1915, 24 July – 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.

Thomas Murphy appeared in Batley Court on Monday. The report read:

Thomas Murphy, miner, New Street, Batley, drunk and disorderly, fined 9s. —Constable Fisher said defendant threatened to “chuck” him over the wall if he didn’t go away, when cautioned about his conduct.

And in Court on the day of publication was James Foley:

James Foley, Hume Street, Batley, absentee from the 10th K.O.Y.L.I., was ordered to await an escort. He should have returned on Monday, but said he was unwell and when he went to the doctor on Wednesday he was certified to be suffering the effects of pleurisy.

The following death notice was relevant to the parish:

FITZPATRICK. —On the 19th inst., aged 40 years, Mary Ann, wife of James Fitzpatrick, 1, Back Richmond Street.

There was one resignation at St Mary’s Infants’ noted by Batley Education Committee, that of Miss M. O’Carroll.

There was news of prisoner of war Michael Manning, with a letter asking for more supplies – some of it very tongue in cheek:

Hospital Interpreter and Vegetable Grower.

Seaman Michael W. Manning (a Carlinghow member of the Royal Naval Division), a prisoner of war at Doeberitz, and an interpreter in a German hospital, writes to his parents in Shay Terrace, Carlinghow:—

Please send me each week one loaf, quarter-pound of cocoa, a tin of milk, and a few cigarettes. There is no charge for sending them, and you will never miss them in your weekly bill. We are having plenty of warm weather, and a little rain. I suppose it will be the same at home. How are our local Terriers feeling the strain? Are the county or local cricket matches played? I have just got 8 marks, 50 pfennigs (8s. 8d.). That is what your 7s. 6d. postal order is worth here. I hope you will send me some more money and parcels every week – tea and cocoa, and one loaf of bread and biscuits. Salmon, or a tin or two of lobster, would not be amiss. I have a little garden where I grow radishes, lettuce, and tomatoes, and I live a very quiet life.

There was concern for another St Mary’s soldier, Michael Groark (or Rourke as he was known).


Deep anxiety is felt by the relatives of Private M. Rourke, 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, as they have not heard from him for five weeks. On Saturday his wife, who resides at Cross Bank, Batley, received a communication from the War Office stating that they were sorry to inform her that her husband had been missing since the 16th of June.

The last letter received from Private Rourke was dated June 14th, two days before he was missing from his regiment. A Reservist, he was called up at the outbreak of war, and has been through the whole campaign, taking part in many hot engagements, and his regiment received high praise from Sir John French and the General in Command of the Division. Private Rourke was home a few months ago.

And in the last piece for this week’s round-up there was a letter from Gunner Walter Waite:

British Soldier Worth Four Others

Gunner Walter Waite, R.F.A., who is at the Front, writes to his parents at 11, Beck Lane, Carlinghow:—

We are ready for all emergencies, and the Kaiser and his little Willie will soon have tears in his eyes. People who do not join have no idea what this affair his like, and those who will not join will be called cowards after the war, and I would not like to be in their shoes. We have some brave lads out here, and I think a British soldier is worth four of any other sort; but that does not mean to say we must have 100 and the other army 400! We are getting plenty to eat, and good clothes, and that helps a man on.