Friday 14 July 1916
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First casualties of the Battle of the Somme
Pte Bert Rainbow, 16th West Yorks, brother of Frank Rainbow, who used to play with Idle Old Boys FC and Mrs W Wilkinson, Clairmont, Highfield Road, Idle, has been wounded. Pte T Richardson is the eldest of two soldier sons of Mr James Richardson of Back School St, Clayton. Pte Richardson was wounded by a piece of shrapnel entering the muscle of his left leg. Pte Joseph William Robinson, 16 Peverel Mount, Moorside Road, Eccleshill, of the 2nd Bradford Pals, has been wounded. He joined the regiment in February of last year. He was a member of the Baptist choir. Pte Donald R Ross, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regt, son of Mr and Mrs I Ross of 49 Marlborough Road, Shipley, was wounded on the third inst. and has been admitted to the 5th General Hospital in France. In a letter to Mr and Mrs Ross, the chief nursing sister at the hospital says that Pte Ross is suffering from gunshot wounds in the neck and shoulder. He had, at the time of writing, undergone an operation and was feeling fairly comfortable. The wounds are not of too serious a nature and there is nothing in his present condition to cause undue anxiety. Pte Ross attested soon after the Derby scheme was initiated and was called up with the early groups. He only embarked for France on the 16th of last month. Pte Arnold Shackleton, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, the son of Mr and Mrs Walter Shackleton, 9 Oxford St, Greengates, has been wounded. He is
19 years of age and before the war was choirmaster at the Bingley Parish Church. Cpl Harry Smith, who has been wounded, is the eldest son of Mr Jowett Smith of Cambridge St., Clayton. He joined the 6th West Yorks Regt. Pte Ralph Stamford is the youngest brother of Cllr T W Stamford. He resides at No 3 Mount Terrace, Eccleshill. He joined the 2nd Bradford Pals a year last February and has been with the regiment in Egypt. In the great offensive he has been wounded in the right arm and chest and is now in hospital. Before donning khaki he was in the employ of Messrs Fattorini’s jewellers, Westgate, Bradford. Pte Fred Stead of Baildon Bridge is reported to be suffering from wounds. Pte H Stothart, of the 2nd Pals, and of 37 Southampton Street, Otley Road, Bradford and formerly of Idle, has been wounded in action and is in hospital at Netley. Pte R Thornton, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regt, and late of Idle, has been wounded in action. He is the second son of the late Mr Thomas Thornton. L Cpl J M Todd, of Shipley, 2nd Pals, has been wounded. He was a stretcher bearer. Pte Percy Walker, 2nd Bradford Pals, son of Mr and Mrs Walter Walker of Highfield Road, Idle, has received a shrapnel wound in the foot. The missile of which he was struck had
previously seriously wounded another soldier. Pte Walker, who is now in the Warrington hospital, joined the forces early last year. He is 19 years of age and previous to joining the colours was a grocer’s assistant. His brother, Pte Herbert Walker, Duke of Wellington’s Own West Riding Regt, is now at the front. Cpl F Waller, of 11 Mint Street, Undercliffe and of the West Yorks Regt, has been wounded by shrapnel and is now in hospital in Sussex. He was formerly employed at Messrs John Pilley and Sons, Union Mills, Eccleshill. Pte Leslie Waterworth, of 1 Back Stone Hall Road, Eccleshill, has been wounded in the thigh by the bursting of a shrapnel shell and has been conveyed to Southport hospital. He is in the 1st Bradford Pals and is a member of the Congregational Sunday School. Pte Willie Watmough, Leeds Pals, son of Mr and Mrs L Watmough of Wood End House, Carr Lane, Greengates, has been wounded in the head by shrapnel. He is an old scholar of the Wesleyan Sunday School. Sgt Fred Whitaker, of the Bradford Pals and of 22 Britannia Street, Frizinghall, is at the base hospital in France suffering from shell-shock. He was formerly employed by Messrs Rutherford, Hayburn and Co, Bradford. Pte Harold Willis, 3 Moorside Terrace, Fagley, formerly of Lynthorne Rd, Frizinghall, of the 1st Pals has been wounded.
