Bygone news: 24 Nov 1916 – The Macclesfield Times

News from the Macclesfield Times and East Cheshire Observer of Friday 24th November 1916.

Roll of Honour; In Memoriam




… Private George Moores, Cheshire Regt, youngest son of Mr T Moores, 57 Mill Lane, Macclesfield, has been reported missing… Private Moores is twenty years of age and joined up almost seven months ago. He has been in France about two months. Another son of Mr Moores is also serving.



… Lieut Percy Watts, RGA, eldest son of Mr Martin Watts, Macclesfield, who underwent an operation for appendicitis a few days ago, is making favourable progress. Lieut Watts, who is stationed at Lydd, went with some brother officers for the week-end to Hastings, where he was suddenly taken ill. His father travelled to Hastings on Monday to see his son, and returned home yesterday.



An eye-witness of the heroic deed which [resulted in the award of the Victoria Cross to] Private Jones, Cheshire Regt, was Sergeant James Moores, of Macclesfield, who was the sergeant of the platoon to which the gallant soldier belonged. Mrs Jones, who resides in Great Queen Street, visited the VC at his home in Runcorn a few days ago and had the privilege of an interesting chat with him. Sergeant Moores, who took part with the Cheshire Militia in the South African War, enlisted in November 1914 and went out to France in August. He was previously serving at Bedford with the local Territorials.



Mr Woodcock, 53 Park Green, Macclesfield, whose son [Edgar Woodcock] was recently killed in France when he was serving with the New Zealand Contingent, has received a letter from the High Commissioner for New Zealand: … Your loss is also our Dominion’s loss; it is men like your son who make our country great. He has made for others the great sacrifice and his record is immortal…



…Mrs Gilfoil, 24 Church St, has received news from a comrade that her husband, Corporal William James Gilfoil, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, who was officially reported missing two months ago, has been killed in France. A native of Burnley, Corporal Gilfoil was 38 years of age. He was formerly employed at Messrs. Hammond’s brickworks, Pott Shrigley, and came to Bollington about five years ago. The late Corporal was a Reservist, having served nineteen years in the Army. He possessed the Queen’s and King’s medals for the South African War. He was drafted out to France in September, 1914.  Corporal Gilfoil… was twice gassed and four times wounded. He was sent to Egypt twelve months ago, but returned to France for the “big push”. The deceased, who leaves a widow and two children, was home on leave in September suffering from a bayonet wound in the throat.



Private A Mason, of the Cheshire Regt, has been home for a few days on draft leave… Rifleman H Percival, of the Rifle Brigade, in a letter to his old schoolmaster (Mr F W Proctor) says, I see … Sidney Hague has been wounded… Occasionally I come across people from Gawsworth, but none that I know. The last man I met used to be at the Harrington Arms and he is in the Manchesters…



Private Sidney Burgess, eldest son of Mr S Burgess, manager of Earlam’s Store, Langley, is lying seriously wounded in France… Corporal Wilfred Avery, a Langley soldier who is serving with the Canadians, has been awarded the Military medal fro distinguished conduct. He was in the village on furlough at the end of October. His brother Tom was killed a month ago.



BAERLEIN – On the 18th inst, at Osborne House, Alderley Edge, Otto Baerlein, Royal Serbian Consul, in his 60th year.

DAVIES – Killed in action, Oct 10th 1916, Acting-Sergeant Ernest Davies, only son of Mrs Davies, 37 Pool St, Macclesfield, aged 19.

PEDLEY – In loving memory of Lance-Corporal Tom Pedley of 10 Pearson St, beloved son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Pedley, who died on board hospital ship Nov 24th 1915, aged 21 years. Buried on the Island of Lemnos.

In health and strength he left his home,
Not thinking death so near;
It pleased the Lord to bid him come
And in His sight appear.
A loving son and brother kind,
With a beautiful memory left behind;
His loving smile, his welcome face
No one can fill his vacant place.

Ever remembered by Father, Mother, Sister and Brother.


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