Friday 5 May 1916
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Cpl Charles Cook, Northumberland Fusliers, of 16 Regent Street, Saltaire Road, has been wounded by shrapnel. He has been at the front for nine months and is now home on leave.
Wounded by shrapnel
Billiard champ Harry
A Baildon Green soldier named A Armitage writes to the “Express” as follows:- ‘At the Military Hospital, Bethnal Green, London, a billiard handicap, promoted by the staff, had an entrance of over 60. It will be interesting to Windhill cricketers and friends to know that Harry Hyde, R.A.M.C. has been successful in winning this handicap.’ Bravo, Harry.
Nurse Ethel Hey, who was formerly an employee at Castle Mills and resided with her sister, Mrs Holmes, at Pelham Terrace, Thackley, has written an interesting letter to a friend about her experiences in a hospital in London. She has had many hard tasks to perform but she sticks to her guns for the sake of the brave lads who have done so much for their country. Although she is pleased to be doing her “bit” in the Metropolis, she would dearly like another breath of her country air. She saw the procession of the Anzacs and declares that it was a beautiful and touching sight. One of them who had been a patient in her ward said that he was pleased to be able to get back into the ranks again. That demonstrates the spirit of the average Anzac.
Thackley nurse is impressed by Anzacs
NOTICES DEATHS SLINGSBY - Killed in action April 23rd, 1916, Lance-Corporal Fred Slingsby, 16th West Yorks Regt., in his 32nd year, the dearly beloved husband of Gertrude Slingsby, 52, Birklands Road, Shipley.  IN MEMORIAM GARFORTH – In loving memory of a dear son and brother, William Garforth, who was killed in action May 1st, 1915, in Turkey. How deep the grief, only those can tell, Who have loved and lost without saying farewell. From mother, sisters and brothers, Pudding Hall Farm, Idle.
Mr Jesse Garrod of Victoria Street, Clayton, received a letter of condolence on the death of his son, Pte Angus Garrod, from an officer at the scene. Capt Shuttleworth wrote that Pte Garrod was killed on 5 April whilst fighting ‘in a post of vast importance which had to be held at all costs. ‘His officer was close by at the time. Death was instantaneous. Pte Garrod was buried near St Eloi. ‘Capt Shuttleworth states that the deceased was known as a good soldier and he died as a brave man. He was beloved by officers and men throughout the company and they trusted God would comfort the family in the great loss which they had sustained.’
Died as a brave man
The people who have grumbled at the Bradford Pals having had a good time while the other regiments have been doing the fighting can grumble no longer on that score, for the Pals have been in action and some have already made the supreme sacrifice and others have been wounded. Mr and Mrs Fred Dixon, of 2 Tunwell Mount, Eccleshill, were informed on Friday by field postcard that their son, Pte Harry Dixon, who is in the 1st Pals, was wounded and an inmate of one of the base hospitals. On Saturday they received a letter from their son in which he says: “Don’t worry about me as I am getting on well. I have had a marvellous escape.
“There were four of us in the firing line which is only 30 yards away from the Germans and a shell called a ‘Whiz-bang’ dropped right into our trench on Easter Sunday morning. The lucky one “I could not explain how it is I am the lucky one for I was between two of my chums and they were killed at my feet. My other comrade had one eye blown out and shrapnel also entered his chest and I regret to say he died a few hours after. “I was knocked over by the same
shell but got up and walked to the dressing station. I was wounded in the left arm and after my injury had been attended to, I was conveyed by Red Cross motor to another station. I am now in a rest camp and the chaplain has already been to see me. “I am sorry to say that we lost seven men during the four days we were in the trenches. It rained the whole time we were there and we had to stand in three feet of water. “I am getting on well but as you may expect from me having such a narrow escape, I am a bit shaky yet with my nerves.” Pte Dixon enlisted in the Pals soon after its formation and had his training at Skipton and Ripon and was sent to Egypt.
“I am getting on well but as you may expect from me having such a narrow escape, I am a bit shaky yet with my nerves.”
