News Snippets for 1915

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for 1915.

This was beginning of the war years. A great many of the newspaper transcriptions between 1914 and 1918 relating to the men who served and other parish events were included in the WWI project. To see these men's full service details go to: http://www.crichparish-ww1.co.uk/

As with all transcriptions there could be "typos" which is always a possibilty with audio trancriptions, although care has been taken.

The following index shows parish names that appear in some of the reports – allow for spelling variations; plus omissions are possible owing to human error. The list is of transcribed names, there are other names in the images.

ASHMAN CLARK HARTLE MERCER TOMLINSON
AUSTIN COLEMAN HOUSLEY NIND WETTON
BARBER COWLISHAW JOINER OLIPHANT WILLIAMS
BOWMER DEACON KILLER PEACOCK WRAGG
BRITTON DONALDSON KNEEBONE PERRY YOUNG
BROWN DYSON LEE RAWSON  
BURT GOODALL MACDONALD ROE  
CAPELL GRIFFITHS MARTIN SMITH  
CHAMBERS HARRISON MELLORS TAYLOR  

In the transcriptions names have been capitalised to aid quick searches; also some transcriptions have had minor edits.

Many of the newspaper reports of weddings at the time contained full details of clothing, bestman, bridesmaids, congregation and a list of presents received. Only the basic marriage details have been transcribed. Similarly funeral reports often gave long lists of mourners and floral tributes received. Refer to the original newspapers if the additional information is of interest.

1915 newspapers

Derbyshire Advertiser, 13 February 1915
CRICH MAN KILLED
News was received on Thursday of last week that Private John DONALDSON of Crich, had been killed in action, his father, Mr James DONALDSON, who is inspector over the Derwent Valley Water Board’s property, being notified by the War Office of his son’s death. Private DONALDSON, who was 20 years of age, enlisted nearly a year ago in the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, a regiment which has seen much fighting during the war. Private DONALDSON fell on December 18th. Prior to joining the Army, he was employed on Derwent Valley Water Board’s Works at Crich, and he was extremely popular both at Crich and Belper, having lived at the latter place for several years before removing to Crich, and his death is greatly regretted throughout the district.

Derbyshire Courier, 16 February 1915
Crich soldier killed
Four weeks in trenches without a break.
News has been received that Private John DONALDSON, of Crich has been killed in action. His father, James Donaldson who is the Derwent Valley Water Boards Inspector in that district, was notified by the War Office, that his son had fallen in action on December 18.
Private DONALDSON, who was 20 years of age, was in the L F Co., Second Battalion Scots Guards, having enlisted in this regiment nearly a year ago. Early in the war his regiment were ordered to the front and the Scots have been in the thick of the fighting for many weeks. Private DONALDSON stating in a letter sent to his father on December 2, that he had been in the trenches over four weeks without a break.
Prior to joining the army, Private DONALDSON and had been employed on the large waterworks of the Derwent Valley Water Board in Crich. He was of a genial disposition and was very popular not only in Crich but in Belper where he lived for five years before going to Crich. His death is greatly regretted throughout the district.

Derbyshire Advertiser, 20th February 1915
FOUR SONS WITH THE COLOURS
Crich figures amongst the list of Rural Parishes that has sent four sons from one family to serve with the colours. This proud distinction is claimed by Mr and Mrs HARRISON of Roes Lane Crich who will have four sons in his Majesty's forces. Gunner Herbert HARRISON is with the 4th Coy. Royal Field Artillery, at Swanage, Pte William HARRISON another brother having been at the front since Sept. serving with the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters, the third son Gunner Ernest HARRISON is station at Sheerness, being attached to the 22nd Coy Ravelin Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, whilst the youngest son Pte. Arthur HARRISON is serving with the 5th Bttn. Sherwood Foresters, at present stationed at Hoddesdon, Herts.

