Bygone news: 1 Sep 1916 – The Macclesfield Times

News from the Macclesfield Times and East Cheshire Observer of Friday 1st September 1916.

Roll of Honour; Military Tribunal Appeals



We regret to state that on Sunday Mrs Brocklehurst, 58 Saville St, off Copper St, Macclesfield, received an official intimation that her son, Private Harry Brocklehurst, of the Cheshire Regt, died of disease in India on August 9th…


Lieut Edward Melland Schill died on 25th August of wounds received the same day. He was 25 years of age and was the eldest and only surviving son of Mr and Mrs C H Schill, Croston Towers, Alderley Edge, and formerly of Macclesfield…


We regret to state that Private Samuel Hooley, of the Army Service Corps, whose wife and two children reside at 73 Bank St, Macclesfield, is lying seriously ill in hospital in France as the result of an accident on August 17th. His wife and mother returned on Wednesday afternoon from a visit to him… Private Hooley met with his mishap on August 17th, when he was found lying on the road with a fractured skull. He was removed to hospital at Le Treport, where no hopes of his recovery were entertained. So serious was his condition that the next day the War Office wired to his wife asking if she would care to go over to France to see her husband. Mrs Hooley telegraphed a reply in the affirmative, and full instructions were sent regarding the journey.

Accompanied by her husband’s mother, who lives at 31 Boden St, Mrs Hooley left for London on the Sunday morning, arriving about 5 o’clock. They spent the night at the YWCA rooms and on the Sunday afternoon left Charing Cross for Folkestone in a troop train, which was crowded with soldiers who were going to the Front. Among the passengers were other relatives on the same sad errand as themselves. Almost immediately after boarding the boat they were in touch with the workers of the YMCA, and from that point to the arrival back in London several days later, they were closely linked up with the wonderful agency created by the Association for cases like theirs.

Upon disembarking at Boulogne tea was served, and then began an eighty miles’ journey to the hospital, which they reached at two o’clock in the morning. A visit was paid to the ward in which Private Hooley was lying, after which the travellers were escorted to a large country house, which has been placed at the disposal of the YMCA for the accommodation of relatives of the wounded soldiers. Here they took up their abode for nearly a week and spent a pleasant time… Mrs Hooley and her mother-in-law enjoyed the best of food, four meals being served each day… IN the hostel are a large number of YMCA workers, both male and female, and everything possible is done for the comfort of the guests… Excellent sleeping accommodation was provided, and the only work the visitors are required to undertake is the washing up after meals, and the making of their own beds. During her stay, Mrs Hooley visited her husband thrice daily, the hospital being situated very close, and she conversed with him during his periods of consciousness…

…the ladies have brought back a collection of vies, which show palatial hotels and other buildings now converted into hospitals. There are English, French and Canadian hospitals… An impressive sight are the soldiers’ cemeteries… Owing tot he presence of so many soldiers and English people, Mrs Hooley experienced no difficulty in finding her way about…

All the travelling expenses were defrayed by the War Office, except the mother’s rail fare from Macclesfield to Folkestone, and the YMCA furnished them with free board and lodging for the whole period of their stay… Mrs Hooley had the satisfaction of knowing, when she departed for home on Monday, that her husband was progressing as favourably as could be expected, considering the serious injuries he has sustained, and she was informed that… he would be removed to England in a short time…

Private Hooley is a Macclesfield man, 36 years of age, and had previously served seven years in the Army Ordnance Corps. He joined when he was 18. Private Hooley took part in the Boer War, being out in South Africa three and a half years, and he finished his time with the colours in Ireland. He joined the Army Service Corps immediately the present war broke out, and has been in France, attached to the motor transport, for nearly two years. Prior to enlistment he carried on business as a baker in Bank Street.


Mrs Rollinson, 3 Preston St, Macclesfield, has received information that her husband, Private Amos Rollinson, South Lancashire Regt, has been wounded. Private Rollinson has been serving in France for twelve months… the Private was wounded in the left hand and arm by an exploding shell, and he is now in hospital, where he is progressing favourably.


Corporal W Wootton, who served with the Cheshire Regt in the Dardanelles, and is now with the Welsh Division Cyclists in Egypt, has sent home an interesting letter describing the appearance of the first enemy aircraft in the desert. Corporal Wootton… is the son of Sergt. Wootton, 6 Little St, Macclesfield…


Private Richard Chadwick, a former Macclesfield postman, who is serving on an ambulance train in France, has sent us a group photograph of the officers and men forming the staff of his train… Private Chadwick… met the Rev A C Evans, vicar of St George’s, Macclesfield, at Rouen, and he also paid a visit to a former Salvation Army officer in Macclesfield who is now working in France.



