Friday 20 September 1918
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Among the military awards gazetted on Wednesday was that of the D.S.O. awarded to the late Sec-Lieut Edgar Marsden Kermode, M.C. D.C.M., West Yorkshire Regt and son of Mr and Mrs W M B Kermode of The Elms, Moorhead, Shipley. The official record reads: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in carrying out several daring reconnaissances under heavy fire. On one occasion he led his party forward with the greatest courage and gained a hostile outpost, capturing many prisoners and a machine gun. “Before withdrawing he entirely destroyed the position by placing boxes of the enemy bombs in the entrance and igniting them. “His courage and fine leadership inspired his men with the utmost confidence and enabled his operations to be entirely successful.” Fearlessly Pte Newton Dobson, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, an old boy of St Lawrence’s Church School, Bolton Woods, has been awarded the Military Medal for fearlessly crossing the barrage line on more than one occasion and bringing back important information to his company commander when the attack was critical and the right was held up by enemy machine-gun fire. The D.C.M. has been awarded to Pte Stanley Barker, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, of 40 Fairbank, Crag Road, Windhill, for a deed of gallantry in action. Taking command The Military Medal has been awarded to Sgt Richard Everson, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, son of Mr and Mrs Everson of 14 Valley Road, Shipley, for taking command of a platoon at a critical stage when his commander was wounded, and re- organising the platoon under heavy machine-gun fire. Now 22 years of age, he enlisted in September 1914 and won the Certificate of Merit on 2nd September 1917. He was wounded last year. He worked at G Hodgson’s Ltd, loom makers, Frizinghall. Drummer Frank Lyons, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, aged 19, of 3 Mount Street, Saltaire Road, Shipley, has been awarded the Military Medal. Two of his brothers are also with the colours. Saved officer’s life Pte Herbert Sloane of 29 Dockfield Terrace, Shipley and Duke of Wellington’s Regt, has won the Military Medal. The record states: “During a raid on the enemy’s trenches this man acted as his platoon commander’s runner. When this officer was wounded, he carried him back out of the enemy lines under a very heavy machine-gun barrage. “Without this help Lieut Jackson would most probably have been left in the enemy lines.”
On 12 September 1918 the liner the Galway Castle was attacked by a U- boat off Fastnet and broke her back. She was carrying 400 South African walking wounded, 346 other passengers and 204 crew. Fearing the ship would sink, there was a rush to launch lifeboats but in fact it took three days for her to sink, giving time for a rescue operation. Nevertheless 143 people lost their lives. Among the survivors of the Galway Castle is Mrs W W Shilling, daughter of the Rev John Woollerton, Wesleyan minister of Eccleshill and wife of the Rev W W Shilling, Wesleyan missionary of the Transvaal, who was travelling to the Cape with her two children. All three had a marvellous escape. Early risers They are now at Plymouth and the only injured reported are a few bruises suffered by Mrs Shilling. They were early risers so were not caught in the sorry plight described as that of a majority of the passengers. They were all three dressed and ready
for breakfast when the accident occurred and the liner seemed to crack up so speedily that the rescue work was a terrific bustle. Clinging Women and children had almost to be thrown into the boats. Everything, of course, to be left behind and shortly after they had got into the boat on a rough sea, with neither hats nor wraps of any kind, the boat capsized. Mrs Shilling lost consciousness and when she revived she was safely in the boat with the younger child, aged three, in her arms and the elder boy, aged five, though still in the water was, to use his mother’s own words, “clinging to the side of the boat like a brick.”
Their boat was floating about in the stormy waters until noon when they were picked up by a destroyer. The sailors, Mrs Shilling writes, were very good to them all, took them down below and gave them warm drinks and every possible comfort. Sailed earlier They arrived at Plymouth at night and were little the worse for the terrible experience. The Rev W W Shilling, who has just completed a busy furlough, is still upon the sea, having sailed a few days earlier than the Galway Castle. It is feared that he might hear by wireless of the disaster to the Galway Castle and not of the safety of Mrs Shilling and the children.. He had gone alone because he had not heard until about to start that women might travel on the Galway Castle. Then he wired for Mrs Shilling to follow and meet him in Capetown. After hurried preparations and farewells she had started as stated.
