In this feature to commemorate the First World War, we will bring you the news as it happened in 1915, as reported by the Morpeth Herald. All material is published with kind permission of the Mackay family. We thank them for their support and generosity in allowing us access to their archive.
Mrs Glass, of 158 Bothal Terrace, Pegswood, has received the following letter, dated Sept. 21st, from Captain Smail, 7th N.F.:—
Dear Madam,— Yesterday I duly received a parcel of clothing from you for the members of my Company. I am requested by them to write and thank the children of Pegswood School for their gift. They very much appreciate the kind thoughts which prompted you to send it.— Yours truly, H.R. Smail, Capt., 7th N.F.
On Saturday, the 7th, Northumberland Fusiliers are going to have a recruiting march, accompanied by their band.
They will entrain from Alnwick to Longhirst, and march to Ashington, Seaton Hirst, North Seaton, Newbiggin, and Woodhorn. There will be a recruiting meeting at Newbiggin at night.
This Battalion had a successful recruiting meeting at Whalton on Wednesday night, when five recruits were obtained. Tonight (Friday) there will be a recruiting meeting at Netherton.
COMMISSION FOR LOCAL RAILWAY CLERK
Sergt. A. Crone, who was employed as a booking clerk at Choppington Railway Station prior to the war, has been gazetted Second Lieutenant in the Yorks and Lancaster Regiment.
He was previously in the 18th Hussars, in which he was successively Corporal and Sergeant. He has acted as booking clerk at Annitsford, Morpeth and other stations.
“THE GERMAN SAUSAGE”
(By H. Seabrook, No. 1 Camp)
You’ve seen them hanging in the shops,
They’re long and smooth and round,
They’re mostly tied up at the tops,
And cost ninepence a pound.
They are the German sausage that
We used to eat with bread;
Some were lean and others fat,
But we ate them without dread.
But since the boys came into France
We’ve seen another kind—
The sort of thing that makes us dance,
Some shelter quick to find.
We hear at first the ‘sausage’ gun,
Then through the air she races,
And what we have to do is run
To find the safest places.
The sentry on the watch shouts out:
‘Eh; sausage on the right!’
And what we have to do is run
To the left with all our might.
And when it dabs, oh, what a row—
Enough to drive you mad—
But we are quite accustomed now
And don’t think them so bad.
So our advice to anyone
Who wants to stay on earth
Is, when he hears the ‘sausage’ gun
Give the ‘sausage’ a wide berth.
But if he wants to show his pluck,
And doesn’t care to run;
Up he’ll go with the best of luck,
And his regiment will lose one.
The 2nd Shropshire Yeomanry at present in camp at Ellington are having their regimental sports on Wednesday first.
A varied and interesting programme of sports has been arranged for the occasion, including competitions and races on foot and horseback. The sports will be held at the Dean Farm, Ellington, commencing at two in the afternoon.
By kind permission of Lieut.-Colonel H.C. Watson and officers, the Band of the 6th Durham Light Infantry will play a selection of music during the proceedings.
BROOMHILL WAR RELIEF FUND
The monthly meeting of the Amble U.D Council was held on Tuesday last.
The chairman read a letter from the Rev. W.A. Macallan, of Broomhill, stating that at the meeting of the Broomhill and District Relief Fund held at Amble, it was decided to write to the Amble Council and ask them to appoint two representatives on this committee.
The chairman said he ought to have brought this matter before the Council before that night, but whether it was his fault or the Surveyor’s it might be hard to say; but they would divide the blame.
He explained the object of the Fund, which was to assist wounded and disabled soldiers.
Mr Foreman: I thought the Government promised to attend to that.
Chairman: Yes; they intend to do it, but this is for their assistance. I don’t know how far this town has responded, but there is 1¼ per cent kept of the miners for a good many months.
The chairman and vice-chairman were appointed to represent the Council on the committee.
A meeting of the Northumberland Education Committee was held yesterday (Thursday) at the Moot Hall, Newcastle. Ald. A.E. Bell (vice-chairman) presided at the outset, Sir Francis Blake later taking charge of the meeting.
A discussion took place in regard to the stoppage of the half salary of Alexander Locke, the first teacher–soldier reported missing.
