Bygone news: 23 Feb 1917 – The Macclesfield Times


Roll of Honour; Local News




Pte George Davies, of the Staffordshire Regiment, whose home was in Fountain Street, Macclesfield, died in hospital at Liverpool on Wednesday week from general paralysis. The illness was brought on by frostbitten feet, sustained while fighting in France. The deceased soldier was 32 years of age and was a native of Macclesfield. He was educated at St Paul’s school and at the age of fifteen enlisted in the Staffordshire Regt. On the outbreak of the Boer War Pte Davies was drafted out to South Africa, and he held the Queen’s Medal for that campaign. At the conclusion of the war he returned to England, and was present at the funeral of Queen Victoria. Subsequently [he] was drafted to India, where he served five years. At the time of the commencement of the present war, Pte Davies was a reservist, being mobilised in August, 1914. He was drafted out to France… The following December he was invalided home suffering from frostbitten feet, and upon recovering was sent out to Egypt eighteen months ago. A short while back Pte Davies became ill, and… underwent treatment at Netley Hospital, Southampton. From there he was taken to a Liverpool hospital… His brother, Private William [Davies], of the Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in the landing at Suvla Bay.



Mrs Pierce, Derby Rd, Southport, has received news that her eldest son, Corpl W H Pierce, of the King’s Liverpool Regt, was killed in action on January 21st. News of his death was contained in a letter from the deceased soldier’s signalling officer, who wrote: … your son, no. 2242, Corpl W H Pierce, was killed in action yesterday (Jan 21st) at about 3.45pm. He was killed instantly by a heavy trench mortar… he was one of my original lot of signallers who left England in May 1915… yours sincerely, O S B Grey (Lieut), Signalling Officer, King’s (Pioneers). Corpl Pierce was the son of the late Mr W J Pierce of Macclesfield, and a nephew of Mr W C Pierce, who was for many years in business at Macclesfield. He was 25 years of age, and was educated at Hutton Grammar School. Joining the King’s early in August, 1914, he had served in France for twenty-two months.



Bollington has lost yet another of its soldiers in the person of Private Isaac Unwin, only son of Mr James Unwin, of Palmerston St, Bollington. Private Unwin was born in Bollington fifty years ago. He was educated at the Bollington Wesleyan School… afterwards becoming apprenticed as a compositor with Mr Wm Stubbs, late of High Street, Bollington. He was at this time actively connected with the Wesleyan Chapel and Sunday School. After leaving Bollington he resided at Failsworth, and later at Ardwick, Manchester, where for 29 years he was employed by Messrs Chorlton and Knowles, printers, of Boardman St, Ardwick. On the outbreak of war he enlisted, after several unsuccessful attempts to do so, in the 20th Manchesters. This was in Whit-week, 1915, and after training at Heaton Park, Prees Heath, Whitchurch, and Altcar, he was drafted to France in Easter week, 1916. During the Battle of the Somme, the bombing party of which he was a member was scattered by a German shell, and since that date, September 3rd, he was reported missing. Private Unwin leaves a widow and three children, the eldest of whom, Corporal Harold Unwin, went through the Dardanelles campaign uninjured.




The Picturedrome in Chestergate advertised The Official Pictures of the Tanks in Action at the Battle of the Ancre, to be shown all week from Monday 5th March.



Joseph Dunkerley & Son Ltd was advertising for WOMEN OF MACCLESFIELD to carry out simple hand sewing, easily learnt at the Munitions Department, The Stanley Hall, Stanley Street. Regular Work and Good Wages can be earned! Workers have the option of commencing work at either 6-30 or 8-30 each morning. Workers who come by train commence as soon as possible after arrival of train. Tea provided by the firm for all who work overtime. The rooms are heated throughout and lit by electric light.



About seven teachers in the employ of the Macclesfield Borough Education Committee are affected by the decision of the Army Council to withdraw all exemptions granted to teachers in medical category A or those under 31 years of age in medical category B1. Men not examined by the Medical Board must be regarded as category A…

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