Bygone news: 8 Dec 1916 – The Macclesfield Times

News from the Macclesfield Times and East Cheshire Observer of Friday 8th December 1916.

Roll of Honour; Bollington News; Allgreave News; Langley News; In Memoriam




Mr Charles Keight, 27 Lower Bank Street, Macclesfield, has received official intimation presuming the death of his adopted son, Private Henry White, Lancs Regt, who was reported missing in the Dardanelles on August 10th 1915. Private White was a native of Stroud, Gloucestershire. He came to Macclesfield about three years ago, and enlisted two months after the outbreak of war. Private White was drafted to the Dardanelles in July, 1915, and his foster-brother, Private Chas Keight, was wounded on the same day that he was posted missing.



Private Hedley Stewart, third son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Stewart, Rock Bank Cottage, Bollington… was killed in action… in France on November 14th, as related in the following letter… He was killed whilst gallantly carrying out his duty, during our advance in the recent operations north of the Ancre… J A Charlier, 2nd Lt, Lewis Gun Officer… Private Hedley Stewart bore a blameless character – pure, upright, genial and courageous… [He] joined the Public Schools Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers on November 20th, 1914, and after… a year’s training was drafted out to France on November 14th, 1915… Prior to his enlistment and for some time afterwards he was a sidesman of St John’s Parish Church, and up to the time of his death Secretary of the St John’s Parish Sunday School, a substitute being appointed in his absence. He was also a member of the Church Council and secretary of the Free-will Offering Scheme… Private Stewart received his education at St John’s Parish School. In civilian life he was engaged at the Bollington Printing Co’s Works…



Private J H Clayton, Cheshire Regt, son of Mr J T Clayton, 2 Princess St, Bollington, is in hospital in France suffering from dysentery….
At St Oswald’s Church on Sunday evening, the Vicar (Rev Walter Brain) unveiled a tablet in memory of the late Private Percy Thompson, who died of dysentery in Bombay some months ago…
Whirlpool baths for the treatment of rheumatism, etc, have recently been installed at the Rock Bank Auxiliary Military Hospital. They are in [the] charge of Mrs Wrigley, Upton Priory, Macclesfield, who is also acting as a masseuse. Very few baths of this description are in use at military hospitals.



The friends of Allgreave Wesleyan Chapel have given out of the proceeds of the sale of fruit at their harvest thanksgiving a subscription of £5 to the Hurdsfield House Red Cross Hospital, Macclesfield.



… official notification has been received of the death in action in France on November 14th of Lance-Corporal T F Rose, South Lancs Regt, son of Mr Matthew Rose of Langley. A native of Langley, the Lance-Corporal was 23 years of age and received his education at Sutton St James’ School. He was formerly connected with the Sunday School there, and latterly had attended the Park Green United Methodist Chapel, Macclesfield. Lance-Corporal Rose joined the colours on April 9th of last year, and had only been in France six weeks. Prior to enlistment he was employed at Messrs Whiston & Sons Printworks, Langley. He is married, and his wife resides in Rodney St, Macclesfield. A brother of the late Lance-Corporal, Arthur, is serving in the Army.



CANTRELL – In ever loving memory of Private C W Cantrell, aged 29 years, who was killed at Suvla Bay on December 9th, 1915; also Charles (Sonnie), son of the above, who died October 9th, 1913, aged 4 years and 10 months.
What happy hours we once enjoyed,
How sweet their memories still;
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.
219, Edgeley Road, Stockport.

SEEL – In proud and ever loving memory of Horace Arthur Seel, 2nd Lieut, Cheshire Regt, Exhibitioner of Jesus College, Oxford, youngest son of Mr and Mrs C Seel, Bond street, Macclesfield, who fell in action December 7th, 1915, at Gallipoli, aged 19 years.

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