HERALD WAR REPORT: News, notices and adverts from the Morpeth Herald, September 10, 1915.
HERALD WAR REPORT: News, notices and adverts from the Morpeth Herald, September 10, 1915.


The eleventh quarterly meeting of the Northern Colliery Officials’ Association was held on Saturday afternoon at the Coal Trade Hall, Newcastle.

Suggestions for the increased output of coal during the war were considered, and after some discussion the following were approved: (a) Reduction of abstention to a minimum; (b) dispatch in conveying workmen from the surface to their working face; (c) provision of good working conditions and stoppage of places yielding low average output where possible; (d) giving of bonuses to all workmen for full time, six days to constitute a week’s work, and double pay for Sunday work; (e) female surface labour to receive the same pay and bonuses as male labour, females to be entitled to industrial war medals, and female labour, where it can be employed at the surface, to be a last resort; (f) suspension of the Eight Hours Act when the Government and the miners’ leaders consider it inevitable; (g) local class distinctions to be laid aside, enabling masters and workmen to meet freely; (h) owners, officials and workmen to share all enhanced profits; (i) the country’s welfare to be placed first, inflated prices and all other side issues obscuring the main issue to be considered as aiding the Germans; (j) if possible, the cessation of recruiting in the coalfields.

It was also suggested that meetings be held for every separate colliery, to be attended by the owners, officials, workmen, and local magnates, in order to create a burning zeal for a larger output of coal.

A further suggestion was that local committees of all concerned be appointed to meet weekly to consider the above suggestions and (1) average output per man per day, (2) average abstentions, and (3) cost of coal per ton at the pit head: the committee to work (1) by ensuring that everything was done in the pit to obtain a high average tonnage per man per day, tabulating output data and instituting comparisons, and work. No. 2 by examining the office time book, discussing its contents, and applying the necessary remedies. No. 3 would depend on Nos. 1 and 2. The committee should also have power to allocate special bonuses for full time and for high average outputs. Women’s meetings should also be held to assist increasing zeal for full duty.

The Executive Committee decided to leave the amount to be invested in the War Loan in abeyance until next month.

The representatives present from all the large and important coalfields of Durham decided to press in every legitimate and honourable way for the due and full recognition by the association by the Coalowners’ Association.

Satisfaction was expressed that the Colliery Officials’ Association was now fully recognised by Government, inasmuch as they received ten invitations to attend the recent mining and coal output conference in London, three of which were accepted.


A.B. Seaman G. Robinson, of Newbiggin, wounded.

Pte. L. Candlish, 8th N.F. Choppington, has been wounded.

Pte. T.W. Lawson, 8th N.F., of Stakeford, has been wounded.

Private H. Divine, 8th N.F., of Blyth, has been wounded at the Dardanelles.

A.B. Seaman N. Imrie, of New York, near Backworth, wounded.

Lance-Corporal T.W. Weatherly, Royal Marines, of Bedlingon, is missing.

Private I. Shaw and Pte. W. Shaw, both of the Royal Marines, and of Bedlington, are reported missing.

Private A. Judd, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, of Bedlington, has been wounded.

Private E.J. Livingstone, of Bedlington, has been wounded and gassed.

Lance-Corporal J.G.R. Jeffrey, of Newbiggin, has been wounded.

Lance-Corporal J. Fenwick, of Newbiggin, has been wounded.

Private B. Lowery, of Newbiggin, wounded.

Private B. Allen, 9th Northumberland Fusiliers, of Blyth, has been wounded.

Private J. Whitfield, 1st Northumberland Fusiliers, of Hirst, has been wounded.

Private A. Smith, of Seaton Sluice, has been wounded.

Lance-Corporal J.G. Jeffrey, of Newbiggin, wounded.

Corporal E. McGregor, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, of Bedlington, wounded.

Private James Lumsden, Northumberland Fusiliers, of Choppington, wounded.

Private T.C. Brown, 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers, of Shiremoor, killed.

Private T.A. Romaines, 6th Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers, of Blyth, has been wounded.

Private Edward Cuttler, of 100 Maple Street, New Hirst, Ashington, has been killed at the Dardanelles.

Private H. Devine, 8th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers, of Blyth, has been wounded at the Dardanelles.

Lance-Corporal H. Middleton, Northumberland Fusiliers, of Choppington, has been wounded.

Word has been received that Private W. Ball, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, of Blyth, has been wounded in action.

Private James Bush, 8th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, of West Sleekburn, has been wounded.

Private L. McIntyre, 6th East Yorks Regiment, of Choppington, is reported wounded in the latest official lists.

Private John Bell, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, of Seaton Sluice, has been wounded at the Dardanelles.

Private Andrew Thompson, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, the husband of Mrs Thompson, of Hirst, Ashington, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles.

Information has been received by his parents in Alnwick that Lance Corporal W.J. Ferguson, 8th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, was wounded in action at the Dardanelles on August 7th.

News has been received by Mrs Whitaker, of 98 Catherine Street, Hirst, that her husband, Private J. Whitaker, 9th Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action in France on August 31st.

