Bygone news: 5 Apr 1917 – The Macclesfield Times

Roll of Honour; News from the Front; Local News; In Memoriam




Mr and Mrs Samuel Hodkinson, 84 Bridge St, Macclesfield, have received the sad news that their son-in-law, Private Joseph Wignall, King’s Liverpool Regt, was killed in action on March 24th in France. His wife and two young children are residing at Greenhayes Lane, Manchester. Private Wignall, who was 31 years of age, was a native of Buxton and came to Macclesfield as an apprentice to Messrs S & W Berisford, grocers of Mill Street. He was in their employ for several years, leaving to take up an appointment with Messrs Burgon at Northwich. Subsequently he went to Manchester and at the time of enlistment held a responsible post with Messrs Seymour Mead & Co grocers. While in Macclesfield the deceased… was a prominent player in the Macclesfield Wednesday team. Private Wignall joined up last May in the Manchester Regt and trained at Ripon and Seacombe. Afterwards he was transferred to the King’s Liverpools and had been at the front about four months when he was killed…




Mr and Mrs John Clayton, Ivydene, Chester Rd, Macclesfield, received a telegram… informing them that their second son, Second-Lieut John Arnold Clayton, of the Cheshire Regt (T) was killed in action at Egypt on March 26th. The sad news came as a great shock, as it was not known that the regiment had been in action… Lieut Clayton was 25 years of age. He was educated at the Macclesfield Grammar School, and at the age of 16 entered the service of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank at Macclesfield, where he remained as a clerk for six years. He was then transferred to Stockport. Prior to the outbreak of war he had served for four years in the Macclesfield Territorials, in which he re-enlisted as a private on November 4th, 1914. He rose rapidly to the rank of sergeant, and then secured a commission as Second-Lieut, being attached to the 3/7th Cheshires at Oswestry. Lieut Clayton took out a draft to Egypt last June, and recently underwent a course of instruction in machine gunnery, passing out with distinction… Lieut Clayton was a well-known figure on the bowling green, being a member of the West Park Club, and he also at one time played football with the Junior Unionists. He worshipped at the Old Church [St Michael’s Church]. His father is the manager of Messrs W H L Cameron, Ltd, Longacre St Mill, and a representative of the Workpeople’s Hospital Fund Committee on the Board of Governors of the Macclesfield General Infirmary. An elder son, Mr Wilfred Clayton, who also served int he Territorials before the war, is now in the Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps.



Heartfelt sympathy will go out to Major H S and Mrs Claye, of Elm House, Bollington Cross, in the loss of their only son, Lieut Geoffrey Woolley Claye, who died on March 29th from wounds received in action while fighting with the Territorials in Egypt… Lieut Claye, who was 23 years of age, was born in Macclesfield. He received his early education at the Grammar School, from which he proceeded to King’s College Choir School, Cambridge. Subsequently he entered the Perse School and when war broke out was working at Clare College for his B.A. degree, which he obtained. He was a member of the College Officers’ Training Corps, and was gazetted to a commission as Lieutenant in the first line of the Cheshire Regt (T.). Afterwards he transferred to the 2/7th at Aberystwyth, and in September, 1915 went out to the Dardanelles… he accompanied his battalion upon the evacuation to Egypt, where he had been ever since, not having had a leave… His father, Major H S Claye, was in command of the National Reserves at Macclesfield on the outbreak of war. Later he was accepted for foreign service and has been in Egypt since December, 1915. He is now a Major in the Rifle Brigade.




After a period of comparative quietute in Egypt, to which country they were transferred upon the evacuation of Gallipoli 15 months ago, the Territorials of Macclesfield, Bollington, Congleton and district have again been in action. They took part in the Battle of Gaza, fought on March 26th and 27th, and unfortunately sustained casualties… no details of the operation have been received…



Official information was received on Monday night by Mr Walter Brown, J.P., C.C., of Upton Lodge, Macclesfield… his nephew, Captain Charles Moss, had been wounded in Egypt… Captain Moss joined the Cheshires shortly after the outbreak of war, having previously been associated, as one of the directors with the silk manufacturing firm of Messrs Joseph Dunkerley & Son, Ltd, Oxford Road Mill, of which Mr Brown is governing director. Captain Moss had… been an energetic worker int he Boy Scout movement, and was among the many officers and scoutmasters of the Macclesfield Boy Scouts’ Association who went into the Army when war broke out… Captain Moss went out… to the Dardanelles in July, 1915. He took part in the memorable landing at Suvla Bay on August 8th, and was wounded in the first advance, receiving a bullet through the right thigh. Upon his recovery he spent some time at Oswestry and subsequently rejoined his battalion in Egypt. His sister, Miss Moss, is now residing with her uncle at Upton Lodge.



Mr Frank White, of Messrs Stoneley and White, Mill Street, Macclesfield, received a telegram on Tuesdya night informing him that his only son, Lieut Frank White, is wounded. Lieut White began his education at the Christ Church day school, from which he passed to the Grammar School, and at the commencement of the war he was studying at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, his intention being to enter the ministry. Shortly after the degree of B.A. was conferred upon him, and Mr White, who was a member of the O.T.C., received his commission in the Cheshire Territorials. He took part int he landing at Suvla Bay and went through the campaign in Gallipoli wihtout injury. He then proceeded witht he battalion to Egypt and was home on leave last September. Since his return the lieutenant had been out with a camel corps reconnoitring party, and a shell from the enemy burst among them but did no damage. He received his wound son March 25th. Lieut White is 23 years of age.



