Friday 21 July 1916
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Casualties of the Battle of the Somme
For the second week in a row, the Shipley Times and Express ran an extensive Roll of Honour for those local men who had been killed or wounded in the ‘Big Push.’ Pte Maurice Andrews, who took part in the present offensive and was wounded has written to his father describing the circumstances under which he was wounded. Whilst Pte Andrews and his colleagues were looking about for their commander, to whom Pte Andrews had taken a message, a shell came over and wounded seven of them. He received shrapnel wounds in both legs and, with the aid of a big stick, he was able to get to the camp which was a mile away. The journey took three hours and he was then sent across the channel and is now in hospital in England. Barraclough: Intimation has been received by Mrs E Barraclough of Tong Park that two of her soldier sons have made the supreme sacrifice. Pte Fred W Barraclough has died from sunstroke at Salonica. The other son is Pte Herbert Barraclough (right) and the news of his death was sent in a letter from a comrade. He was killed on July 7th. The writer of the letter says: “We had to press forward to get our object and it was while we were doing so that Pte Barraclough was hit.” The brother are the first Tong Park men to fall. Pte Tom Binns, of the 2nd Bradford Pals and of 91a Briggate, Windhill, Shipley, has been reported missing. He was formerly employed by Fletcher’s Ltd, Shipley. Pte Arthur William Boddy (24) of 1st East Lancashire Regt, son of Mr J L Boddy of Nelson and formerly of Windhill, and grandson of the late Mr B Boddy, of Windhilll, was killed in action on July 1st. Pte Boddy joined the forces soon after the outbreak of war. He was one of the initiators of the Boy Scout movement in Lanc- ashire and he had charge of a troop at Burnley. His brother, Pte Victor Boddy is a sick berth attendant on board the hospital ship “Rews.” His father although 48 years of age, enlisted as a packer and he was hit with a stray bullet at Salonica. Since then he has been discharged. Pte Frank Buckley, 1/6 West Yorkshire Regt, the youngest son of the late Mr Wm Buckley and Mrs Buckley, Springfield, Idle, was killed in action on July 1st. He joined the colours in October 1914 at the age of 18½. He was a member of the Idle Wesleyan Sunday School. Before enlisting he was employed at Messrs G Garnett & Sons Ltd, Valley Mills, Apperley Bridge. Lieut Edwin H Bottomley, York and Lancaster Regt, only son of Mrs Edwin Bottomley, Woodville, Farsley, was severely wounded in France on July 1st, receiving bullet wound in face and severe shrapnel wounds in the leg. He was educated at Harrogate College and Bradford Grammar School, prior to entering Leeds University Textile Department, whence he proceeded to the Greengates Worsted Co of Apperley Bridge.
He received his commission in November 1914 and has been in France since August 1915. He has acted as battalion bombing officer. He was reported dead and missing but is now in hospital in London. Pte Robert Carr (28), of the 11th Duke of Wellington’s, son of Mr and Mrs John Carr of the Island, Esholt, was admitted to the General Hospital in France, suffering from shell shock and sprained ankle. Before enlisting, he worked for the Bradford Corporation at Esholt. Pte Walter Clarke, Hollings Hill, Esholt, of the West Riding Regt is wounded in the legs and is in hospital in Manchester. L Cpl George Henry Clegg, of 27 Amelia Street, Saltaire, has been killed in France. He was in the East Yorkshire Regt which he joined soon after the outbreak of the war. He had previously been slightly wounded. A brother, Pte Ernest Clegg, was killed some time ago. He was 28 years of age and formerly played with the Shipley Celtic. Sgt Willie Close, of No 7 Land’s End, Eccleshill was wounded in the left leg on July 1st while tending the wounded. He is in the Green Howards and has been sent to the hospital at St John’s Wood, London, where he is progressing favourably. Pte Allen Craven, the eldest son of Mr and Mrs James Craven, 137 Park Road, Thackley, has been killed in action. He was 23 years of age and joined the Bradford Pals about 15 months ago. He had served in Egypt before proceeding to France. The sad news was conveyed in a letter from a comrade who said that Pte Craven had been shot through the heart. His brother, Pte Ernest Craven, is in training with the 3/6 West Yorkshire Regt. Pte Craven will be remembered as a member of Eccleshill Ambulance Association. Cpl Wilfred Craven, Duke of Wellington’s Regt and formerly of Idle is reported dead. He was buried in a dug out by the bursting of a shell. He had been in the firing line about 12 months. He formerly played with the Idle Rugby Club. Pte H Eastell, 1/6 West Yorks, Titus Street, Saltaire, is in hospital in France having been wounded in the thigh on July 1st. Pte Harry Halliday of 11 Victoria Road, Eccleshill is suffering from shell shock and has been sent to the hospital at Burton on Trent. He is in the 16th West Yorks and prior to enlisting was employed at Messrs J Harper and Sons, Greengates. Pte James Hill, Bradford Pals, who has been wounded, is in hospital in Northumberland. His home is at 9 Howgate, Idle. He enlisted when he was 44 years of age. L Cpl F Hogwood, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs John Hogwood of Church St, Windhill, has been wounded and is now in the Northumberland War Hospital, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. He has been in France 14 months. Before the war he was employed at Mr Henry Masons, Shipley.
