Bygone news: 27 Apr 1917 – The Macclesfield Times

Roll of Honour; News from the Front; Local News; Announcements

 

ROLL OF HONOUR

 

BURIED BEHIND THE LINES – YOUNG SOLDIER’S LAST RESTING PLACE

Mr G H Moseley of Riseley St, Macclesfield, formerly headmaster of Crompton Road School and now engaged on the teaching staff of the Athey Street Council School, received the painful intelligence during the weekend that his only son, Private Horace F Moseley, of the Civil Service Rifles, was killed in action in France on the 9th inst. His Lieut-Colonel has written to say that the deceased was buried in the English Cemetery behind the lines. Private Moseley was only 19 years of age… When a boy he first attended Crompton Road School, and afterwards for a short time was a scholar at Christ Church School. He completed his education at the Macclesfield Grammar School, from which he obtained a clerkship in the Inland Revenue Department, Somerset House, London. Private Moseley joined the Civil Service Rifles last October, and had only been in France since the beginning of January.

 

LOCAL TERRITORIAL KILLED – PRIVATE R GAY, CHESHIRE REGT (T)

…Robert Gay, of the Cheshire Regt, son of James Gay, 15 Oldham St, Bollington, who was formerly employed as a doubler…

 

NEWS FROM THE FRONT

 

TERRITORIALS’ GALLANTRY AT GAZA – DESCRIPTION OF THE BATTLE

The Egyptian mail, received in Macclesfield last week-end, brought many interesting details of the share taken by the Macclesfield Territorial Battalion in the memorable battle at Gaza in Palestine on March 26th… The Macclesfield men attacked the Turkish position with the bayonet, and there were numerous acts of individual heroism. Captain Moss, who had charge of the leading Company, indicates that the late Lieut Arnold Clayton fell on the field after an act of marked bravery.

Captain Moss, who received a bayonet thrust in the left chest, was fortunately saved from more serious injury by the buckle of his braces. Writing from the British Red Cross travelling hospital to his uncle, Mr Walter Brown, J.P., C.C., Captain Moss says: The regiment has done well and been highly complimented by the General… During the night of the 26th I was bayonetted, but my brace stopped it going in very far in, and after a few hours I was able to take up my duties again… Our losses in men were comparatively light, considering we engaged a force strong in machine guns. We lost heavily in officers. Two of the subalterns in my company were killed – Laybourne and Clayton… Captain Moss was the first man to reach the objective of the battalion… referring to the death of Lieut Arnold Clayton [he] says Clayton’s name is going to the Commanding Officer. He acted with the greatest courage, control and initiative at a most trying moment.

Vivid descriptions of the fighting are given in letters received from Lieut S Hall, who, before the war, was a clerk in the Corporation Offices at Macclesfield. Writing to his father, Mr S S Hall, Dicken St, Macclesfield, Lieut Hall says … we have had another show up here, and came out of it very well… we had a stiffer job… than anything I saw at Suvla… All approaches to the enemy position, from whatever direction, were absolutely void of the slightest cover… We got quite a number of Austrian and German prisoners, including officers, and they handed cigars and cigarettes round, also their flasks of brandy, etc. I found a very nice camera that had evidently belonged to a German… We have been resting for a few days and are bivouaced in a grove of fig trees… I have written to Mr Herringshaw and asked him to bring to notice the position… with regard to baccy and cigarettes. They are absolutely unprocurable and the men have been smoking tea-leaves…

The Borough Accountant (Mr Herringshaw) has received a long and interesting letter from Lieut Hall… You will know by now… we are well into Palestine, and the country is well cultivated… a welcome change from the everlasting sand of the Sinai Peninsula… The Turk had chosen his position with devilish cunning… on a long ridge defending the large town of Gaza… we had to cross 1½ miles of absolutely open ground, rising gradually to his trenches, on which there was not the slightest bit of cover… The main attack commenced at dawn… We made a march of about six miles to reach our position of readiness and then attacked immediately… The men had already been marching most of the previous night… Long lines of men in extended order walked across the open ground, which was swept by a… hail of shrapnel, rifle and machine-gun bullets. Taking no notice of the gaps made in their lines, the remainder went on in perfect formation as steady as though on parade… at four o’clock our troops had not been able to penetrate the enemy trenches… our Battalion, who were in reserve, were thrown into the fight… gallantly led by Captain Moss at the head of “A” Company… they walked right up to the enemy’s position and got straight to work with the bayonet… our Battalion was the first to penetrate the enemy line. It took some time to clear the whole position… we captured a good many prisoners, mostly Bulgarians and Austrians. I had a good look through the house which had been the Austrian headquarters and got a few interesting souvenirs… The water and food supply present great difficulties when on a move like this… Water… has been scarce. The men fall in twice a day with mess tins, and water is served out to them for drinking only. We did not get a wash or shave for four days, and not very much sleep… we have gone far ahead of the railway and canteens… 

