News from the Macclesfield Courier and Herald of Saturday 7th November 1914.
Langley Man Prisoner of War – Royal Engineers at Bulford – Territorials leave Macclesfield – Serious allegation against local silk firm – Lectures on the War – More Socks needed – Robbing the Graves – Anti-German Riots
LANGLEY MAN PRISONER OF WAR
“Mrs Rose, of Private John Rose, has received a letter from her husband, who is in Germany. At the outbreak of war, Mr Rose was called up to join the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, he being a reservist in that regiment, and he immediately was sent to France with his regiment. The last time, previous to the present letter, his wife heard anything of him was about ten weeks ago, and he was then near Mons. She received this letter on Saturday last, and in it he says that the Germans are very good to him. His leg was severely shattered on the 25th of August in the battle of Mons, and he was captured by the Germans and taken into Germany. It would be the end of December probably before he would be able to walk again.”
ROYAL ENGINEERS AT BULFORD
From left to right –
Seated: Sergt Major Handford, Lieut Fonblanque, Act Q.M R. Nicholls, Sergt Jepson
Standing: P.M Sergeant Gayes; Clerk Waterman, Clerk Walker, Clerk Berkley, Clerk O.T Heathcote
“Mr Oliver T. Heathcote, a member of the ‘Courier’ Staff, (pictured far right), now with the Royal Engineers at Bulford Camp, writes to encourage support from home:
‘I should like to say a word or two about the wave of pessimism which seems to be sweeping around the country. I say this not because I altogether believe the situation to be less grave than it really is…but because I consider the present to be a time, not for weeping and wailing but for hard work …what do men here think of the business, men who mathematicians might say are under a two to one chance of getting shot? They think nothing, they simply go on with their work, toiling and rejoicing, but not sorrowing. When the daily programme is finished they don’t trouble their brains in contemplating the horrible experiences that may await them. ‘Sufficient unto the day…’ is their motto. When not at work they write, read, sing or lark. These men are preparing for trials and hardships, and who can say that their method of preparation is not the best one? Why can’t the people at home take as their example the modern British Tommy, and “acquit themselves like men?” Obviously it is the best policy, for not everything depends on the man behind the gun. Why not adopt the old adage, ‘Keep smiling?’”
TERRITORIALS LEAVE MACCLESFIELD
On Monday 2nd November, one hundred men who had been training in Macclesfield left by train to join the 7th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment at Northampton.
SERIOUS ALLEGATION AGAINST LOCAL SILK FIRM
The Courier receives a letter implying that one of Macclesfield’s Silk Mills is not supporting their employees who join up to fight, by not guaranteeing them employment on their return.
MORE SOCKS NEEDED
“Dear Sir, We are still short of a few pairs of socks to complete a number to send out to the Front, where they are sorely needed, so would all those who are knitting, or intending to send socks, kindly send a postcard to the Club, saying what quantity they can send, and also the time they can send them in, so that arrangements may be made to send them out.
A reply at once will greatly oblige.”
W.S Forster (Sec)
Macclesfield Central Conservative Club
LECTURES ON THE WAR
“The very excellent pictures shown at the Cinema are always in themselves a great attraction, but next week an extra attraction will be added by reason of the fact that each night two lectures on the war will be given by Dr Hulme of Macclesfield, who has just returned from the Front. The lectures will be illustrated by lantern slides prepared from photographs taken by Dr Hulme himself…he will commence his lectures at the spot where the first shot was fired, and he will then take his hearers along the route of the fighting line and describe to them what he himself has seen…the lecturer will be able to produce indubitable proof of the acts of vandalism and barbarity of which the Prussians have been accused, and which they have strenuously denied.”
ROBBING THE GRAVES
Mary Ann Lee, an inmate of Macclesfield Workhouse is charged with stealing an artificial wreath from the local Cemetery:
“Margaret Ann Bailey, charwoman, of 244 Black Road, said that on the 1st of November, she visited the Borough Police Office. And there saw the wreath, which she identified as her property. She said she went to the grave on Sunday and there found the wreath missing. The Sergeant Clerk of the Borough Police Office said that on Saturday, about 1:20pm, the defendant came into the Borough Police office and asked Inspector Robinson was in. He replied that he was not. She said “Well I have got another one (producing a wreath from under her blouse). She also said that she had got 3s for the other wreath, but she could not sell that one. The Sergeant then asked her where she had had the wreath from, and she said she had had it form the Cemetery…She was sent to prison for one month.”
“There was a sequel at Crewe Police Court on Tuesday to the wrecking and looting of three Germans’ shops, when the magistrates were occupied nearly eight hours investigating nineteen charges against fifteen defendants. It was stated by the town clerk, who prosecuted, that 5000 people congregated round the shops. They smashed the fronts of the premises and committed extensive looting. In the riot several police officers and soldiers were injured. Four of the defendants were discharged, two leaving the court to join the Army, and the others were fined varying amounts, ranging from 10s. and costs.”