BLENCOWE, Oswald Charles (New 31/12/2016)
BROOKE, Herbert Julian, MC (New 29/12/2016)
DAVIS, Geoffrey Lennard See Cerebro-spinal meningitis/influenza in Epsom (New 14/12/2016)
COHEN, George Edward See Cerebro-spinal meningitis/influenza in Epsom (New 14/12/2016)
DOBBYN, Robert ('Robin') Newport (New 02/01/2017)
EKIN, Frederick William See A Belfast Quartet (New 01/12/2016)
LOTT, John English (New 07/02/2017)
McDOWELL, John Beck See A Belfast Quartet (New 01/12/2016)
McINTYRE, Robert William See A Belfast Quartet (New 01/12/2016)
McKINNET, Thomas George See A Belfast Quartet (New 01/12/2016)
MUNNS, Leslie Cecil See Cerebro-spinal meningitis/influenza in Epsom (New 14/12/2016)
REED, Thomas Peter (New 01/12/2016)
WILLIAMS, John Lloyd (New 01/12/2016)
'He was my platoon sergeant all last winter on the La Bassée front … I had great admiration for his qualities and imperturbable character. All the officers of 'D' Company loved my Sergeant Blencowe. I shall never forget the picture of him after an hour's heavy bombardment of the piece of line his Platoon was holding. I went along to see what casualties and what damage had been caused and ran up against him looking the picture of robust health, unshaven (we had been in four days), and smoking an old pipe. He was so unexcited that he went on detailing a fatigue party or ration party without a word of comment although shells were still falling within 100 yards. He was always working loyally and most unselfishly for the comfort of the men and to help me.'
'I am not writing in any official sense., but to express my admiration and appreciation for Blencowe. In the line he was of immense value to us and in the most trying hours, when things were as bad as shells and foul weather could make them, he showed that rare kind of cheerfulness which does not offend by its bumptiousness, nor depress by its artificiality. His spirits and efficiency were amazing. He set a high value on music and poetry. He sang well, and was strongly heard in the dug-out - carols, songs, choruses, old English songs, and Gilbert and Sullivan. One day we had returned from the trenches and gone back into a line of dug-outs. He pulled out the books he always carried with him, Omar Khayyam, and two volumes of the hundred best poems, and three of us lay awake, much longer than we could afford, reading aloud to one another. I know he was killed instantaneously. He was hit by a shell in the head when in front of his men, about ten yards from the enemy's line.'
"I am at present managing a rather undefined stretch of country which is called a farm, and am living most luxuriously in a four - roomed house, which is made of poles and dagga (mud). The poles are planted upright in the ground and the dagga plastered between them. I have been here about ten days now and live alone except for the natives. The town of Plumtree is within 14 miles Horses cannot live here, so the only means of conveyance are mules or donkeys and bicycling. The country round here is heavily wooded: one cannot see more than 150 yards in any direction. Water is obtained by digging wells, and during the winter this is the one and only supply. I live more or less upon what I can shoot, the game round here being chiefly driker and stembok and plenty of hares; there are no leopards or lions within 50 miles."
'T./Lt. Herbert Julian Brooke, K. Afr. Rif, For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He crawled out to a dangerously wounded .N.C.O. under heavy fire, and carried him on his back to a position under cover where stretcher-bearers could reach him when they arrived. He showed splendid courage and devotion to duty.'Temporary Captain H J Brooke, M C , King's African Rifles, relinquished his commission on account of wounds, 6 November 1919, and completed his service on 1 April 1920. His injuries resulted in the loss of a leg.
"When meat was required Herbert Brooke, preceded by a strong smell of tobacco, would stomp downstairs from his room carrying a shotgun. With his curved pipe puffing voluminous clouds of smoke he would give a cheerful nod to any boys who happened to be about; hop on his fixed wheel bicycle (with his wooden leg rakishly extended…)"to hunt for game. He also acted as gymnastics, shooting and boxing instructor, serving the school for 28 years before retirement.
"Your son was slightly wounded yesterday with a piece of a bomb which struck him on the hip. I can assure you that you need not have the slightest anxiety as to 'Mac's' (as he is known to everybody) condition. I don't know if he has ever mentioned my name to you but we were at Inst together and came over to Epsom together." An official note stated that Tom had been moved to a military hospital. His wound had become infected with gangrene so that by 17th July he was seriously ill, the wound is very septic and part of the bone which was 'all splintered' needed to be removed. The family were notified on 22 July: "It is my painful duty to inform you that a report has this day been received notifying the death of Pte McKinney, T.G., 20th Bn. Royal Fusiliers which occurred at General Hospital St Omer at 7.30pm on 19 July 1916."
"THE REV. FATHER HOPKINS, O.S.P., AT BARRY DOCKS.
The Rev Father C. P Hopkins Superior General of the Order of St. Paul, the founder of a new spiritual and social institution for the benefit of the seafaring community which has obtained a firm and influential footing in the principal sea- ports of India, having arrived in England on Saturday week last, a representative of the Barry Dock News had an interview with that gentleman at Barry Docks one day last week, and in the course of an interesting conversation Father Hopkins said the success which had attended his work at Calcutta, Chittagong, Budge Budge, and Bombay had far exceeded his most sanguine expectations, the success being so great that the object of his present visit to the home country is the establishment of a novice house at Barry Docks, where the headquarters of the Order for Great Britain will be located. The novice house is intended for the training of workers for the particular work the Order has in view, and suitable premises for this purpose will be secured at Barry Docks, where those who devote themselves to the work of the Order will receive not only a theoretical, but also a practical, train- ing. The Superior General also proposes establishing recreation rooms and a seamen's church at Barry as soon as the necessary funds may be forthcoming. The Order of St. Paul, which has been in existence for more than a decade, has received the hearty approval of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishops of Lincoln, Llandaff, Rangoon, and Colombo, the Viceroy of India, and other influential personages. The reason why Father Hopkins has adopted Barry as the first station in Great Britain is the fact that this is the only important seaport town in the kingdom unprovided with a similar institution under the auspices of the Church of England, and he makes an earnest appeal to the Christian public for self-denying volunteers to the work, as well as for funds to carry on the same. With this object in view the Superior General intends soliciting pulpits, drawing-rooms, and lecture halls, so as to put forth appeals on behalf of the Order, which has been founded 'For God and our Sailors'. The work at Barry Docks was commenced some months age by the Rev Father Austin under the direction of the Superior General, and there are already abundant evidences of success".
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. A party went out to recover the body of a comrade and came under heavy fire, which wounded all the men of the party. This officer went to their assistance, helped to dress their wounds and carried them to a place of safety. This was carried out under continuous shellfire."