 

A PRIVATE’S DESCRIPTION

Private A E Chatfield, writing to his sister, Miss M F Chatfield, of Mill Green, Sutton, says: I have been in action and I am thankful to say I have come through without a scratch… we were constantly thirsty and our allowance of water soon ran out… We had to advance over an open plain, and the machine guns planted on the hill fairly swept the ground. We got along as fast as possible and dropped once into a dip in the ground for a breather. Then the Captain called out “Come along, “A” Company,” and off we trotted again, fixing our bayonets on. There were wounded fellows lying about, and dead… a sad sight. But we had no time to think about it. Our fellows began to fall, and one asked me to take his pack off and get him his field dressing. It was the work of a few minutes… then I went on as fast as I could… We reached the enemy’s lines, where there was a cactus hedge banked up with soil, which gave a good cover from the bullets… the Turks retreated, and a number surrendered, including two German officers. We rested on the hill, and it was like walking on a roof… it was so steep… The doctors and stretcher bearers were busy till late, attending to the wounded… It is a sight to see two or three thousand camels, waiting their turn for water…

 

WATER DEARER THAN GOLD

Miss E Leah, of the Crown Hotel, Bond St, Macclesfield, has received a couple of interesting letters from her brother, Private John Leah, Cheshire Regt (T), describing the part the local Territorials took in the action at Gaza on March 26th and 27th… Arnold (a friend) and I pulled through all right, although we lost each other when we were making the charge. When we had driven the Turks out of their trenches we met again just outside the village, and our hands went together as if we had not seen each other for many years. We made the charge int he afternoon of March 26th, after marching about 14 miles with very little to eat, so you can tell it is not like the fighting the boys are having in France. We won the place that was given for us to take, but we could not hold it owing to the absence of water, which is dearer than gold… For this last seven days we have had nothing to eat, only biscuits and corned beef… we are not allowed to say anything about this place…

 

THE WOUNDED MEN

PRIVATE J LEES – Private Jabez Lees, whose wife and child reside in Brook St, Macclesfield, was wounded in France by shell fire on the 13th inst, and the injury was so severe that it was found necessary to amputate one of his legs behind the knee. Messrs Robert Proctor Ltd, Pickford St, by whom Private Lees had been employed since leaving school, on Saturday morning received the following letter from the Rev B C Wilson, Chaplain at the hospital in France where the unfortunate young man was lying: “Private J Lees has asked me to write… he… is making rapid progress. It ought not to be long before he is able to be moved from here… He sends his best respects to all the boys at the warehouse.” Since the receipt of this letter Private Lees has been removed to England and now lies in hospital in Sheffield… Private Lees is a native of Macclesfield and was educated at the Mill Street Wesleyan School… He is 23 years of age and was connected with the Park Green Congregational Church and the Townley Street Sunday School. Private Lees enlisted in the Cheshire Regt in March 1916 and went out to France last December. In February he volunteered with others to take part in a raiding expedition from which he escaped without injury…

PRIVATE H HORNBY – of the Cheshire Regt, only son of Mr Edward Hornby, 46 Garden St, Hurdsfield, was wounded in the Gaza battle and is now making satisfactory progress towards recovery Private Hornby is 20 years fo age and was born in Hurdsfield. He received his education at Mill Street Wesleyan Day School… and prior to enlistment was employed as a clerk in the goods department of the Greta Central Railway, Ardwick, Manchester. He joined the Cheshires in November, 1914, being then only 17 years of age, and was drafted out to Egypt last July. He was stationed at Cairo and in the desert for some time. Private Hornby’s cousin, Private Morris Noble, Cheshire Regt, was wounded on the Somme, and is now stationed at Chester. He was not seventeen when he enlisted. Another cousin, Private Arthur Hindley, of the RGA, has also been wounded in France, and is now at Somerset.