Another brother, Pte E Hogwood of the Duke of Wellington’s Regt is stationed at Halifax. Both brothers were members of the Windhill Parish Church choir. They are the brothers of Mrs H Eastell of 1 Fernbank Street, Green Lane, Shipley, whose husband has been wounded. Pte Harry Horsman of the West Yorks Regt and of Idle Road, has been wounded in the right shoulder and is in hospital. Pte J P Humble, Edmund Street, Shipley, of the West Yorkshire Regt, is severely wounded. He was lately employed by Ripley and Sons, Dyers. L Cpl G Johnson of the Lodge, Ferniehurst, Baildon, and of the 18th West Yorkshire Regt has been wounded in the right hand and is at the General Hospital, Newport. Pte Jim Kitchen, whose home was formerly at the Grove, Greengates, has been wounded in the recent advance. He is certainly a typical Tommy, possessing unusually high spirits and a reckless courage. He was formerly a well-known member of the Wesleyan A.F.C. and attended the Sunday School. He was engaged with his father in the scribbling department at Valley Mills, Apperley Bridge. Pte Milton Lee, 18th West Yorks of 21 Fagley Place, Fagley Road, Eccleshill, wounded in the left arm and back. Pte Bertie McKell of the 2nd Bradford Pals has been wounded by shrapnel in the left elbow. He is no an inmate of Salop Hospital. He resides at 56 Hatfield Road, Undercliffe. Pte Robert Moss, is wounded in the right shoulder and is now at a base hospital. He resides at No 10 Mount Road, Eccleshill, and joined the 1st Bradford Pals soon after their formation. Sgt Thomas Slatters Mountain is suffering from a gunshot wound in the head received in the “great push” on July 1st. He is now at Bethnal Green Hospital, London. He enlisted in the 1st Bradford Pals in September 1914 and is the eldest son of Mr B O Mountain of 130 Highfield Road, Idle. Pte H D Myers, Leeds Pals, is the son of Mr Alfred Myerss, 18 Salisbury Place, Calverley. He was wounded on July 1st in the Somme battled. Pte G Norwood, Crag Road, Windhill, of the 1st Pals, has been wounded and is in Warrington Hospital. He was previously employed by Messrs Whittingham’s and Sons, Canal Road. Major A Plackett, who was in command of a notable Yorkshire Battalion at the time of the great advance, has been wounded (shell shock). He is the son of Mr J W Plackett, Postmaster of Bradford, and of Gunnerside, Baildon. His younger brother is a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regt. Major Plackett served in the South African campaign and saw service in Egypt before proceeding to France. Pte George Ross, West Yorkshire Regt, son of Mr and Mrs W Ross of Brunswick Road, Greengates, has been wounded. Like his father, Pte Ross was a well-known bowling player and a member of the Greengates Trades Club. He was
formerly employed at Messrs G Garnett & Sons, Apperley Bridge. Pte John Russell, son of Mr and Mrs James Russell of 34 James St, Baildon Woodbottom, is now in hospital at Gravesend and suffering from shock due to the explosion of a shell. He joined the colours in January and took part in the great offensive with the 10th West Riding Regt. Pte Herbert Ramsden, late of Charnwood Road, Eccleshill, was killed in action on July 1st, fighting with the 1st Bradford Pals. He was a much respected member of the Undercliffe Wesleyan Young Men’s Class and enlisted in the Pals on September 23rd, 1914. He was a fine swimmer and excelled as a diver. He was 23 years of age. Pte Walter Smith of 129 Fagley Road, Fagley, has been dangerously wounded in the right shoulder by shrapnel while fighting with the 16th West Yorks. He is an inmate of the 16th General Hospital, France. Pte H Stead, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, has been wounded in the skull. His home is in Westgate, Shipley. Pte Fred Stead, Bradford 2nd Pals, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs James Stead, 7 Baildon Bridge, has been wounded. He is unmarried and 25 years of age. He was formerly employed at Messrs J Sharple. Pte Herbert Sutcliffe, 9 Quarry Place, Bolton, Bradford Pals, was wounded in the right arm by a shell on the night of June 27. Pte Ben Thornton of the Duke of Wellington’s Regt and of Idle has been wounded in action. Pte George White, son of Mr Lockwood White, Low Baildon, wounded in the leg and in hospital. He is connected with the Bradford Pals. Pte H Wildman of Lane Ends Farm, Baildon and of the 1st Bradford Pals, has been wounded in the left arm with shrapnel and is in hospital in Sussex. Pte S F Wainwright, 1st Bradford Pals and only son of the late Mr Frederick Wainwright, Heather Cliff, Baildon, is in hospital at Cosham, Hampshire, suffering from a slight fracture of the left thigh. Before the war he was employed by Messrs James Hill & Co, Bradford. Cpl Frank Waller, 11 Mint Street, Undercliffe, has been wounded in the left arm by shrapnel and is now an inmate of the Graylingwell War Hospital, Sussex, where he is doing well. His father recently got his discharge after nine months service at the front with the Royal Engineers. Pte John William Whitehead, 14th West Yorks, 14 Oxford Road, Undercliffe, was wounded on July 1st in the left arm. Pte Charles Frederick Wilman, Bradford Pals, lies in a critical condition in Rochester Hospital having been badly wounded in the leg on June 1st.
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