Friday 24 March 1916
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One Shipley woman’s reasons for anxiety and sorrow as the war rages in Europe
George Gould
H E Smith
J F D Smith
W T Williamson
Albert Gould
W Parsons
Herbert Smith
J Hopkinson
H Gould
Mrs George Gould of 12 Argyle Street, Valley Road, Shipley, is justly proud of the patriotic response of her relatives. The record is almost incomparable and will be read with keen interest by the many friends of the family in Shipley and district. Her husband, Pte George Gould, is in the Royal Scots Fusiliers, which he joined in February last year. He has been wounded twice, first in June at La Bassee and again in September. He is now in a military hospital suffering from some acute throat trouble. Twice gassed Driver Herbert Edward Smith, Mrs Gould’s brother, is serving with the Second West Riding Brigade R.F.A. He enlisted on the outbreak of war and went to the Front last April. He is not yet 22 years of age. He has experienced some exciting adventures Twice he was gassed and on one occasion had his horse killed by his side. Another brother, Pte John F Dennis Smith, who is married and a reservist in the Royal Scots, was
called to the colours on the mobilisation of the Reserve in the early days of the war. He has been invalided home suffering from rheumatism and a slight wound but is back at his post again. Sgt W. T. Williamson, a brother-in-law, in the 8th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, has been in the Army since the beginning of operations. Most of his fighting has been done at the Dardanelles where he was wounded on 21st of August last year. He was a time expired man and volunteered to serve. He is at present in the Cuerden Hospital near Preston. Another brother-in-law, Pte Albert Gould, Royal Scots Fusiliers, enlisted on March 1st, 1915 and has been about eight months in France. He was recently wounded in the knee and is now in the Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield. He is well-known in local sporting circles and has played with the Shipley Celtic Football Club for several seasons. He was formerly engineman at the Redbeck Mills. Pte W Parsons, brother-in-law, is in France with the
Royal Scots Fusiliers. He joined the colours in March last year. His residence when at home is at School Hill, Windhill. Gunner Herbert Smith, R.F.A. enlisted on the outbreak of hostilities He was wounded in the back last year and came home in November when he had a warm reception. He went back to France however before Christmas. He is a cousin of Mrs Gould and is unmarried. Gave his life Another cousin, L Cpl J Hopkinson, Green Howards, gave his life for his country at Neuve Chapelle in March of last year. He was in the special Reserve and went to France in November 1914. Driver H Gould, nephew, R.F.A., is in training somewhere in Ireland. He is only 16 years of age and joined the Forces about October last year. We congratulate Mrs Gould on having such a splendid record and shall be glad to hear of similar cases of practical patriotism.
Pte Edgar Marsden Kermode (above), first 6th West Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr and Mrs W M Kermode of the Elms, Moorhead Lane, Shipley, was poisoned by gas during the action in which he gained the D.C.M. and was in hospital for some time but has now rejoined his regiment. Salt Schools Pte Kermode was educated at the Salt Schools, Shipley and at King William’s College, Isle of Man. Before the war he was learning the wool business with the firm of Messrs D Illingworth and Sons, Bradford. He is 19 years of age. It appears that the courageous act which won the distinction for Pte Kermode was “for conspicuous gallantry when he volunteered to assist the wounded in another company and went across the open under heavy shell fire. He saved at least one life.”
Gallantry under fire
Pte L Hardaker, Shipley, 16th West Yorkshire Regt, wrote to George Dalton from Egypt saying that the only thing they had up to the present was the sand of the desert – “sand which gets into the eyes, ears, nose and also into the food.” His company was camping in the desert many miles from civilisation and all the supplies were brought up by camels. Women who wait He went on to say: “Not the least noble part played in this war has been by the ‘Women who wait’ in days and weeks of agonising suspense. For their sakes one hopes the war will soon be over. “We are all in the best of health out here, hard as nails and brown as berries, ready for anything that may turn up. “I do not think the war will last much longer. But we do not finish with the war. For there is a new England to shape after this – our destiny has to
take a new step forward. ‘We have to shape new paths, open new roads, be pioneers ever. We have to clear away slums, to house our people and to fight militarism. These are the foes of our own household. Have we produced and are we producing the men who are capable of reaching the ideal? Fatherless “The amount of blood shed, the number of men maimed for life, the hundreds of women made widows and the thousands of children made fatherless through the greed and ambition of a few, are a sad reflection on our 20th century civilisation. “I would not like the Kaiser’s conscience when he embarks upon his last long journey, when he goes
‘down to the vale’ for the last time. He will see before him the dying agony of men whom he choked with blood as they curse his name; he will have before him the sight of weeping women and children who look with tearful eyes for loved ones who will never return. “He will be tortured with the disgrace of the world as he makes his last journey through this life until maybe a merciful God will cast him into oblivion. “But we, too, have our own national lessons to learn from this. After this war we shall have a truer value of human life than ever before. We shall perhaps – God willing – recognise that men are of more value than money and that commercialism is not after all the highest form of national life. “The greatest happiness of the greatest number is of greater value than can be expressed in pounds, shillings and pence and we must remember that it cannot be entered in cash-books and ledgers.”
There will still be plenty to do when the war is over to build the new England
‘We shall perhaps – God willing – recognise that men are of more value than money and that commercialism is not after all the highest form of national life.’
This is the picture of Nurse Alice S Padgett and L Cpl T Oswald Padgett, elder daughter and youngest son of Mr Fred Padgett of Town Lane, Idle. Nurse Padgett was trained at the Victoria Hospital, Keighley, and is now doing staff duty at St Luke’s Military Hospital, Bradford. For some time she was a teacher at the Upper Chapel Sunday School. L Cpl Padgett is in the 1/6 West Yorkshire Regt., and is now at the Clipstone Camp. He joined on July 28th, 1915 and he is only 16 years of age. He was educated at the Thackley Council School. There he won a scholarship to the Bradford Grammar School where he has studied for six years, specialising on the classical side. He is now a musketry instructor.
Brother and sister doing their bit
Pathetic circumstances surround the death of John Thomas Peel (35), elder son of Mrs Peel, a widow residing at 33 Baildon Bridge. The deceased, who had a large circle of friends in the Shipley district, was a member of the crew of H.M.S. Gampus and had been in the Navy close upon 13 years. It is supposed that during a heavy storm at sea he was washed overboard. He was not missed until roll call was made. Deceased was formerly a member of the choir of the Saltaire Road Primitive Methodist Church and learned his trade at the Canal Ironworks, Shipley. His widow and only child reside at 81 Sea View Road, Gillingham, Kent.
Shipley sailor believed washed overboard
Cpl Tillett, 320 Leeds Road, Fagley, of the R.A.M.C has been invalided home after eleven months in France. He describes an ambulance which was struck by a shell and blown to pieces. Four men were killed and he and two others had miraculous escapes.
Narrow escape