PRIVATE J GALLIMORE – Mrs Gallimore, 41 Jackson St, has been informed of the wounding at Gaza of her son, Private John Gallimore, Cheshire Regt. He is 19 years of age and enlisted two years ago. A native of Congleton, he received his education at Congleton St Mary’s day school and attended the church there. He was drafted out to Egypt nine months ago. Private Gallimore was formerly employed as a silk washer as Messrs J and T Brocklehurst (1911) Ltd, Hurdsfield. He had resided in Macclesfield for six years… Mrs Gallimore’s husband, Lce-Corpl J T Gallimore, is serving at Liverpool with the military police. He is 54 years of age and before joining the Army a month after the commencement of the war, was employed as a fustian tooler by Mr Parkinson, Duke St. He is an old soldier, having fought in the Burma war, for which he possesses the medal and clasp… he patriotically enlisted in the Cheshire Regt, from which he was transferred to the military police on account of his age. Lce-Corpl Gallimore is the father of eight children, the youngest of whom is three years fo age and the eldest twenty-six. Two other sons are serving in addition to the one wounded… [Privates Gilbert and Thomas Gallimore of the Cheshires]. Private Gilbert is 21 years of age and was present at… Suvla Bay. This week he has written home to say he was slightly wounded in the right leg and is now in hospital in Egypt. He was formerly employed at the Macclesfield shoe and slipper works, Sunderland St, and was a well-known local footballer. Private Thomas came safely through the battle of Gaza. Drafted out to Egypt last January, he is 23 years of age, and his wife and two children live at 5 Knight St. A son-in-law of Lce-Corpl Gallimore, Driver E Duckworth, Ches Regt, attached to the horse transport, whose wife and two children reside in Jackson St, is serving in France. Lce-Corpl Gallimore’s brother, Quartermaster-Sergeant Arthur Gallimore, of Congleton, went through the Dardanelles campaign and is now time-expired. He was connected with the old Congleton Volunteers and fought in the South African war, being mobilised as a reservist in August, 1914. Another brother, Private Charles Gallimore, also participated in the South African campaign, and was killed in France last September. His son, Private Albert Gallimore, Staffordshire Regt, was recently awarded the DCM for conspicuous bravery in France. Lce-Corpl Gallimore’s third brother, Private Allen Gallimore, has been discharged from the Army on account of wounds and frostbite. He in incapacitated and walks with the aid of crutches. A nephew, Sergt Major William Gallimore, was wounded in the arm at the Dardanelles, and has a brother serving in France.

PRIVATE A BANNER – Cheshire Regt, has written home to his mother, who lives in Bridge St, stating he was wounded in the right knee at Gaza and is going on well in hospital. Private Banner is 21 years of age and was educated at St John’s day school and attended the church there. Before enlistment he was employed as a dyer at the mill of Alderman P Davenport J.P., Bridge St. Private Banner joined the Cheshires a few months after the outbreak of war and participated in the landing at Suvla Bay. He was in hospital with dysentery and rheumatism, and after being stationed in the desert was transferred to Cairo. While there he passed an examination for the machine gun section, to which he became attached. He was a well-known local footballer, having played for the Park Lane Club. Lance-Corporal Banner, of the Cheshires, his brother, was killed in France in 1915.

PRIVATE A GRUNDY – Mr and Mrs Fred Grundy, Cross St, have been notified that their son, Private Albert Grundy, of the Cheshire Regt, was wounded in the abdomen by gunshot in the recent fighting in Mesopotamia. Private Grundy is 22 years of age and was educated at St George’s Day School. He attended St George’s Baptist Sunday School and prior to enlistment carried on business as a barber in Cross St. He was drafted out to Mesopotamia last June.

PRIVATE E S HARROP – Private Ernest Stanley Harrop, of the Liverpool Regt (Labour Section) has written to his mother in Oxford Rd stating that he was accidentally wounded in France on April 16th. Twenty-nine years of age, before joining the Army [he] managed the grocery business carried on by his mother. He was passed in class C2 at Chester and was called up seven or eight weeks ago, being drafted out to France a week later. Private Harrop is now at the base hospital, and the wound… in the chest, is… slight. His brother, Private John Edward Harrop, is serving with the Surrey Regt and came home on furlough last week to attend the funeral of Mr Alfred Harrison, his father-in-law.