Sapper James Wood, The parents of Sapper James Wood of 86 Victoria Road, Eccleshill, were informed on Friday by the War Office that he had been killed in action on June 26th. He joined the Royal Engineers on Dec 1st 1914 and has been in France nine months. Before joining the army he was very fond of athletics and won the club championship at the Eccleshill Congregational Gymnasium for the years 1911 and 1914 and the Yorkshire championships at Leeds for the high jump in the year 1912. Since donning khaki he has taken part in the sports of the regiment and carried off three money prizes in the jumping contests, clearing the bar at 5ft 1½in. Sapper Wood was also a member of the Congregational Swimming Club and was included in the list of prize winners. He was a member of the East Bradford Cycling Club. His death at 24 years of age is greatly regretted. 2 Lieut J W Worsnop. West Yorks Regt, is reported missing. He is the second surviving son of Mr Edwin Worsnop of Frizinghall and of Larchmont, Clayton. Before joining the army 2 Lieut Worsnop was a clerk for Mr Eldred Oliver, the well-known Clayton solicitor. His father was one of the original members of the local Military Tribunal but resigned on leaving the district. L Cpl H Reginald Wright, West Yorkshire Regt, was wounded in the arm on Saturday last and has been admitted to hospital. He is the son of Mrs E H Wright of 12 Victoria Road, Saltaire. He is an old boy of the Salt Schools, Shipley and previous to enlisting was in the employ of the London and Lancashire Fire Insurance Company in Leeds. He is 22 years of age. His brother, Gunner E Wright, is in training with the Royal Field Artillery (Howitzer Brigade).
Leaders of several local churches, including Rev B Herklots of St Paul’s, Rev W Maynard of Bethel Baptist Church and Rev W Burdett of Rosse Street Baptist Brotherhood, led an open-air meeting in Crowgill Park on the first Sunday after the Battle of the Somme began. Music was provided by the choir of Saltaire Road Primitive Methodist Church. In his speech, Rev Maynard touched on the news from the trenches: “These are great and, in some respects, glorious days. Yet they are days of intense solemnity, and for many days of deepest sadness and sorrow. “We are rejoicing in victory and the advance of the Allied troops but the truth is being brought home to us as never before in the history of the present war that victory is only
purchased a terrible cost. “In Shipley and district there must be many who are mourning the loss of a brother, a son or a husband, who has fallen in the service of King and Country. “We are living in such days when it is a matter of intense relief to people to discover in the list of the wounded the name of a relative. It is so in numberless cases today. “We have reached a stage in the history of the war that should compel us to think, as perhaps we have not yet thought before, with reference to the great spiritual issues of life. “Those men whom we honour and for whom many hearts are filled with fear are fighting not for material gain but with a great spiritual purpose in our daily life.”
Owd Abe gave his reaction to the early news from the Somme in his regular dialect column. I’m flayed I can’t write owt ‘at’s funny this week. I doan’t feel ta heve vary mitch fun abaht ma. Ta tell ya t’trewth, I’ve been as flat lat’ly as a bottle o’ ale ‘at’s hed t’cork aht all t’neet. I’ve mourned quietly ta mo-sen over t’young chaps ‘at’s been killed lat’ly i’ t’wahr. Of course, I knaw ‘at we can’t heve a wahr wi’ aht fowk bein’ killed, bud when ya think abaht all t’grand young men ‘at’s been killed an’ wounded – chaps abaht here ‘at we all knew, it fair mak’s yer belly wark. Roar like a barn It mak’s a gurt difference when ya knew t’poor lads so weel. I could roar like a barn when I think o’ some on ‘em. As I said ta ahr Lisa Ann ta-day it mak’s ya wonder who’s behn ta be t’next. I’m noan a chap ‘at wishes onnybody onny harm – I’d a lot rather wish ‘em well – bud them ‘at’s caused this wahr owt ta rot thro t’soil o’ the’r feet ta t’crahn ‘o the’r head! But I’m flayed there’s no punishment i’ this world ‘at they can ivver be made ta suffer ‘at can meet t’crimes they’ve committed. An’ of that’s case, all ‘at I can say is ‘at if there is a wharm shop hereafter, I hope wi’ all me heart at them ‘at’s caused t’wahr will be rosted bit bi bit wol they’re no bigger ner a bumalbee!
Churches combine to honour troops
Casualty lists worse when you know the lads
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