News came to hand on Saturday of the death of Private Robert Bell, son of Mr and Mrs Bell, of Dudley, who died from wounds received in the Dardanelles. Mrs Bell has another three sons serving with the colours.

Intimation has just been received that Signaller J.E. Ellison, West Cramlington, 7th Battalion Border Regiment, has been wounded and is now in hospital in Boulogne.

Private John Thomas Carrigan, 12072, 8th N.F., has been missing since August 11th at the Dardanelles. Any news will be gladly received from any of his comrades by his parents Mr and Mrs Carrigan, Silver Hill, Seaton Delaval.

Private T. Henderson (8,937) 1st Northumberland Fusiliers, has been reported missing since June 16th. His wife, who lives at Lord Hood Yard, Morpeth, would be glad of any information concerning him from his comrades. Private Henderson was in the battle of Ypres.

Mr John Davison, 65 Clayport, Alnwick, has received official information that his son, Lance-Corporal Robert N. Davison, 8th Northumberland Fusiliers, has been wounded at the Dardanelles. Lance-Corporal Davison has two elder brothers serving with the colours in the 7th Northumberland Fusiliers, the younger of whom, Pte. James Davison, is at present at home, having been wounded in the Ypres engagement.

Mr James Dixon, of Wheatridge Row, Seaton Delaval, has received official intimation that Lance-Corporal Thomas Ogle, West Yorks Regiment, is missing. A comrade says he last saw him during the landing operations. A bayonet charge was ordered, prior to which he saw Ogle for the last time. It was a dark night when they landed, and nothing could be seen beyond a few feet away. It is also reported that Private Spooner, West Yorks Regiment, of Cramlington, is missing from the same date as the above soldier. He is married and has five children.

Mr and Mrs Trayner, of 7 Cummings Buildings, Blyth, received official intimation this morning that their son, Corporal John James Trayner, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, had been killed in action at the Dardanelles. Mr and Mrs Trayner first heard of his death last week, but on Saturday morning they received a telegram to the effect that no casualty was reported of Corporal Trayner. This morning’s intimation, however, has put the matter beyond all doubt. He was only 23 years of age, was married, and worked as a coal hewer at Crofton Pit prior to the outbreak of war.

Word has been received at New Hartley to the effect that Lance Corporal Ernest Davey, of Long Row; Private Andrew Hodgson of Long Row; and Private G. Moyes of Double Row; all of the 8th Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers, have been wounded in the recent engagements at the Dardanelles. Lance-Corporal Davey is now in a Manchester Hospital, but it is believed that the other two are still in hospital abroad. Private Andrew Hodgson is the second of that family to be wounded, his brother Pte. James Hodgson, also of the 8th N.F., had been reported wounded at the Dardanelles about a fortnight ago.

At St Wilfrid’s Church, Blyth, on Sunday, the Rev. Father Bamford made reference to the death at the Dardanelles of Pte. Thomas Grady, who had been for years connected with the choir. The Gospel for the day, taken from St Luke, VII, referred to the miracle in the city of Nain, when was carried out the body of a young man “the only son of his mother and she was a widow,” and had significance for deceased was the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. Father Bamford made sympathetic comment and said Pte. Grady was the first soldier in that congregation to fall in this war, but probably would not be the last. He commended the congregation to earnest prayer for the departed and for the peace of the world.


GRAY.— Killed in action at the Dardanelles on 9th August, 1915, Sergt. Thomas Gray, Stakeford, Choppington, beloved husband of Agnes Gray, 33 Gordon Terrace, Stakeford, Choppington.

HALL.— Killed in action at the Dardanelles on August 9th, aged 24 years, Lance-Sergt. William Hall, 6th East Yorks, dearly beloved husband of Mrs Lilias Hall, Rock Cottages, Gordon Terrace, Bedlington.

On the field of battle he calmly took his place;

He’s fought and died for Britain and the honour of his race.


The Morpeth Borough Recruiting Committee have been requested by the Parliamentary War Savings Committee to make arrangements for a campaign throughout the constituency to encourage investments in the new war loan, and to advocate personal and household economy.

For this purpose a conference of employers, governing bodies, tradesmen, friendly and co-operative societies, church and other organisations, and the general public is to be held at the Co-operative Hall, Croft Road, Blyth, on Tuesday first at 7.30.

Councillor John Goulding will preside, and there will be present influential gentlemen from London to address the meeting, which should be both a large and enthusiastic one.



The above title relates to a film drama showing at the Playhouse on Monday next. For realism in connection with the present war it has not been surpassed, and deals with the policy of frightfulness as pursued by the Huns.

The story is founded upon an extract taken from an official communication of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Petrograd, dated January 17th, 1915: “The Prussian Commandant at Kalisch, on August 4th, 1914, ordered inhabitants to be shot for the most trivial reasons, and in some cases without any reason at all, his only object being to terrorise the population.”

This film, which is in two parts, was produced in Russia, and is of unusual interest. Supported, as always, by an excellent programme.

For Thursday, Friday and Saturday the star picture is that most famous of all melodramas, “Tommy Atkins,” as performed with such tremendous success at the Lyceum Theatre, London. It is possibly the most popular of all melodramas, and is faithfully presented on the film in four parts.