PRIVATES A AND C BAILEY – Mr and Mrs Fred Bailey, 31 Saville St, have been officially notified that their son, Private Albert Bailey, Cheshire Regt, who was reported wounded at Gaza, is now missing and believed to be a prisoner of war. He is 25 years of age and was formerly employed at the Lower Heyes Mill as a cotton spinner. Enlisting on December 1st 1915, he was drafted out to Egypt on June 2nd of last year. Private Bailey has been in hospital three times with dysentery. Mrs Bailey also received the following letter from another son, Private Chas Bailey, of the Cheshire Regt, who was also present at the battle of Gaza… I suppose… you will have heard of the battle we have had with the Turks. I feel proud I have come through safely. I have been recommended by the Captain to the Colonel for good work… I came across… Albert, who was shot through both legs and I think he is safe in hospital… Private C Bailey is 21 years of age and received his education at St Peter’s day school; he was also a member of the Gymnastic Club and the Institute. Formerly employed by Messrs Heath Bros, printers, St George’s St, he enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war, and after training at Bedford, Northampton and Oswestry, was drafted to Egypt in January 1916. Another brother, Private James Bailey, is in training in England.

ACTING LANCE-CORPORAL J STEELE – An official intimation has reached Mr and Mrs Steele, 11 Higginbotham St, that their son, Acting Lance-Corporal John STeele, Manchester Regt, is lying in the Canadian General Hospital in France suffering from shell shock. Twenty years of age, he enlisted in January 1915 in the 2/7th Cheshires and was transferred to the Manchester Regt on going out to France last August. Prior to joining up he was employed as a dyer at Mrs Leech’s works and attended the Newtown Primitive Methodist Chapel and Sunday School. He step-brother, Private Fred Perry, who went through the Dardanelles campaign, is now serving with the Cheshire Territorials in Egypt. He did not take part int he fight at Gaza, being in hospital at the time.

 

THE MISSING MEN

PRIVATE JAMES O’CONNOR – Cheshire Regt (T) has been missing since the engagement at Gaza on March 26th. A single man, 42 years of age, he lived before the war with his sister, Mrs Bradshaw, Paradise St, Macclesfield, and was in business in the town as a fishmonger. He was educated at St Alban’s School and attended the Catholic Church. Private O’Connor joined the Territorials in February, 1915 and was transferred to the second line at Bedford, from where he went out with a draft to Egypt some time ago. He did not go to the Dardanelles. His brother, Private John O’Connor, who was also in the fish trade, was wounded in the thigh in France last July. Since then he has been in various hospitals in England and is now stationed with the Cheshires at Birkenhead. He expects to go out on foreig service again soon.

SIGNALLER G LOCKETT – Cheshire Regt, son of Mr G H Lockett, 22 Cotton St, Macclesfield, was posted missing after the battle of Gaza on March 26th. Signaller Lockett is 20 years of age and his wife resides at 13 Barracks Square, Crompton Rd. He was educated at Duke Street Day School and attended Christ Church being a member of the Young Men’s Bible Class. Before the war he was employed as a tie cutter at Mr Harry Turner’s, Brookside Mills. He became a Territorial at the age of sixteen and was mobilised on the outbreak of war. Signaller Lockett was drafted out to the Dardanelles and sustained a shrapnel wound in the arm at Suvla Bay. He went into hospital at Malta, where he developed dysentery. Later, he returned to England and underwent treatment at St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster. On leaving there he came home on furlough, and was married. He then reported at Oswestry and was drafted out to Egypt last October.

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

GUNNER A O GOLDS – who until joining the Army a few weeks ago, was on the teaching staff of St George’s School, has been passed into the signalling section of the RFA and is stationed at Preston.

 

