Bygone news: 6 Oct 1916 – The Macclesfield Times

News from the Macclesfield Times and East Cheshire Observer of Friday 6th October 1916.

Roll of Honour; Other News



The local casualty list continues to grow, and… more Macclesfield men… have fallen in battle. Amongst the latest additions to the Roll of Honour is Private H Cundiff, of Sutton, who joined under the Derby scheme. Sergeant Tom Roscoe, a Macclesfield young man with the Australian forces, was killed just before he was due to leave the trenches for London, with a view to qualifying in an instructional school as an officer… details of Bugler-Sergeant Daniels, Australian contingent… were published last week. He was the son of Mr Henry Daniels, Lord Street, and before emigrating to Australia seven years ago, was employed on the railway. His widow, whose maiden name was Miss Cresswell, of Sutton, is now in Sydney.



… Mr and Mrs H E Smale, Hurdsfield Cottage, Macclesfield, have received… an official notification that the death in action has now been presumed of their only surviving son, Mr Leslie Crozier Smale (aged 19), who was missing since the Battle of Loos, September 25th, last year… Mr Leslie Smale – a grandson of the late Mr John Smale, C.C., on his father’s side, and of Mr John Jackson, for many years headmaster of the Modern school, on his mother’s side – was an old Shrewsbury boy, and on October 5th, 1914, he joined the 5th Battalion of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, along with 40 other patriotic old Salopians. He went out to France in May last year, and a couple of months later was wounded… He quickly returned to trench duty, and took part with his regiment in the Loos offensive…



After enduring the hardships of two years’ continuous fighting in three climes, Sergeant Tom Roscoe… serving with the Australian Imperial Force, has… fallen on the field in France. News of his death reached his parents, Mr and Mrs C Roscoe, 71 Prestbury Rd, Macclesfield, on Wednesday… the sergeant… had been nominated for admission to an Instructional School for Officers in London. He should have left France for that purpose on the day he was laid to rest… deceased was killed near Ypres by a rifle grenade on Sept 27th… Sergeant Roscoe’s father is the goods agent at the Hibel Rd Railway Station, Macclesfield, and his grandfather, the late Mr George Roscoe, was for many years the Superintendent of the West park. Educated at the Modern School, he afterwards entered the employ of the London & North-Western Railway Company, and was engaged as a booking-clerk at the Macclesfield and North Rode stations. Seven years ago, when he was only 18 years of age, he emigrated to Australia, where he was married shortly before leaving for active service. On the outbreak of war he enlisted in Sydney and served in Gallipoli… from the first landing to the evacuation… on leaving the peninsula… was drafted straight to Egypt… Last June he was transferred to France and spent a few days with his parents in Macclesfield during Barnaby…



Private Harry Cundiff, whose mother resides at Church View Terrace, Sutton Lane Ends, near Macclesfield, has died on active service… the young soldier was the eldest and main support of a family of seven… the Matron of NO 3 British General Hospital, Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, Basra, has written to the bereaved mother… “Private Harry Cundiff died here on August 26th from dysentery… He was admitted on August 10th, having been taken ill on board the ship while coming here from India…” Private Cundiff was 22 years of age last June. His father was the landlord of the Lamb Inn, Sutton, where he died suddenly five years ago, and Mrs Cundiff carried on the business until two months ago, when she went to reside at Church View. As stated, she was left with seven children – five boys and two girls – of whom deceased was the eldest. He was educated at St James’ School under Mr Buckley F. Moffatt, and upon leaving took up employment at Messrs. Wm. Whiston & Sons, Langley Print Works, where he had remained ever since. Last January he was called up under the Derby scheme and posted to the Cheshire Regt, and after training at Birkenhead and Bidston went out with a draft to India. Upon arrival the draft received orders to re-embark for Egypt, and on the way there the deceased was taken ill. Private Cundiff formerly sang in the choir at St James’, where he was also the organ blower. He was extremely fond of fishing, which was his chief hobby, and as a member of the Victoria Angling Society, Macclesfield, he had won many prizes… While in the Army he signed the War Roll of the YMCA. His mother has received… [a] sympathetic message from her son’s colleagues in the cutting-rooms of the Langley Print Works… A letter of sympathy has also been sent by the Angling Society, and the Secretary (Mr A E Brown) states that ten members out of 30 are serving with the colours, Private Cundiff being the first to lose his life.



News has been received by Mr and Mrs H Wilson, 9 Hawthorn Street, Macclesfield that their son, Private Frank Wilson, of the Grenadier Guards, has been killed in action in France… Private Wilson was 23 years of age, and stood 5ft 11¾in. He was a native of Macclesfield and received his education at Duke Street School. For six years, he was a member of the Parish Church choir, and attended Mr R L Hidderley’s Bible Class. Prior to enlisting in November 1915, he was a police-constable at Salford. He went out to France six weeks ago, and had only been in the trenches about a fortnight. Before going to Salford, Private Wilson was employed by Mr G H Williamson, mineral water manufacturer. The deceased’s brother, Gunner Walter Wilson, is serving with the Garrison Artillery in France.