The Chairman said there was a letter from Mr Joshua Locke, the father, pointing out that the committee had stopped the half-salary six days before the lad had been reported missing, and contrasted the case with others in the county.
Mr Craigs suggested that the matter should be deferred.
In reply to a question, the chairman replied that the matter had been raised by a letter from the local managers.
Mr Bell, in reply to the chairman, stated that the committee would keep the matter in sight.
It is customary at this season of the year to record the result of our leek clubs, which in normal times are most plentiful. Such cannot be said this year, as many have had to be abandoned.
It is most difficult to carry on successfully such clubs without outside donations in money or kind, and at a time like this it requires a brave man to solicit donations for an object of this kind when so many calls are being made on behalf of causes which are so closely associated with the demands of the country.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Pte. J. Frigelgas, 6th East Yorks Regiment, of Bedlington, wounded.
Private William Nelson, a Seghill man, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, is reported missing.
Pte. J.D. Johnson, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, of North Seaton, is missing.
Private J. Simmons, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, of New Delaval is missing.
Private F. Davidson, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, of Ashington, wounded.
Lance-Cpl. Fenwick, Coldstream Guards, of Hirst, killed in action.
Pte. John Carr, of Hartford Colliery, wounded.
Pte. Charles Roll, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, of Ashington, wounded.
Signaller Thomas Wilson, 6th East Yorks, of Blyth, is reported a prisoner of war.
Private Frank Leddy, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, of Bedlington, wounded.
Pte. W.B. Dixon, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, of Cambois, missing.
Seaman R. Baxter, Royal Naval Division, of Ashington, wounded.
Lance-Corpl. D. McGlen, of Bedlington, is a prisoner of war.
Pte. Whiteman of Cowpen Colliery, wounded.
Lance-Cpl. G. Crawford, Cowpen Colliery, wounded.
Lance-Cpl. J.R. Crawford, of Cowpen Colliery, wounded.
Lance-Cpl. T. Dixon, of Newbiggin, missing.
Pte. J.F. Scougal, 6th East Yorks, of Bedlington, wounded.
Lance-Cpl. C.B. Scott, 1st Northumberland Fusiliers, of Ashington, wounded.
Lance-Cpl. S. Clough, East Yorks, of Bedlington, wounded.
Pte. C. Massey, West Yorks, of Bedlington, wounded.
Pte. T. Riddle, East Yorks, of Bedlington, wounded.
Pte. J.R. Jackson, East Yorks, of Bedlington, wounded.
Pte. M Taylor, 6th East Yorks, of Bedlington, wounded.
Seaman Thos. Bryson, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, of Newsham, has died.
Pte. R.W. Shields, 11th Northumberland Fusiliers, a native of West Sleekburn, has been killed in action.
Corporal Thomas P. Coxon, 9th West Yorks, of Newbiggin, missing at the Dardanelles.
Pte. J. Gibbs, of the 6th East Yorks Regiment, New Hartley, has been wounded at the Dardanelles.
Pte. John Furness, 6th East Yorks Regiment, a native of Bedlington, has been made a prisoner of war.
News has been received at Ashington that Private J.S. Miller, 11th Northumberland Fusiliers, has been accidently killed.
Miss Telford, Bedlington, has had official notice that her brother, Thomas T. Telford, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, has been wounded in the Dardanelles.
Mr and Mrs Thomas Roughhead, of Shankhouse Row, Shankhouse, have received information that their son, Private John Rougham, of the 10th Batt. N.F., has been wounded whilst in action in France.
Pte. William Nelson, 5th N.F., who went out to France in April is reported missing since May 20. Mrs Moyes, Post Office Buildings, Seghill, would be glad of any information concerning him.
Sergt. John Edminson, son of Mr and Mrs J. Edminson, Pottergate, Alnwick, has been shot in the left thigh whilst in action in France. This is the second time he has been wounded.
Mr and Mrs Thomas Dixon of 7 Watergate, Cambois, will be glad to receive any information of their son, Pte. W.B. Dixon, 16453, 8th Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers, who has been missing since August 19th.
