L-R: Pte T Rutherford of 21 Shirley Street, Saltaire, killed in action; Sgt William Frith of 14 Bromet Place, Eccleshill, killed; Pte G Fletcher of 11 John Street, Woodbottom, Baildon, prisoner of war and wounded; Pte George Poole of 40 Alexandra Terrace, Shipley, wounded.
All must play a part in to bring war to an end
Several children were amongst the recipients of Saturday afternoon at Lister Park of the war decorations of their deceased parents and other relatives.General Sir John Maxwell, who pinned the decorations on them on the soldiers who have survived their gallant action, said that since he came to the Northern Command he has become daily more and more proud of the great industrial cities which formed so large a part of it.Northern CommandThe great cities of the Northern Command had been very prominent in their war services and Bradford had been in no respect behind the others.Bradford district had been remarkable for the number of men it had sent to the forces, in what it had done for the wounded, in what it had done to help the supply of munitions and for the way in which it had subscribed to the war loans.Of late our men on the western front, along with their gallant Allies, had made great strides. They had regained practically all that was lost in the last German offensive and had taken parts of France on which they had never set foot until this last offensive of ours.In addition, they had caused the Germans very great casualties, killing the German storm troops and machine gunners, which were the pick of the German Army, and taking a large
number of prisoners and causing the enemy to draw very largely upon his reserves.They all hoped that things would continue as satisfactorily. But all was not by any means over. There was very hard fighting before us.The Germans had gone back to lines specially prepared for resistance and although we had already penetrated a part of those lines, we could expect the Germans to make a very strenuous fight to retain them.We could all take heart, however, from the fact that the German man power was daily decreasing while that of the Allies was fast increasing.He had always been most optimisti. He had never for one moment felt that we could lose the war. But he would like to impress upon all who were present that there was a great deal for everyone to do before we could win.TriflingOur soldiers had endured immense hardships and it was up to those at home to endure cheerfully the comparatively trifling deprivations and restrictions which they were called upon to bear.We are all bound in honour to do all
we could to bring the war to a quick and successful conclusion.Unfortunately there were in our midst a section – not a very large one – who seemed to think otherwise.They could not take up a paper in these days without reading of some industrial trouble or strike.Now, men engaged in industry and trade might have their grievances and might think they have suffered wrongs but he would suggest that this was not the time to endanger the war being concluded as we wished it to be concluded by bringing forward personal issues.There was only one community that he knew of that was expected this time to ‘strike’ and that was the soldiers. We expected to the soldiers to strike and to strike hard.Striking hardThey were striking hard but they were striking the enemies of their country and not at their own country.Everyone wished that the war should speedily end. It would be speedily ended if we all really put our backs into it.We could not expect the soldiers to do everything. We at home had to do our share and must do it ungrudgingly.It was up to us to remember these men and what they had done; it was up to us to see that the sacrifices these men had made had not been made in vain.
Two Calverley soldiers, the sons of Mr G W Bennett of the School House, Calverley, were married last month, Staff Sgt Charlie Bennett, Army Ordnance Corps, taking a French lady as his bride at Dinau, France, and Sgt Major Harry Bennett, Army Gymnastic Staff, being married to Miss Beatrice Amy Hodgson, a North Shields lady.The French bride was Mlle Faes, formerly of Lens and the marriage took place on 1st August.The other wedding was solemnised at Christ Church, North Shields on 12th August. A guard of honour was formed by a score of the bridegroom’s companions in gymnastic uniform and the happy couple left the church under an arch of fixed bayonets. The honeymoon was at Ilkley.The bridegroom enlisted in 1909 and was previously a member of the Calverley Church Lads’ brigade and a popular athlete.
Staff Sgt Charlie Bennett enlisted in December 1914 and was previously staff sergeant to the Calverley Church Lads’ Brigade, while at entertainments he was in great demand as an amateur comedian.
