Bygone news: 1 Oct 1915 – The Macclesfield Times

News from the Macclesfield Times and East Cheshire Observer of Friday 1st October 1915.

Our Gallant “Terriers” – Names of Killed, Wounded and Missing



It is worthy of note that the casualty lists issued this week contain the names of some of the local Territorials who were wounded in the first advance seven weeks ago. A number of them had recovered from their injuries in English hospitals and rejoined, after a period of sick leave, before the fact of their having been wounded was officially recorded.


Second-Lieut. Ernest McKay, 41 Hollins Rd


Corporal Fred Hudson, 51 Gurnett
Private Thomas Hudson, 2 Daisy Bank
Private George Lovatt, 8 Cotton St
Private J Lovatt, 8 Cotton St
2546 Private H Vigrass, 15 Henry St
Private Samuel Parker, 39 Armitt St
Private S Houghton, 26 Allen St


Private Vernon Hooley, 20 Prestbury Rd
Private George Gannon, 11 Fountain St
Private F Hurst, 79 Roe St



Little fresh news has come to hand this week concerning the doings of the 1/7th Battalion Cheshire Regiment in the Dardanelles. Casualties, however, continue to be notified, and it is our painful duty to record the death of Second-Lieut. Ernest McKay, who has been killed in action. He came from a family of fighters, and his mother, who resides in Hollins Road, Macclesfield, has sacrificed much for the cause of King and Country. She lost a son in the South African War; her husband, who also served in that campaign, died shortly after being invalided home; and two sons have now been killed in the present war. Mrs McKay has three other sons serving, and the deepest sympathy is extended to her in her sad bereavement.



Mr E A Shaw, silk manufacturer, has three sons who are fighting in the Dardanelles. Two of them are with the 1/7th Cheshires and the third is serving in the 8th Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Sergeant Leonard Shaw and Corporal Bernard Shaw sailed with the 1/7th battalion from this country, but were amongst a small party of the battalion who remained behind in Alexandria and did not take part in the landing at Suvla Bay. They have since been removed to the Peninsula, however, and have shared with their comrades in the warfare of the trenches. Mr Shaw’s third son, Lance-Corporal Edward Shaw, reached Gallipoli with the 8th Welsh a fortnight before the 7th Cheshires. He spent three weeks in the trenches, and shortly afterwards, whilst at the base, had the pleasure of a chance meeting with his brother Bernard.



Private H. Vigrass, 1/7th Batt. Cheshire Regt., 15 Henry St, has been wounded in the right leg while fighting in the Dardanelles. He was conveyed to England and is now in hospital at Epsom, where he is making satisfactory progress. His brother, Rifleman J. Vigrass, who was serving with the Rifle Brigade in France, has been wounded in the thigh. He is now in hospital at Southampton. Two more brothers are in the 7th Cheshires, one with the Battalion in the Dardanelles and the other in training at Bedford.



Lance-Corporal J F Wellings, son of Councillor Joseph Wellings, who was wounded in the Dardanelles some weeks ago, is now in Hurdsfield House Hospital. He was struck during the night time by two bullets, which caused four wounds, and spent some time in hospitals at Malta and Manchester.



Official notification has been received by Mr Matthew Hudson, 51 Gurnett, that his son, Corporal Fred Hudson, 1/7th Batt Cheshire Regt. has been wounded in three fingers of the right hand. Two fingers have been amputated. Corporal Hudson is 19 years of age and was formerly under-gardener to Mr Harold W Whiston J.P. He was educated at St James’ School and attended St James’ Church. He is a well-known boxer, being the champion of the regiment. Corporal Hudson has six relatives serving with the colours.



Private S. Houghton, 26 Allen St, has been wounded in the Dardanelles. Twenty-nine years of age, he joined the Territorials shortly after the outbreak of war, and was attached to the machine-gun section.
In a letter, dated September 6th to his aunt, Mrs Gee, 13 Mount Terrace, he states, “Things are quiet round our front at present, but we had it pretty hot the first few days we were here. These are the times when a man says his prayers, if he has never said them before. We were down at the base the other Sunday and had service. It seemed like the old camp times, but the Turks sent us a few shells for the collection box.