Derbyshire Courier 6 March1915
IT’S JUST LIKE JIMMY
Fritchley Private and the Blazing Bomb

Photo James Goodall 1915

We publish today a photograph of Private James GOODALL, of Fritchley, who as announced in last week’s “Derbyshire Courier” was the recipient, along with Corporal LARGE, of Bakewell, of the present from the Braintree Urban District Council for a gallant deed following German air raid on Braintree. It will be recalled that GOODALL and LARGE, who are in the 5th Notts and Derbyshire Regiment, saw a smoking bomb in a field, and GOODALL at once tried to check the danger by heaping earth on to it. He and the Corporal then put stick through the handle of the bomb and despite the fact that the bomb burst into flame they hurried with it to a neighbouring river and buried it.
Private GOODALL is exceedingly popular in the Crich Fritchley district and is a well-known local sportsman. He is not to be despised as an exponent with the gloves. He is recognised as a crack shot and excels in his hobby of pigeon shooting. His exploit is tersely summed up in a phrase freely used by his friends when they heard of it “It's just like Jimmy”, they said.

Ripley & Heanor News 12 March 1915
WAR ITEMS
Lance Cpl Ernest BOWMER of Crich, who is now stationed at Curragh, with 4th Queen's Own Hussars, has sustained a fracture of his right arm.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 20 March 1915
News was received at Chase Cliff, Crich, the residence of Mr Maurice DEACON, that Capt CAPELL, of the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment had been killed in action, the War Office notifying that Captain CAPELL fell on Sunday last. The marriage of Capt CAPELL to Miss Phyllis DEACON, Mr M DEACON’s youngest daughter, took place as recently as October 20, the ceremony being observed at the Parish Church, Crich. Captain CAPELL, whose death is deeply regretted, was the son of Rev G.M. CAPELL, of Passenham Rectory, Stony Stratford.

Derbyshire Courier 27 March 1915
A well-known former resident of Crich and Holloway districts in the person of Mr W YOUNG has passed away at Old Whittington. The late Mr YOUNG , who was 85 years of age lived in early years at the Yew Tree Inn, Holloway, which was kept by his parents during the prosperous days of the lead mining industry at Wakebridge. The hostelry was the centre and paying-out place for the miners who walked from Middleton and Wirksworth to the Wakebridge mines, paying-out days being about once every seven weeks. Later Mr YOUNG commenced in business in the village as a cab proprietor and owner of livery stables. Amongst his numerous patrons at that time for figured the illustrious Florence Nightingale, whose Derbyshire home “Lea Hurst” was nearby and the late John SMEDLEY, the founder of Lea Mills. After retiring from the business, which was a lucrative one, the late Mr YOUNG went to live at Parkhead, Crich, where he carried on a small farm, living there for about 20 years. About 10 years ago Mr YOUNG moved to Old Whittington, where he lived up to his death. The body was bought to Crich for interment, the funeral taking place the house of Mr John BOWMER, an old friend and former neighbour, on Saturday. The remains were laid to rest at the Parish Churchyard, Crich, the Rev Jas WILLIAMS carrying out the last rites. Amongst those attending the obsequies were: Messrs J.R. SMITH, John BOWMER and Alfred MERCER, of Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 3 April 1915
Crich has lost an esteemed and highly respected resident by the death of Mrs Mary Ann LEE, who passed away at her residence, Victoria House, Crich, on March 25. The deceased lady who was 87 years of age, was a very popular in Crich and the surrounding neighbourhood, and her kind regard for the aged people of the locality was one of the many features of a generous and unostentatious life. The most enjoyable annual event in the lives of the elderly people of Crich was held to be the annual tea, given during the first week in January, by Mrs LEE. The Parish Church also will lose a valuable worker by her decease, her efforts in its cause being so many. Her husband, Mr Jas. LEE, who predeceased her 25 years ago, was a churchwarden for over 37 years, and a stained glass window erected in the church by his widow holds this fact in memory. The remains were interred in the parish churchyard on Monday, the Rev Jas WILLIAMS carrying out the last rites.
[There followed a brief report on the funeral]

Derbyshire Courier 6 April 1915
News arrived in Crich on Tuesday evening that Lance Corporal Samuel BOWMER, of Hucknall, and late of Crich, had died in hospital as a result of wounds. Lance Corporal BOWMER, who was 20 years old, was attached to the C Company, 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters. His brother John, the well-known Crich town goalkeeper, is in the Grenadier Guards.

