Cuttings from “Notes and News”, the magazine of New North Road Baptist Church
(This material was found in the West Yorkshire Archives Collection WYK 1545/BOX 7 /37)
For King and Country
It is our desire to place on record at this time the names of those in connection with our church and school who forsaking comfort and ease are preparing to take their place allotted to them. They have heard the ‘call’ and nobly responded. Our prayer is that they may be kept in the hour of their need and that the day may speedily come when we shall have the joy of welcoming them home safe and well.
Captain G P Norton, Lieutenant DG Norton, Private Edward Collins, Private F E Cook & Private J E Cook (sons of Mr F L Cook), Private Arnold Crosland, Private Harry Irons, Private Davie Landin, Private James Parsell, Private Peter Small. Private James Kaye served but was returned.
The teachers and officers of the Sunday School have sent to each of the scholars who have entered the army a copy of the New Testament bound in khaki, bearing on the cover the name of the recipient printed in gold. In addition a Roll of Honour on which their names are inscribed has been placed in the School.
Private E W Hoyle added to Roll of Honour and on March 28th when on leave, Jessie Radcliffe presented him with a fountain pen on behalf of the Sunday School.
The Comfort Fund has reached £28 and parcels are now being sent to those whose names which appear on our Roll of Honour.
Among the contents of the parcels were: Cakes (with a “New North Road” design in ice), sweets, biscuits, trench-cookers, diaries, Oxo cubes, tea tablets, handkerchiefs, ink pellets and comforts. The comforts are home-made, being the gift of the Knitting Circle and Mr G S Butterworth has acted as decorative artist in the cake department. Rev Henry Bonser sent a letter hoping that they overcome their present calamitous circumstances, retain a cheerful spirit and emerge with all that marks the true victor in life’s conflict.
Major G P Norton was awarded the D S O. Private Landin has been invalided home and Private E W Hoyle has been home on sick leave. Lance Corporal A Crossland underwent a very serious operation at Royds Hall on 19th January. Private J S Knight is suffering from diphtheria.
James Parsell was killed by a sniper on 14th March, it appears he was hit in the head while on sentry duty and died immediately.
As briefly announced in our last issue, James Parsell was killed on 14th March. It appears he was hit in the head while on sentry duty and died immediately.
Lance Corporal A Crossland and H Irons are still at Royds Hall but Private Landin has been sent to Leeds.
Dr J H Crowther is in a Base Hospital and Corporal F E Cook is making good progress in an English Hospital.
Lance Corporal E Collins has been appointed battalion agent of “The Buzzer” a divisional paper which is circulated amongst 1/5th West Riding Regiment.
Second Lieutenant R Berry and Lance Corporal R Rushworth have been killed in action in France. A Memorial Service was held at 10.30am on Sunday June 25th 1916.
Sister Clara Newman and Elsie Dyson killed
Private T Bartin is somewhere in France and Private J E Cook was reported wounded and missing on 20th July. Private J Knight has been in hospital suffering from shell shock but has recovered sufficiently to resume his duties. Lance Corporal Stewart Young was congratulated on his promotion. Gunner L S Ainley sailed for Africa on 19th August.
Private W J Peachey transferred to London Dental Hospital. Private Teal and Drummer H Teal were wounded in recent fighting, the former in Epsom, and the latter at Bristol but doing well.
Private A Towse has been killed in action.
Private G Sanderson died in hospital last year.
Private H Skipsey died of his wounds in Mesopotamia on 12th February.
Miss M Cook awarded Royal Red Cross decoration as Staff Nurse at Huddersfield War Hospital.
Private W Teal killed in action on 17th March. Private H Teal discharged from hospital unfit for service.
Unofficial news that Private F Harrison is missing. Private A Garside has been killed in action. He joined the colours at the outbreak of war and was in the Dardanelles fighting before going to France. He had previously gained the Military Medal.
Private L Senior of Seaforth Highlanders has been killed in action.
Gunner L S Ainley of RMA died from shell shock at Dar-es-Salaam on 17th May when serving in the East African Expeditionary force. Before the war he served as School Organist and sympathy is expressed to his parents and brothers.
Corporal S Horsfield confirmed as killed.
A telegram was received contradicting that L S Ainley died of shell shock, Gunner Luther S Ainley has recovered from shell shock and has returned to duty. (His father was Caretaker of Baptist Chapel in 1911)
Lance Corporal Stewart M Young has been killed by a German sniper. He had little experience of actual warfare and lost his life during the first period in the front trenches.
Lieutenant W A Bond was reported missing, it appears his plane was brought down out of control.
Lieutenant W A Bond’s death is officially reported. Lance Corporal E Chinn was killed in a motor accident when home on leave.
Private Davy Landin has had left arm amputated in a London Hospital.
Sergeant Peter Small awarded the DCM.
Lieut–Corporal G P Norton promoted and Major D G Norton.
Cadet H C Molson Young was baptized on 22nd August.
T W Appleyard was awarded the Military Medal.
Lance Corporal H Field received the Military Medal for gallantry in action.
Private Frank Harrison is reported as being killed.
Captain J H Irons M C was wounded in right arm and chest.
Private W J Peachey served with Dental Mobile Unit and is now a sergeant.
Lieutenant William Henry Sykes Ainley married Irene Berry on 22nd March 1918.
Lance Corporal W H Field was killed in action on 15th April.
Lieutenant Herbert Collier Molson Young married Kathleen Micklethwaite.
Private T Pluck has been wounded but thanks to his steel helmet he escaped serious injury.
Private Frank Collins died on wounds in a line hospital. He was seriously wounded after 10 days service in France and finally passed away on 5th June. His brother, Sergeant E Collins was with him at the last and speaks in the highest terms of the care and attention given by the medical and nursing staff. Deepest sympathy is extended to his sister and 3 soldier brothers.
Lewis Tarbatt is missing and could be a Prisoner of War.
Lieut P Rushworth has received a commission in RAF.
Private P Shaw was reported missing on 20th September 1917 and is presumed dead.
Seaman S Wright also killed.
Private W Shields gained the Military Medal.
Deliverance from war.
Mrs Molson Young has again promised to arrange a concert in aid of the Soldiers Comforts Fund to be held on Tuesday, 17th December.
Lieut Frank E Cook MC has been killed in action. He joined the army at the outbreak of war and obtained a commission in 1916. He had twice previously been wounded in France and was killed by a shell when leading his company in an attack on 20th October 1918.
The Thanksgiving and Memorial Fund Committee brought the question of a tablet being placed in the church before the church for a decision and he (the Secretary) moved that we approve a tablet being placed in the church in memory of fallen brethren in the Great War of 1914-18. This was seconded by Mrs Buckley and carried. It was further resolved that we leave the question of the design of the tablet for another month.
The chairman gave notice of a motion that the names of the fallen men be placed on the tablet be the members of the church, the Sunday School or the sons of members and in the meantime these should be considered and reported upon at out next meeting.
Names to be placed on the memorial tablet were members of the church or sons of members or scholars in Sunday School when they left home for the war.
Names on memorial:
a) Members of the Church or School
b) Regular members of congregation
c) Husbands or sons of Church members