Winners of the Military Medal, L-R: Sgt Richard Everson of Alley Road, Shipley; Pte E Fawcett of 8 Victoria Street, Ashley Lane, Shipley; Acting Sgt Major Nicholas Naylor of 23 George Street, Saltaire.
An unusual record is held by a Shipley family, three brothers having lengthy military service and each possessing the Mons Star. L-R: Sgt W Bootham, Yorkshire Regt, whose wife lives at West Hartlepool. He was killed in action on 29th September and had been in the army over fourteen years. Ex Sgt J Bootham of 19 Beatrice Street Shipley, was discharged a little while ago after sixteen years’ service with the Yorkshire Regt. The youngest brother is Pte Crossfield Bootham, MGC. Now at the front, he has been with the colours thirteen years. All three brothers have served in India and Sgts J and C Bootham have also been in Africa.
RAF man’s funeral
The death occurred last Thursday at the Northern General Hospital Lincoln of Cedric E Fenton, Royal Air Force (formerly West Yorkshire Regt), youngest son of Mr and Mrs S Fenton of 41 Redburn Road, Shipley, at the age of 22.Union JackThe funeral took place at Guiseley Primitive Methodist Church on Monday afternoon. The coffin was covered by the Union Jack and was conveyed from Shipley by road.The services at the chapel and the graveside were conducted by the Rev S Langham (Guiseley), the Rev J Lucas (Great Horton) and the Rev Jackson Harding (Bradford).
Second Lieutenant Norman Crowther, Cheshire Regt (attached to the Suffolk Regt) and the only son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Crowther of 21 Hall Royd, Shipley, has been killed in action after fighting gallantly on three fronts.He was on the Leeds staff of the National Provincial Bank of England when he went to the colours as a private in March 1916 and he was commissioned in the September of 1917.Shell explosionHe was an old boy of Pannal Ash College, Harrogate.He only returned to the front three weeks ago and was killed by a shell explosion four days after rejoining his regiment.Letters have been received from the chaplain and the lieutenant colonel of his regiment expressing their high appreciation of his qualities.
Shipley officer killed four days after rejoining his regiment
Over four years a prisoner of war, Sgt Major William Booth, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, of Idle, has been released and after a week in Tooting Hospital, London, where he was treated for his hearing, he proceeded to Scotland where he was married on Monday to a lady he was engaged to previous to the war.Bride’s brotherShe was Miss Annie McEwen Hutchison, second daughter of the late Mr James H Hutchison and Mrs Hutchison of Argyll Lodge, North Berwick.Sgt Major Booth is the youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs William Booth of Cavendish Road, Idle..Owing to the bride’s brother, Capt Hutchison, having fallen in the war a few week ago the wedding was of an unostentatious character.
Unostentatious wedding for former prisoner of war
Wrose Hill family bury their third son
The remains of Pte Ernest Hainsworth, aged 18, were interred at the Upper Chapel Cemetery, Idle, last Friday, having died on Sunday at the 4th General Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, from wounds received in action.A gun carriage conveyed the coffin from Catstone Wood, Wrose Hill, Shipley where the deceased’s parents, Mr and Mrs Albert Hainsworth, live and there was a bearer party from Bradford Moor Barracks.This is the third son Mr and Mrs Hainsworth have lost in the war.The deceased’s grandfather, Mr Matthew Hainsworth, a nonagenarian, is well-known locally as ‘the Airedale Poet’.
Lieut E L Wood, Royal Field Artillery, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Benjamin Wood of Victoria Grove, Shipley, has been awarded the Military Cross.
Died on his way home
Stated by his relatives to have enlisted at the age of 15, at which time he was a member of the Shipley Ambulance Corps, Pte Robert Henry (Harry) Edmondson, RAMC, died from pneumonia at a clearing station on 15th October, aged 19.He was on his way home for a leave to see his parents who live at 8 Howard Street, Shipley.
Bandmaster’s son dies
Cpl W M Roberts, West Riding Regt, who died of wounds on 17th October, aged 19, was the son of Mr Marshall Roberts, a former bandmaster of the Shipley Brass Band.
Family anxious for news of wounded PoW son
Pte Philip A Slater, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Slater of Thackley Old Road, Windhill, was wounded and taken prisoner on Shipley Feast Sunday, 27th July. He went to the front last June.A postcard sent from the Red Cross Society, London, is the only news to hand, no word having been received from Pte Slater himself.Naturally his parents are concerned at his silence and it would be a source of great comfort to hear from or of him.Prior to joining up he was an earnest worker in connection with the Windhill Church King’s Messenger Society and was also a teacher in the Sunday school and a helper at the Sunday evening children’s services.
Wounded for fourth time
L Cpl T W Rhodes, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, aged 27 or 60 Kitson Street, Crag End, Windhill, has been badly wounded in the left arm and is now in the Birmingham General Hospital.He enlisted at the outbreak of the war and this is the fourth time he has been wounded.He was employed by Firth & Co, Combing Company, Bolton Woods. His brother has been wounded twice and was discharged after being gassed and having shell shock.
Pte Sam North, West Yorkshire Regt, of 22 Mount Road, Eccleshill, has been wounded in the right ankle and forearm but is now making favourable progress in hospital.He enlisted in December 1914 and has been at the front over three years.Signaller R Watson, East Yorkshire Regt, of Amelia Street, Saltaire, has been wounded.Signal Sgt A E Shuttleworth, Northumberland Fusiliers, of Shipley, was wounded on 21st October and is now in hospital overseas.
More local wounded
Shipley military wedding
A large number of friends gathered at the military wedding at St Peter’s Church, Shipley, of Mr James McDonald, Tank Corps, of Glasgow, and Miss Dorothy Louise Rand, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Fred Rand of Oakwood,Saltaire.The bride looked charming as she entered the church on the arm of her father who gave her away.The bridegroom’s present to the bride was a lovely ermine stole and the bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a gold band ring.Whist driveA reception was held at the Airedale Masonic Rooms, Shipley, and later the happy couple left for Scarborough where a short honeymoon was spent before the bridegroom rejoined his regiment.After the reception there was a whist drive and musical evening, Mr George Firth being M.C. assisted by Mr Matthew Wright.The handsome and numerous presents included a silver rose bowl from the employees of J McDonald & Co of Glasgow.
THE VICAR OF ECCLESHILL PARISH CHURCH will be pleased to receive the present address of any person connected in any way with the Church who is serving either in the Army or in the Navy so that he may be able to send them an Xmas present from a fund subscribed to by the entire congregation.The addresses of Prisoners of War and of those who are in more distant places must be sent in immediately.Kindly forward all addresses to A SMITH155 Gladstone Street, Bradford