1916, 1 July – Batley News

This week’s round-up of pieces from the Batley News relating to the parish of St Mary’s is the calm before the storm. As the newspaper was being read across tables in Batley, over in France early that morning the Battle of the Somme got underway. In the coming weeks the paper would be filled with local casualties. This week though there was no indication of the coming horror.

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 following Death Notice appeared this week:

MARA. —On the 26th June, aged 65 years, Catherine Mara, 4, East Street.

Michael Cunningham, a St Mary’s man, was among the casualty lists:

This Week’s Casualties

The following logical casualties appear in the War Office lists:—

Batley. —M. CUNNINGHAM, 15508 KOYLI

THIS Michael Cunningham, unlike his namesake who is on the War Memorial, survived the War.