Friday 4 January 1918
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SERVING THEIR COUNTRY
L-R: Driver Fred W Wainwright, 12 Haigh Road, Undercliffe; Pte Alfred Walsh, Delph Hill, Baildon; Gunner Sam Walsh, Delph Hill, Baildon; Gunner E Dawson, 7 Manor Street, Eccleshill.
Local men rewarded for their courage
The first newspaper of the New Year contained many stories of local men who had been awarded the Military Medal for acts of bravery during the autumn’s battles. James E Midgley, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, son of Cllr J Midgley, 7 Marr Hill, Valley Road Shipley gained his distinction “For great bravery and initiative on 20th November 1917, during the attack on the Hindenburg support line. “When the company was temporarily held up by enemy machine gun fire from both flanks, he took out a Lewis Gun to the left flank of the company and though under continuous heavy fire, engaged the enemy machine gun with direct fire and thus enabled his company to advance.” He has been at the front for about 12 months. L Cpl John Hillerby, (right) who was serving in the Shipley detachment of the Territorial R.A.M.C. on the outbreak of the war has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in operations on November 20th. He is the second son of Mr and Mrs R Hillerby of 50 St Paul’s Road, and was apprenticed with J Parkinson & Son, Canal Ironworks.
He has been on the Western Front since early last January. Gunner Ernest Wilkinson (20), the youngest son of the late Mr Alfred Wilkinson and Mrs Wilkinson of 37 Hall Royd, Shipley has been awarded the Military Medal. Gunner Raymond Heaton, R.F.A., youngest son of Mr Edmund Heaton, 42 Fernbank Road, Undercliffe, who joined the army at the outbreak of war when he was 16 years of age has been awarded the Military Medal. The official record states: “This man, accompanied by Lieut Knaggs, R.A., on the 23rd day of November, 1917, went with the infantry over the top and laid a wire under very heavy machine gun and shell fire. During the day’s operations the wire became dislocated many times and this man went forward under great risk and repaired it each time. This wire was the only one intact throughout the day and was used to a considerable extent by the infantry and artillery, thereby transmitting messages of vital importance to the artillery and greatly impeding the movements of the enemy. “Throughout the whole day this signaller showed great skill, bravery and coolness.” A brother, Pte Edmond Vincent Heaton, who was employed by the Bradford District Bank and joined the Duke of Wellington’s, has been
permanently discharged, suffering from trench feet. Another brother, Pte Horace Heaton of R.F.A. is at Catterick and a third brother, Pte Norman Heaton is in a training camp. The eldest brother, John Frederick, is in the Cadet Corps. The Military Medal has been awarded to Pte Joseph H Busfield, (left) West Yorkshire Regt, of Pool Place, Pinnel Street, Windhill, who during the ‘Byng’ advance displayed remarkable devotion to duty. The brave soldier was formerly associated  with the Windhill Mission and at that place on Sunday the Rev J Matthewman, the resident minister, made an appropriate reference to the honour won by Pte Busfield and heartily congratulated him upon his distinction. Before the war, Pte Busfield was employed at Lower Holme Mills. L Cpl Harry O Bancroft, Gordon Highlanders, of 809 Harrogate Road, Greengates and formerly of Idle, of which place he is a native, has been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery on the field. L Cpl Bancroft was previously wounded in the Arras battle. He was employed at the time of enlistment in 1915, by Mr T D Whitfield & Sons, New Line, Greengates. Cpl Greenwood Bradley of 42 Rhodes Street, Shipley, has been awarded the Military medal for digging out men under heavy shell fire on the night of December 6th. He is attached to C Company of the Bradford Territorials.
Tank 130 – better known as ‘Nelson’ – arrived in Town Hall Square, Bradford, on Sunday. He had been in the city for a day or two, securely housed in the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Goods depot but was not brought out until 8 o’clock on Sunday morning. He was then driven to his station in front of the Town Hall. It was a most interesting sight and the citizens of Bradford would have appreciated it but not many witnessed the scene. All the week ‘Nelson’ has been busy swallowing loans and Bradford and district has done remarkably well. Shortly before two o’clock on Wednesday it was announced that the contributions in connection with the tank campaign at Bradford had exceeded £1,000,000. The final figures for the day announced at 5.30 were £777,896 which is more than the takings on the two preceding days. The aggregate for the three days is £1,484,250.