Derbyshire Courier, 10 April 1915
From a Crich Soldier at the Front
To the editor
Sir, as a constant reader of your valuable paper I am writing a few lines of the life we have in France. We have a nothing but rain this last day or two. I have met a lot of the boys coming from Chesterfield and district and they are as happy as when watching the town team playing football. I think the Germans are getting played out. We had a concert last night. A big English actress bought a company over and it was very nice too. I am an old Crich lad, one of the Indian boys. Roll on Blighty: – yours etc.
C. CHAMBERS (Private)
2nd Leicestershire Regiment
Indian Expeditionary Force
France

Ripley & Heanor News 16 April 1915
DEATH OF A CRICH SAPPER
News was received last week by Mr and Mrs George MELLORS, of the Common, Crich, of the death of their eldest son Sapper George MELLORS of the Royal Engineers, in a sanatorium in Norfolk. MELLORS, who was 36 years of age, had seen 16 years service in the Army and was a reservist. He took part in the fighting at Mons and the Marne and Aisne, and apart from a very slight shrapnel wound escaped injury. He, however, contracted a severe chill, and pleurisy and pneumonia set in, and he was invalided back to England.

Derbyshire Courier 20th April 1915
Crich Celebrates Marriage of Belgians
An interesting event unique in the history of Crich which took place on Saturday, when the wedding of two members of Belgian refugee families living in Crich was celebrated. The bridegroom was M. Joseph Maes who the outbreak of war lived at Melsele, Antwerp, on the bride was Anna D Ridder who was a resident of Beven Waas, Antwerp.
When the Belgian refugee families were provided with hospitality in the England villages both bride and bridegroom, along with their relations came to live at the Mansion House, Crich. Prior to the war, however they were engaged to be married. The party, which included in addition to 8 members of the respective families, Mlse Baert, a Belgian refugee living at Crich Carr, Dr MACDONALD, and Mr H DYSON, president and secretary respectively of the local relief fund, were conveyed in Dr MACDONALD’s motors to the Roman Catholic Church, Matlock, where the service was held. The ceremony was conducted mainly in Flemish by the priest the Rev G le Roy.
The bride was attired in a dark hello costume, and wore a lime coloured straw hat, trimmed with silk of similar shade. The bridesmaids in attendance was Maria Sidonia de Ridder (sister of bride). She wore a grey costume, with hat to match. M. Francisus Maes, the bridegroom’s brother acted as best man.
After the service reception was held at the Mansion House, Crich, this being generously provided by Mrs DEACON, of Chase Cliffe, who also lent for decorative purposes, while over the entrance arch and the doorway gaily floated the flags of the Allies and flags and ribbons of the Belgian colours lent picturesqueness to the room where the reception was held. Amongst the large number of guests present were Mrs DEACON, Mrs OLIPHANT, Mrs MACDONALD, Mrs GRIFFITHS, Mrs DYSON, Mrs MERCER, Mrs BURT, Miss BURT, Messrs H DYSON, A MERCER, E HARTLE, C HARRISON, E ASHMAN, W PEACOCK, also Madame Baert and Madame Vlacuminck.
Mr H DYSON on behalf of the committee wished the newly wedded couple much happiness and also tended thanks to Mrs DEACON for her generosity. Thank were also recorded to doctor MACDONALD for providing the motors.
In a brief but expressive speech the bridegroom behalf of the bride himself gave sincere thanks.

Derbyshire Courier 1 May 1915
As was reported in last week’s issue, the death of Mrs S. TAYLOR, of Ridgeway formerly of Crich Carr, took place on Wednesday. The deceased lady, who was 47 years old, contracted a chill six weeks ago while attending the funeral of her sister, Mrs WORNHAM, of Chesterfield effects of which eventually resulted in her death. The interment took place at the Parish Churchyard, Crich, on Saturday.
[there followed a full report of the funeral; mourners included Private Bertram TAYLOR, who is remembered on the Roll of Honour]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 15 May 1915
John WRAGG, newsagent, Crich, admitted having written a cycle without a light at Crich at 9 PM on April 26. Police constable GREENWOOD gave evidence, and said that after stopping defendant stated that he did not know it was lighting up. However, he rode off again, although he had no lamp. Superintendent VARDY: He jumped on and rode away? Witness: Yes sir. A fine of 6s was involved.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 22 May 1915
BELPER BOARD OF GUARDIANS
… If every parish did the same as Crich, there would be far fewer deaths for that parish set an example to others in having its own nurses, and it did not come to the guardians asking for £4 or £5 subscriptions.

