Friday 28 September 1917
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L-R: Pte Jim Smith, 10 Union Yard, Idle, killed; Gunner C H Mould, 22 Chapel Street, Eccleshill, killed; Pte John Yeadon Bennett, Tyneside Scottish, 5 Hope Street, Shipley, wounded; Pte Ernest Ellis, Baildon, killed; Pte Willie Carver, 41 Kitson Street, Windhill, killed; Cadet J H Emerson, 12 Acre Lane, Eccleshill, awarded Military Medal and granted a commission; Pte H Robinson, Primitive School House, Idle, who is in France with the Army Ordnance Corps.
Mrs Pickles of 6 Back Manor St, has received a letter from Bomardier H Greenwood, 104 Undercliffe Road, notifying her that her son had been killed. After expressing his sympathy he says: “Joseph was killed while in action on Sunday night. The loss of such a fine soldier is keenly felt throughout the battery. “Joseph, Watson, Stanley and myself coming from practically the same street, always seemed to have a brotherly feeling toward each other “I attended the funeral on Monday and he was buried in a quiet little place behind the firing line.” Gunner Joseph Pickles joined the Royal Field Artillery two years ago last May and has been in France fourteen months. He was formerly employed at Pullan Womersley’s, grocer, Stone Hall Road, Eccleshill.
Loss of a close friend
Pte Linton Foulds, son of Cllr Edwin Foulds of Clayton, wrote home about the places he had visited in Egypt including this trip to the pyramids. Crossing the broad and muddy Nile by one of the fine bridges of the city, they were able to notice one of the chief features of Egypt, namely a strip of rich fertile country a few miles broad and then beyond comes the bare, sandy desert. When one gets on to the rising ground it becomes more than ever clear that the Egypt of today is just the narrow ribbon of green with the hill in the middle. Edge of tje desert Going to the Pyramids they cut right across the river strip and alighted on the very edge of the desert. Before they could get off a crowd of guides came clamouring around for employment. Having rid themselves of these, they then proceeded to make a leisurely inspection of the antiques which have so captured the imagination of the world. The longer one looks at the Pyramids, he says, the more gigantic they seem and anyone standing at the base looks like a fly on a wall. The great Pyramid of Cheops is the
largest and most interesting and though it has lost all its original outer casing, the shape and the firmness of the outline still remain perfect. The Pyramid of Shafreh retains a fragment of its smooth casing but is otherwise in a state of preservation much inferior to the other. The doorway of the smallest Pyramid is still intact and the setting of the stone he says is simply fine. From there they next viewed the Sphynx which though much less in bulk is equally interesting. Its countenance is now defaced but even the remains are a silent witness of the surpassing skill of the sculptor. The chief feature however, was their exploration of the passages of the great Pyramid, an experience not to be missed. The entrance to the passage descended
at a very steep angle and was as smooth as glass. Add to this the fact that its height was only about four feet and you may imagine what an eternity it seemed before we reached the bottom. Then they started to descend again until they came to a level passage leading into a fair-sized room called the Queen’s Chamber. 1s 9d Retracing their steps they made a further ascent through a lofty gallery until they came to the King’s Chamber, which contained a large stone chair. On the return journey they simply sat on the floor and helter-skeltered to the bottom and then traversed the ascending passage into the open again. They returned by car along a new route to Cairo, the whole outing, including the circular train ride, only cost them 1s 9d and it was a treat never to be forgot.
News has been received that Pte Harry Jacques, West Yorks, of 1 Rawson Square, Idle, has been killed in action. As a member of the Idle Cricket Committee he rendered excellent service to the club and by his death that organisation has sustained a great loss. He was also a playing member of the Idle Victoria Football Club and he was a capital player in the forward line. In a letter to his wife, the chaplain, the Rev A McKeachie, says: “He was in the trenches with his battalion when a shell came over and exploded near a group of which he was one. He was wounded so severely that death took place almost immediately so that he did not suffer at all. I took the funeral yesterday and laid him to rest in a village cemetery where many of our soldiers are buried.” There was another letter from Lieut Edwin H Umbers in which that officer writes – “He has been my servant ever since he joined the Battalion and a more honest and cheerful and brave man never lived. “He always had a smile on his face and a cheery word for everyone, no matter what the danger.”
