Bygone news: 11 May 1917 – The Macclesfield Times

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




Private Harry Henshaw, of the Manchester Regt, son of Mrs Henshaw, 37 St George’s Street, has been killed in action in France… Second-Lieut. R E Watling wrote: …your son… was killed by a shell on the afternoon of 30th April… he was unconscious up till the time he died and therefore suffered no pain. He was greatly liked by his comrades in No 3 platoon… he was one of my best men… Sergt A Taylor stated: …I write these few lines on behalf of the Lewis gunners of A company… Your son Harry was one of my best men, a thorough soldier and a gentleman… he had all the assistance that could possibly be given, and he was spared any pain for he died almost instantly. It was purely bad luck. He was enjoying the sunshine along with a few more boys when a shell came along and hit them, killing Harry and another boy… He has had a decent funeral in a pretty little spot behind the lines, and the grave will be tended whenever possible by the gunners, who mourn a true comrade and brother. Private Henshaw was only nineteen years of age and received his education at Lord Street Day School… He was formerly employed at the London Road Mill of Councillor A W Hewetson as an embroiderer, and joined up just twelve months ago. He went into training at Colchester, and while there took part in a shooting competition and gained a gold medal as the crack shot of the battalion. Private Henshaw was drafted out to France seven weeks ago and became attached to the Lewis gunners. He was at one time a member of the Brunswick Boy Scouts, with whom he first practised shooting. Prior to going out tot he front he came home on four days’ draft leave. His father, Private James Henshaw, is serving with the Cheshires and is at present stationed on the East Coast. He is 46 years of age and the father of six children. He has served in Egypt where he was attached to the camel transports, and was invalided home with dysentery. Prior to the war he served nine years with the old Macclesfield Volunteers, and before enlisting in the January following the outbreak of hostilities was employed by Brunner Mond & Co, Northwich.



Private Thomas William Savage, of the Cheshire Regt, only son of the late Alderman Thomas Savage and of Mrs Savage, 10 Catherine St, was killed in action in Egypt on April 19th. Twenty-eight years of age and single, Private Savage was a native of Macclesfield and commenced his education at Christ Church Day School, afterwards going to the Modern School. On leaving school he was employed as a clerk in the office of Messrs Aked Parkinson’s mineral water works, Westminster St, and afterwards went as apprentice to Messrs Ray’s, Great King St. He enlisted in November following the outbreak of war and after training at Bedford, Northampton and Aberystwyth was drafted out to Suvla Bay. While there he sustained a wound int eh ankle and was transferred to hospital at Alexandria. Upon recovery, Private Savage rejoined his regiment, and… took part in the battle of Gaza on March 26th. He came through safely and wrote a field-card on the day before his death, stating that he was alright. This was received by his mother the day after the official intimation of his death came through. He was to have come home on leave next October. Pte Savage took an interest in cricket, football, billiards, running and walking. He has two cousins serving in Egypt, whom he had met out there, namely Private Arnold Savage, of the Cheshire Regt, and Sergt Harold Hodkinson, who is expecting a commission.



Private A E Chatfield… [has been] killed in Egypt. He was brought up by his aunt, who resides at Fern Lea, Mill Green, Macclesfield, and with whom the sisters of the deceased soldier are also living. Private Chatfield, who was 34 years of age, was educated at St George’s School, where he proved an apt pupil, and he continued his studies at the School of Art. There he was a very diligent student and carried off several prizes for design, etc. A beautiful design executed by him adorns the wall of St George’s School. Private Chatfield fought at the battle of Gaza on March 26th-27th… and he fell in the subsequent fighting in Palestine. He was highly respected in Macclesfield for his manly qualities and upright Christian bearing, and many friends deplore the loss of a bright and cheerful comrade.



