News from the Macclesfield Times and East Cheshire Observer of Friday 8th September 1916.
Gallantry Rewarded; Roll of Honour; Other News
CORPORATION CLERK’S HONOUR – MILITARY MEDAL FOR SERGT ALBINSON
His friends will be delighted to learn that Sergeant Arthur Albinson, who up to the time of his enlistment was engaged as a clerk in the Sanitary Department of the Macclesfield Corporation has been decorated with the Military Medal in recognition of gallantry at Pozieres on August 3rd. He is the fourth local recipient of the honour, the other three Macclesfield men being Lance-Sergt Hordern, Fountain St, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry; Sergt-Major Bown, of the Canadian Contingent; and Lance-Corporal Fred Stewart, High St, of the Royal Engineers. Sergt Albinson is serving with the Royal Fusiliers… He has also communicated the informatioin to his sister, Mrs A Davies, 1 Barton St, with whom he resided…. Sergt Albinson, who is 22 years of age, is the son of Mr Joseph Albinson, of St George’s St… He enlisted on June 7th, 1915 in the Public Schools’ Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and has been in France since last November… Sergeant Albinson’s cousin, Lieut H A Seel, Cheshire Regt, was killed in the Dardanelles last year, and another cousin is Mr T Mellor, assistant secretary to the Macclesfield Borough Education Committee, who is now serving in the Royal Flying Corps.
ROLL OF HONOUR
PRIVATE F H KERSHAW
Official intimation of the death from wounds of Private Fred Haynes Kershaw, of the Manchester Regt, was received by his relatives in Macclesfield… The deceased was the son of the late Mr Edwin Kershaw, of Macclesfield, where Private Kershaw was born 27 years ago… His mother, who lived in Cottage St, died last Christmas and one married and two unmarried sister now reside in Crompton Rd. Private Kershaw leaves as wife and four young children in Manchester, where he was employed on the railway prior to enlisting… The deceased joined the Army at the beginning of the war and went to France last November. He was in the machine-gun section of the Manchesters, and a comrade, who is now in the Whitworth St Hospital, Manchester, has written stating that Private Kershaw was riddled with bullets…
FIGHTING FAMILY’S LOSS – OFFICER’S TRIBUTE TO “A POPULAR HERO”
Information reached Mrs Whitney, 1 Brunswick square, Cuckstoolpit Hill, this week that her husband, Sergt Henry Whitney, of the Australian Expeditionary Force, was killed in France on August 20th… the following letter from his captain: “I regret that… your husband was killed at Pozieres on August 20th. A large shell burst int he trench, killing Sergeant Whitney instantaneously… Sergt Whitney was a brave, quiet, competent and reliable leader…”
Sergt Whitney… was born in Macclesfield 34 years ago and was educated at St Alban’s School and attended the Catholic Church. For eleven years he was employed as a stoker at Macclesfield Gasworks. He fought in the South African War. He emigrated to Australia four years ago and his wife and two children were about to join him when war broke out. Sergt Whitney… was drafted to the Dardanelles. After the evacuation he was transferred to France…
Mrs Whitney is a daughter of Mr Samuel Bennett of Cuckstoolpit Hill, four of whose sons are in the forces… Mr Bennett, too, is an ex-soldier. He was connected for a long period with the Macclesfield Militia and went out to the South African War. On the outbreak of the present war he joined the Royal Engineers, with whom he was on service for ten months in France, holding the rank of Corporal. He has now been discharged from the army on account of rheumatism and is hoping shortly to secure employment on munition work. His eldest son is Sergeant John Bennett, Cheshire Regt, now stationed at Oswestry. Some time ago he was wounded with shrapnel in the left arm. Thirty-two years of age, Sergt. Bennett was formerly employed as a foreman at the Corporation gasworks. He was educated at St Paul’s School and was at one time a well-known local footballer. Corpl. Samuel Bennett, Cheshire Regt, is also at Oswestry. He took part with the local Territorials at the landing at Suvla Bay and was subsequently invalided home from Egypt. Prior to enlisting he was employed as a fireman at Parkside Asylum. Driver William Bennett is in France with the Army Service Corps. He is 24 years of age and was in the employ of the Great Central Railway Company. Sergeant Lance Bennett, the youngest son, is in Egypt with the Cheshire Regiment. His age is 23, and he was employed at the Lower Heyes Mill.
Several of Mrs Whitney’s relatives are also on active service, and the family have other military connections. An uncle, the late Mr J Grant, formerly of Macclesfield, served 22 years in the Staffordshire Regt, in which he held the rank of Quartermaster-Sergeant. He took part in the Zulu War. Mrs Whitney’s great-grandfather, Mr John Brookfield, fought at Waterloo with the Shropshire Light Infantry. He died at the age of 82. Mr J Grant, of Shrigley St, Macclesfield, another relative, went through the South African campaign with the 4th Cheshires.
