Friday 15 November 1918
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RECENT CASUALTIES
L-R: Gunner J E Smith of 22 Valley Street, Windhill, died from wounds; Pte Arthur Clough of 16 West Street, Eccleshill, killed in action; Cpl Wm Roberts (son of a former Shipley bandmaster), died from wounds; Pte S C Greenwood of 47 Titus Street, Saltaire, wounded and missing; Pte P O Slater of Thackley Old Road, Windhill, wounded and prisoner of war.
Ill only one day, Sapper Robinson Barker, Royal Engineers, only son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Barker of Sunnyside, Moorhead, Shipley, died on Saturday at the Hitchin Military Hospital from pneumonia following influenza, aged 18. The internment took place at Nab Wood Cemetery yesterday morning, services being conducted at the house and at the cemetery chapel by the Rev Henry Taylor, Primitive Methodist minister. There were present Mr and Mrs Arthur Barker (father and mother), Miss Lucy Barker (sister), Mr and Mrs Robinson Fletcher (uncle and aunt), Mr John Sugden (cousin), Miss Carrie Ibbetson (cousin), Mr and Mrs John Ibbetson (uncle and aunt), Mrs Henry Hird, Mr and Mrs James Albert Sugden (Huddersfield), Mr Clapham, Mr and Mrs W Firth (Baildon) and many others.
The underbearers were workpeople of A Barker Ltd, manufacturers, Manchester Road, Bradford, of which firm Mr Arthur Barker is principal. The Bradford Commission Manufacturers’ Association was represented by Mr Louis Connell. The death took place on 8 November at 55 St Paul’s Road, Shipley, of Pte William Hewitson, ASC, aged 29, youngest son of Mrs Hewitson and the late Mr William Hewitson. Pte Hewitson was on leave from the front. Lieut K W Adcock, RE, only son of the Rev George Adcock, formerly of Bradford and Shipley, has died from pneumonia at the Colchester Military Hospital. Before joining the colours Lieut Adcock was sewerage engineer at Singapore, previous to which he had been employed under the Leeds and Bradford Corporations.
Soldiers survived the war but killed by flu
“He possessed those admirable qualities that one would look for in a thoroughly Christian gentleman and his many pals deeply regret his death,” writes a chaplain to Mr and Mrs John Wilkinson of Wood View, Baildon Green. He wrote regarding their youngest son Pte Harry Wilkinson, Seaforth Highlanders, who was wounded in the lungs on 3rd October and died at a clearing station overseas on 21st October. The deceased, who had worked at the Baildon Bridge Mills (Jowett Brothers), enlisted in September 1915 and was very popular among the troops.
Tribute to Baildon Highlander
Gave blood to save a comrade
Pte Walter Teale, Cameron Highlanders, of 19 Fletton Terrace, Undercliffe, has received many congratulations for an act of conspicuous courage. A young soldier, badly wounded, was lying in a critical condition at Boulogne Hospital and a volunteer was asked for to give a transfusion of blood. Appreciation Pte Teale volunteered and a pint and half of blood was taken from him and this saved the soldier who has so far recovered that he has been sent a Sheffield hospital where he is making favourable progress. For this sacrifice Pte Teale was granted three weeks’ leave of absence and before leaving the hospital the nurses and the doctors presented him with 100 francs as a mark of their appreciation. Pte Teale has been wounded on four occasions.
Pte George O’Neill, York and Lancaster Regt, of 40 Regent Street, Saltaire Road, Shipley, is home on special leave after three years’ active service. Somme In 1915 he took part in the second battle of Ypres; in 1916 he was in the battles of the Somme, was buried alive in a dug-out for eight hours and was wounded; he was again wounded in 1917 at Neuport, Belgium; and this year he took part in the battle of Cambrai.
Served in many major battles
Tank Corps Captain wins MC
Capt Arthur Hutton, Tank Corps, third son of the late Mr Charles Hutton of Brentwood and director of Smith & Hutton Ltd, has been awarded the Military Cross for distinguished conduct. Brothers serving He enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regt on 19th September 1914 and was wounded on 1st July 1916. On recovering in December 1917, he was transferred to the Tank Corps. His elder brother is in the Navy and a younger brother is with the Royal Flying Corps.
Died of wounds
Sgt William Bower, Bradford Pals, of 40 Fletton Terrace, Eccleshill, died of wounds on 9th October. He had served on two fronts. Before enlisting he was employed on the city tramways. He was 26 years of age and leaves a widow and one child.
Window cleaner killed by a stray shell
Pte John Thomas Gaunt, whose wife and two children live at 39 Earl Street, Shipley, was killed by a stray shell on 24th October. He had been a window cleaner in partnership with the late Mr James Henry Gott of 9 Windsor Road, Shipley, who was killed in action last March.
Leg amputated
Pte Percy J Child, son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Child of Salisbury Place, Calverley, and grandson of Mr W S Pratt, is lying seriously wounded in an overseas hospital having received a gunshot in the left leg which has had to be amputated. He was 19 years of age last month.
Hero killed in action
Bdr William Pullan, son of Mr William Pullan, market gardener, East View, Follifoot, has been killed in action. He held the Croix de Guerre.
Wounded in hospital
L Cpl H Greaves, KOYLI, of 31 Mary Street, Saltaire, who has seen three and a half years’ active service, was wounded on 18th October and is now in a London hospital.
Probably anticipating some inquiries as to how the Shipley ‘Gun Week’ from 2nd-7th December will develop in view of the armistice, Cllr T Hill, JP, says that the money which the government hopes to obtain the use of by the large investments suggested will be needed in many directions for a long period after the war is at an end. Now that hostilities are over some difficulty is being experienced on account of the title as it is felt that the guns no longer require to be fed and some more suitable name should be adopted. £10 per head Arrangements are well in hand and with an enthusiastic and hard- working committee at work, it is felt that Shipley will respond loyally to the last call on their purse and patriotism and raise the sum of £250,000 which is its minimum. This works out at approximately £10 per head and does not seem to us a very large sum to ask for considering the very general prosperity amongst employers and workers alike. In any case, it seems a very small sacrifice – if it can be called such – when we think of the thousands of our boys who have been killed and maimed and the great sacrifice from which few families have been spared. Some may wonder now what the money can be required for. Mr Bonar Law in the House of Commons asked for a vote of credit for £700,000,000 ‘to clear up the war.’ Transported home This we consider adequately describes what we are required to do. Those millions of men still need to be fed, clothed and transported home again. Germany will require to be policed until final peace terms are fixed. Industry must be brought back once more to normal and the great expense of demobilising our home war restrictions will take many months to complete. Before we can start work again and build up our great export trade our ships will have to bring us raw material. Ships will be required also to bring us food and until this has been accomplished the nation will be rationed and we shall thus require money to ‘carry on’ until the great unwinding of war to peace is completed.
Gun Week cash still needed until unwinding of war is completed
MARRIAGE SHARP-WYETT – 24th October, at the Parish Church, West Drayton, Middlesex, First Air Mechanic Norman Sharp, RNAS, eldest son of Mr and Mrs W Sharp of Ashley Road, Shipley, to Margaret, youngest daughter of Mr J W Wyett of West Drayton, Middlesex.
DEATHS DRAKE – Cpl Harry Drake killed in action 1st November 1918, Duke of Wellington’s, dearly loved son of Mr and Mrs J Drake and dearly loved fiancé of Lily Chadwick. Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away. 45 Robert Street, Windhill.
IN MEMORIAM MOORE – In proud and loving memory of Driver Reggie Moore, RFA, who paid the supreme sacrifice 14th November 1917. From All, Bramble Nook, Eldwick.
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