Cheerful sportsman killed by shell
Never to be forgotten visit to the Pyramids
The Baildon Brass Band gave a choice selection of music in the Market Square on Saturday evening and at the conclusion a collection was made in aid of a public testimonial for Gunner Samuel Gelder who was recently presented at Ripon Camp by General Maxwell with the D.C.M. On Sunday evening an excellent concert was given in the Picture House by Miss Irene Hamilton (soprano), Miss Ciara Baxendall (contralto), Mr Douglas Hamilton (tenor) and Mr Alfred Morrell (accompanist). Orchestral Society Mr H Metice was the elocutionist in the unavoidable absence through indisposition of Mr Cannon Dalby, whilst the Baildon Orchestral Society, consisting of 28 performers under the conductorship of Mr A Carpenter
gave a number of capital selections. Each of the artistes were encored by a large and appreciative audience. During an interval Gunner Gelder was presented with a purse containing £7 2s 6d – the proceeds of the Brass Band’s meeting on Saturday evening – and also a silver cigarette case subscribed for by the committee and promoters of Sunday evening’s concert, Messrs H Robinson, J Dyson and W Halliday. The gallant soldier in a neat little speech thanked those who had contributed to his handsome present and told of the pleasure experienced by our gallant lads at the front upon the receipt of a parcel of comforts from home. The proceeds of Sunday evening’s concert are to be devoted to augmenting the Baildon Soldier’s and Sailors’ Comforts Fund. The event was well patronised.
A short time ago Sir Ellis Denby of Wycliffe House, Shipley, issued an appeal on behalf of a Shipley soldier, Cpl Walter Nicholson, who had been awarded the D.C.M. A sum of £5 11s 6d was contributed and this has been forwarded to the brave young soldier. Acknowledging receipt of this gift, Cpl Nicholson said: “Please accept my very best thanks for registered letter and contents which I received this morning. “I cannot help but appreciate the kindness my friends of Shipley have shown towards me. My duty “When all is said and done I have only done my duty and every British soldier is renowned for that. “Many a good man has done equally the same and has had the misfortune to lose his life. “I have always tried to do my best and shall carry on the same until this bloodshed is over. “If ever it should be my lot to go out to France again, I shall go with a good heart and trust to God for my well-being. “I cannot adequately express my thankfulness for what the Shipley people have done for me. From the bottom of my heart I thank you.”
Soldier’s grateful thanks
L Cpl Herbert Marshall, West Yorks, son of Mr and Mrs John Marshall, Salisbury Street, Calverley, has been rather severely wounded in the thigh by shrapnel whilst fighting in France.
L Cpl severely wounded
Pte Claude Prosser of Springfield, Idle, who has lost his right arm in the war and who is an inmate of a military hospital at Southampton, paid a visit home last week and while here visited the Union Mills where he was employed previous to joining the forces. On Friday he returned to the hospital. He is the son of Mr William Prosser.
Amputee on leave
Pte Walter Jones, the adopted son of Mr and Mrs Sam Thornton of North Hall Farm, Thackley, sends us an interesting letter from the front. In the course of his communication he says that he is becoming an expert cook but he reminds us that he has not the advantage of an oven in which to prepare meals. “All I have for this work,” he says, “is a bully beef tin, a small piece of sandbag and a candle. “You see we cannot use coal here or Fritz would soon see the smoke and begin presenting us with a few whiz bangs. “Coal is an attraction when keeping the home fires burning but out here it has a tantalising effect on the German gunners.”
Not the place to burn coal
Baildon gives DCM hero a musical welcome home
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