Friday 29 March 1918
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With four sons and a son-in-law serving with the colours, Mrs Sarah Ann Armstead of 57 Briggate, Windhill, and late of Idle, can fairly described as a Mother of the empire. Pte Arthur Armstead, M.T. A.S.C., who has been in the Volunteers and is 36 years of age, worked at Gaunt’s Shipley, as did his brothers Herbert, Royal Fusiliers, who is 25 years old and Albert, A.S.C., aged 21. Pte Ben Armstead, West Yorkshire, the other brother is 28 years of age, worked on a farm at Thackley and has been wounded. The son-in-law, Gunner Herbert Whitaker, R.F.A. was a fruiterer and is 32 years old.
There was a good muster of the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the 3rd Battalion on the West Riding Volunteers on the links of the West Bradford Golf Club on Sunday when an inspection took place by Brigadier General Bewicke-Copley. Special cars conveyed the Shipley and Bingley companies. Battalion movements were gone through in the morning and company work in the afternoon and the General said he was highly pleased with the movements and appearance of the men Accompanying the General on parade were Lieut-Colonel Hickson and Captain Sarsby (group adjutant). Major Hazley was in command of the battalion.
Inspection of Volunteer Force
Writing to Baildon relatives, a local soldier on active service in India states that in his draft is Arthur Hyde, the well-known Bradford League cricketer. Hyde was the popular captain of the Windhill team and he has played in India for the Officers’ Team at Bombay, Bangalore and Madras and in 16 matches scored 650 runs.
Windhill CC captain among the runs in India
Idle soldier KIA
Mrs Binns of Claremont, Highfield Road, Idle has been informed that her son, Moses Baxter, has fallen in the war.
Sec-Lieut George Charlesworth (pictured), Yorkshire Regt, presumed killed on 3rd May 1917, was the son of Mrs Charlesworth of Upper Nab House, Shipley. News has been received that Pte James Jennings, West Yorkshire Regt, son of Mr John James Jennings of 2 Mellor Street, Windhill, and who was reported missing on 3rd May 1917, is now presumed to have been killed on that date. He was 25 years of age and previous to joining the colours was a newsvendor in the Shipley district.
He was a Rechabite. His wife lives at Doncaster. Mr John Walker of 13 Brighton Street, Shipley has just been officially informed that the death in action has been presumed of his son, Pte Tom Walker, West Riding Regt., who has been missing since 3rd May 1917. The deceased was employed by the Woolcombing Co at Charlestown when he enlisted in January 1915 and he went out in February 1917. He was 33 and single. His two brothers and a brother-in-law are with the colours.
Missing men now presumed to be dead
Mrs Priestley of 3 Fairbank Street, Windhill, received notification on Saturday from the chaplain and an officer of the death on 15th March of her husband, L Cpl Alfred Priestley, Royal Engineers. Mason He was 38 years of age, was a mason and worked at Bankfoot previous to enlisting three years ago. He has been at the front over two years and was the son of Mrs B Priestley of Dover Street, Otley Road, Bradford. L Cpl Priestley also leaves two children and his name is on the Windhill Parish Church roll of honour.
Father of two killed
Gunner Stanley Whittingham,  R.F.A. of 6 Gordon Terrace, Saltaire, second son of Mr and Mrs Whittingham of 5 Park Grove, has been wounded and is in hospital. Cpl J R Ellis of 825 Harrogate Road, Greengates, is in a French hospital. He is one of six brothers, four of whom are still with the colours while one has been killed in action. Gassed News has reached Mr and Mrs Daniel Dracup of 18 New Street, Idle, that their son, Gunner R Dracup, R.F.A. has been gassed and is suffering from trench fever. At present he is in a Hampstead hospital. He went to the front last August. Twenty-five years of age, he worked for J Benn jnr at Springfield Mills, Idle, previous to joining up a year ago. He was a well-known footballer.