Mr George Lovatt, 8 Cotton St, has received official intimation that his two sons, Private George and Private J. Lovatt, 1/7th Batt. Cheshire Regt. have been wounded. George, who is 24 years of age, was shot int he knee on September 21st and is receiving treatment in hospital at Malta. He was in the Territorials prior to the outbreak of war, and formerly worked for Mr Bettanny, joiner and builder. He received his education at St Peter’s School and attended the Parish Church.
His brother is 19 years of age and enlisted last April. He went to the Dardanelles in June, and was hit on August 9th in the leg and side. He is at present in hospital at Eastham, England. He attended the same school and place of worship as his brother.



Mrs Parker, 39 Armitt St, has received news that her husband, Private Samuel parker, 1/7th Cheshires, has been wounded. He is now in hospital in London. Private Parker is 29 years of age and enlisted in January. His wound, which was in the right hand, has necessitated the amputation of the first finger. Before joining the army, private Parker was employed as an engine-man by Mr H T Hambleton, J.P., at Paradise Mills.



Private Thomas Hudson, 7th Cheshires, son of Mrs Sarah Hudson, 2 Daisy Bank, is officially reported as seriously ill. He is lying in the Metropolitan Hospital, Whitchurch. Private Hudson was taken ill in the trenches. He is 19 years of age and joined the colours in January, being previously employed at Messrs Backhouse & Coppock’s Mill, Sutton. He was one of the caddies on the golf links.
Private Hudson has two brothers in the army: Samuel, 7th Cheshires, and Charles, 9th Cheshires (in France).


MISSING MEN: anxious relatives in Macclesfield

Official intimation has been received on Saturday by Inspector Hooley, of the Macclesfield Police Force, who resides at 70 Prestbury Rd, that his son, Private Vernon Hooley, of “C” Company, 7th Cheshire Regt., now serving in the Dardanelles, is reported missing. From private enquiries Inspector Hooley learns that his son has been missing since the landing of the Battalion at Suvla Bay. he is naturally very anxious to ascertain his whereabouts, and would be glad of any information that other members of the Battalion may be able to give.

Private George Gannon, only son of Mr and Mrs Gannon, 11 Fountain St, is alos reported as missing since August 9th. His parents would be grateful for any news of their missing son, who is only 20 years of age.

Mr J Hurst, 79 Roe St, has received information that his son, Private F. Hurst, 7th Cheshires, is missing. Private Hurst, who is 19 years of age, enlisted about 12 months ago and was formerly employed by Mr T J Donohue, Macclesfield.



A memorial service to the late Private H Hazeldine, 1/7th Batt. Cheshire Regt., of 29 Chapel St, Macclesfield, who was recently killed in action, was conducted at the Bourne Primitive Methodist Chapel on Sunday night be the Rev. Philip A Evans (circuit Minister). The preacher took for his text the words “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”



Information has reached Macclesfield this week that Corporal Albert Birch, 9th Cheshire Regt (machine-gun section), younger son of Mrs Birch, Chatham St, has been killed in action in France. The intimation was contained in a letter from the deceased’s brother Edward, who is a Corporal in the same regiment.
The late Corporal Birch was 24 years of age and was educated at Lord St School. He was apprenticed to the hairdressing business under Mr J H Fearn, Chestergate, and about five years ago took up employment on the railway at Warrington. The deceased attended the Spiritualist Free Church, Cumberland St. He enlisted in the New Army shortly after the outbreak of the war along with his brother. Corporal ALbert Birch was one of the “Macclesfield Chums”, the others being Messrs. Philip Gaskell, Edward Birch, Corbishley and Shaw.



Gunner Stanley Wilcox, Royal Garrison Artillery, in a letter from France on 22nd September writes: “We sleep in a dug-out, and we have mice, rats, frogs, flies, caterpillars and all manner of creeping things. The rats live in the hollow of a tree in the daytime… in the night they take a walk round on the roof of the dug-out and then fall on your face.”



Councillor F Beard, Peel St, has this week received a letter from Sapper Stanley Flanagan, Beech lane, who is serving in the Dardanelles with the telegraph section of a Manchester Territorial Regiment. Sapper Flanagan states: “We received your parcel at a very opportune time. The articles are just what we are most in need of, and Gordon (the writer’s brother) joins me most heartily in thanking you. We have moved slightly, and are now right on the coast. It is an excellent position and we are lulled to sleep each night by the sound of waves instead of that infernal croaking of frogs and whistling of grasshoppers. We now occupy a fairly safe place and do not get any shells here.”