An important pronouncement… was made by the Mayor… “a warning should go… to those men who are granted exemption with the stipulation that they must regularly attend drills with the Volunteers… if the conditions are not complied with, it will tell against future applications… many of those who have been ordered to attend drills with the Volunteers are rather lax…”


The Town Clerk mentioned that John Moxon Nesbitt, the local conscientious objector whose case ahd been dealt with by the Pelham Committee, had been to see him. He stated that he was working on a farm at Pott Shrigley and wanted to know if he could stay there…  A letter had been received from the Secretary of the Pelham Committee stating that Nesbitt was written to on August 18th, and advised to find work on a farm twnety miles or more from Macclesfield… The farmer in whose employ Nesbitt is wrote that Nesbitt had been on the farm six weeks. It was rather unfair to take him away for someone else to benefit from the training he had received, especially at a time when labour was very scarce and the corn harvest was upon him… The Town Clerk said Nesbitt was told to go to a farm at Spalding…. Alderman Frost: I don’t like upsetting the farmer, but I have a strong objection to Nesbitt dictating to us as to where he shall go… the Tribunal agreed to allow Nesbitt to remain on the farm at Pott Shrigley until September 30th, by which time the corn harvest will be over.


The Macclesfield Board of Guardians and Rural District Council appealed for the exemption of their assistant clerk, Mr Frank Harrison, whose knowledge and skill… rendered him indispensable… Mr Harrison, in addition to having charge of the accounts of the Union and District Council, is responsible for the accountancy in connection with the auxiliary military hospital, and is also engaged in the registration work for the rural district. He has been in his present employment four years and is 39 years of age and married. Alderman Bradley… stated that Mr Harrison was indispensable. Lieut. Collins stated that Mr Harrison’s work in connection with the national registration was practically of a military character. Conditional exemption for six months was granted to Mr Harrison upon his remaining in his present occupation…


Arthur Lane, a married man of 31, bootmaker and repairer, 66 Derby St, claimed exemption on the ground that he was an ordained minister of the gospel, stating that he had been a minister for seven years… applicant said he had only put down his trade as a stop-gap. He was not claiming as a conscientious objector.

The Mayor: The only grounds you are appealing on are these religious ones? [Reply] – Ministerial Grounds.

Alderman Frost: Are you prepared to take up work of a national nature? [Reply] – It depends what kind of work it is… If it is any work that will help me to shed the blood of any man I refuse it absolutely.

Alderman Bradley: We cannot select the work.
Lieut. Collins: You said… you had not a conscientious objection, and that you objected on ministerial grounds. It is obvious from your answers to Alderman Frost’s questions that you have a conscientious objection. [Reply] That may be… It stands to reason that a man who preaches the Gospel cannot either shed blood or help others to do it.

A certificate for non-combatant service was granted…


An application was made by a nineteen year old dyer, who stated that he had four brothers in the Army. One had been presumed to have been killed, another was serving in France, and the other two were training in England. The application was disallowed.
A firm of lithographers applied for a machine man, aged 23, who was said to be the only man in Macclesfield who could do such work. He was highly skilled and it was impossible to procure a substitute… Disallowed, but not to eb called up before September 30th.
Messrs. Backhouse & Coppock, Sutton Mills, appealed for a cashier, aged 21, who was claimed to be indispensable because of the special knowledge he had of the conditions of the business… The firm had a lady typist, who could not do the book-keeping. Disallowed, not to be called up before September 30th.

Exemption was asked for by the British Automobile Traction Co on behalf of their only lathe hand and turner, and the Tribunal allowed three months.

The case of a widower with two children, who is employed as a carpenter.. was adjourned sine die, and a farmer with six children was conditionally exempted for three months.


Bygone news: 1 Sep 1916 – The Macclesfield Times — 2 Comments

  1. Fascinating my grandfather John James Poyser would have been of conscription age but never joined up was this because he was a fireman and sometimes driver on the North Staffordshire railway? He was Macclesfield born and by the outbreak of war was married to Alice Frisk, they lived on Brunswick Hill where my dad Eric was born in 1914.

  2. It’s possible that the railway company applied for exemption for him – they needed staff to keep the trains running.

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