Notification was received… that Lieut G F Seel, son of the late Mr Harry Seel and Mrs Seel, Thornleigh, Park Lane, Macclesfield, had been wounded… Lieut Seel, after a brilliant career at the Macclesfield Grammar School, passed on to Oxford, where he was pursuing his studies at the time war broke out. He joined the Officers’ Training Corps and was gazetted in October, 1914, to the 1/7th Cheshires. Lieut Seel accompanied the battalion to Suvla Bay and went through the campaign in Gallipoli without receiving a scratch. Upon the evacuation he proceeded to Egypt, and was home in Macclesfield on leave last November.



Mr R H Owen, J.P., C.C., of Bollington, has also received news that his son, Lieut Owen, has been wounded…



Captain John Armstrong, formerly of Macclesfield, is… lying ill in hospital in Egypt. He was one of the local officers wounded at Suvla Bay. For three or four years the captain, who was a solicitor with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company at Manchester, resided at Thorndyke, Chester Road, Macclesfield. He received his commission in the Cheshires in October, 1914, and was promoted to full Lieutenant before leaving England on active service. His further advancement to the rank of Captain was gazetted after the Dardanelles campaign. Captain Armstrong’s wife and two children left Macclesfield soon after he joined the service.



Mrs Leigh, Great King St, Macclesfield, received a cablegram on Monday stating that her son, Second Lieutenant Herbert Leigh, was safe and well. Lieut Leigh rose from the ranks and was acting as Sergt-Major when he received his commission. Lieut Leeson and Lieut and Adjutant Nelson are both reported to be safe.




Yesterday the monthly meeting of the Macclesfield Town Council was held under the presidency of the Mayor (Alderman E Crew, J.P.)… Prior to the meeting the Mayor, on behalf of the military authorities, presented to Mrs Hordern, Fountain St, Macclesfield, the Military medal awarded to her late husband, Lance-Sergt Joseph Hordern, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, who was the first local winner of the distinction… The Mayor, referring to the contemplated provision in the Town Hall of a permanent memorial to Macclesfield men who had lost their lives in the war, said he was gathering the necessary information and getting… designs. In due course he would propose that the memorial be erected, and in all probability it would take the form of marble tablets placed in suitable positions in the Town Hall. So far he had received the names of 52 men. But he believed the number was far greater than that, and to make sure that no one was missed, he proposed to have a list of the names hung in the Town Hall and to send copies to places of worship, friendly societies, and to any source where he thought additional names might be got. He appealed for every name to be sent in, whether the men had been killed in action or died in the service of the country. It was also his intention to send, on behalf of himself and the Corporation, and illuminated card of sympathy to the relatives of every man in Macclesfield who had lost his life… Mr T Cartwright, the talented Headmaster of the School of Art, had executed the bordered design… [an example of these cards can be seen on the page for Harold Brown.]



A beautifully designed oak framed roll of honour, bearing the names of the members of the staff who have joined the colours, was unveiled at the Macclesfield Post Office, Park Green, yesterday. The Postmaster (Mr G W Skakle) presided, supported by the Medical Officer (Dr Somerville, J.P.) and Mr T Champion (Superintendent of the Macclesfield Division). Dr Somerville said that the general staff of the post-office at normal times numbered 69. Of that number, 49 were serving with the colours… Dr Somerville… unveiled the roll of honour, and the National Anthem was sung and three cheers given. The roll was surmounted by the Union Jack, and underneath was placed a beautiful wreath in memory of two fallen members of the staff – Second-Lieut E McKay and Private B Arnold.



The annual meeting of the Macclesfield Cricket and Tennis Club was held at the Alexandra Cafe, Market Place, on Monday. Councillor  G Frost (President) was in the chair… It was explained, with reference to the expenditure on tobacco, etc, that the club had been very generous in their gifts of cigarettes to the wounded soldiers… Councillor Frost… expressed the hope that the wounded soldiers would take advantage of the facilities offered to them by the Club for the ensuring season… Councillor Frost mentioned that the wounded Soldiers’ Entertainment Committee had decided to give a grant of £15 to the club in respect to the use of the ground during the coming season by the wounded soldiers… the Chairman proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr Hope for bringing the county team to Macclesfield last year, as a result of which £35 10s 6d was handed over to the St Dunstan’s Blinded Soldiers’ Fund… The Roll of Honour of the Club contains the following names:- F Allen, C Averiss, J Arblaster, N Brocklehurst, J C Close-Brooks, H Challener junr, H Coups, C Dale, F Davenport, J F Earles, P Eccleston, G Fountain, F Fawkner, Lord Hugh Grosvenor, F A Harrison, J A Harrison, W B Harrison, J Hooley, J Houghton, R Jackson, J C Johnson, H Kearsley, A M Kirk, C Kelly, B E Leeson, H Leigh, W Massey, C Moss, H Massey, C Manifold, H McKay, A R Oldfield, W Osbaldeston, J Rayson, H Scanlon, E T B Seel, H A Seel, G Sheldon, J Sheldon, P Sheldon, W Sheldon, A Simpson, F Simpson, J Swindells, C B Twemlow, J A Wardle, J W Warrilow, F White, Rev Westmore Wood, A Wainwright, A Whitaker and Yates.



BROUGH – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Private Wilfred Brough, 8th Cheshire Regt, killed in action at Mesopotamia, April 5th, 1916, aged 18 years. Duty nobly done.

When alone in our sorrow and the bitter tears flow,
There stealeth a dream of the sweet long ago,
And unknown to the world he stands by our side,
And whispers these words, “Death cannot divide.”

Ever remembered by his father, mother, sister and brother. – 41 Buckley St, Macclesfield.

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