Mr and Mrs Thomas Robinson, Rainow Rd, Higher Hurdsfield, have been informed of the death in action in France on April 23rd of their son, Private Horace Robinson, of the South Lancs Regt. Private J Jackson, a Hurdsfield man, wrote …Horace and I were the closest of friends and had been so from our childhood. We were called up on the same date, and succeeded in getting into the same regiment. This caused a brotherly affection to spring up between us… your son died out here sticking to his post while under shell fire…




Lieutenant Hugh Carswell, Cheshire Regt, has been wounded in France and is now a patient at the Whitworth Street Hospital, Manchester. He was in charge of a company of pioneers, who were engaged in trench repairing when a shell burst over them. Lieut Carswell was struck by shrapnel under the right shoulder and in the ribs, and… an operation will be necessary to extract the pieces. Although severe, the wounds… are not regarded as dangerous. After receiving treatment in one of the Duchess of Westminster’s hospitals at Le Toquet, the Lieutenant was removed to England and arrived in Manchester at half-past one on Saturday morning. Lieut Carswell is the youngest son of the late Mr William Carswell, Yew Tree Cottage, Sutton, his elder brothers being the Rev A Carswell and Mr A G Carswell, the last-named being the agent to the Capesthorne Estate of Col Bromley-Davenport, DSO. Lieut Carswell was articled to Mr A T Pattinson, Macclesfield, and joined the Army after passing his final examination as a solicitor, receiving his commission in the Cheshire Regt. Last September he was married at Gawsworth Parish Church to Miss Kathleen Slingsby, youngest daughter of the late Mr John Slingsby, of Redcliffe and Lytham, and he proceeded to the front shortly after. His wife is now residing at Fallibroome.



Private Harry Chew, of the Lancs Fusiliers, has written to his wife, who resides at 111, Commercial Rd, Hurdsfield, stating that he was wounded in the shoulder with shrapnel on May 2nd, and is now at a base hospital in France. Private Chew is 26 years of age, and prior to enlistment carried on business as a hairdresser in Commercial Rd. He was connected with St Alban’s Church and received his early education at the day school there, later attending Mill Street Day School. Private Chew joined the Army on September 4th 1915, being at the time president of the Macclesfield and District Hairdressers’ Association. He was stationed at Colchester for six months and was drafted out to France eight weeks ago. While at the front he was appointed the battalion barber. Private Chew was attached to the machine-gun section.



Corporal J Morris, Ches Regt, of 27 Roe St. has been severely wounded in France. He is only 21 years of age and has served since the outbreak of war, being mobilised with the local Territorials. He was one of the 100 men from Macclesfield and District who transferred to another battalion for service in France. In civil life he was engaged in the building trade. Corporal Morris was previously wounded last September and had only just returned to France when he was again injured. Second-Lieut Scott, writing to the Corporal’s father, states that he was wounded on the night of May 2nd and adds It was hard luck getting hit so soon… he will be away from the line for some time… no need for you to worry. A letter has also been received from the sister of the hospital at Havre… stating that the Corporal is very badly wounded in both hips. His condition is serious and he has been placed on the list of dangerously ill.



Private Charles Tebay, of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, a Macclesfield man, was on board the Arcadian which was torpedoed in the Eastern Mediterranean on April 15th. He had a thrilling experience, which is described in a letter to his parents, Mr and Mrs Tebay, of the Water House, Black Rd. Pte Tebay is their eldest son and joined the colours on January 2nd this year… He was sent to Kimnel Park Camp and then transferred to Litherland… At the end of ten weeks he had his first and final leave, and shortly after… was drafted out to France en route for Egypt, whither he was proceeding on the Arcadian. In civil life he was employed as clerk and cashier by Mr B Cooke, builder and contractor, Buxton Rd, with whom he had been for nearly eight years. Mr and Mrs Tebay’s youngest son, Fred, is now in hospital in France. Private Tebay says: Our boat was torpedoed last night… we had just had tea and I had gone on deck when there was a crash and the boat quivered from stem to stern and then another crash. I hurried to the lifeboat which had been allotted to our men… the big boat had already begun to sink terribly. The lifeboat was nearly full so we tried to push it away from the big boat as we could see the great yawning funnels coming down on top of us; we were too late, however, and the boat came down and capsized our lifeboat and sucked us under. I seemed to be fathoms and fathoms deep… We had no time for anything; in less than seven minutes from the boat being hit, it had gone under and disappeared… suddenly I realised I could breathe and I saw a lump of wood floating ont eh water, so I clutched that under my arm. I already had a lifebelt on, and then I saw two men near me and we floated together with a piece of wood under each arm. The water was quite warm at first, but we could not get near the lifeboats, and although we shouted they could not get them near to us and we floated about like that for four hours… each time we saw a boat it bucked us up a bit, only to be disappointed to find that the boat could not pick us up. At last I felt that I must faint for I had clung about as long as I could, when I saw a boat about twenty yards away. The waves carried me to the boat and the sailor reached out his oar and saved me…




A memorial service to Private Harold Belfield, Cheshire Regt, who died on April 11th from wounds received in action in Mesopotamia, was conducted at Park Green United Methodist Chapel on Sunday night… The late Private Belfield had paid the supreme sacrifice at an early age, and… he had exhibited in his brief life excellent qualities of manhood to which tribute was paid int he letters which brought the news of his death. The hymn Peace, perfect peace was sung, Alderman W Frost, J.P., C.C., presiding at the organ.



