Friday 26 July 1918
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L-R: Pte V A Kendall of 132 Union Street, Shipley, missing; Gunner Ralph Weldon of 34 Springwood Avenue, Shipley, wounded; Gunner Sydney Weldon of 34 Springwood Avenue, Shipley, invalided home; Sgt Jack Tate of Eccleshill, Military Medal and D.C.M. winner; Pte Willie L Dempsey of 19 Sherwood Place, Undercliffe, missing.
Windhill soldier killed on the day his parents received “I’m OK” letter
On 27th June, Mr and Mrs Fred Illingworth of 60 Briggate, Windhill, received a letter from their son, L Cpl Arthur Illingworth, West Yorkshire Regt, aged 23, stating that he was quite well and all right. On the day it was received he was killed in action. He enlisted in the Bradford Pals in November 1914 at which time he was in the employment of Mr Arthur Parker, joiner and builder, Windhill. He was wounded on 1st July 1916. Brother He was well known as a member of the Windhill Mission Brotherhood and of the Cricket Club. His brother, Pte Albert Illingworth, South Staffordshire Regt., was reported missing on 10th April but was afterwards listed as a prisoner of war in Germany.
Sec Lieut P G Baker, Royal Engineers, of 5 Albert Road, Saltaire, an old boy of Salt School and clerk of works at Saltaire Mills, has been killed in action.
Salt OB killed in action
The funeral of Gunner Sam Gelder, D.C.M., took place on Saturday afternoon with military honours at Baildon Parish Church. He joined the army on 29th December 1914 and was awarded the D.C.M. for distinguished conduct in the field between 25 June and 1 July 1916. During that time he was severely wounded in the knee and after several operations was discharged. He was recently attacked with influenza, followed by bronchitis and pneumonia, to which he succumbed on 17th July. Brass band He was 22 years of age and was greatly respected in the district. A wreath was sent by the Orchestral Society. He was a member of the Baildon Brass Band which, assisted by friends from the Shipley, Idle and Bradford Postmen’s Band, played the hymn “Mercy” at the house, the “Dead March” on their way to the church, and after the burial, “Luther’s Hymn” at the graveside. Pte Booth sounded “The Last Post” and a contingent of Shipley Volunteers fired three volleys.
Funeral of a Baildon hero
Khaki wedding in Idle
Cadet George Woodhead, R.F.A., of Gordon Terrace, Idle, and Miss Emma Albinia Hutchinson, of Lenton Villas, Idle, whose marriage took place at the Upper Chapel, Idle on 16th July.
Cpl Harry Sutcliffe, Cameron Highlanders, of Ash Grove, has been seriously wounded. He enlisted early in the war and has been wounded three times.
Seriously wounded
Missing for eight months
Pte Ernest Pedley, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regt., aged 22, whose wife and child live at 46 Hampton Place, Idle, has been missing since 27 November 1917. He joined the colours in August 1915, went to the front in early 1916 and was wounded about Whitsuntide 1917. He was a dyer at Harper’s, Calverley, and worked at the Idle Picture House at night. Brother His brother, Pte James Edwin Pedley, Northumberland Fusiliers, who is 29 years of age, is at the front. He was wounded in the left shoulder last October and was recommended for the D.C.M. His wife and three children live at 32 Hampton Place, Idle.
Previously reported missing, Pte Herbert Wilkinson of 232 Prospect Street, Windhill, is now described as a prisoner of war and well. Pte Charles Newall, Northumberland Fusiliers, aged 19, of 2 Broad Terrace, Leeds Road, Windhill, is reported missing since 27th May. He worked at Esholt, joined the colours a year ago and went to the front on Easter Monday this year.
Windhill soldiers
M.C. for Saltaire officer
Mrs Smith of 25 Jane Street, Saltaire, has received a letter informing her that one of her five soldier sons, Lieut Harold Smith, R.F.A., has been awarded the Military Cross. In the letter Mrs Smith is requested to congratulate her son and to tell him that his reward was well earned. Leslie, Hardy and William Smith are also at the front while Gilbert is in training.
A sensational affair occurred on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Saltaire on Tuesday morning. A Shipley soldier, who is on leave, was rescued from drowning near the Saltaire Mills by a workman who had great difficulty in getting him to the bank where a note was found addressed to the soldier’s sweetheart, who lives in the Idle and Thackley district. He was removed to Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital. He was well enough to answer a charge at the Bradford West Riding Police Court yesterday of having attempted to commit suicide and after the evidence, he was discharged and returned to his regiment.