Derby Daily Telegraph 10 June 1915
George WRAGG, quarryman, of Crich, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Crich on June 15. Superintendent VARDY stated that the defendant had been six times previously convicted, and when under the influence of drink had a nasty habit of returning to the quarry and abusing the manager. Fined 15s, or 10 days.

Derbyshire Courier 5 June 1915
Mr Ian MacDonald, son of Dr and Mrs G G MACDONALD, of Crich, who a few months ago went to Ceylon to take up a Civil Service appointment, is now a lieutenant in the 28 Punjabis, Indian Army. Lieutenant MACDONALD, before joining this regiment, was attached to the Ceylon Planters’ Rifle Corp

Belper News, 18th June 1915
STRUTT SCHOOL OLD BOY WOUNDED
PRIVATE DAVID BROWN, CRICH
The first old boy of the Belper Strutt school to be wounded at the front is Pte. David BROWN, of the Queen’s Royal Surreys. After being in four battles he took part in a bayonet charge and was stunned by the premature explosion of a star shell in the hands of one of his own officers. He is now in hospital at Boulogne. Altogether 30 old boys from the Strutt Schools are serving with the colours.

Derbyshire Courier, 3 July 1915
From a Crich Soldier at the Front
To the editor
Sir, – as it Crich boy and reader of the "Courier," I should like to tell you something for your Crich readers. We are out for a rest now and I can tell you we have earnt it after 12 days in the trenches. I had a good laugh at the other day when a coal box came over and knocked a dixie off the fire. But it spilled no "poaney (1)," so we had an early-morning "charr" after all. The best way to make an Allemande look over the parapet is to shout "waiter." It's four to one he will look over and it doesn't half make him nasty. This is going to be a long job, but the boys don't care – the fruits are getting ripe. I should like to see here a few more of the men at home who are going on strike for more money. There are heaps of us who have never had a days leave. We came straight from India and some of us have been in India for years. I was there five years. I tell you there will be a rub for some of them when the boys do come home. I wish to thank the vicar of Crich for the parcel which we thoroughly enjoyed. The cakes were such luxuries out here. Up you go in the best of luck – that is the motto out here, especially if you don't know the old doll trick. But we shall win. – Yours etc.
Pte C CHAMBERS
A Co. 2nd Leicesters
7th Merrut Div.
Indian Expeditionary Force
23rd June
(1) Note: The word "poaney" was probably the Hindi word "parnee" which was water. So, the dixie can was knocked off but no water was lost so they were able to have adrink of tea.

Derbyshire Courier 31 July 1915
CRICH MAN HIT BY SHRAPNEL
From “somewhere in Belgium,” Private A.B. Noble TOMLINSON, of the 5th Sherwood Foresters, writes home to his parents at The Hollies, Market Place, Crich, informing them that he was wounded. The news arrived last Thursday . Private TOMLINSON, in his letter, states that his company had been in the trenches for six days and were just going into another for further seven days stretch when he was hit by a piece of shrapnel and wounded in the thigh. Since this information was received no further news has come to hand.

Belper News 20 August 1915
George WRAGG, quarryman, of Crich, was summoned using indecent language at Crich on August 14. P.c. WILDE stated that on Saturday at 10:15 PM defendant’s wife and children were locked out of their house. When asked to unfasten the door defendant made use of indecent language and afterwards Threw the contents of a beer bottle over his wife. There were seven previous convictions against defendant and he was fined 32s 6d.

