1915, 4 September – Batley News

This week’s Batley News carried minimal reference to the parishioners of St Mary’s. 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 column carried a couple of deaths of parish interest, as follows:

MORLEY. —On the 30th ult., aged 15 months, Edward, son of Michael E. Morley, 13, Ambler Street.

GAVAGHAN. —On the 30th ult., aged 16 months, Ellen, daughter of Hugh Gavaghan, 26, Carlisle Street.

Although the Gavaghan family technically fell outside St Mary’s parish, the Batley cemetery burial service was conducted by a St Mary’s Belgian parish priest, Father Kestelyn. The newspaper reported on the toddler’s inquest. In it they referred to her as Kate – the name under which her death was registered, her birth being as Catherine. They also spelled her surname with a C., and had an address discrepancy when compared with the death notice and Batley cemetery burial register.

An inquest was held at Dewsbury Infirmary on Monday on Kate Cavaghan, the 16-months-old daughter of Hugh and Edith Cavaghan, 36, Carlisle Street, Batley Carr. Deceased suffered from convulsions and diarrhoea last Friday, and Dr. Rowland Ward was called in next morning, but when he arrived the chid was dead. After evidence by the mother and doctor, a verdict of “Collapse due to ulcerative colitis” was returned

There was one new parish recruit rallying to the Colours: 45-year-old miner Michael Rush, who joined the Labourers’ Battalion.