L-R: Lieut H Reginald Wright of 94 Great Horton Road, Bradford, late of Victoria Road, Saltaire, died of wounds; Pte Henry Hirst of 371 Highfield Road, Idle, killed in action; Pte E Nelson of 3 Ferncliffe View, Calverley, killed; Pte H Kipling of 17 Ferncliffe View, Calverley, killed.
The sympathy of the district will be with Mr and Mrs Hudson of 22 North Street, Thackley, in their double bereavement through the war, they having lost a son on 31st July and another on 23rd August.Pte Albert Hudson, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, died of wounds at the Sheffield hospital on the last day in July and his brother, Pte Jesse Hudson, previously twice wounded, fell in action 23 days later.
Brothers die in 23 days apart
The D.C.M. awarded to Pte Stanley Barker, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, of 40 Fairbank, The Crag, Windhill, is in recognition of an act which resulted in the capture of a garrison.During a bombing raid on the evening trenches his platoon encountered an enemy post and with great courage he went forward and engaged the enemy with rapid firing thus enabling the others to outflank the post and capture the garrison.InitiativeHe is officially described as having displayed great skill, initiative and utter disregard of personal danger throughout the action.For bringing in a gun under heavy fire, Pte E Fawcett, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, of Laverick Hall Farm, Idle, son of Mr and Mrs Fred Fawcett of 8 Victoria Street, Ashley Lane, Shipley, has been awarded the Military Medal.
Medals awarded for courage under fire
The toll of supreme sacrifice continues
Family mourn death of one of three soldier sons
Mr and Mrs Abraham Firth of 3 Jane Street, Saltaire have the proud distinction of having three soldier sons.Pte Frank Firth, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, of 11 Oxford Street, Shipley, was killed in action on 2nd September.PaviorHe held the Certificate of Merit for conspicuous bravery and gallantry and devotion to duty as a company stretcher bearer under heavy shell fire between 21st March and 2nd April this year.Before enlisting he was employed by the Shipley Council as a pavior.Pte Edwin Firth, also of the Duke of Wellington’s, has been twice wounded and Gunner Levi Firth is training with the R.F.A.
The following is an extract from a letter received by the relatives of Pte Tom Rutherford of 21 Shirley Street, Saltaire, from an Army chaplain of the KOYLI.“The battalion was fighting near Rheims last July and they greatly distinguished themselves and received the public thanks of the French General in command.“The battalion had some very difficult and dangerous work to do and did it brilliantly.Killed at his post“Your son was at one of the important posts at that part of the line and did his duty most nobly. He was a good soldier, most trustworthy and faithful in the discharge of his duty, one whom all respected.“We were exceedingly sorry when it was reported that he had been killed at his post whilst working his machine gun. He was buried with many more of his comrades.“Your son has made the greatest sacrifice possible – given his life – and God’s richest blessing must of necessity rest upon him and his people.”Before joining the colours, the deceased was a member of the Crag Road P.M. chapel and was employed by May and Hanmel, shippers of Bradford.News of the death in action on 13th
September of Sec-Lieut Arthur Rossington, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regt, has been received by his wife at 37 Clifton Place, Shipley.The deceased was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Richard Rossington of Girlington, and he was manager at Cooper Bros, general warehousemen of Sunbridge Road, Bradford previous to enlisting under the Derby scheme in February 1916.Christmas DayHe went to the front on Christmas Day 1916. He was promoted sergeant, came home to train for his commission last August and was gazetted a second-lieutenant in February of this year.In a letter to the deceased’s wife his Lieut-Colonel says: “He was leading
his men in an attack when he was shot in the head by a sniper and instantaneously killed. He did not suffer.”The deceased was connected with the Shipley Parish Church and his brother has been fighting in Salonica for the last three years.Pte Edward Westcott, Northumberland Fusiliers, whose mother lives at 45 Idle Road, Eccleshill, has been killed in action. During his three years’ active service he served on three fronts.He was formerly employed by George Garnett’s, Greengates.Pte W H Copley, East Yorkshire Regt, aged 19, son of Mr and Mrs William Copley of 3 Bridge Street, Shipley, died on 18th September in an overseas hospital of a fractured skull received in action 22 days previously.He worked for Charlestown Combing Co and enlisted in August 1917, going to the front last April.Mr Ernest Rhodes of 4 Robinson Street, Shipley, has received word that his only son, Pte Cecil William Rhodes, aged 19, has died of wounds.