Written by Arthur Shirley and Ben Landeck, such authors’ names as these are sufficient guarantee of the merit of the subject.

It is not by any means a war drama, although the last reel is remarkable for views of trench fighting. The story itself deals with scenes in England, and tells of love, hate, heroism and villainy.


At Morpeth Petty Sessions on Wednesday Mr Charles Webb, solicitor, Morpeth, applied for a transfer of the license of the White Swan Inn, Morpeth, from Mr W.S. Sanderson to Mr Wm. T. Watmore.

Mr Webb explained that the application was made on account of Mr Sanderson’s military obligations. The application was granted.


Old campaigners in their wars can not tell more thrilling incidents than are related by our local lads, whose experiences of war in many cases have only extended over months.

An ex-member of the county force, writing to Blyth, tells of how their officers ordered the loading up of hand grenades and bombs, and then got the scratch band together, which consisted of two cornets, several mouth organs, etc.

They struck up with “The Watch on the Rhine,” and the Germans whose trenches were close by, came out to hear the music. Then they played the “National Anthem,” and then the officer ordered a grenade attack, and the result was that many of the Germans went under.

Writing to his friends in Blyth, Driver E. Robson, says:— ”I have changed my address; now we are stationed outside a big forest. Perhaps you have read about a German aeroplane being brought down? Well, I was one of the capturers; the Germans offered resistance and were shot. The forest was surrounded, and they fought till the last. They were buried inside the forest, about five minutes’ walk from where we were stationed. It is a bit rough, but we have to put up with it.”


The secretary of the above association, Mrs Merivale, has pleasure in announcing the receipt of a donation of £5 7s 6d from F Company, Northern Cyclists’ Battalion, at present stationed at Amble, in charge of Captain F.D. Balfour, this being the proceeds of the very successful military sports held on Feast Monday.

The donation is most acceptable, coming at a time when the funds of the association are low through the closing up of Newburgh colliery.


The Clerk read a communication from the Board of Trade stating that owing to the number of miners joining the colours the supply of coal for home consumption would be much less than usual. They urged that every effort should be made to stock a sufficient quantity of coal.


Private gardeners and allotment holders can help in the war by partly or wholly feeding their families out of their ground. This makes food cheaper for gardenless folk.

No one knows how long the war will last. Moreover, food will be dear in its aftermath.

Political parties used to differ as to the ways and means of putting people to cultivate the soil, though all agreed as to its advisability in the time of peace. Far more desirable now is it to have a kitchen garden.

Some think that gardening is at a standstill during the so-called dormant months. This is not the case. Winter is the most pleasant period for turning over the soil. Many seedling vegetables can be bedded out in autumn for cutting during the spring.

November is the fruit-planting season. Broad beans may be sown in December. Sprouting early potatoes indoors starts in January. Then there are such winter jobs as storing roots and other vegetables; earthing-up for different reasons, celery, leeks and cabbages; heeling in broccolis; and so on.


Sir,— Last Wednesday I sold the following goods:— Sewing Machine; 2 Kitchen Chairs; Case of Pipes; Gent’s Cycle; Window Plants, Hearthrug; and Single Bed, which realised £3 8s 6d, which will be spent in “comforts.”

I wish to thank the following for sending goods:— Mr J. Mackay, Miss Hudson (Hudson Place), Miss Spinks, Corpl. Ogilvie (one of the wounded 7th’s), Mr Thompson (Queen’s Head), Mr H. Stevens and “An old Volunteer.”–Yours faithfully


St James’ Terrace, Morpeth.


The hon. treasurer of the above, Mrs Atkinson, Wellbank, desires to acknowledge with many thanks a donation of 5s. from Miss King Bella Vista and from Teas; Mrs Browell, Park House, £1 6s 6d; Mrs Fail, Stannington, £1 10s.

Offers of future teas and subscriptions will be gratefully accepted. The Mayoress has had several appeals from Morpeth officers at the front for comforts for men under their command.


Sergeant James and Private Raine left last Wednesday for Etaples, via Aldershot. Corporal Bewley and Private Jones, from Wimereux, are at home on 10 days’ furlough. Privates Smith, Harbottle, Black, and Hall are detailed at York for foreign service.



The Third Line of this Battalion which is at present under canvas, contemplates a route march next week with the regimental band in a part of the county little frequented by soldiers. The object is, of course, to get recruits to complete its strength, which is already diminishing by drafts for overseas.

The proposed route will be:— Thursday, Bridge of Aln, Whittingham, Eslington, Yetlington, Netherton, Biddlestone and Alwinton for the night.

The following day, Friday, the route will be via Harbottle, Holystone, Flotterton, Thropton, Rothbury, and Edlington.

Speeches by officers returned from service overseas will be given at convenient places en route. In the early evening of Thursday, if fine, the band of the regiment will play a selection of music at Alwinton, under Bandmaster C. Johnson.

The regimental transport will accompany the detachment, and the men will be accommodated in tents, and will do their own cooking in the field.

The principal speakers will be Major Wright, Captain Welsh, and Lieut. Craigs.