Friday 19 May 1916
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A driver and his crew walked away with just shock and a few cuts and bruises after their goods train ploughed through the buffers at Windhill Station. It appeared that the cause of the crash, which happened early in the morning, was the wheels skidding on greasy rails on the incline from Idle towards Windhill. Although the driver, Richard Ebbage, applied the brakes, the train kept going, crashing through the buffer and through a double boundary wall, making a gap six yard wide. It ended up in the Leeds Road, blocking traffic The first person on the scene was local chemist, Mr J T Brigham. He
was quickly joined by a boy from the Midland signal box and they immediately tackled a fire that had broken out when cinders from the engine’s fire box ignited the crushed wood from the buffer. Dazed The driver appeared a few minutes later ‘in a somewhat dazed condition’ and said he had been unable to find the fireman, Charles Peel, and feared he was trapped under the engine. The pair had stayed with the engine until twenty yards from the buffer then Mr Ebbage leapt off on the ballast side and Mr Peel on the platform side. A few minutes later Mr Peel turned up only slightly injured and he was soon
followed by the guard, Henry Wood, who had also leapt to safety and was only suffering from shock. The three to them were taken to Mr Brigham’s shop ‘where first aid was rendered and restoratives supplied,’ after which they were allowed to go home. A breakdown gang from Bradford had the tank class engine back on the rails by mid afternoon It was pointed out that the crash was very similar to one that had happened on 12 May 1885 when a runaway engine had stayed on its wheels and gone right across the Leeds Road and into a wall opposite. Fortunately on that occasion, too, no one was hurt.
Crew leap to safety from crashing train
Baildon Tribunal heard a number of appeals against conscription including from Charles Hodgson, a former Yorkshire amateur golf champion. Mr Hodgson was the village newsagent and told the tribunal he didn’t want to escape military service but he would like a little time to make arrangements about his business. ‘In reply to a question he said he was the only newsagent in the district and with his motorcycle fetched 2cwt of papers from the station as the wholesalers were unable to deliver to him.’ Deliver papers A member of the tribunal said he would undertake to deliver papers in Moorland Avenue where he lived to
which another member raised a laugh by saying, ‘Are you also prepared to fetch them from Shipley station?’ A man describing himself as the only taxi-cab proprietor in the village sought exemption on financial grounds. He admitted that with petrol hard to come by he had sold one of his cars and had not carried a passenger for a fortnight but claimed he needed two months to make arrangements. Lieut Alexander, the army’s representative on the tribunal, said men were needed extremely urgently and he could see no reason for a
postponement but the man was given until 1 June. A blacksmith who specialised in making ornamental ironwork, asked for total exemption on the grounds that he was indispensable to the business. The tribunal chairman, Cllr H Williams, said he knew the man ‘turned out metal gates for churches and did some very artistic work. He had a very high reputation.’ Lieut Alexander said: ‘You know everybody nowadays has to make sacrifices and this business of yours is not of national importance. You supply ornamental work which is really a luxury.’ The man was given until June 1st with the hope that when he joined the army or navy his skills a metal worker would be utilised.
“You know everybody nowadays has to make sacrifices and this business of yours is not of national importance.”
Golfing newsagent asks for more time
Columnist ‘Wanderer’ was reflecting on Daylight Savings which was to be introduced in this country for the first time at 2 a.m. the following Sunday. He wrote: ‘the world has not changed in the least, the sun, moon, stars and earth are all just where they were a week ago but by next Sunday they will all have changed, or appeared to do so, as far as we are concerned. ‘Of course, they will not have changed a hair’s-breadth – it is we, or rather our watches and clocks, that will have changed. ‘The old sun will go on as ever and keep smiling at our cleverness and no doubt feel hugely flattered we are thinking more highly of him and going to appreciate him more than ever. But he won’t stop for a moment to say “thank you for your Act of Parliament passed to save my light.” He will just smile and go on.’ However he warned that mere mortals might not find the change as easy and needed to be sure they remembered to change their clocks. Otherwise he could foresee many people turning up at church just as the congregation was leaving. ‘Might I suggest it would be well to have a collection plate in the church porch next Sunday marked “for the offerings of old timers”?’
Churches might need to adjust for daylight saving
More than 700 women attended a special Women’s Patriotic Service at St Paul’s, Shipley. In his sermon the vicar of Bradford, Rev F T Woods, said: ‘Three years ago it would never have entered the head of anyone present this afternoon that she would be attending a service for wives, mothers, sisters and friends of men who are defending England’s cause on the battle field. ‘In these new circumstances we are asking ourselves anxious questions which we know not how to answer: How long will the war last? What will be the result of the conflict? What kind of a Britain will there be after the war? Why does God allow such things to happen? ‘Because we are faced with these and similar problems we want help, comfort, guidance, peace and those things can only be got by getting to God.’ He went on to point out that with the birth-rate declining and infant mortality increasing the country was putting itself in danger. ‘We are burning the candle at both ends. We cannot go on like this if the Empire is to be kept together. ‘The State can do something in the matter but the person who can do most of all is the mother. It has often been said that every child has a guardian angel; the guardian angel of every child ought to be its mother.’ In conclusion he turned to the men fighting in the war, praising them for putting their duty first. ‘Is it well with those who have laid down their lives?’ he asked, giving the answer ‘yes’ because ‘they are in God’s keeping in the great world for which this little world is only a training ground Their bodies might be buried on the field of battle but they - their real souls - are still alive and getting nearer to God.’ Then he turned to what the women could do for their husbands who were fighting. ‘You can keep the home fires burning. If the home was happy it should be kept so. If, through some misfortune or wrong, it was unhappy, care should be taken to make it otherwise before your husband returns. ‘It has been said that the foundations of national glory are set in the homes of the people. Women have it in their power to do something for the national glory by making the homes places where God was feared and where there shone the light of the great Gospel of Christ.’
Vicar urges women to play their part for their children and their men
A correspondent from Shipley wrote to the newspaper to complain about street collections. He acknowledged that ‘flag days’ were a ‘splendid system of raising funds for patriotic purposes’ but felt it was ‘falling into disrepute inasmuch as of late the boxes have been entrusted to mere children, who go about in groups and race with one another to be the first to rattle the box in the face of the passer by. ‘Many of the children do not know for what object they are collecting.’
No to tin rattling kids
Debacle for Saltaire batsmen
Windhill went top of the Bradford Cricket League after five games with a crushing victory over Saltaire. ‘The Saltaire batsmen, who had the advantage of choice of innings, put themselves out of court by a truly lamentable display. Messrs Keighley and Elton went through the side in an hour, in which time 26 runs were scored. Only two boundary hits were made, both by Sydney Barnes, and Keighley had the truly audacious analysis of six wickets for 14 runs… On the nerves of the batsmen ‘It is plain that Keighley got on the nerves of the Saltaire batsmen from the start for he bowled Welburn, Pratt and Firth in the course of the first seven balls that he sent down… ‘Windhill got he runs necessary to win in sixteen minutes, Dawson hitting so merrily that he scored 17 runs off eight deliveries sent down by Sedgwick. it was a debacle for Saltaire indeed.
The newspaper ran an editorial on exploiting child labour on farms and mills to make up for men being at war. ‘For our part,’ they said, ‘we sincerely trust that to whatever straits the industry of the country may be reduced, official sanction will never be given to revert to a time which is one of the blackest pages of English history and which one would fain forget - a time when tiny children of eight were compelled to work in factories and were even brought in droves from workhouses in the South in order that employers of labour might batten on their earnings and on their lives.’
We must not allow a return to child labour
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