Local men in hospital
Home on leave
Pte Herbert Popplewell, R.F.A. son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Popplewell of Salisbury Street, Calverley, is home on leave.
The Government Committee appointed to consider the form of memorial to be given to the next-of-kin of those who have fallen in the war, have now decided that the memorial shall consist of a bronze plaque, a copy of which will be forwarded to the next of kin of every member of the forces who has fallen, accompanied by a scroll with a suitable inscription. The plaque or medal is of circular form, five inches in diameter and bears an emblematic design with the inscription: ‘He died for Freedom and Honour.’ Open competition It will be cast in gun metal and each copy will have a raised tablet enclosing the name of the person commemorated. The design was put out to open competition and more than 800 models were submitted including contributions from Australia, New Zealand and Canada and from Palestine and other fronts.
The successful competitor is Mr E Carter Preston of Liverpool. In considering the scroll the committee had in view the composition of a short sentence or two which should express in suitable wording and dignified English something of the nation’s gratitude to its heroes. With this object some of the first literary authorities were consulted. The final phrasing is mainly the work of Dr Montague James, Provost of King’s College Cambridge, and a sentence by the late Mr Charles Keary, the historian and novelist, has been added. The inscription is surmounted by a special device, including the Royal arms in colour, with the initials of the King. It is hoped to proceed at once with the execution of the memorials but in view of the large number which will have to be supplied and the probable scarcity both of paper and metal, it is at present uncertain at what date they will be available.
Fallen’s next of kin to receive bronze medal
As announced last week, the military honours were accorded the funeral at Nab Wood Cemetery of Lieut Edwin Norris Firth, West Yorkshire Regt, only son of Mr and Mrs George Firth of Hirst Lea, Shipley. The deceased enlisted in September 1914 and had been twice wounded. He died at Somerville Hospital , Oxford, from the effects of gas poisoning. The principal mourners were Mr and Mrs Geo Firth, Miss M Firth, Miss Cannon, Mr James Firth, Miss Firth, Mr and Mrs Norris, Mr E R Firth, Mr J H Firth, Mr and Mrs M Firth, Mrs G Firth, Mr and Mrs Wm Firth. Last Post The cortege was headed by a detachment of West Riding Volunteers who formed a firing party at the graveside and the Leeds Modern School Cadet Corps was also represented, one of them sounding the Last Post. The father of the deceased is a sectional leader in the Special Constables at Shipley and a number of his colleagues attended along with Inspector Foulkes and Sectional Commander Percy Taylor. The coffin was borne on a gun- carriage from the Bradford Moor Barracks and was covered with the Union Jack. The officiating minister was the Rev Rowland  G Maple of Wrexham and formerly of Shipley.
Lieut Firth buried with full military honours
MARRIAGES PULLAN-BALL – At the Parish Church, Loughborough, on 17th March by Rev Thomas Pitt and Hon Canon of Peterborough, Arthur James, third son of the late Mr and Mrs Edmund Pullan, Shipley Hall, to Alice Ball, of Loughborough. DEATHS WILLIAMSON – March 25th (suddenly), at 114 King’s Road, Harrogate, Nancy, widow of the late
W W Williamson of Shipley. Interred at Nab Wood Cemetery. BARKER – On March 25th (suddenly) at 1 Kirklands Avenue, Baildon, Herbert, the beloved husband of Mary Barker. STEAD – At 17 Thorpe Garth, Idle, March 24th, Mary Stead, widow of the late Thackray Stead. BUTTERFIELD – March 25th, at 40 Northgate, Baildon, James
Butterfield, aged 57. Interred at Parish Church, Baildon. BARKER – On March 24th, Harriet, the beloved wife of Albert B Barker in her 62nd year, of Hall Cliffe, Baildon, and late of 202 St Margaret’s Road, Bradford. Interred at Nab Wood. METCALFE – March 16th, 1918, at a Leeds Nursing home, aged 62 years, George Beck Metcalfe of Ladderbanks, Baildon.
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