Mr and Mrs Wadsworth, Park Lane, have received two letters fromt heir son, Private Walter Wadsworth, a drummer in the 8th Cheshires. He went out to the Dardanelles in June, and write from hospital at Malta, where he is lying wounded: “I am still alive and kicking, at least in one leg, and hope to be kicking with the other soon. They took the bullet out the other day; it had gone straight through the bone and joint in my hip and stopped between my legs at the top, so it will be a few days before I am walking about again. They look after us well here. Ladies visit us regularly, bringing books and papers – in fact, the people of Malta are regular toppers. Lord Methuen and his daughter visited us the other day.”
Private Wadsworth days he was wounded about ten yards from the spot where Sergeant Sidney Clowes, also from Macclesfield, was killed. “I have been very lucky. Only a couple of days before [I was hit], my mate and I were buried with a high explosive. When we were pulled out, he had a wound in the head and one of his arms was smashed in such a manner that I think he will have to have it amputated. I thought that was a near go for me; it took me about half an hour to find out who and where I was, it shook me up so.”



Private J H Worrall, of the 6th East Lancs, son of Mrs Wilshaw, 22 Bank St, has been wounded in the Dardanelles and is now in hospital at Alexandria. Before enlisting in September, Private Worrall, who is 20 years of age, was employed by Messrs Waite & Sons, Manchester.



Children in the senior department of St George’s School each contributed a penny on Empire Day for the purpose of buying tobacco and cigarettes for the soldiers and sailors on active service at the front. The sum realised was remitted to the Overseas Club, London, through whom the parcels of smokes, etc were dispatched to the troops. The following card has been received at the school from A E Ainsworth, King’s Own Regiment: “Many thanks for the tobacco and cigarettes. How fine is the patriotism of the children! It makes one feel proud of them.”



Mr Wilfred Proctor, second son of Mr Robert Proctor, J.P., has received his commission as a Second-Lieutenant in the 2/5th North Staffordshire Regiment.
Mr J Bethell Jones, has received a commission in the Army Service Corps.
Mr Guy Fortune, son of Mr James Fortune, of the National provident Institution, Manchester; Mr Horsfield, son of Mr W J Horsfield, Upton Park; Mr Midwood, son of Mr Norris Midwood; and Mr Agnew, son of Mr Harold Agnew, have all obtained commissions in the Manchester Artillery.
Staff-Sergeant George Goodwin, son of Mr and Mrs T Goodwin, North View, Rainow, was gazetted on Tuesday as a Second-Lieutenant in the Cheshire Regiment.
Staff-Sergeant Harry Hayes, 2/7th Batt Cheshire Regt., second son of Mr J W Hayes, Hollin Bank, has been granted a commission in the regiment. He enlisted twelve months ago and is only 19 years of age.



Mrs S E Dixon, Fern Lea, Chester Rd, who has undertaken the despatch of parcels to the men of the 1/7th Batt Cheshire Regt at the Dardanelles, writes that parcels will be received next week at her residence on Thursday, the 7th inst. only, from 7 to 10pm. Mrs Dixon is now sending out three or four sacks per week, and the parcels are reaching the men in good condition.



Large crowds lined the route along Willow Street on Thursday afternoon to witness the funeral of Private E. Whitter, aged 19 years, son of Mr and Mrs Allen Whitter of Congleton. Private Whitter joined the Cheshire Regiment some months ago, but owing to illness entered the Liverpool Hospital, where he died a few days ago.



Private Jow Lomas, of Gawsworth, has been wounded in the recent fighting at Hooge. Private Lomas was formerly employed by Mr Frank Thompson at the Gawsworth Mill.



John Rose was one of the first to answer his country’s call and went out with the British Expeditionary Force in August of last year. He fell at Mons with a shattered leg and was eventually discovered to be a prisoner of war in hospital at Frankfurt. After twelve months he came to London from a Dutch port as one of a number of prisoners released by the German Government, since when he has been at the London General (No 3) Hospital, Wandsworth, and at a convalescent home at Weybridge.
But there was much music and mirth on Tuesday evening when the wanderer was expected home, and though the hour was late, owing to some delay in the train services, the village refused to go to bed until, at nearly half past eleven, the car arrived.
After a month in England Private John Rose looks none the worse for the experiences of the past year, and there is every reason to believe that in time he will be able to walk about without artificial assistance.


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