ASYLUM MUSICIAN’S END – PARKSIDE STAFF LOSES ANOTHER MEMBER
Information reached Parkside Asylum on Sunday that Private Edward Bowler, a former attendant at the institution, had been killed in action in France, where he was serving with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers… The news of his death, which was conveyed in a letter from his mother in Ireland, was received with mcuh rgeret. Private Bowler was about 25 years of age, and his father was an attendant at Parkside some twenty years ago. Deceased was formerly in the RWF, and he had been at the Asylum about twelve months when war broke out… [he] was spending a holiday in Ireland and joined up without returning to Macclesfield… He was drafted out to France, where some months ago he was badly wounded in the leg. he underwent hospital treatment at Liverpool, and a few weeks ago paid a visit to… the Asylum. Private Bowler was a good musician, and was connected with the Asylum orchestra… Deceased was a flute player… His cousin, Nurse Mellor, is also engaged at the institution…
RECRUITING OFFICER’S SON WOUNDED
A letter has been received this week by Sergeant-Major Hamilton, of the Macclesfield Recruiting Office, stating that his son, Second Corporal Hamilton, of the Signalling Section, Royal Engineers, is in a convalescent camp at Boulogne. He has been suffering from shell shock, which caused a fracture of the jaw… The plucky Corporal has been in France over twelve months… Corporal Hamilton is a carpenter and joiner, and for some time followed his trade in London. Immediately prior to enlistment he was employed by Mr B Cooke, builder, of Buxton Rd.
MACCLESFIELD MOTHER’S SUSPENSE
Mrs Bailey, 21 Prestbury Rd, Macclesfield, is anxiously awaiting tidings concerning her only son, Private Charles Bailey, of the Liverpool Scottish… Private Bailey… has been unofficially reported as missing, and letters received from comrades, including Private Burgess, another Macclesfield man (who, prior to enlistment, was engaged as a clerk with Mr A S Turner, auctioneer) leave little room for doubt that Private Bailey was injured in a charge made shortly after he entered the trenches… Private Bailey is 22 years of age and the only son of Mrs Bailey and the late Mr W Bailey, pork butcher, Chestergate, who died last April. He was educated at the Modern School and formerly assisted his father in the business. Joining the Liverpool Scottish in February, along with Private Burgess, he was drafted out to France a few weeks ago…
SOUTH AFRICAN VOLUNTEER WOUNDED
Mrs Westwood, 35 Shaw St, Macclesfield, has received official information that her nephew, Private Percy Gordon Westwood, of the South African contingent, was badly wounded in France on August 28th. He was struck with shrapnel in both legs, and it has been found necessary to amputate the right limb below the knee. Private Westwood, who is 20 years of age and stands over six feet in height, is the son of Mr William Westwood, who went out to South Africa from Macclesfield more than thirty years ago. He is a brother of Mr J Westwood, plumber, King Edward St. Mr W Westwood is now settled in Pietermaritzburg and has six sons and one daughter. His wife died many years ago, following which his sister from Macclesfield joined him and has since been acting as his housekeeper. Private Westwood joined the South African last year and came over to England in March, this being his first visit. Two of his brothers served in German West Africa and another is fighting in German East Africa… Mrs Westwood, Shaw St, has two sons, a son-in-law, and ten nephews serving… One of her sons is in France and the other took part in the Gallipoli campaign and was afterwards transferred to Egypt.
CANADIAN SOLDIER PREACHER
On Sunday evening the large congregation at St George’s Street Baptist Church had the unique pleasure of listening to an inspiring discourse delivered by a sturdy young soldier wearing the uniform of His Majesty’s Canadian forces. The preacher is the son of the Rev F A Steven, and grandson of the late Mr Walter Steven, of Mayfield House, Park Lane, Macclesfield. His father, now residing in Toronto, has been engaged in connection with the China Inland Mission for more than thirty-three years… Sapper W T Steven was a student at McMaster’s University, Toronto…
The casualty lists issued this week include the names of the following Macclesfield men:-
Killed: Private W R Leigh, Manchester Regt.
Wounded: Co Sergt-Major A Hayes, Lance-Corporal C Norbury, Privates J Newsome and J Pyatt, Cheshire Regt.
Missing: Private J E Cooper, South Lancashire Regt.
OUR WOUNDED GUESTS – RECREATION INSTITUTE OPENED
A real need of the wounded soldiers in Macclesfield has been met by the Wesleyan community in the establishment of an admirably-equipped Institute for recreation at their Trinity School premises. Gratifying success attended the inauguration of the scheme on Monday afternoon when the large attendance of soldiers – nearly 120 – was distinctly encouraging to the promoters. “It’s all right and just what the men wanted,” was the remark one heard… Excellent provision has been made for reading, writing, games, etc and there are two billiard tables… In addition to the wounded men, all soldiers in khaki and sailors will be welcomed… Private Wigglesworth, a Leeds man, who prior to enlistment was a professional pianist, entertained the company…
GUESTS OF THE YMCA
The Committee of the Macclesfield branch of the YMCA, Mill St, have placed their rooms and facilities at the disposal of the wounded soldiers free of charge.
THE PRESTBURY ROAD HOSPITAL
At the Prestbury Road Auxiliary Military Hospital, Mr J A Osborn, of the Macclesfield Grammar School, delivered and entertaining lecture to the wounded soldiers on “New Zealand.” The lecture was illustrated with some fine lantern views. On Saturday night an enjoyable whist drive was held…