Information has been received by Mr John McDonald, 117, Woodhorn Road, Ashington, that his son, Corporal D. McDonald 8th N.F. has been posted as missing at the Dardanelles since August 19. Any information will be gladly received by his relatives.
Mrs Edward Fairless, of 3 Spice Cake Row, Seghill, will thankfully receive any information regarding her husband, Able Seaman Ed. Fairless, late Collingwood Batt. (Z7941), who was posted missing at the Dardanelles, June 4th, 1915.
Mrs Mitchinson, 238 Sycamore Street, Ashington has been informed by the War Office that her son, Pte. Jos. Mitchinson, 4169, 8th N.F., has been missing since August 19th at the Dardanelles. Any information concerning him will be greatly appreciated by his mother.
Mr John T. Hope, of 29 West Terrace, Stakeford, Choppington, late of Cowpen Village, has been officially notified of the fact that his son, Private George Hope, 4063, 8th N.F., is posted as missing at the Dardanelles on August 19th. His parents would welcome any news of him that his comrades can give. Hope was the first man to enlist from the Bomar Pit when war was declared.
Mr and Mrs John Calvert, of 11 Chapel Place, Seaton Burn, has received an official intimation from the Admiralty that their second son Able-Seaman Thomas Summers Calvert, has been dangerously wounded in the Gallipoli Peninsula on 7th Sept. It is also to be regretted that Mr and Mrs Calvert’s eldest son, Private James Calvert, 5th Northumberland Fusiliers, has been posted as missing since May 24th.
Mrs Moyes, of Post Office Building, Seghill Colliery, will be glad if any readers of the “Morpeth Herald” could give her any information respecting her son-in-law, Pte. Wm. Nelson, of the 5th Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers, who has been missing since May 20th. Pte. Nelson went out with the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 20th April, but has not been heard of since the above date.
7th BATT. NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS (T.F.)
It is proposed to form a fund for the purpose of supplying comforts for the men of this local Territorial Regiment, which now consists of three units (1st, 2nd, and 3rd lines) and friends are invited to assist either by a donation to the fund or by expressing their willingness to send such articles as may be required.
Lieut.-Colonel R. Scott, Newton House, Lesbury, Northumberland, has consented to act as honorary secretary and treasurer and those desirous of helping are requested to communicate with him. All donations and gifts will be acknowledged in the Press, and in order to avoid unnecessary articles being made, all particulars will be sent to those who express their desire to make or collect gifts. The secretary will be in communication with commanding officers as to the needs of each unit.
MORPETH P.M. HARVEST FESTIVAL
There was a large attendance at the harvest thanksgiving services which were held in the Primitive Methodist Church, Morpeth, on Sunday and Monday evenings. The preacher was the Rev. J.C. Sutcliffe, who took his text in the morning from Matt., 9, 27-28: “Then said he unto His disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the Harvest, that He will send forth labourers in His harvest.”
The text was very appropriate for the present year; and in the evening the text was “While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8, 22.)
Music was ably rendered by the choir, Mr J.T, Proctor being the organist.
The Rev. Mr Sutcliffe, in his address on Monday night, stated that this was the first time for about thirteen years that the Rev. R. Walton had missed coming to the harvest festival; but this time he (Mr Sutcliffe) was sure that the whole congregation would sympathise with the Rev. and Mrs Walton, who had lost a son at the front.
Councillor R.N. Swinney, who also addressed those present, said he was pleased to be present once more, and he could deeply sympathise with the Rev. and Mrs Walton, or anyone who had sons at the Front. Councillor Swinney then called upon Mr Thomas Clark to commence the auction sale of fruit and flowers.
Those who assisted at the auction sale were Miss Ella Mouat, Miss Wood and Messrs Rowe, Young and Sutcliffe. The church was beautifully decorated, principally the work of the choir and a few friends.
The two collections and the sale of the fruit and flowers amounted to over £7.
RIFLE SHOOTING AT ULGHAM
The Ulgham Civilian Rifle Club entertained Ashington Civilian Rifle Club and Ashington Volunteer Training Corps in a three-cornered contest at Ulgham on Saturday afternoon.
Ashington Civilians won by ten points, thus reversing the result of three weeks ago at Ashington, the Volunteer Training Corps again taking third place. Tea was provided for the visitors in the local reading-room after the match, and a pleasant afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The distances were 25 yards and 50 yards.