Derbyshire Courier 21 August 1915
An interesting wedding was celebrated at the Parish Church, Crich, on Saturday, when Mr Harry BARBER, eldest son of Mr and Mrs J BARBER, of Church House,Crich, led to the altar Miss Clara HOUSLEY, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs George HOUSLEY, of the Market Place, Crich. The bridegroom is a well known local athlete and sportsman, for several seasons the goalkeeper of the Crich Town Hall Club.
[there followed a full report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 26 August 1915
CRICH MAN LOSES AN EYE
William JOYNER (37) Sandy-lane, Crich, a fitter’s labourer, employed at Messrs Johnson and Nephews, Ambergate Wire Works, met with a serious accident on Wednesday, and now lies in Derby Infirmary. While at work a piece of flange pipe entered his right eye, the sight of which was completely lost.
[In other reports he was recorded as William JOINER]

Derbyshire Courier, 31 August 1915
CRICH SOLDIER WOUNDED
Official information was received by Mrs E COWLISHAW, of Fritchley, Crich, on Wednesday that her son Private Arthur COWLISHAW, of the 6th Lincoln regiment had been wounded in action in the Dardanelles. The message (from Lichfield) announces that the date and nature of the wounds are not stated by the War Office. Private COWLISHAW is a member of the 6th Lincoln's regimental band.

Derbyshire Courier, 31 August 1915
Crich Lance Corporal Wounded
Lance Corporal William HARRISON of Crich, attached to the 2nd Notts and Derbyshire Regiment, in writing home during the past few days tell of his getting wounded in action.
He is now at the Heaton Mersey Auxiliary Hospital (formerly a Wesleyan School) and he writes: "I am feeling very sore after my experiences in the last big battle. The sights of the war get worse, and to see the dead and dying is awful. The battle started about 2.45 on Monday, and the noise of hundreds of guns was absolutely deafening. Our order to advance was smartly obeyed, but we had great difficulty in getting along as every yard or so we went some of our chaps were knocked down. Thousands of shells were dropping round us, but it did not matter we kept going on and gained for our commander what he wanted. Then I was struck by pieces of shell, one in the arm two in the thigh and again in the abdomen. But I’m feeling a bit better now, and we are being very well looked after in hospital. Just as we were going into action I saw Sam BRITTON, Jack CLARK, Walter MELLORS and others who shouted to me and wished us luck."
Lance Corporal HARRISON came across with 200 other wounded soldiers in the –, and was sent to Ducie Avenue Hospital. Manchester, afterwards being moved to Heaton Mersey. His brother Private E HARRISON of the East Surrey Light Infantry, was expected to start for the Dardanelles on Tuesday.

Derbyshire Courier, 11 September 1915
CRICH NCO WOUNDED
Lance Cpl W. WETTON (KILLER) 6th Sherwoods of Crich and Middleton, writing to his parents Crich informs them that he is in hospital somewhere in France, the result of being wounded by shrapnel. A shell exploded near their lines and several pieces hit him about the head and neck. Luckily the largest piece struck one of the buttons of his uniform causing it to glance off, thereby saving him from receiving a severe wound. After being injured he walked from the firing line for a couple of miles to receive surgical aid. Lance Cpl WETTON states that he had done exactly six months fighting when he was wounded, and he hopes to be in the fighting line again very soon “to have another go at the Germans.”

Derbyshire Courier, 14 September 1915
Another Down with Enteric
Lance-Corporal Luke COLEMAN, 5th Sherwood Foresters, has written to his sister Mrs C BARTON, at Crich, informing her that he is in hospital suffering from enteric fever. He is progressing satisfactorily.

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 September 1915
At the Leicestershire County Police Court on Saturday Ida MARTIN (22), hosiery hand, Crich was charged on remand with wondering abroad and not having any visible means of substance, at Oadby, on September 21. Superintendent BOWLEY stated that girl was wearing male attire when police constable STOCKS took her into custody and she declined to give any account of herself. She afterwards said she had been living with her grandmother in Derbyshire that she had worked in a factory at Belper, but was dismissed for vaulting over a counter. She had previously been charged with sleeping out in Derbyshire. Defendant’s father offered to take her home but she declined. Mr KIMPTON, police court missionary, said the girl had expressed a desire to go into a home for two years, and the Bench agree to this course being adopted.

