1914, 31 October – Batley News

Here are a selection of articles and snippets from this edition of the Batley News, relevant to the St Mary’s men and parish. I have put in bold the names of men from the parish. I have interspersed these pieces with adverts from the same edition of the paper, to give a Home Front flavour.

The first item is a Dewsbury Borough Court Case from Tuesday 27 October involving one of the men whose name appears on the War Memorial. Back in October 1914 his family lived in Batley Carr.

A “WARM QUARTER” IN BATLEY CARR. – Kate Hardy, Milton Street, Batley Carr, and Michael Cunningham (son), were accused of using obscene language. – Albert Powell, Milton Street, said they created a disturbance from about midnight till 3 a.m. – Mr. G. E. B. Blakeley (for defendants) said it must be an exceedingly warm quarter where the people lived. They apparently turned night into day. Cunningham had recently visited Powell’s house after public-houses had closed, Mrs. Powell providing drink, though Cunningham once pawned his best boots for 5s., and gave the money to Mrs. Powell, who bought drink with it. – Both defendants had to pay 5s. and costs. – Albert Powell charged Private Herbert Hardy, K.O.Y.L.I. (home on leave), son [this should actually read husband] of Mrs. Hardy concerned in the last case, with assaulting him on Sunday. – Constable Luff said he saw complainant before the assault, and afterwards could hardly recognise him as the same man, his mouth being badly swollen. – Defendant said complainant did his best to provoke him by shouting “A penny box of soldiers.” As he went towards complainant, the latter took hold of a poker, but in protecting himself he (defendant) knocked the poker into Powell’s face. – Fined 10s. and costs.

The next snippet is another court case as follows:

Batley Court – Wednesday.
Hugh Kavaghan
, 41, of Carlisle Street, Batley Carr (now billetted with the K.O.Y.L.I. at Hull), for being drunk and disorderly in Soothill Lane.

Hugh was originally from St Mary’s parish, which is why I have included him here.

The Death Notices contained the following from the parish:

JESSOP. —On the 26th inst., aged 11 months, Mary, daughter of Alec Jessop, 5, Hume Street.

Mary’s mother, Mary (formerly Finneran) died in November 1913 shortly after giving birth to her daughter. Alec Jessop mysteriously disappeared during the War. His name is on the Batley War Memorial. He is believed by his family to have served with the Durham Light Infantry, but even his service number is unknown. As late as 1930 there is evidence his family were trying to find out what happened to him, but to date there is no further information about what became of him.

The final piece is from an update about one of the St Mary’s ambulance men serving with the Navy, and involved with transferring casualties.

Batley Ambulance Men for France

A party of ambulance men, including Privates Joseph Kelly and John Doyle, of the Batley Division, is leaving Chatham under Chief Officer Harry Greenwood for the French Coast. We are glad to hear that all the Batley men are in good health.