RED CROSS HOSPITAL, MORPETH
The Commandant acknowledges with grateful thanks gifts from the following:— Mrs Joicey, vegetables and flowers; Miss Phaup, fruit; Mrs Cairns, jam, butter; Girl’s Council School, eggs; Mrs Rayne, eggs, butter, honey, and flowers; Mrs Temple, salad; Mr Lumley, apples; Miss Hudson, fruit; Mr Straker (Angerton), 8 brace grouse; Mrs Whittle, papers and books; Miss Simpson, fruit and flowers; Mrs Oliver (Bowmer Bank), jam and fruit; Miss Ashton, eggs and flowers; Mrs Joseph Simpson, cake; Mrs Harding, cakes; Mrs Hobson, bread; Mrs Clayton, papers, vegetables and fruit; Mrs Jennings, scones; Miss Mount, gloves; Miss May Walton, eggs and jam; Mrs Irwin, milk; Mrs Moffitt, flowers, jam, and chutney; Miss Wanlace, fruit salad; Mrs R. Browell (Park House), fruit; Mrs Burdon, vegetables; Mrs Elliot, fruit.
At the present time the hospital is in very great need of the following articles:— Fresh eggs; sheets for single beds; bolster cases; woollen night-shirts.
SOLDIERS’ CONVALESCENT CAMP AT ALNWICK
The hut encampment at Alnwick, recently occupied by the Tyneside Scottish Brigade of the Northumberland Fusiliers is now in process of conversion into a large military hospital for the accommodation of convalescent soldiers belonging to the Scottish and Northern Command.
The object of a camp like this is to receive soldiers who have been wounded and treated at the base general hospitals, and who are considered fit to go to the Front again after six weeks’ treatment in the convalescent hospital. The patients, who will be admitted will come from the service hospital where they have received first treatment.
This military convalescent hospital really consists of four camps, originally erected for the accommodation of an infantry brigade.
It has a large area, and the administrative block will be arranged in what is at present known as the “B” camp. A chief feature of this block is the reception room, which will be attended to by a committee of ladies in the district working under the direction of Lady Howick (chairman), and Lady Muriel Percy (hon. secretary.) In this department many patients will be received and entertained prior to being passed on into divisions for final treatment. As far as possible, these divisions will be territorial in character.
The recreation rooms will be supplied with notepaper and writing materials, and some musical instruments, and the Ladies Committee are very desirous that kindly disposed persons who have pianos and gramophones will lend them for use in these rooms.
In addition there will be two large huts in Camp “C” converted into a hospital for 50 beds, which it is intended will be under the superintendence of Lady Victoria Percy (commandant) and members of the Alnwick Voluntary Aid Detachment of the Red Cross Society, and the commandant of the camp (Colonel Broomegiles, C.C.), who will have a staff of 10 officers and 178 men of the R.A.M.C., and other orderlies.
This hospital camp will accommodate from 2,000 to 2,500 patients when completed.
WOUNDED SOLDIERS ENTERTAINED AT CRAGSIDE
On Wednesday afternoon a large number of wounded soldiers stationed at Alnwick were conveyed in 17 motor-cars (kindly lent for the occasion) to Cragside Hall, by the invitation of the Right Hon. Lord Armstrong.
They were received by Lieut. the Hon. W. Watson-Armstrong, who was severely wounded and gassed at the Front, but whom, we are glad to say, is now convalescent. Most of the men present were of his own regiment, the 7th Northumberland Fusiliers. Secont-Lieut. T. O. Donkin (Rothbury), who was himself wounded at the Front, was in charge of the men on this occasion.
Tea was served in the Jubilee Hall, Lord Armstrong and his son being present, also a party of ladies and gentlemen from Cragside. Hearty cheers were given by the men for his lordship and his son. The tea was catered for by Mrs Watson, of the Queen’s Head Hotel, and the tables waited upon by members of the Rothbury branch of the Red Cross Society. The Band of the 7th Northumberland Fusiliers was in attendance.
The outing was thoroughly enjoyed by the brave men who had fought for their country.