1915, 16 October – Batley News

This is a round-up of pieces from the Batley News this week 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.

The family notices contained two parish deaths:

KILBRIDE. —On the 9th inst., aged 73 years, Peter Kilbride, 9, Yard 2, East Street.

LAWLEY. —On the 11th inst., aged three years, Joseph, son of John W. Lawley, 6, Churchfield Terrace.

The enlistments in Dewsbury this week included Horace Lee of 17, Cobden Street, Batley who joined the 12th K.O.Y.L.I.

A house fire, although sketchy on names, potentially involved a Catholic family. The report read:


Batley Fire Brigade was called out on Monday evening to a house in Jacob Street, Woodwell, Batley, occupied by Mrs. Morley. A boy went upstairs after dark, with a taper, and in coming down his light caught some garments spread over a clothes-horse. The fire brigade were able to get the articles outside and extinguish the blaze quickly; the damage thus being small.

Parishioner Kate Hardy, the wife of missing non-Catholic soldier Herbert Hardy, put out a further appeal for information.

Batley Man Reported to Have Fallen in Hill 60 Bayonet Charge.

Mrs. Hardy, wife of Pte. Herbert Hardy, 11732, 2nd K.O.Y.L.I., 31, Balk Street, Batley, is still without news of her husband, and would be grateful to any solider or relatives who could tell her anything. As stated in the “News” recently, he wrote home with faithful regularity for a while; but nothing has been heard since May 6th.

The following day, according to Private Brehaney (a Dewsbury soldier who was home recently, but is now back in the trenches), Private Hardy fell during a bayonet charge in connection with one of the Hill 60 conflicts. Brehaney saw his comrade fall, but could not tell what afterwards happened to him. All attempts to glean tidings about Hardy have failed so far; hence the publication of his photograph, in the hope that it might help elucidate this – one of the many sad mysteries of the war.