Family celebrates two weddings in a month
It now transpires that death from wounds of Sec-Lieut Harold Atchison of Bourne Terrace, Thackley, occurred on 26th August. Aged 34, he leaves a wife (the daughter of Mr W H Smith of Eccleshill) and two children.Stuff merchantHe was in partnership with Mr Haxby in his father’s business as stuff merchant in Drake Street, Bradford and previous to joining the colours he was a member of the Bradford City Volunteer Force.His younger brother, Ralph, was killed in action just over a year ago. He was connected with the Idle Parish Church.
Family lose a second son
Cpl James Cecil Bland, Artists’ Rifles, of 27 Ashgrove, Bradford, whose death in action is reported this week, was to have been married two days ago to Miss E Hewitson of Shipley.He joined the London rifle Brigade in December 1915 and went with this regiment to France.Penny BankLater he was transferred to the Rifles with which he was serving at the time of his death.He was the only son of the late Mr W W Bland of Bradford, Clerk to the Commissioners for Wakefield & Dewsbury.Before joining the Army he was with the Yorkshire Penny Bank Ltd, Bradford.
Shipley girl ‘widowed’ days before her wedding
Killed with his tank crew
On Sunday the Rev J Matthewman commenced his fourth year’s ministry at Windhill Mission.At the evening service, special reference was made to the death of Pte Joseph Busfield, M.M., who had been a scholar up to the time he enlisted.
Sapper L H Carr, husband of Mr M Carr of 5 Henry Street, Shipley, is in a hospital at Chester, having been wounded by a gas shell.Previous to enlisting three years ago, he was employed by R Carr, wagon builder, Hamerton Road, Bradford.
Wounded by gas shell
Pte Tom Pennells of 26 Back Stone Hall Road, Eccleshill, has been killed in action after three months’ service at the front.He was with the Tanks Corps and the whole of the crew also fell. He was 40 years of age and leaves a wife and four children.
Co-op manager killed
News has been received that Pte Arthur Coates, youngest son of the late Mr William Coates and of Mrs Coates of Manitoba, Canada, has been killed in action. He was 26 years of age and for some time previous to enlistment was manager at the Apperley Road Co-operative Stores.He leaves a wife who lives at Clarke Street, Calverley.
Killed in an air raid
Bombardier Walter Leach, Royal Garrison Artillery, has died overseas of wounds received from a bomb in a German aeroplane.He has served 18 months at the front, was 26 years of age and leaves a wife and child.He used to be a member of the Queensbury Football Club and his wife lives at 5 Victoria Road, Eccleshill.
Harold Baldwin of Mount Street, Eccleshill, the well-known exhibition swimmer, who has just reached his 18th year, has joined the Navy for a period of 12 years.
Swimmer joins the navy
Wounded in shoulder
Wounded after a month
Pt Edward Greenwood, KOYLI, only son of Mr and Mrs George Greenwood of 33 Westgate, Shipley, and who had just turned 18 years of age, was wounded on 27th August.A Lewis gunner, he enlisted on 12th November 1917 and went to the front on 17th July.He is an Oddfellow and is also connected with the Dyers’ Club and Rosse Street Baptist Church.
Cpl F Mawson, Royal Fusiliers, of 107 Fagley Road, Eccleshill, lies wounded in hospital in Newcastle.
Signaller Fred Priestley, Lincolnshire Regt, of 64 Woodcliffe View, Greengates, has been wounded in the shoulder and is in hospital overseas. He had been at the front two years on the day he was wounded.
In Newcastle hospital
Calverley khaki wedding
A pretty wedding was solemnised at the Wesleyan Chapel, Calverley, on Saturday between Gunner Tom Waller, R.N., son of Mr John Waller of Old Hall Calverley, and Miss Hilda Davison, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Marshall Davison of Clarke Street, Calverley.Honeymoon in MorecambeGunner Arthur Grimes, Chichester, was best man. The bride was given away by her father and the Rev H J Birtwistle officiated. The honeymoon is being spent at Morecambe.