Mother and children survive sinking ship
Council debate cemetery flowers
Cllr F Holmes moved at the monthly meeting of Baildon Urban Council that the minute with regard to the provision of a greenhouse at the cemetery be referred back. He was not in favour of greenhouses at such places. Cllr S Robinson seconded. Cllr William Holmes explained that up to the last few years they had had to pay very dearly for flowers for the cemetery. It was thought that by the provision of a greenhouse they could produce them far cheaper than they could buy them. Cllr Carroll asked how they were going to get the material to heat the greenhouse if they got one. Received money for planting flowers Cllr F Holmes said the committee went into the matter very carefully but, of course, if the council did not want to work the cemetery on the cheapest lines then they must delete the minute. However, they had already received money for the planting of flowers on graves and these flowers would have to be either produced by themselves or bought. The Clerk said that if the council would consent to leave the question until they were in committee, he could give further information which would not do at present to make public and which would enlighten the members somewhat.
Despite the newspaper being cut to four pages, they still occasionally found room for Bob Stubbs’ whimsical dialect thoughts. Nah, I awlus ewsed ta think when I wor young an’ foolish, ‘at it wor t’lads ‘at did t’coppin’ on. In mi iggerance an’ simplicity aw thowt ‘at when a young fella began to feel like courtin’ he lewked rand him, spotted a lass, an’ then ran after her till he netted her. Aw’ve altered mi mind nah. It’s happen different nah’days to what it ewsed to be, but whether er noa aw’m sewer t’booits on t’other leg nah’days. It’s t’lasses  ‘at does t’ coppin’ on, not t’lads. Shipla Glen Goa ner farrer ner Shipla Glen ov a  Sunda’ afternooin; goa to t’band performances at Lister Park; goa wheer yo’ will, yo’ll see all soarts o’ traps set to catch young fellas wi’.
What wi’ low necks, an’ short skirts, an’ fancy stockin’s, puffs, paints an’ pahder, kiss curls, laces an’ frills – bless yer life, he’s to have a will like kest iron if he doesn’t get hoiked wi’ wun o’ theease here artificial fairies. Rinkled What sooart o’wives they’ll mak’ heaven aboon knaws. When they get t’paint washed off an’ tak’s the’r false teeth aht, they’ll be bonny blossoms, som on ‘em, ah’ll bet. But goy on’t. Some o’ t’owd women they’re warr ner t’young ‘uns. Hah they fill the’r rinkled neck hoils up it’s a mystery. See ‘em at hooam weshin’ t’dooarstep in a mornin’, all unadorned, an’ then see ‘em i’ t’afternooin, goin’ to t’ picter show on t’ tram – bless yer life,  Cinderella wooren’t in it for a transformation scene. Puff, paint an’ pahder – some o’ t’owd women they must ewse a bucketful afooar they can set off to Bradforth!
“What wi’ low necks, an’ short skirts, an’ fancy stockin’s, puffs, paints an’ pahder, kiss curls, laces an’ frills – bless yer life, he’s to have a will like kest iron if he doesn’t get hoiked wi’ wun o’ theease here artificial fairies.”
It’s t’ lasses that do the coppin’ on now
In a letter to his parishioners at Eccleshill the Rev J E G Sweetman, the new vicar, says: “We are hoping to take up our residence at the vicarage from 26th September. Having served with the YMCA in France during the summer of 1916 and having done three months’ half-time on munitions and still acting as a special constable, I have come to the conclusion that we clergy had far better stick to our jobs than dissipate our energies in other directions. Eternal fight Whilst it is a great joy and privilege to minister in the spiritual things to our magnificent fighting men, the work at home, if not as heroic, is just as important. It is all part of the eternal fight between good and evil and is just as truly doing national work as if we were given a more active and heroic part in the great adventure.
Clergy should stick to own job
Woman dies three months after cellar fall
While in her cellar at her home 13 Victoria Street, Shipley, last June, Martha Brogden, aged 76, had a dizzy bout. Falling on the cellar floor, she fractured a thigh. She was removed to the Clayton Union Infirmary in July and she died there on Wednesday. An inquest was held yesterday.
River bursts its banks
The Aire burst its banks near Haddlesey Manor on Monday and farmers had great difficulty in rescuing their stock.
Wood instead of coal
The Coal Controller is issuing an order this week regarding fuel wood which is to be available mainly in districts where timber is cut. It is not intended to interfere with past customs where villagers or workmen have received allowances of wood. But apart from that, it is intended to utilise wood as part of the coal ration allowance, two tons of wood to be equivalent to one ton of coal. A maximum price of 40s per ton is fixed.
Prices up 116 per cent
The Board of Trade Gazette states that the cost of food is now 116 per cent above pre-war rates.
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