Bygone news: 16 Feb 1917 – The Macclesfield Times

 

Roll of Honour; Local Men at the Front

 

ROLL OF HONOUR

THE LATE DRIVER W HAMMOND – MILITARY FUNERAL AT MACCLESFIELD

The funeral of Driver William Hammond, Army Service Corps, who… died in hospital at Salisbury on Wednesday week from pneumonia, took place at the Macclesfield cemetery on Wednesday afternoon with military honours. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack, and four soldier relatives… acted as bearers, namely Lce-Corporal Higginbotham and Privates H Hall, F Knight and J Lovatt… the Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel was represented by Mr W Hulme and Mr Barnes; St Peter’s Institute by Mr W Swaine; and the Hovis Company was also represented. Mrs Hammond, the deceased soldier’s wife, has received the following letter of condolence from Mr J Moorhouse of the Hovis Company, by whom her husband was previously employed: “It is with deep regret that I heard of your husband’s death, and I feel it is my duty to express my sorrow in your great loss and the firm, of a good and conscientious workman. He was loved by all with whom he came into contact, and few man had more friends…”

 

V.C. SON OF A MACCLESFIELD MAN – “WONDERFUL ENDURANCE AND FORTITUDE”

Macclesfield people will be interested to learn that Sergeant Thomas Mottershead, late Royal Flying Corps, in respect of whose fortitude the posthumous award of the Victoria Cross has been granted by the King, is the son of a Macclesfield man. His father is Mr Thomas Mottershead, now residing at 12, Market Street, Widnes, who was born in Macclesfield and resided in the borough up to being about thirty years of age. Among his intimates in the town he was familiarly known as “General” Mottershead. Mr Thomas Mottershead’s father, and the grandfather of the airman, worked nearly a life-time at Evans’s brewery, Bond Street, Macclesfield… Relatives of the V.C. in Macclesfield include Company Quartermaster Sergt Philip Mottershead, of the Macclesfield detachment 7th Batt. Ches. Volunteer Regt., who is his cousin. Sergt. Mottershead was 27 years of age, and last September was awarded the DCM. His widow and little son live in Widnes. The action which gained him the coveted honour is officially described as follows:

For most conspicuous bravery, endurance and skill. When attacked at an altitude of 9,000 feet the petrol tank was pierced and the machine set on fire. Enveloped in flames, which his observer, Lieutenant Gower, was unable to subdue, this very gallant soldier succeeded in bringing his aeroplane back to our lines, and, though he made a successful landing, the machine collapsed on touching the ground, pinning him beneath the wreckage, from which he was subsequently rescued. Though suffering extreme torture from burns, Sergt Mottershead showed the most conspicuous presence of mind in the careful selection of a landing place, and his wonderful endurance and fortitude undoubtedly saved the life of his observer. He has since succumbed to his injuries.

 

LIEUT TREVOR BROWN KILLED

… On Monday last Lieut Trevor Brown, nephew of Councillor W R Brown, JP, and Mr Robinson Brown, lost his life through an accident whilst flying on Salisbury Plain. He was killed instantly. Lieut Brown was the second son of Mr John S Brown, of Swansea, and his tragic death at the age of 24 cuts short a career of great promise… The deceased officer’s elder brother is engaged in the Army wireless service in Africa.

 

BOLLINGTON SOLDIER’S DEATH – MEMBER OF THE YOUNG MEN’S BIBLE CLASS

On Saturday afternoon Mr John Hopper, Palmerston St, Bollington, received a telegram… informing him that his only son, Private Harold Hopper, Manchester Regt, died at the base hospital in France on February 8th from bronchial pneumonia. Private Hopper was 32 years of age and leaves a widow and one child. He was a native of Bollington… prior to enlistment, nearly twelve months ago, he was employed at the Oak Bank Printworks. [He] was connected with the Old Bollington Harriers’ Club and ran for several seasons. He also served with the Macclesfield Volunteers during six camps… Mr Hopper has two nephews serving with the colours: Sergt Frank Hopper, of the Manchesters (in France); and Private J Hopper, of the Cheshires (now in England, having been wounded in France.) Several letters of condolence have been received… including one from Mr Oliver Kenyon.

 

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENTS

HAMMOND – February 6th, at the Military Hospital, South Tidworth, William Hammond aged 32 years.

LATCHFORD – February 6th, at the Military Hospital, Kinmel Park, St Asaph, Frank Latchford, aged 24 years.

 

LOCAL MEN AT THE FRONT

LOCAL SOLDIER’S DOUBLE HONOUR – DCM AND RUSSIAN CROSS

Mrs Saxon, of 67 Union St, Macclesfield, has forwarded a letter from Private James Stafford, King’s Liverpool Regt, in which her son, Private Harold Saxon, is also serving. Private Stafford, whose letter was enclosed with one of Private Saxon’s, writes: “… I belong to Macclesfield, and went to school with one of your sons, who I believe was Walter, and am at present with your son Harold… I have not been in ‘treacle town’ for some years. I have won the DCM and the Russian Order of the Cross of St George.” Corporal Walter Saxon, whom Private Stafford refers to, is now serving with the Royal Engineers. He is also a winner of the DCM, which was awarded to him last year.

 

COMMISSION FOR MACCLESFIELD MAN

Lance-Corporal Fred F Taylor, son of Mr H E Taylor, 211 Bond St, Macclesfield, has received a commission as Second-Lieutenant and been gazetted to the Manchester Regiment. He took part with the local Territorials in the landing at Suvla Bay, where he was wounded.

 


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