Saved from drowning
War veteran buried
The internment took place on Saturday morning at Hirst Wood Cemetery of Mr William Henry Brighton, aged 80, of 38 Thompson Street, Shipley. The deceased was a veteran of the Indian Mutiny at Lucknow and his corpse was conveyed to the cemetery on a gun carriage supplied by the Army Service Corps at the Bradford Moor Barracks and the coffin was covered with the Union Jack.
Of aeroplanes, prices, executions and unhappy masseurs!
With fewer reports of the activities of local men at the front, the Shipley Times & Express had room to publish more general stories, some of them a little idiosyncratic: OUR NEWEST AEROPLANE MACHINE THAT BEATS ALL RIVALS It is stated that the Royal Air Force will soon have swarms of a new type of machine at the battle front from which great results have already been obtained. This machine is capable of carrying, with its pilot and observer, a great weight of bombs, machine guns and other equipment to over 20,000ft – beyond the range of anti-aircraft guns – and in an extraordinarily short time. It will be able to accomplish in a couple of hours bombing raids which, with the older type of machine, would perhaps need a whole day’s preparation. The risk of engine trouble has been reduced to a minimum. It says much for the supreme value of the new type of aircraft that, so far, not one has been brought down in spite of the Huns’ utmost efforts. When the weather will not permit high flying, their great speed will allow them to fly low with very little risk.
ORANGES ONE SHILLING EACH Oranges, one shilling each! This was the price asked in the West End of London the other day for “specially selected” fruit, sold in baskets of five. In the same shops 3s 6d and 4s a pound were asked for cherries and 2s 6d for a tiny “straw” of white currants, weighing about a pound. CHEVRONS FOR WAR PRISONERS Soldiers who have been prisoners of war are not permitted to wear chevrons granted for each year’s service. Mr Macpherson, in the House of Commons, expressed great sympathy with the suggestion that men, especially when they have been wounded and taken prisoners, should be allowed to do so and promised to consider the matter. U.S. HOSPITALS BOMBED The Germans seem to be making a dead set at the United States hospitals in France and it has to be seen how the American people and government will take this ultimate outrage against the spirit of humanity. America holds such hostages, material and economic that it should be possible to force the enemy to forego his favourite method of frightfulness.
THE MASSEUR AND RATIONS War time rations may suit many people but they do not help to soothe the peace of mind of Turkish bath masseurs. In one of these weight- reducing temples the other day, a masseur remarked mournfully: “Before these food cards and food books I used to ‘do’ a few healthy, rotund beings. Now I’m asked to work on skin and bone. And I don’t like it. It ‘urts your ‘ands.” BOATS RAMMED BY SUBMARINE A French steamer has been attacked and sunk by a U-boat. The crew succeeded in getting away from the ship in two boats but both them were rammed by the German submarine, one of them being cut right in two. There was only one survivor, one of the engineers (a Frenchman). He was in the water fourteen hours. ENEMY AEROPLANE OVER THANET A hostile aeroplane appeared over Thanet on Thursday evening. Fire was opened on the machine which at once turned out to sea. On Saturday morning another raider crossed the Kent coast but as in the case of the visitor to Thanet, fire was at once opened by the land defences and the machine was compelled to
seek safety in flight without dropping any bombs. Except in the immediate neighbourhood, the public were unaware of the incident till some hours afterwards. EX-CZAR EXECUTED WITHOUT TRIAL After numerous rumours of a similar nature comes a Bolshevist official announcement of the execution – if such a term of justice may be applied to such an action – of the ex-Czar of Russia. The official explanation states: “Recently Jakaterinenburg, the capital of the Red Ural, was seriously threatened by the approach of the Czecho-Slovak bands. At the same time a counter-revolutionary conspiracy was discovered. “In view of this fact the Presidium of the Ural Regional Council decided to shoot the ex-Czar Nicholas Romanoff. This decision was carried out on 16th July.” WHITER BREAD The Food Controller is so satisfied with the wheat supplies in hand and forthcoming, it is stated, that he expects to be able shortly to secure a great improvement in the quality of bread, approximating closely that made from white flour.
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