Derbyshire Courier, 2 October 1915

Private C. Chambers 1915

IN THE BIG ADVANCE
Crich Soldier Suffering from Gas Poisoning
The first news to reach the "Derbyshire Courier" concerning local soldiers who took part in the big advance during the weekend came to hand on Wednesday morning in a postcard bearing Tuesday's postmark, from Private C. CHAMBRS of Crich.
Private CHAMBERS, who is in the 2nd Leicestershire Regiment, wrote: "We have been amongst it again. Our battalion lost heavily, but the German losses must have been heavier. We took three lines of trenches at ––, and captured hundreds of prisoners. Gas and smoke bombs we used. It was awful. I am in Boulogne Hospital now suffering from gas poisoning." The postcard has been passed by the censor.
In a postcard to his mother from Boulogne, Private CHAMBERS says: "I am weak. I don't know whether I shall get home or not."

Derbyshire Courier 2 October 1915
CRICH SOLDIER'S WOUND
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. MELLORS, of Royal Oak Cottages, Crich, had a field postcard on Saturday from their son, Pte John MELLORS, of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, informing them that he was in hospital France, the result of having been wounded. Further details came to hand on Tuesday in a letter sent from the hospital by a comrade of Private MELLORS. This states : "I am writing to you on behalf of your son, who is wounded in the arm with a shrapnel bullet. The wound in not serious and he hopes to be home with ou soon, so don't worry. He is in a very good hospital and well looked after by nurses and attendants. (Signed) Pye. Hindley." Pte. MELLORS has been at the front about six months. He was employed at Doncaster as a draper's traveller when war broke out and early on he joined the colours. Mr. and Mrs. MELLORS have also received during the week a letter from their younger son, Pte. Walter MELLORS, of the 5th Sherwood Foresters. This informed them that he was going up into line again. Pte. MELLORS, who has been in hospital for three months, is a typical son of Anak, being 6ft. 3ins. in height and only attained his twentieth year on Sunday.

Derbyshire Times 9 October 1915
WHATSTANDWELL MAN WOUNDED
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Mr and Mrs Edward WRAGG, of Hollow Booth, Whatstandwell, have received a note from their son Pte. Jno. Ed. WRAGG, now in the 2nd Northants, who is now in hospital at Sunderland having been wounded in the recent great battle. He is 25 years of age, and has a wife and two children, who reside at Ripley. Mr WRAGG, who also has another son (George) in the Sherwood Foresters is himself only 50 years of age, and has been in indifferent health for over a year, and during which time he has been unable to follow his occupation as a quarryman. He had a younger son (Tom) killed last year at the Oakerthorpe Colliery, Wingfield. The letter says: – “I landed here on Tuesday. I got wounded in the shoulder, and had a piece of shrapnel taken out on Friday, while I was in France. I got knocked out on the second day; it was dreadful. I did not see the charge but should have liked to have been in it; there are hundreds over here with me, who were in it.”

Derbyshire Times 16 October 1915
FORMER CRICH MAN WOUNDED
Mr Alfred MARTIN, late of Crich, now residing at Somercotes, has received the following tribute from the Commanding Officer to his son, Pvte. A.B. MARTIN, No 14116, D Co. 10th Battalion, Notts and Derby. Private MARTIN was struck by a bullet which passed right through the muscle of his arm, causing paralysis for the time. He was conveyed to Etaples Hospital, but is now at Nether Court V.A.D. Hospital, Ramsgate where he is progressing favourably. “Had it not been for the spade he was using he would have been killed; he was a credit to his platoon, and was very calm under fire. He was a man with very high ideals, and always tried to live up to them. Such men do their comrades good, and I was very sorry to lose him.” Mr MARTIN also has another son Pvte. John MARTIN in the Notts and Derbys.

Derbyshire Courier 6 November 1915
APPOINTMENT FOR A CRICH OFFICER
Lieutenant Macdonald’s Success

Ian P Macdonald 1915

Not only to those intimately associated with Dr G G MACDONALD C C, and Mrs MACDONALD and family, of Crich, but to the whole of our readers in the Crich district the following news, taken from the “Ceylon Times,” will be of exceptional interest: we are authorised to state that Lieutenant Ian P MACDONALD, India Army Reserve of Officers, has been appointed A.D.C.to Brigadier General F.Hackett Thompson, C.B., general officer commanding troops. Lieut McDonald came out to Ceylon a few months ago as a cadet for the seal on Civil Service, and secured his commission recently being attached to the 28th Punjabis for duty. He will be congratulated on his new appointment.
This congratulation will be re-echoed generally amongst the people in the Crich district, who naturally are proud that a son of Crich has gained this distinction. Lieut MACDONALD it will be remembered, during the early days of the war discharge the duties of sectional commander with marked ability. Virtually all the recruits then under his control are now in the trenches in France and Belgium.

