1915, 4 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 deaths were in the family notices section of the paper, as follows:

LEONARD. —On the 29th ult., aged 35 years, Joseph Leonard, 31, Peel Street.

FRAIN. —On the 2nd inst., aged 2 years, John son of Thomas Frain, 15, Birch Street.

Charles Henry Brier, a former parishioner who recently moved to St Paulinus, Dewsbury featured:

Charles Henry Brier, miner, Dawgreen (formerly of Victoria Street, Carlinghow), was ordered to pay the Guardians 26 weeks’ arrears, due for the maintenance of three children in the Workhouse.

Jimmy Lyons was in rugby league news:

Brighouse Beaten in Tackling.

Batley have won two matches this season, but have only vanquished one foe. Three weeks ago Brighouse Rangers visited Mount Pleasant, and were defeated by 13 points to nil; and when Batley played the return match on Saturday, they secured a victory of six points to nil.

A feature of the match, from the Batley point of view, was the appearance of Lyons, at full-back. Being on leave, he was invited to play, and he was responsible for many good movements, his play simply confounding the methods of Brighouse three-quarters. He was a veritable stumbling-block for them, and some of his clearances were remarkable,

Early in the first half, Farrar crossed the line for Brighouse, but the point was disallowed for an informality, and it was close upon the interval when Batley scored. Robinson, who was playing outside half, burst over the line after a scrimmage, but Lyons failed to add the goal points. In the second half, Grandidge scored Batley’s second try, crossing the line as the result of a smart passing bout amongst the three-quarters. He injured himself somewhat in the effort, and Newsome – a Batley sergeant on furlough – could not land the goal.

Play did not at any point reach a high standard, and Batley’s superiority was largely attributable to the speed of their forwards and also to their smarter tackling.