Friday 23 June 1916
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Three conscientious objectors found little sympathy from the magistrates when they appeared before them to answer a charge of failing to present themselves for duty when called up. All three were fined 40s and remanded to await an escort to the military. The cases of Ernest Brown, a shoemaker of Thackley Road, Windhill, and Charles Murgatroyd, a clerk of Norwood Avenue, Shipley, were heard at Bradford West Riding Police Court. Their appearance was watched by several sympathisers and during the case a woman called out, ‘I should like to say in respect to the conscientious objectors they are doing a most useful work and – ’ but before she could finish her sentence, the police ejected her. Independent Labour Party Brown, ‘a warm supporter of the Independent Labour Party,’ spent some time cross examining police witnesses and claimed that while his
initial appeal to the Shipley Tribunal had been dismissed, a later appeal had given him non-combatant status. But he wanted full exemption and felt that he had not been able to try every avenue before being arrested. Told by the chairman of the magistrates that he must only deal in facts and not opinions, Brown said: ‘I will state as a fact, if you like, that we thought the Tribunal were misinformed in thinking they could not give us absolute exemption. ‘In Class 3, Section 5 of the Military Service Act it says that if conditions vary between the granting of the conditional certificate and it being fulfilled, the holder can, at any time, re-appeal with the sanction of the Appeals Tribunal. ‘I sent in a notice of appeal and I have not yet received a decision from the Appeals Tribunal. In my opinion, I have been illegally arrested. That is all I have to say.’ But the magistrates were not moved. Murgatroyd claimed there had been
new regulations put in place and he reminded the court that ‘only last week a man had been exempted on the very grounds on which he himself had appealed. He asked for equality of treatment.’ The third conscientious objector was Fred Ackroyd, a printer of Lucy Hall Farm, Baildon, who appeared at Otley Police Court. Custody He asked for the case to be put back so that he get legal advice but when he was told that he would be held in custody during a remand, he decided to go ahead with the case. His defence was that he had been given non-combatant service but the authorities had failed to issue a certificate to that effect. His assertion that he ‘could not be an absentee from an organisation that he had not joined’ fell on deaf ears. In all three cases, the men said they could not afford the fine and were told it would be deducted from their pay.
Conscientious objectors’ pleas for chance to appeal fail to move the magistrates
Miss Edith Hutton (above), daughter of Mr H W Hutton, The Grove, Idle, is one of the two young ladies who have been awarded first-class honours in Part I of the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos as a result of the examination recently held at the University named. Miss Hutton is a student at Girton College, Cambridge, which she entered a year ago having won an open scholarship, awarded to her by the Governors of the Bradford Girls’ Grammar School. Originally she was a scholar at the Thorpe Council School, Idle, from which she won a scholarship to the Bradford Grammar School. Miss Hutton is a clever musician and she delights in a game of tennis.
Edith earns first-class honours at Cambridge
Sir James Roberts, owner of Salts Mills, endowed a Chair of Russian at the University of Leeds. ‘This gift is the outcome of a recent suggestion put forward by the Leeds and Bradford Chambers of Commerce and considered by the University Advisory Committee on Economics and Commerce that special attention should be given to the teaching of Russian and Spanish at the university. ‘Before the war it was said that as a “paying” language for a commercial people, Russian came far behind German but after the conflict the positions of these languages in the order of importance will have been entirely changed. ‘Russia will come to the front and the language of the Huns will be relegated to a place of less importance. Sir James’s gift will have helped towards this end.’
Sir James pushes Russian to the fore
Early on Sunday evening, a fourteen year old boy named Harold Stubley, who resides with his parents in Victoria Street, Woodbottom, was endeavouring to recover a ball which had been thrown over a wall. In doing so, he fell from the wall, alighting on his right arm with the result that it was fractured a little below the elbow. He was conveyed home by his companions and medical aid was procured by the unfortunate boy’s parents. He is progressing satisfactorily
Painful fall off a wall
James Lancaster, an electrician from 41, Titus Street, Saltaire was involved in a serious accident while working on an electric fuse at Briar Field Mills. He was ‘filing a nut at the rear of a switchboard. Unfortunately, the file came into contact with a live wire, causing it to fuse.’ Mr Lancaster’s clothes caught fire and his hands and face were severely burned. and he was suffering from shock. After first aid he was taken by ambulance to the Sir Titus Salt Hospital and detained.
