Bygone news: 19 Jan 1917 – The Macclesfield Times

 

Roll of Honour; Local Men at the Front; Local News

 

ROLL OF HONOUR

CAPTAIN A B CLOSE-BROOKS KILLED

A telegram has been received announcing the death, on January 10th, of Captain Arthur Brook Close-Brooks, M.C., Manchester Regiment, from wounds received in action. He was the second and younger son of the late Mr J B Close-Brooks, of Birtles Hall (and brother of the late Lieut J C Close-Brooks, J.P., C.C., of Macclesfield), and was educated at Winchester and at Trinity College, Cambridge… On leaving the University he entered the business of Messrs John Ashworth Ltd, Bolton. At the outbreak of the war he joined the Royal Fusiliers, and after training at Epsom was given a commission in the Manchester Regiment. He served for several months in France, and was awarded the Military Cross “For conspicuous gallantry at Ypres on June 10th 1915, in attempting to rescue a non-commissioned officer belonging to his regiment”... After being invalided home he was sent out to the front with a draft in February last. He leaves a widow and a son.

 

LOCAL MEN AT THE FRONT

THE MAYOR’S NEPHEW

Mr Harold Comberbach, who had been a prisoner of war in German East Africa for some time, has been released. Mrs Comberbach, whose mother is a sister of the Mayor (Alderman E Crew, J.P.) took up a Government post in South Africa upon the completion of his University education…

 

RECOMMENDED FOR A COMMISSION

Sergt W Burgess, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, son of Mr Peter Burgess, 11 Jackson Street, has been recommended for a commission. Sergeant Burgess enlisted in the Cheshires as a private in September 1914. He underwetn a course of training at Aberystwyth, Oswestry and Bedford, being made corporal in November 1915. He was drafted out to France in September of the following year, and was promoted to sergeant on the field on December 9th, and recommended for a commission. The sergeant took part in a bayonet charge at Serre, and had a narrow escape, a piece of shrapnel striking his haversack. Sergt Burgess is 20 years of age, and is at present home on leave, pending instructions to join an Officers’ Cadet Battalion. He was educated at St George’s and Lord Street Day Schools… Prior to enlistment he was employed by Messrs W and G Burdin, Mill St. He has two brothers serving: Corporal Harold, of the Army Service Corps (who has been in France for two years), and Driver Frank, also of the ASC (now home on furlough after fifteen months in France).

 

MENTIONED IN DISPATCHES

Another Macclesfield man on service in France has had the distinction of being “mentioned in dispatches”… Sergeant Fred Sheldon, eldest son of Mr and Mrs George Sheldon, Birch Villa, Bond St. In civil life, Sergt Sheldon was a clerk int he employ of Messrs Barclay and Co, solicitors. He enlisted with the Army Service Corps in January 1915, was transferred to France three weeks later, and is now engaged at the headquarters of the ASC. Until recently his rank was that of Corporal, but the honour… has brought promotion… Sergt Sheldon’s only brother, Wilfred, enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion, but owing to his scientific qualifications as an M. SC. of Manchester University he was transferred to a special section of the Royal Engineers, with which he took part in the battle of Loos. He is now engaged upon special work in this country.

 

CHRISTMAS ON AN AMBULANCE TRAIN

Private Richard Chadwick, a former Macclesfield postman who is serving on an ambulance train in France, writes giving an account of how he spent Christmas day: We started to load up with convalescents for Le Havre, en route for hospitals in England, and were running until 12.30pm on Christmas Day. After cleaning up the coaches, or wards, we sat down to an excellent dinner at 2pm, comprising turkey, roast beef, pork, baked and roasted potatoes, Christmas pudding, biscuits and cheese. Later a grand concert took place, the party dispersing about nine o’clock. New Year’s Day was very quiet with us, the train being on the run on New Year’s Eve on a similar trip…

 

LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL POTATO GROWING – MORE LAND TO BE ACQUIRED

Arrangements in connection with the scheme of the Macclesfield Corporation to stimulate interest and enthusiasm in the growing of foodstuffs in the borough are growing apace… negotiations have been entered into for the acquisition of fields which are to be ploughed and cut up into sections… there is every indication of an increase in the number of allotment holders… It was also decided to approach the governers of the Industrial School with a view to them taking over one of the fields for cultivation… The Corporation had purchased two ploughs and they would procure seed potatoes of the best quality at the lowest possible price…

 

BEER PRICES INCREASED – SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIES AND LOSS OF TRADE

The price of beer in the Macclesfield and Bollington district was increased on Monday to 4d. a pint… Before the war beer was sold at 2½d. per pint…

 


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