Bygone news: 9 Feb 1917 – The Macclesfield Advertiser


Local Men at the Front; Local News




Amongst the German submarine victims this week is the British Liner Port Adelaide (8,181 tons). One account states that 89 of the crew and seven passengers have been landed at Vigo, and that the Captain (Mr R P Craven) was taken prisoner. According to other information, however, the vessel was in [the] charge of Captain W H Lea, a Macclesfield man. There seems to be no doubt that the captain, whoever he is, was taken prisoner by the commander of the submarine, but there seems to be considerable doubt as to the identity of the captive… Captain Lea, who is the uncle of Mrs A Featherstone, of Mill-street, Macclesfield, and whose sister resides in Ryle’s Park, paid a visit to the town early last November and he was at that time in charge of the Port Adelaide, but he was contemplating a transfer, and his relatives are unable to say whether this had recently been effected or not… A son of the late Mr Henry Lea, of Blue Bell Farm, Tytherington, Captain Lea, who is about 47 years of age, was educated at the Macclesfield Modern Grammar School, and at the age of about 14 he entered upon a sea-faring life. His first voyage was in a sailing vessel, in which he visited various parts of the world, the cruise extending over a period of three years. He took a keen interest in his work, and rose step by step until he reached the rank of captain some ten or eleven years ago. During the war he has made several trips between England and Australia, as captain of the Port Adelaide, which belonged to the Commonwealth and Dominion Line, Limited. His wife and child reside at Wimbledon.

[A later report in the Macclesfield Times, 23 March 1917, confirmed that Captain Lea of Macclesfield was the captain of the Port Adelaide and was a prisoner of war.]




The Licences of the Lord Clive, Bollington, The Carters’ Arms, Wilmslow, the Horse and Jockey, Wilmslow, and an off licence, London-road, Alderley Edge, were each transferred from husband to wife, on account of the respective licenees having been called up for military service. In reply to the Chairman, Superintendent Wilson said he had no objection to the transfers. In each case he considered the wife was quite capable of looking after the business.



Contracts for 250,000 black silk squares for the Navy have been placed with the following Macclesfield firms: Messrs J Dunkerley and Son, Oxford Road Mills, 103,000; Messrs J and T Brocklehurst, Ltd, Hurdsfield Mills, 87,000; and Mr T H Hambleton, Hope Mills, 60,000. This is the largest Admiralty order which has ever been divided amongst the Macclesfield silk manufacturers, and will keep the respective mills busy for some time.



Mr George Webb, of Bell Farm, Tytherington, submitted for public auction on the Waters Green on Monday, a fat bullock, which realised the sum of £52. We understand this is a record price for a bullock at the local auction mart.


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