCAL HEROES IN THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
Left-Right: Pte Henry Westcott, wounded; Pte A Thompson, 15 Ada St, Saltaire, missing; Pte Gordon Bower, 14 Maddock St, Shipley, wounded; Pte Walter Barraclough, Greengates, wounded and in hospital; Pte Harry Dixon, Eccleshill, killed; Pte Percy Newnes, Bingley, formerly of Idle, twice wounded; Gunner W H Newnes, Bingley, formerly of Idle; Pte Raymond Scott, Gt Horton, formerly of Shipley, accidentally killed in France.
Bugler George Swift, son of Mr and Mrs C Swift of Westfield Lane, Idle, is regarded by his officers as a very smart recruit. He is eighteen years of age and has been in training since Easter in Staffordshire. Before donning the khaki he was a member of the Bradford Volunteer Force in which he was leading bugler. That he is an excellent bugler may be gathered from the fact that his sergeant has described as “the finest bugler who has been at Brocton Camp for a long time.”
Praise heaped on teenage bugler
At a service held recently in the Wesleyan Church, Woodhouse Grove, Apperley Bridge, the Rev Edward Rees referred to the death of Pte Fred Ward, who was killed by a German shell a few weeks ago. The reverend gentleman spoke of the deceased as a brother beloved, whose departure is deeply regretted by all who knew him. Before joining the army, Pte Ward held the office of Poor Steward in the Church and was an active worker in the Sunday School. The headmaster of Woodhouse Grove School, Mr W J Walker, had borne witness to Pte Ward’s sterling worth and high sense of duty as a trusted servant at the school where he acted as engineer. Stuck it One of his comrades had written to say that when Pte Ward was wounded, “he stuck it like a hero” and expressed regret that he was causing so much trouble to those who were helping him. His friend said that if ever a man did his duty that man was Fred Ward. “He never grumbled at anything he had to do
and was in every way a true friend and comrade.” One of the stretcher bearers who carried him to the clearing station, wrote: “Fred Ward was one of the best chaps it was possible to come across and he was admired and respected by everybody with whom he came in contact.” Faithful Mr Rees proceeded to say that those who had known him long before this final test of his character felt sure that, whoever might fail in the day of trial, Fred Ward would be faithful. They thanked God for the memory of this good man who was as modest and lowly-minded as he was upright and sincere. He was attached to the Grove and looked forward to his return. Instead he had been laid to his rest in the land where so many of our best and truest sons are lying. He had done his duty and we must reverently leave the questions we cannot answer. It was well with our brother. A large number of friends and relatives attended the service which was of a most helpful character throughout.
Tributes paid to a true friend and comrade
Walter Roo, 997 Harrogate Road, Apperley Bridge, and his brothers Richard and Stead, are all in France. Walter, 25, is a corporal and has been twice wounded. Stead (27) is a private and has been once wounded. These two were employed at the Newlay Dyeworks when war broke out and enlisted at once. Richard was also employed at the dyeworks and enlisted in March last year. He had only been in France eight weeks when he was wounded and taken prisoner. All the brothers are ingle and the sons of Mr Joseph Roo.
Three wounded brothers
Pte James N Robinson, 47 Barrett St, Shipley, who is serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery, has been wounded. At the time of his enlistment he was employed at the Shipley Post Office as a postman. He has been at the front since August last.
Postman wounded
Pte W T Pickard (above right) of 10 Melbourne St, Saltaire Road, Shipley, who is a widower with one child, was recently home on sick leave. After serving for four months in France he was brought to England suffering from dysentery. He is now again in training in Sunderland. His brother, Pte Fred Pickard (above left) of the same address, is in hospital in London. For eighteen months he has been in the army and has served ten months in France. Formerly he was employed in the cloth warehouse at Saltaire Mills.
Widower on sick leave
The fourth son of Mrs Barraclough of 73 Tong Park, Baildon, has just joined the forces. Two of them, Pte F W Barraclough and Pte Herbert Barraclough, have already given their lives for their country, and a third son, Pte Joseph Barraclough, has been severely wounded and is now in hospital in Sheffield. Pte Willie (right), the latest to join the colours, is in training in Durham. He is well-known in Shipley where until recently he was a vendor of newspapers.
Fourth son signs up
Pte Willie Scott, who a few years ago emigrated to Canada and who formerly resided in Westfield Lane, Idle, has died of wounds received in action. He married a daughter of Mr Walter Waite, Marlborough Road, Idle and is survived by a widow and three children.
Idle lad who emigrated to Canada, dies
Windhill hero
Pte W Pawson of 88 School Hill, Windhill, has been awarded the Military Medal. He has secured this honour by carrying in four wounded men in succession under heavy fire. He was wounded on May 4th and is now in hospital.
On Saturday, Pte P Gleeson of Eccleshill, who has been five months at the front with the West Yorks and was recently wounded in the face, was married by special licence to Miss Grace H Sharp of 1 Rhodes Terrace, Bolton, the bride being the only daughter of Mr and Mrs Joshua Sharp.The bridegroom has shortly to rejoin his regiment.
Wounded man marries
L Cpl Herbert Booth of the Duke of Wellingtons and residing at Moorfield Place, Idle, who has been reported as missing, has informed his wife that he is a prisoner in Germany. He wrote Mrs Booth on May 28th asking for bread, cigarettes, fat and chewing gum.
Prisoner’s requests
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