1915, 18 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.

Parishioner Bridget Hughes received more correspondence from her brother who lived in France.


Mrs. B. Hughes, of Coalpit Lane, Carlinghow, has received a letter from her brother, Mr. James Karney, whose home on the Aisne is very near the firing line. He writes:—

We are having awful weather, frost and wind, with plenty of rain. This war has upset a good many things. We can still hear the cannon night and day, and it is awful to hear them. They don’t seem to shift a bit from where they were last year. It seems as if it will last a long time. The poor fellows must suffer in the trenches. We can still see a good many wounded come through Senlis every day. I think Germany is getting short of men, for she has had such a lot killed, and she is short of money. Here in France we are beginning to feel it also, as the banks don’t pay us half our incomes and the railways don’t pay their share dividends either. Everything is going up in price. Meat is 2s. 6d. a pound, butter the same, and coal £3 10s. a ton.

The Death Notices had one linked to the parish:

GANNON. —On the 13th inst., aged 3 years, Annie, daughter of John W. Gannon, 7, Spa Street.

An updated about Michael Rourke (Groark on the War Memorial) appeared:


There is still no news as to the whereabouts of Private Michael Rourke, 15, North Street, Cross Bank, who was first reported missing six months ago.

The thoughts of Willie Barber, a keen footballer in civilian life, were turning to Christmas recreation. He sent an appeal to Batley News readers:

An Association Football Wanted for the Christmas Rest.

Private W. Barber (1737), 13 Platoon, Z Company, 1st/4th K.O.Y.L.I., 148th Infantry Brigade, 49th Division, B.E.F., addresses the following appeal to readers of the “News”:-

I write these few lines, appealing for an Association football for the benefit of local Terriers out in France. Will some kind friend oblige and try and get one here for Christmas, if possible, as we are having our Divisional rest, and you know what Yorkshire lads are for football. Please excuse the brevity of my appeal, as I am rather pushed for time. Wishing your paper every success.