1915, 11 December – Batley News

This is a round-up of pieces from this week’s Batley News relating to the parishioners of St Mary’s. As usual I have put in bold the names of those connected to the parish who served with the military. And, as ever, the spelling and punctuation matches that of the newspaper.

Two parish related death notices appeared.

MULLINS. —On the 6th inst., aged 58 years, Robert Mullins, 58, North Bank Road.

PHILIPS. —On the 8th inst., aged 23 years, Edward Philips, 55 Providence Street.

Another parishioner, Kate Hardy, had a response to her appeal to the King of Spain for help in seeking information about her missing husband, Herbert Hardy:


As intimated in the “News” recently, Mrs. Hardy, Balk Street, Batley, wife of a missing soldier, recently sought the help of the King of Spain in tracing her husband, many other sources having failed. Yesterday she received the following letter from His Majesty’s private secretary:—

Madam, —I am ordered by H.M. the King, my august sovereign, to answer your letter petitioning His Majesty to cause inquiries to be made in Berlin with regard to Mr. Herbert Hardy, your husband.

Although His Majesty’s Embassy in Berlin is charged only with the interests of France and Russia, His Majesty, being desirous nevertheless of demonstrating his interest in British subjects, has graciously acceded to your request, and has commanded the Spanish Ambassador in Berlin to communicate with Great Britain’s representative there, the United States Ambassador, in order that in conjunction with the latter the necessary investigations may be made.

His Majesty earnestly hopes that these inquiries may be the means of procuring satisfactory information for you.

There was more Jimmy Lyons Batley rugby league news:


The poorest “gate” Batley have had this season was on Saturday last. Only a few hundred spectators assembled in the cold, pitiless rain, and it would have been quite in keeping with the atmospheric conditions if the game had been void of attractiveness.

But on the other hand it proved so “merry and bright” that I overheard some of the drenched spectators declare they “wodn’t hev missed it at any price.”

There is one thing to be said about a lot of the Batley players. They have unbounded confidence in Jimmy Lyons, and when Jimmy is in goal they feel that all is well. Private Lyons was over on leave last week, and he filled his old place with all his old-time brilliance and accuracy. Once only did he make a mistake, and that was in retaining possession of the ball and allowing himself to be tackled needlessly. His exhibition was one of the best.

The men in front played like star artistes. Halifax were never given a chance in the scrums, and the visiting backs were kept on the defensive all day. Broadhead in his role of a “flying forward” was always in the picture, and although at times he interrupted the schemes of his own men he bothered the visitors far more.

Thompson and Waterworth were not free from blemish, but the were very effective as half-backs, and the three quarters gave a good account of themselves. There has been nothing finer at Mount Pleasant this season that the passing and re-passing movement by which Tom Parker and Wynard gained three parts of the length of the field and a try, scored by Wynard.

It was Leek who opened the scoring, and a beautiful goal it was that Lyons kicked. Then Garforth was caught napping on his own line by Grandidge, who grounded the ball, and Lyons, from touch, struck the post. Another try by Grandidge raised Batley’s score to eleven points by half-time, and Wynard’s try in the second half gave the “Gallant Youths” a richly deserved victory by fourteen points to nil.

Halifax were never in the picture, although some of them worked like Trojans from start to finish.