News from the Macclesfield Times and East Cheshire Observer of Friday 17th September 1915.
Additions to the Roll of Honour – Another Military Funeral in Macclesfield
ADDITIONS TO THE ROLL OF HONOUR
The latest news of the 1/7th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment – made up of the Territorials of Macclesfield, Congleton, Bollington, and the surrounding districts – is that they have been enjoying a brief rest after about three weeks spent int he trenches on the Suvla Bay front at Gallipoli. During that time many of the men had been unable to get either a wash or a change of clothing, so that their transfer to the base on shore would be doubly welcome.
Although the Battalion has been out of the firing line for a spell, casualties continue to be notified, and we have to record this week a further number of men who have lost their lives.
Corporal George Wardle, South St, Sutton
1539 Private George Wardle, 88 Oxford Rd
Private James Albinson, 39 park lane
Private George Mellor, 67 Paradise St
Private William Brown, 25 Pierce St
2850 Private J E Bailey, 54 Pickford St
Private Harold Hazeldine, 29 Chapel St
Private James Swaine, 2 Poole St
2nd-Lieut Samuel Hall, Bluebell Lane, Tytherington
Corporal J Barker, Congleton (sick)
Private Harold Goldthorpe, 115 Vincent St
3040 Private W Belfield, 8 Hollins Terrace
3125 Private Samuel Parker, 39 Armitt St
2113 Private W Weatherman, formerly of 3 Pitt St
436 Private W Dobson, 192 Commercial Rd
Private A Taylor, 27 Newton St
Private Harry Beard, 3 Henderson St
Private Arthur Taylor, 15 Boden St
Private Fred Cantrell, 20 Waterloo St
Private Frank Skelley, 48 Hollins Rd
Private J Pownall, 8 Arbourhay St
Private A Coates, Richmond Place, Black Rd
Private G Lovatt, Cotton St
Private William Foster, 9 Princess St
Private J Fray, 23 Allen St
2844 Private W J Lawton, Congleton
DIED FIGHTING GALLANTLY – TWO BROTHERS DIE FOR THEIR COUNTRY
Mr Joseph Albinson, son of the late Mrs S. A. Albinson, 39 Park Lane, had an intimation from the War Office on Friday that his brother, Private James Albinson, 1/7th Cheshire Regt, was killed in action in the Dardanelles on August 29th. Another brother, Private Walter Albinson, 3rd Cheshire Regt, was killed at Ypres on April 29th. A cousin in the 2/7th Cheshire Regt is now in training at Bedford.
A SPLENDID SOLDIER
We regret to state that No. 1539 Private George Wardle, serving with the machine gun section of the 1/7th Cheshires in the Dardanelles was killed in action on 24 August. The sad news reached his parents, Mr and Mrs J P Wardle, 88 Oxford Rd, on Friday.
CORPORAL DIES OF WOUNDS – MILITARY FUNERAL IN MACCLESFIELD
Mrs Wardle, South St, was officially informed on Saturday that her son, Corp. George Wardle, 1/7 Cheshires, had succumbed at Netley Hospital to wounds sustained while fighting in the Dardanelles. The funeral took place at the Borough Cemetery on Wednesday with military honours.
FORMER MACCLESFIELD YOUTH SUCCUMBS TO WOUNDS IN COSHAM HOSPITAL
Private H G Rydings of Mansfield, who formerly resided in Macclesfield with his parents, has died at the Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, hants, from wounds received in action in the Dardanelles, where he was serving with the 7th Royal Munster Fusiliers.
WOUNDED MAN CARRIED COMRADE A MILE
Private William Dobson, “C” Company, 7th Cheshires, son of Mr Albert Dobson, 192 Crompton Rd, has written home stating that he has been wounded. He says: “You will have heard about Jim Gilday; also of Jack Clarke being shot in the eye. I have been wounded in the shoulder and fore-arm. Jack Rothwell was wounded at the same time as myself. We were carrying in John Smallwood at the time; I carried him away from the firing line for over a mile, and did all that was in my power to save him, but to no avail.”
