Bygone news: 17 Nov 1916 – The Macclesfield Times

News from the Macclesfield Times and East Cheshire Observer of Friday 17th November 1916.

Roll of Honour; In Memoriam



Three more local men have unfortunately to be added to the roll of honoured dead this week, while the casualty list of wounded contains many names from Macclesfield and district. Biographical details of Pte S Birtles, Liverpool Regt, killed in action; and Pte A Corbishley, RAMC, killed in action, appear elsewhere in this newspaper.



Private Eldred Wardle, South Lancs Regt, son of Mr and Mrs Wardle, Quarry Cottage, Hollins Lane, Macclesfield, succumbed to his wounds in the 13th General Hospital at Boulogne. Injured in a bayonet charge on October 21st, Private Wardle managed to crawl into a captured trench, where he lay through a heavy bombardment until the next day… It was found that a bullet had lodged in his spine, and as his condition was serious his parents were sent for… The bullet was extracted, but septic poisoning supervened, and he passed away shortly before midnight on Sunday. He was buried on Tuesday, his parents being present at the sad ceremony, and they returned to Macclesfield on Wednesday night.

The deceased was an only son and 23 years of age. A native of Macclesfield, he was educated at St George’s Day School… and attended the Church there. Private Wardle served his apprenticeship as an embroiderer-designer at the mill of Councillor A W Hewetson, and at the time of enlistment in February 1915 was in the employ of a London firm. He was a well-known footballer and played in the local Workshops Competition. Drafted out to France nearly two months ago he was subsequently transferred from the Earl of Cheshire’s Yeomanry (which he originally joined) to the South Lancs Regt.



The following local men belonging to the Cheshire Regt are officially reported as having been wounded in France: Acting-Corporal W Farrow, Privates B B Hughes, F W Norton, G Broadhurst, G Brookes, M Drury, G Duffield, A Hilton, J W Hopper, J Robinson, E G Bullock and H Ridgeway, Macclesfield; Private T Wood, Bollington; Corporal J W Foden, Acting-Corporal W Gee, and Privates H Shaw and W Bailey, Congleton.



A second member of the Macclesfield Borough Police Force, P.C. Simeon Battersby, has been awarded the Military medal for distinguished conduct on the field [on 16th August 1916]. He is an acting-sergeant in the RAMC, in which he has been serving since May 1915. His wife resides at 27 Brown Street, Macclesfield… The acting-sergeant is 23 years of age and a native of Biddulph Moor. He joined the Macclesfield Borough Police in January 1914 and resigned in May of the following year to enlist in the RAMC. He was drafted out to France in August 1915 and spent a furlough at his home in Macclesfield last April… The first Macclesfield police-constable to win the medal was P.C. J Heap, who is serving with the Grenadier Guards.



Captain Norman R Shepherd, Durham Light Infantry, has been killed in action in France.He was the brother-in-law of Mr James Duncan, of the British Automobile Traction Co Ltd, Macclesfield. Captain Shepherd was a partner in the firm of Messrs. Graham, Shepherd & Sons, solicitors, Sunderland, and Deputy Registrar of the Sunderland County Court, the Registrar of which is his father, Mr A T Shepherd. Joining the Durhams as a private in September 1914, he received his commission six months later, and had been in France since July 1915. He had been twice recommended for the Military Cross…



CORBISHLEY – In loving memory of Alfonso, who was killed in action Oct 25th, 1916.
Deeply mourned by his Brother and Sister-in-law.
35, Brunswick Hill.

DOBSON – Private Frank Dobson, 14526, Cheshire Regt, killed in action in France, Nov 18, 1915.
He was a brother, an upright son,
Who always thought of us,
And so long as life and memory last
Will ever be dear to us.
Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers; also Brother Walter in Egypt.


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