Friday 28 June 1918
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SOME LOCAL HEROES
L-R: Pte James W Carley of Myrtle House, Harrogate Road, Eccleshill, died of wounds; Rifleman James Hall of 59 Wycliffe Road, Saltaire Road, Shipley, wounded and prisoner of war; Pte W Chadwick of 4 Herbert Street, Cottingley (formerly Union Street, Shipley), wounded; Pte J Mann of 40 New Street, Idle, prisoner of war; Signalman H Peel of 5 Legrams Street, Listerhills (late of Baildon), prisoner of war; Drummer W S Conroy of 131 Moor End Idle, gassed; Sec Lieut S E Bloomfield of 28 Church Street, Windhill, wounded.
Experienced sculler drowned
A verdict of accidentally drowned was returned at an inquest on Tuesday at York on the body of Sgt George Robert Allen, A.P.C., aged 35, married, of Shipley. He  was drowned while boating on the Ouse on Sunday 16th June, the body being recovered on Tuesday 25th June. Heard a shout Sgt Allen, who was said to be a good sculler, hired an outrigger boat and went up the river. Later a man, who had heard a shout, saw the head and arms of the deceased above the water at Clifton Ings, but before he reach the spot the man had disappeared and the boat was floating right side up with one oar in the outrig. The other scull and the soldier’s hat and stick were floating.
Tribute to early volunteer
A vote of sympathy with Mr W T Field, Clerk to Baildon Military Tribunal, in the loss of his only child, Sec-Lieut Harold Field, in the war was passed at their last hearing. It was proposed by the Chairman who himself recently had a son killed in action. “It is a sad blow to anyone to lose a child,” he remarked, “but it must be infinitely more painful to lose the only child. “Those with a large family feel the vacant chair, as many of us have felt, but I am sure we all understand how intensely sad parents must feel at the loss of their only one. Manly “Harold Field has laid down his life for others and I feel very much the loss of this boy because he had been in the habit of coming to my house which was an open house to all the companions of my boys. “I have always felt that there was not a more manly or cleaner living boy that I knew than Harold Field. It is on record that he enlisted amongst the first volunteers the day war was declared and I think the majority of deep-thinking men and women appreciate very deeply the courage and patriotism of the boys who rushed into the army at first. “If those others who are asked to serve do their duty as well as Harold Field did, we shall not fall short.”
Two Windhill cousins are missing at the front: Pte Herbert Wilkinson, Northumberland Fusiliers and Pte George Bagshaw, South Staffordshire Regt. Wilkinson’s parents at 23 Prospect  Street, have been informed that he is missing since 1st June. He enlisted in March 1917 and went to the front last December. He was employed in the combing department of Saltaire Mills, was a scholar at the Young Men’s Christian Institute, a member of the Windhill Adult School and a member of the Windhill Bowling Club. Bagshaw’s home is at Prospect Street and he is missing since 26th April. He was a member of the Y.M.C.I. Pte A W Gawthorne, South Staffordshire Regt., aged 22, of 8 Bourne Street, Thackley, is reported missing from 24th March. Oddfellows A member of the New Prosperity Lodge of Oddfellows, he was employed by Thos Obank & Sons, Thackley, and  joined the colours in November 1916, going to the front the following February. Drummer James McBurnie, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regt., son of Mrs McBurnie of 18 Oxford Street, Saltaire Road, Shipley, is reported missing from 15th April. Any information regarding him will be gratefully received by his mother. He enlisted in 1914 and has been at the front about 2½ years. He was a member of the Bradford City Band.
Pte Willie Sellers, West Yorks Regt., whose wife lives at 19 Henry Street, Shipley, was taken prisoner of war on 25th April. Now aged 27, he enlisted in September 1914 and went to the front line on 16th April 1916. He was employed by the Airedale Combing Co., and was a member of the Woolcombers’ Club. Brothers-in-law missing Two brothers-in-law are missing – Pte Sam Butler, Duke of Wellington’s Regt., since 3rd May 1916 and Pte Harry Butler, West Yorks Regt., since September 1917. Cpl Tom Frankland, East Yorks Regt, of 3 Sun Place, Woodbottom, who was reported missing, is also now reported to be a prisoner of war.
Woolcomber taken prisoner
Upholsterer died holding up a German attack
From particulars now to hand of the circumstances in which Pte H Cook, West Riding Regt., fell in action on 29th April, it appears that he was with the men who were mentioned in the despatches of Sir Douglas Haig for the manner in which they held up the German attack. The deceased soldier’s home was at 29 Annie Street, Crag Road, Windhill, and in civil life he was an employee of Mr J Hill, upholsterer.
One of the most noticeable things about reports of wounded men is that very little effort appears to have been made to treat them in hospitals near their homes. Pte Jack Brayshaw, Cameron Highlanders, of 23 Clifton Place, Shipley, who has been in Glasgow Hospital about nine months, having been wounded in the arm and knee in October 1917, has been sent to a Blackpool hospital. Now 30 years of age, he joined the colours in January 1916, having previously been employed on munitions at Newcastle. In 1916 he was invalided home with trench fever. Blown out of dug-out Pte Charles Ernest Stalley, West Yorkshire Regt., of 3 Newport Street, Undercliffe, has been blown out of his dug-out and wounded in the head, back and arm. He is now in Nottingham Hospital. Pte Ronald Casson, (right) Durham Light Infantry, has been gassed and is in Exeter Hospital. He resided at 16 Vernon Place, Undercliffe. L Cpl Ellison, West Yorks Regt., of 53 Mount Pleasant, Idle, has been wounded a third time. He was formerly employed by Garnett & Sons, Apperley Bridge. Pte R J Oliver, Northumberland Fusiliers, of 24 Gladstone Place, Windhill, is in hospital with dysentery.
A little closer to home after nine months in a Glasgow hospital
A collection taken among the weavers at Tunwell Mills, Eccleshill, last Friday for Pte Laurence Wilkinson, who has had his leg amputated through shell wounds, realised £2 10s 8d.
Collection for amputee
Medals for local heroes
Sgt J L Oakes, R.A.M.C., elder son of Mr J F Oakes of Westfield Terrace, Baildon, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Sec Lieut P Grange, R.G.A., of 3 Moorside, Baildon, has been awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in action.
Windhill cousins among this week’s reports of missing men
SHIPLEY PRISONERS OF WAR FUND (LADIES’ COMMITTEE) A FLAG DAY will be held on SATURDAY 29th JUNE In aid of the above fund Gifts of FLOWERS and PLANTS will be welcomed at the Flower Stalls early that morning at the Rosse Hotel, the Ring of Bells, the Branch and in the Market Place. VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR COLLECTING
SHIPLEY FOOD ECONOMY COMMITTEE Practical Demonstrations On the Preservation of Fruits and Vegetables (without sugar) in the easiest and most economical ways by Bottling, Drying, Pulping and other methods to be given on
THURSDAY 4th JULY at the Institute Saltaire at 2.30 p.m. and at the Carnegie Hall, Windhill at 7.30 p.m. The demonstration will be repeated on
THURSDAY 11th JULY at the People’s Hall, Shipley at 2.30 p.m. and in J Parkinson & Son’s Canteen, Canal ironworks, Shipley (kindly lent by the firm) at 7.30 p.m.
Lecturer - Miss EILEEN CLARKE (Food production Department, London. Chairman 4th July G H Eady Esq (Chairman, Shipley Food Economy Committee) Chariman 11th July G H Boardman, Esq (Vice-chairman Shipley Food Economy Committee Admission Free                 All are invited
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