… Captain R Proudfoot, M.D., of Macclesfield, has been mentioned in dispatches by General Sir Archibald Murray, Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. Dr Proudfoot, who practised in partnership with Dr Somerville, J.P., was mobilised with the Territorial force at the outbreak of the war. While the Battalion was in training in England, he was transferred to the 1st Sanitary Section, 53rd Welsh Division, and went out to the Dardanelles in July 1915. He landed at Suvla Bay a few hours before the Cheshires… [and] was on the Peninsula until the evacuation, when he went to Egypt, where he has remained every since… Other local officers mentioned by General Murray are the Rev A G Child and Captain (Temp. Major) G W Godwin, a nephew of Mrs Walter Birchenough, Byrons Lane, Macclesfield. Mr Child, who was formerly Vicar of St James’s, Sutton, went out with the Cheshires as chaplain, and was wounded during the fighting. Later, he accompanied the Battalion to Egypt, and has since been home on leave.


Amongst Macclesfield men who saw the Zeppelin brought down in Essex a few weeks ago is Sergt James Armitage, senior dispenser with the RAMC stationed at Colchester. Sergt Armitage, the third son of Mr James Armitage, Duke Street, Macclesfield, was… able to photograph the wreckage… Mr James Armitage now has [all] four sons serving… The eldest, George Henry, who joined a fortnight ago, is with a chemistry battalion at Devonport; Sidney, the second son, is a Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant at present in Salonica; Sergt James, the third son, is with the RAMC; and Percy, the youngest, is a seaman gunner of HMS Queen Elizabeth. The oldest son is 28 and the youngest 19.



Private Macdonald, Cheshire Regt, son-in-law of Detective-Inspector Robinson, Macclesfield Borough Police, in lying in hospital at Rouen with an injury to one of his legs, sustained while in the trenches. He has been serving in France for over 18 months.



A roll of honour was presented to the Macclesfield Corps of the Salvation Army on Sunday night by Mr James A Goodwin, late private of the 8th Battalion Cheshire Regt, who has been recently discharged from the Army after being invalided home from Gallipoli. The roll is an illuminated one, framed in dark oak, and hangs in front of the reading desk… It is inscribed as follows:

Roll of Honour of the Comrades of the Macclesfield Corps, Salvation Army
who thus served God, King and Country, in the Great War of 1914, 1915, 1916
W M Bromley McCormick, wounded in France
Harold McCormick, serving in France
James A Goodwin, Leaguer, invalided home from Gallipoli
James H Mooris, Military Dep, Bandmaster
Jack Ryle, serving in France
Alfred Osborne, serving in France
Tom Walker, serving in Salonika
Bro. Miller, serving in Mesopotamia
Chas. Fredk. Needham, home service
Chas Goulden, serving in France
James Oldfield, wounded in France
Ernest Oldfield, serving in France

Corps Officers during the war
Adjutant J and Mrs Prestage (now on Salvation Army hut work in France)
Adjt A A B Back, Captain White and Captain Beckwith

“Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends”


Mrs Saxon, 67 Union St, Macclesfield, received news that her son, Corporal Walter Saxon, Royal Engineers, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for good work in France… Corporal Saxon is one of four soldier sons, the other three being Joseph, George and Harold, who are serving with the Cheshire regiment. The first two are in Egypt. Thirty-three years of age, the gallant Corporal was an engine-driver on the London and North-western Railway before enlistment, and lived with his wife at Manchester. As a lad, he attended the Duke Street School and the Roe Street Congregational Chapel. Corproal Saxon is the second Macclesfield winner of the DCM, the first… being Sergeant J G Burns who… is also serving in the Royal Engineers. Four Military Medals have been awarded to local soldiers, viz: Sergt A Albinson, Royal Fusiliers; Lance-Sergt Hordern, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry; Sergt-Major Bown, a Macclesfield man serving with the Canadian Contingent; and Lance-Corporal Fred Stewart, Royal Engineers.




In the window of Mr J B Walker’s new establishment in Mill St, the public now have an opportunity of inspecting a carved oak panel of the arms of the borough, which is to be fixed above the Macclesfield bed in the Anglo-Russian hospital at Petrograd. The panel, which has been designed and painted by Mr Thomas Cartwright, ARCA, Headmaster of the Macclesfield School of Art, shows the borough arms surmounted by heraldic mantling in which the arms of the County of Chester are included in a decorative form. The borough motto… appears at the foot, together with the words “Borough of Macclesfield, Incorporated 1261.” At the close of the war the panel will be returned to the borough.


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