VOLUNTEERS INSPECTED – MEMORABLE SCENE AT WATERS GREEN

An interesting spectacle was witnessed at Waters Green on Sunday afternoon, when the 7th (Macclesfield) Battalion of the Cheshire Volunteer Regiment, comprising the detachments from Macclesfield, Congleton, Bollington and Siddington, were inspected by Colonel George Dixon, J.P., D.L., Commanding Officer of the Regiment… The event aroused great interest among the Volunteers and the general public, this being the first occasion, since the formation of the battalion nearly two years ago, that the regimental commanding officer has paid it a visit. As a spectacular affair, the inspection was much enjoyed by the townspeople, who assembled in their thousands on the main thoroughfares converging on Waters Green… Both the Macclesfield and Congleton bands, under the conductorship of Bandmaster Massey, took part, and their playing of the Cheshire regimental march added to the interest of the proceedings. Over 500 officers and men were on parade… the Siddington contingent joining the Macclesfield company at the Drill Hall about 3.30 and proceeded by way of Catherine St, Bond St and Park Lane to the Congleton Rd, where they met the Congleton contingent, who had left their headquarters at two o’clock… Returning, they were joined at the junction with Oxford Rd by the Bollington company, and the battalion then went to Waters Green by way of Park Lane and Sunderland St. On arrival they were drawn up opposite the Central Station and the general salute was given upon Colonel Dixon making his appearance… Following the speech-making, the Battalion proceeded via Hibel Rd and Jordangate to the Drill Hall, where the men were dismissed… Tea was provided for the Congleton and Bollington contingents int he Drill Hall, the catering being excellently carried out by Mr T Kelsall, at the conclusion of which they proceeded home by train, the Siddington men returning by route march.

 

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT FOR DISABLED SOLDIERS

A conference of local employers of labour, organised by the War Pensions Committee, was held at the Macclesfield Town Hall on Monday night… considering the question of training and finding employment for soldiers and sailors disabled in the war… it was resolved to… appoint a sub-committee of seven… to survey the industries of the town with a view to ascertain what facilities exist for the training of disabled soldiers and sailors…

 

EAT LESS AND SLOWER – WAR TO BE WON AT HOME

A public meeting, arranged by the Macclesfield Food Control Committee in support of food economy, was held at the Town Hall on Friday night… The chairman said they were all… suffering from the effects of the food shortage, and they should do all that was possible to conserve the supply. The local education authority had taken a step int he right direction. Six weeks ago a proposal was brought… to provide dinners at the School Feeding Centre for the children of parents who were employed in factories… the provision of such dinners was now in operation… A two-course dinner was given at a charge of 3d per head, and over sixty children had been catered for one one day. Tickets for the dinners were issued from the schools… [with] the consent of the Board of Education they would be able to provide on a larger scale… Mrs Hudson Lyall remarked that she felt strongly on… the care in the consumption of foodstuffs… It was an appeal to the women… they had to take care that the men were not hampered by shortness of money or food. If women were careless in those things they would be failing those who were away fighting… The selfish argued that the Germans were starved out… the enemy was still… well. The next argument was that they did not believe England was short of food… Last year… there was a world shortage of wheat, and the submarine menace added to the difficulty of importing foodstuffs. The supplies came literally at the price of sailors’ lives… they could attack the problem by making sure there was no waste. They had got to do with less… A way of obtaining all the nutriment out of food was to eat more slowly… Councillor F Hall… spoke of the necessity of educating the working classes… The whole point was to impress themselves with a sense of duty, and the time had come for the women of England to fight the battle as well as the men.

 

SOLDIERS’ ENTERTAINMENT AT THE MEMORIAL HALL

An enjoyable social gathering, arranged by the Wounded Soldiers’ Entertainment Sub-Committee, took place at the Brocklehurst Memorial Hall on Saturday, when there were nearly 100 guests present from the three local hospitals. The proceedings took the form of a whist drive, competitions, tea and concert. Mr H W Bloor directed the drive, in which the prize-winners were: 1, Pte T Luck, 94; 2, Pte J Rooke, 92; 3, L/Cpl Walsh, 91; consolation, Pte J Channer, 61. The results of the competitions: Darning: 1, Pte W A Pincombe; 2, Pte R Whincup. Tailless Donkey: 1, Pte Hayward; 2, Pte Bertwhistle. Guessing weight of a cheese (correct weight, 38lbs): 1, Pte Geraghty, 38lbs 3ozs; 2, Pte Wraith, 37lbs 8ozs. The donors fo the prizes were Mr T J Donohue (3), Miss Clayton, Mrs ALlen and the Committee. During the whist drive and after tea, musical items were given by Mrs White, Mdlle Lambrechts, Miss Fowler, Miss Clark, Miss Jansen, Mr P Hammond and Private Walton, and the accompaniments were efficiently played by Mr J Goodwin… a pleasant function terminated with the singing of the National Anthem.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

DEATHS

BROADHURST – Killed in action on the 26th March, 1917, Private Ralph Broadhurst, of the Cheshire Regt, at Gaza, Palestine, aged 31. Dearly beloved son of Mr and Mrs Broadhurst, 6 Baker Street.

 


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