Lieut A R Oldfield, only son of the Town Clerk of Macclesfield (Mr F R Oldfield) has been promoted to the rank of Captain while on active service in France. He was educated at the Grammar School and upon leaving entered the office of his father, to whom he acted as assistant until joining the Army. In June 1915 he entered the Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps, and received his commission as Second-Lieut on December 24th following, being posted to the 27th Manchesters, with whom he trained at Southport and Altcar. Proceeding to France in July 1916, he was transferred to the 22nd Manchesters, but shortly afterwards was re-posted to a line battalion of the same regiment… Captain Oldfield, prior to the war, had served for five years in the local Territorials, in which he held the rank of Sergeant when he became time-expired in April, 1914. His grandfather the late Mr William Oldfield, was with the Volunteer movement for thirty-two years. He enlisted as a private on the formation of the corps, and his name is inscribed on the brass tablet erected in the Drill Hall… He later became Quartermaster of the Battalion. He passed away 23 years ago and was accorded a military funeral. Captain A R Oldfield was formerly secretary of the Macclesfield Cycling Club and a member of the Tennis Club…



Mr A Mitchell Kirk, only son of Mr H Kirk, who has been for many years with Messrs Barclay and Co, solicitors, Macclesfield, has been gazetted to a commission as Second-Lieutenant and posted to the 5th Battalion (S.R.) of the Rifle Brigade… Educated at the Macclesfield Grammar School, Lieut Kirk is 26 years of age, and for upwards of nine years was one of the chief counter clerks at Parr’s Bank, Macclesfield. Enlisting in the local Territorials in February 1915, he was soon promoted to Corporal and then joined the Altcar School of Musketry, from which he passed out with a first-class certificate. Subsequently he was engaged as musketry instructor at Oswestry. Last December… he proceeded to a cadet school near Lichfield, and came through his examinations at the top of the list… Lieut Kirk… left Macclesfield on Wednesday for Minster, Isle of Sheppey, and he expects shortly to be drafted out to France.

Mr H Malcolm Hutton, son of the Rev W Percy Hutton, formerly a Wesleyan minister at Macclesfield, and grandson of the late Mr Israel Rowson, Park Lane House, has received a commission in the Royal Flying Corps. Prior to joining the Army about eighteen months ago Mr Hutton was with his uncle, Mr Herbert Rowson, in the Macclesfield and Leek offices of Messrs I Rowson & Son. His elder brother, Second-Lieut P G Hutton, is in Macedonia.



We have received from the Mayor, Mr Alderman Crew, J.P., the following Appeal to the inhabitants of Macclesfield to economise in the consumption of food… Sir, Macclesfield people have in so many ways “helped to win the war” that it is impossible to question either their patriotism or their readiness to make any necessary sacrifice… Germany has resorted to wholesale piracy, and is sinking ships at sight, in order to try and starve us out… We civilians can mitigate the effects of that which we cannot prevent – provided that every one of us eats a little less than usual for the next few weeks. We have adopted the voluntary rations at my house, and most of your readers have probably done the same… I appeal to all your readers to make it a point of honour to keep well within the voluntary rations, and influence their relatives and friends to follow their example…




GOSS – Killed in action, on or since the 15th July 1916, Second-Lieut Hubert John Goss, M.C., Cheshire Regt, dearly-loved third son of Mr and Mrs Adolphus W H Goss, of Alsager, Cheshire, aged 25 years.


HAWORTH – On May 3rd, from wounds received in action on April 28th, Second Lieutenant Philip Theodore Haworth, R.F.A., aged 20, eldest son of Alfred Haworth, Woodend, Altrincham, and grandson of the late Alexander Muir.


PICKERING – Killed in action, on April 15th, Charles Leigh, Captain Cheshire Regt, attached to Royal Flying Corps, aged 22, only son of Mr and Mrs R L Pickering, Bramley, Knutsford.



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