BULLET THROUGH THE NECK
Mrs Clara Taylor, 15 Boden St, has received a letter from her son, Private Arthur Taylor, 7th Cheshires, in which he states that he has been wounded in the neck with a bullet.
ONE OF FOUR BROTHERS WOUNDED
Mrs Belfield, 8 Hollins Terrace, has received a War office intimation that her husband, Private W Belfield, 7th Cheshires, has sustained a gunshot wound in the right side of the lower jaw. Mrs Belfield has also had a letter from her husband, who is now in a London Hospital, stating that he is progressing nicely. Private Belfield has four brothers serving with the forces: James and Joseph, RAMC, John, 1/7th Ches Regt (in the Dardanelles) and Thomas, 2/7th Ches Regt (stationed at Bedford).
ON HIS FEET AGAIN
Lance-Corporal Harry Lovatt, 1/7th Cheshires, son of Mr H Lovatt, 234 Hurdsfield Rd, has been shot in the right buttock and is now in the Royal Naval Hospital, Malta. Writing to his wife, he states, “I was wounded on the third day I was in the trenches. I am now on my feet again and I don’t think it will be long before I return tot eh ‘hell-hole’.”
Mr John Goldthorpe, 115 Vincent St, has received news that his son, Private Harold Goldthorpe, 7th Ches, has been wounded in the neck in teh Dardanelles.
SHRAPNEL AND ENTERIC
Mrs Beard, 3 Henderson St, has received news that her husband, Private Harry Beard, 7th Ches, has been wounded in the Dardanelles and is now in hospital in Manchester. Private Beard received a shrapnel wound in the thigh and since his arrival in England has had an attack of enteric [typhoid] fever.
WOUNDED IN FOUR PLACES
Lance-Corporal J F Wellings, son of Councillor Joseph Wellings, who was wounded in the Dardanelles, arrived in England on Monday from Alexandria and is now in hospital in Manchester. He was struck by two bullets, which caused four wounds, and is reported to be making satisfactory progress.
SON WOUNDED, FATHER SERVING
Private J Pownall, son of Private and Mrs Pownall of 8 Arbourhay St was wounded in the hand by a sniper on Aug 21st and is now in Netley Hospital. Private Pownall’s father is an old soldier who enlisted in the 2nd Royal Cheshire Militia in March 1881 and transferred to the Cheshire Regt as a bandsman in July 1885, serving until 1906. He re-enlisted last May and is now serving at the depot of the Cheshire Regt.
LETTER FROM THE FRONT
Private G H Birchenough 7th Cheshires, has written to his parents, Mr and Mrs J Birchenough, Victoria Park, Buxton Rd: “This afternoon we were in the sea for a bath; it was grand. I have just changed my shirt, vest and socks. The socks I had to give up to the sea, for they were past mending after three weeks. I received a ‘Macclesfield Times’ on Friday and it is a treat to get news of the old town.”
MACCLESFIELD STRETCHER BEARER’S DESCRIPTION
Bandsman J Fawkner, 38 Chester Rd, serving as a stretcher bearer with the 7th Cheshires, wrote on 28th August to his uncle, Mr J Hadfield: “It is almost as bad being at the base as in the firing line, as they often shell us. The only difference is, there are no snipers here. The country is all thick furze bushes and low bushy trees – just the spot for snipers. I have had one or two thrilling times with them. You are marching along nice and quiet with your stretcher when ping! there comes a pill past you. You can’t run with a man on a stretcher.
The climate is about the rottenest I have been in – baking hot in the day and just the opposite at night. I had the misfortune to get my shirt ripped off my back. I was about nine days without a shirt and then a sergeant gave me one. Of course, I had three in my valise, but they were at the base. being there now, I hope to get a change after three weeks, and a bath. But it takes all the delights of bathing away when they start shelling you; it is not as safe as Llandudno.”