In every church and chapel across the district, preachers sought appropriate words to mark the passing of Lord Kitchener, whose death by drowning had shaken the whole nation.Speaking at the Rosse Street Church, Rev H W Burdett said: “Lord Kitchener has been a faithful servant of the nation and his tragic end has touched the hearts of the people. “He was emphatically a good soldier, the man of duty devoted to his calling. He possessed the gift of concentration which the Apostle Paul recognised as the essential thing in a soldier, whether Roman or Christian.“From this concentration, which is the secret of success in all departments of life, there sprang his iron determination and sense of discipline.Statesmanship“His strength came from singleness of aim. Severe with himself, he tolerated no weakness in others and he was one of the first to follow the King’s example of total abstinence during the war.“Along with these soldierly qualities he possessed a gift of statesmanship,
not commonly found in the professional soldier.”Perhaps the most eloquent tribute came from Rev P Drummond who told Saltaire Congregational Church that Kitchener’s confident reaction to the outbreak of war had been exemplary.“There was no bravado in that confidence, there was no boasting or gush in it. It was the quiet confidence of a man who had taken the full measure of the enemies who assailed us and of the dangers we had to meet, and who knew that we had the resources to meet and master them“That was why he was able to inspire us with that assurance of victory which is itself half the victory.”Cheap optimistsRev Drummond pointed out that Kitchener had not been blind to the scale of the task ahead: “While the cheap optimists were chattering of a
victory to be obtained within a few months, he clearly foresaw that the struggle must continue for years and made his preparations accordingly.“Before the war Lord Kitchener had abundantly proved his power as a leader of men in many parts of our Empire but it was this war that gave to him the opportunity for that crowning achievement with which his name will ever be associated – the raising and equipping of the vast armies which will enable us to do our part in winning the fiercest and the most momentous of all the wars that we have waged.“They are his living monument and no nobler monument has ever been raised to any man.”
Tributes on the death of a national hero
‘Wanderer’ devoted his weekly column to Lord Kitchener and the nature of patriotism. He reflected on the fact that Kitchener was a well travelled man, his career having taken him to Palestine, Cyprus, Egypt, South Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and the USA. And yet he had recently been quoted as saying that in his newly bought house in Kent “At last I have found a home.”‘He knew the world well and just because of it he would love the old country better.Depths‘We have our faults to be sure; they lie on the surface, so that all men can see them, and we are very slow to get rid of them – and yet “with all our faults, I love you still” is the dominant thought in the minds of those who by travel have had the chance to find out that other peoples, too, have faults as great as ours.’He added that he could not accept that Kitchener’s last home was somewhere off the Orkneys. ‘Not in the depths of the ocean is his home; but in the depths of the hearts of the British people who know him well and will appreciate him even more as the days go on, he has found his home from which time will never dislodge him, where he remains, not dead, but an ever-living power to help us answer the question, “Here then has England helped me, how can I help England, say?” ‘
Foreign experiences fuel patriotic feelings
With the cost of war soaring, people were coming under pressure to make economies, including in this editorial comment piece,There is great need for economy. The supreme need of the country is for goods and services for waging the war and anybody who utilises services or goods unnecessarily certainly prolongs the conflict and thus endangers the lives of his fellow citizens.Of money for the purposes of war there is more than enough if those who have it will spend only what is absolutely necessary for health and efficiency and lend the balance to the nation.ResponsibilityThe National Committee appeals especially to those who are living in an atmosphere of prosperity to realise the appalling responsibility which rests on them and says that all need to realise that by dispensing with unnecessary goods and services they contribute to the efficiency of our fighting forces.But they also appeal to the poorer people to save their coppers. There is no hardship in postponing needless expenditure and lending money to the State at a high rate of interest. Rightly regarded, economy and saving are the privilege not the penalty of patriotism.
Investing in the State is the privilege of patriotism
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The gifts contributed by the scholars attending the Hutton Board School, Eccleshill, for the wounded soldiers at St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, are as follows: Mixed School – 6 jars of jam, 23 jars of fruit, 40 teacakes, 9 sweet cakes, parcels of biscuits, 13 tins of sardines, 2 herrings, 139 eggs, Oxo cubes, smoking requisites and a large assortment of fruit. Cash 6s 4½d. Infant department – 10 cakes, 8 teacakes, brown loaf, 19 eggs, 4 jars of jam, 3 tins of sardines, 4 tines of fruit, 39 oranges, 8 bananas, 1lb of tomatoes, note paper, smoking requisites, and 1s 2d in cash.
“Owd Abe” turned his attention to the cost of living in his dialect column:I’ll tell ya what. Things is gettin’ dearer an’ dearer. If they go on I doesn’t knaw what some on us is bahn to dew.Ahr Liza Ann gets reight upset abaht it. Shoo says t’brass I give her ivvery Friday neet goes nowheer. It’s off afore shoo knows wheer shoo is. An shoo’s reight an’ all.Takin’ it all rahnd, a sovereign doesn’t go mitch farther taday ner hawf-a-soverign did afore t’wahr.It’s a bonny job for t’women fowk ‘at hasn’t sa mitch comin’ in. They’ve some trade, I can tell ya, t’makin’ t’brass spin aht.Of course, if t’husband or t’family is on wahr wark an’ addlin’ gurt wages, it’s different. But ivverybody isn’t i’ that ‘appy position.Terrible jobT’wahr, fowks husbands an’ brothers, an’ lads bein’ away feightin’ is a terrible job, but it’s even wahr still when fowk’s income hez sunk nearly aht o’ t’seet or the’r little business has been ruined. An’ that’s t’case wi’ plenty.It’s mostly t’middle class ‘at’s sufferin’ they alus dew. It’s generally t’middle class ‘at’s t’boddem dog. T’top notchers is allus reight. An’ at t’present time I doan’t think most o’ t’workin’ classes wor ivver hawf as weel off.T’top and t’boddem fowk nivver made as mitch brass i’ all the’r life afore. Bud they aren’t ivverbody.It’s some poor souls in between ‘at’s feelin’ it t’mooast. Wi’ some on ‘em, as I’ve said afore, it’s nobbud a question of time. An’ isn’t that funny when so monny thousands o’ fowk - so far as brass is concerned - it lewks ta me, wodn’t care if t’wahr lasted for ivver!
T’brass just doesn’t go as far as it did
War’s balance sheet
Shipley vicar, Rev B Herklots, addressed the cost of the war as it was balanced by its possible gains.The recent battles in the North Sea had cost thousands of lives and ‘besides this, the daily toll upon our ranks all along our far-flung battle line, though it makes a feebler appeal to our imagination, is yet appalling in its aggregate.Zenith‘Now the tragic death of Lord Kitchener at the zenith of his fame has reminded us that the toll of war is being exacted from all sorts and conditions of men, from the humbler and obscurer private to the highest in rank and power.’He went on, ‘The figures on the debit side will be colossal. What about the credit side, the gains to England through war? What will territories if we retain them, what will markets and commerce if we secure them avail to balance the portentous bill of loss?‘There is only one possible source of gain great enough and lasting enough to outweigh the loss…it can only be looked for in a purified and ennobled national character.’