Electrician burned
Mrs Woods, the wife of the vicar of Bradford, called for support for the Girl Guide movement when she spoke to the annual meeting of the Girls’ Friendly Society held in Shipley. Filling in some of the background of a movement that was still only five years old and relatively unknown, she said: ‘A little while back a good many girls felt the need for something like the boys had in the way of martial law and discipline and so some of them started the Girl Scouts. Patriotic spirit ‘They had no leaders and as a result they did some foolish things and got the movement into bad repute. ‘General Baden Powell, who founded the Boy Scout movement, then suggested to his sister that she should form an organisation under the title of Girl Guides and the suggestion was acted upon. Now with the patriotic spirit in the air, girls are simply pouring into the existing companies. ‘It has taken the Girls’ Friendly Society a long time to make up its mind to sanction the formation of companies of Girl Guides and today I know that some people consider it unwomanly for girls to march through the streets in uniform and to “camp out.” ‘But it should be remembered that we are not living in the
days of our grandmothers but in our own time and we should act accordingly.’ She said that she felt there were a number of ways in which the movement could help society and added about the uniform that ‘it puts ideas of smartness and discipline into those who wear it and proclaims their purpose to the public. ‘I do not think any would find fault with the uniform of the girls who are rendering such excellent service as tram conductors. ‘We are beginning to find that the girls are imbued with a keen sense of patriotism and they want to show it in some marked way. Giddy and frivolous ‘The Girl Guides movement aims at teaching the girls to use every faculty with which they have been endowed in order that they might fulfil the purpose for which they were created. The movement has been founded on a thorough religious basis and if there are guides who have been giddy, frivolous and unwomanly, they are exceptions and should be regarded as such. ‘I appeal to you to do everything you can to make the movement a success.’
Girl Guides can be a force for good
C ROWGHYLL PARK SHIPLEY A Grand Concert Will be given in the above Park on WEDNESDAY NEXT, JUNE 28th, at 7.30 p.m. by the SHIPLEY ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY (about 40 performers) Conductor: Mr W Sutcliffe. Proceeds to be equally shared between the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund and the Shipley Orchestral Society. Visitors are requested to contribute liberally to the sheets.
Bob Stubbs, one of several dialect writers in the Shipley Times & Express, had been on a tour of Crowgill Park with Cllr Harry Hirst, the chairman of Shipley Council Parks Committee. Bob was clearly impressed: ‘Talk abart a alteration! It’s been completely transformed sin last ahr Nanny an me went to wun o’ t’band perfomances. It wor afooar t’ berlin green wor laid, sos yo can tell it worrent yesterds. ‘They’ve ta’en a lot o’ owd tres aht an set young uns in atsteadd o’ been thrussend up all ov a lump lik it owsed to be, it’s mooar oppen altogether and yo feel as if it wor twice as big as it ewsed to be.’ The popular bowling green was surrounded by flower beds, ‘nobbud waitin for warrm weather an sunshine to set ‘em all ablaze wi’ colour. ‘They haven’t gotten a pavilion yet, owin to t’warr, I expect, an keepin exes darn, but I gathered throo Cahncillor Hirst at he’d like to get wun erected as a monyment for Shipla heroes fallen i’ t’ warr.’
Plans for Crowgill Park memorial
Never since the formation of Calverley St Wilfred’s Cricket Club have the committee been faced with such difficulties as have presented themselves this season. Last season, in spite of the call the war made upon its members, a curtailed fixture list with clubs in the Airedale and Wharfedale League was carried through with a fair amount of success and the committee were also able to record a balance in hand of a little over £8. This year, however, on account of so many of the members having joined the colours and the apparent apathy of other members to playing cricket during the war, the committee have found the utmost difficulty in raising a team without outside assistance. Being also unable to find the necessary labour to keep their splendidly situated ground in condition the committee have “thrown up the drumsticks.”
Calverley Cricket Club ‘throw up the drumsticks’
An alarming incident occurred on Monday evening in the yard adjoining the Calverley District Council Offices when the apparatus used for tar spraying the roads took fire. The surveyor, Mr W Walker, was making some repairs to the engine, which had been in use most of the day, when a leakage of tar caught fire and soon the whole machine was enveloped in flames, which were accompanied by volumes of dense smoke. Fortunately a number of willing helpers were soon on the scene and along with Mr Walker, worked assiduously and in about half an hour the flames were subdued and they thus prevented what might have been attended by more serious results.
Tar sprayer catches fire
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