Lucky Harry, the only one of four Pals to escape when shell dropped in their trench
Cyclist Walter Jones of Thackley, who is with his division in France, says in a letter to a friend that the first time he went into the trenches it was funny. What with sludge and water and bullets whizzing around, it some- times made one feel somewhat uncomfortable. The best thing to do, however, was to keep a good heart and always keep smiling. After mentioning that a number of the Bradford lads made the supreme sacrifice last week, Cyclist Jones says he rather thinks there is something in the saying amongst the soldiers that “if a bullet has been made for a chap, he will get it,” but adds that he hopes his has not been made yet. There are a few rats in the billets, he says, which are as big as cats and it is nothing unusual for men to find them in their blankets.
Trenches make you feel uncomfortable but best to keep on smiling
Companies appeal to keep key employees
Application was made by Messrs Wilcock, Wood & Co Ltd on behalf of the managers of the weft and warp departments. Mr J A Burton, the military representative on the tribunal, said: The authorities have just now had to curtail the reserved occupations because the need for men is so great. Now you are asking the Tribunal to put two men back again into reserved occupations. That is rather a tall order, you know. The Applicant: The jobs are different in character. Mr Burton: We have had applications from your firm before and you have generally been very reasonable. Could you not make a still further effort and relieve the tribunal of the duty of discussing both these cases? Applicant: As regard the business they are equally essential. On the other hand, one of them has certain domestic responsibilities and the other will be of no use as a military man because of his bad sight. Mr Burton: Do you know if he has been medically examined? Applicant: He was and he has also an independent testimonial from an optician in Leeds. Cllr Thos Hill, Tribunal chairman:
How many weavers are dependent upon these men? Applicant: We have 180 looms and you can reckon two looms for each weaver. Chairman: That applies to both branches, I suppose? Applicant: Exactly. In a factory you cannot do without either of these positions being filled. Chairman: Well, it is very awkward and you do not help the Tribunal. We quite agree that both are very important departments. At the same time we have our duty to perform. However, these two will be put back until July 1st. Indispensible at nineteen A representative of the Rock Mill Scouring Co Ltd sought exemption for a foreman warehouseman. The man is 19 years of age and has charge of ten men. Mr Burton: How long as he been with you? Applicant: For three years; he is a lad I have trained. Mr Burton: Is there no more you have trained also who can take his place? Applicant: I am sorry to say that we have parted with 14 out of 17 and there are three more to go. These three are the most likely to take the position. Mr Burton: Does that mean you have only three left? Applicant: No, we have filled the positions with older men and boys. Chairman: do I take it you are not going to appeal for those other three men? Applicant: I am not. Mr Burton: You really mean that you do not contemplate appealing, however indispensable these men’s services may be. Is that the case? Applicant: Yes, sir.
Mr Burton: Although this man is only 19 years of age yet he is so valuable to you that you wish to retain him and if you can retain him you will face any difficulty that may be caused by the other having to leave? Applicant: Yes. You see, he has charge. Mr Burton: I am the last person in the world to say that a young man should not have responsible work. I merely wish to assure myself that that is the case. Postponed until August 1st. How long have I got? A hairdresser who had previously been given time to find someone to take his place, returned to ask for more time. He explained that he had tried to settle things and advertised the business. He also claimed his mother and father were dependent upon him ‘save for the rents of two houses of which they were owners.’ He was refused. He asked: How long have I before joining the Army? Mr Burton: There will be no penalty imposed until after the lapse of two months but it will be more creditable to you to join as early as possible. Of course you are a soldier now by Act of Parliament.
Most of the cases coming before the Tribunal for exemption from military service were brought by companies seeking to hold on to men they considered indispensable. The detailed exchanges that appear in the Shipley Times & Express reveal that tribunal members were torn between their duty to recruit as many men as possible and their understanding, as local businessmen themselves, of the problems facing companies.  The exchanges also often reveal details of the local industries at the time and how they were managed.