The people of Shipley had their chance yesterday of showing what they can do to swell the total sum invested through the ‘Nelson’ tank for the winning of the war. The undertaking had been given that ‘every amount invested from Shipley shall go to Shipley’s credit.’ People were busy yesterday morning obtaining application forms from the banks in the town and the District Council office, the post offices and elsewhere. Special tramcars were run between two and three o’clock from the various stages in the Shipley district and a free journey was afforded for anyone producing a signed application for a War Bond of the value of £5 or seven War Savings Certificates. The motto for the day was ‘Nelson expects every Shipleyite will do his duty.’ The total received up to 4.45 p.m. yesterday was £1,923,950.
Shipley boosts ‘Nelson’ fund to almost £2m
Double tragedy hits family
Much sympathy is felt with Mr J Murgatroyd and family who reside at East Parade, Baildon. Mr Murgatroyd’s eldest son, Pte Walter Murgatroyd of the West Yorkshire Regiment, was officially reported about a fortnight ago to have been killed in action on 25th November. Grief and anxiety After the receipt of this distressing news, Pte Murgatroyd’s mother became ill, her condition being mostly attributed to the grief and anxiety of the bereavement and she died a week ago. Pte Murgatroyd’s twin brother, Arthur, is on active service in Salonika whilst a younger brother, William has been discharged from the Army.
One of the very best KIA
Cpl Josh Booth, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, son of Mr Fred Booth of Morecambe and formerly of Thackley, has been killed in action. Cpl Booth joined the forces immediately after the outbreak of war and he had been in France for two years and nine months. He was a native of Baildon and was 25 years of age. When war broke out he was employed at Saltaire Mills. Confidence Writing to Mr and Mrs Booth, Capt K Ogston says: “He was one of the very best soldiers, always willing and ready to do anything he was called upon to do. “The men under him had every confidence in him and would have followed him anywhere. All the officers and N.C.Os in the company will miss him greatly and they all extend their sympathy to you in your sad loss.”
Family lose second son
News has been received that Albert Rhodes, second son of Mr and Mrs T Rhodes, Harrogate Road, Greengates, has been killed in action. Pte Rhodes went out to Canada about 14 years ago. He joined the Canadians and has been in France about twelve months. Widow Great sympathy is felt with the parents of the deceased soldier as it is only a few weeks since they lost their eldest son, Fred, who died in hospital as the result of wounds received in action. Their other two sons are also serving with the colours, Charlie having been in France two years whilst their youngest son, Sam, is in training. Pte Rhodes leaves a widow and two children in Canada.
Wounded blood donor
Pte Harry Whitfield, whose home is Browgate, Baildon, is a member of King’s Own Lancaster Regiment and recently consented to further assist a fellow soldier. Pte Whitfield was wounded some time ago and having trouble with the knee in which he was wounded, was sent to a base hospital. Soon after admittance the doctors asked for a volunteer to have a pint of blood taken away in order to try and save an officer’s life. Pte Whitfield at once offered his services and is now in hospital in Dorset and progressing favourably, though naturally he is still weak. An elder brother, Tom, was discharged from the army a few months ago after having been severely wounded in the hand and leg, and a younger brother, Harold, is on active service in France.
Amongst the recent promotions to be gazetted is that of Captain Granville Robinson, of Greengates, who has received the rank of Major. He is one of four brothers who have all seen service in France. Walter, the youngest, was in Canada at the outbreak of war but immediately volunteered for service. Going out with the Canadian Expeditionary Force he was killed in action. Hospital Another brother, Fred, has also seen service abroad and has been invalided out. Major Robinson’s eldest brother, Herbert Norman, who is a lieutenant in the Artillery, is in hospital in Egypt after seeing service in France, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia. Major Robinson has been in the army 15 years and at the outbreak of war was a sergeant in the Artillery. He went through the retreat of Mons and has earned his rapid promotion through hard work and devotion to duty.
Well-earned promotion
Pte S Lamb has written to his wife informing her that he has been admitted to hospital after being gassed. Pte Lamb is the younger son of Mr and Mrs J Lamb, Jenny Lane, Baildon, and was wounded in the foot a few months ago.
Hospital after gassed
Returned to camp
L Cpl Herbert Marshall, son of Mr and Mrs John Marshall, Salisbury Street, Calverley, who had been severely wounded and was invalided home, has been spending a few days leave at home. He is much improved in health and has returned to Rugeley Camp.
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