Yet more local soldiers carrying wounds
Pte Arthur Dean, Worcestershire Regt, son of Mr and Mrs Dean of 12 Wellington Street, Woodend, Windhill, has been wounded in the left shoulder and arm and is in an Ipswich hospital.Nineteen years of age, he joined the colours when 18, went to the front last February and has been wounded three times.He worked at the Charlestown Combing Co., and his brother was killed a year ago.Pte Frank Sykes, son of Mr and Mrs John Sykes of Stanley Street, Greengates, has been wounded a second time and is in Canadian General Hospital overseas.Wounded for third timePte W Dawson, M.M. of 93 Emily Street, Keighley, and formerly of Windhill, has been wounded a third time.He was employed by W H Wilmot & Co of Bradford and won his medal in June 1917.
Pte Douglas Cooke, KOYLI of 1 Baker Street, Shipley, was wounded in the right arm by shrapnel on 20th July and is in a Gloucester hospital.Now 30 years of age, he joined up on 28th June 1916 and went to the front that October. This is the third time he has been wounded.He was employed by T J Walker, boot factor, Union Street, Bradford and was an Oddfellow.Boot and shoe makerPte Charles Brown, West Yorkshire Regt, of 2 Albion Street, Shipley, has been wounded.Pte Edwin Hainsworth, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, of 55 Field Street, Shipley, was wounded on 25th August.He joined the colours on 3rd February 1916, went to the front on 21st June that year and is now 22 years of age.He formerly worked at Joseph Haste’s, boot and shoe maker, Saltaire Road, Shipley.
Mr Morgan, solicitor of Shipley, of the firm of Samuel Wright Morgan & Co, Bradford and Shipley, had a pleasant surprise.The morning after he informed the last sitting of the Shipley Tribunal that he had not heard for more than five months from his youngest son who was on the Salonica front, a letter came with good news – the writer was fit and well.
Promoted to sergeant
Mr Thomas Kendall, DLI, a member of the Board of Governors of the Saltaire Hospital and secretary of the Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society, who has been serving with the colours since December 1916, has been promoted to sergeant.He is attached to Trench Mortar Battery and has been on active service some months.
The wedding has taken place at the Idle Baptist Church of Sgt William H Snow, A.P.C., only son of Mr and Mrs F Snow of Albion Road, Idle, and Miss Edith Suttle, only daughter of Mr and Mrs A Suttle, of Marlborough Road, Idle.
Wounded and PoW
Mrs Grimshaw of 7 Springville Terrace, Idle, has been informed by the Red Cross that her husband, Cpl Wright Grimshaw, Royal Fusiliers, who was awarded the Military Medal and Certificate of Merit a few months ago, is wounded and a prisoner of war.PostcardThis is confirmed by a postcard she has since received from her husband in Germany.Cpl Grimshaw has been on the wounded and missing list for several weeks.
Move to help dischargedsoldiers’ finances
A meeting of the Shipley Trades and Labour council was held on Tuesday night when Mr T J Gray moved, and it was agreed:- “That where a discharged soldier can show that his disablement pension and children’s allowance, together with what he is capable of earning, amounts to less than the current wages in the district or trade in which he works, he may claim an alternative allowance pension up to this amount and that Act be amended to allow this to be done.”Reluctant supportMr J W Jordan said he was against the principle of the whole thing and he thought the government should undertake full responsibility for this work. But knowing that they would have to wait a long time for them moving, he would support the resolution.
At a meeting of Shipley Council it was resolved that the military authorities be allowed to erect memorial crosses on the graves of deceased soldiers free of charge.