Derbyshire Courier 9 November 1915
Information has been received by letter at Ridgeway, Ambergate, by Mr William TAYLOR recently of Crich Carr, that his only son Private Bert TAYLOR (Grenadier Guards) has been wounded, being shot through the knee while changing guards in the trenches. Private TAYLOR informs his father that by the time he received a letter he will be in London. Private TAYLOR was wondering on Sunday 24th of October. He had only been out at the front three weeks. Three days after the commencement of his outward journey he was in the trenches. Private TAYLOR chivalrously volunteered to take the place of another comrade going out to the front and so went out before his turn. Last April he sustained the loss of his mother, Mrs W TAYLOR. The family are highly respected members of the Primitive Methodist Church. Private TAYLOR when in London in training had as his comrade Private B. GENT, primitive Methodist local preacher of Ripley. Private GENT has since joined the miners section and is also now at the front.
[believe a naming error in this report. Bert’s father was Samuel TAYLOR]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 13 November 1915
Lieut Ian P. MACDONALD, India Army Reserve of Officers, has been appointed A.D.C. to Brigadier General F. Hacket THOMPSON, C.B. general officer commanding troops. Lieut. MACDONALD, who is the son of Dr G. G. MACDONALD, C.C. of Crich, went a few months ago as a cadet for the Ceylon Civil Service and secured his commission recently, being attached to the 28th Punjabis for duty.

Derbyshire Courier, 23 November 1915
CRICH TERRITORIAL WOUNDED
Official confirmation has been received by Mr and Mrs Charles PERRY of Crich that their second son Private Charles PERRY of the 1/6th Sherwood Foresters has been wounded in action. The news was forwarded from the Lichfield Record Office, the weekend casualty list also contained private PERRY’s name under the heading of "wounded". No details as to the nature of the injuries are given. The report stating that he was wounded on 11 October. Private PERRY , who is in hospital in France has two brothers at the front. His determination to serve the colours is shown by the fact that it tried three times to enlist before he was accepted. In addition to this he walked in Nottingham and back in a fruitless attempt to join the Navy. He has been at the front since April.

Ripley and Heanor News 26 November 1915.
The death took place on Wednesday in last week of Mr Benjamin RAWSON, of Fritchley. Deceased was interred in the Parish Churchyard at Crich on Sunday afternoon amid many manifestations of sympathy. Deceased, who was 32 years of age and unmarried, had world at Haslam’s Pit for the last 11 years. He acted jointly with Mr J.CURZON as a poultry farmer, and they had won many valuable trophies shows throughout the United Kingdom. Several fanciers were at the funeral, and a lovely wreath was sent from the Fanciers Association in Scotland also workmates and officials at Haslam’s Pit.
[more details of mourners followed. Haslam's Colliey was at Hartsay].

Derbyshire Courier, 7 December 1915
CRICH MAN ILL IN HOSPITAL
An official intimation from the Lichfield record office has been received this week by Mr and Mrs John ROE of Sun Lane, Crich, that their son Private John William ROE, of the 9th Sherwood Foresters, is in hospital suffering from dysentery. This news has been supplemented by a letter from Private ROE, who, writing home says that he was suddenly taken ill, and the next thing he realised was that he was in hospital. He refers to the kind treatment he is receiving, and hopes to be well again shortly. Private ROE is at the 1st Canadian St West Mudros Hospital. He went to the Dardanelles with a section of the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

Belper News 10 December 1915
HOME GUARDS
ORDERS FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 18
Thursday – Crich Unit: Section drill, 8:15 PM
[there were regular notices to the Crich Home Guards]

Derbyshire Courier 18 December 1915
Crich Lea and Holloway
Crich enjoyed the privilege on Saturday of having a recruiting station to assist in the attestation of recruits under the Lord Derby Scheme. The experiment was more than justified, as from early afternoon until the close, a constant flow of recruits present themselves for enlistment, and thus assisted in relieving the pressure at the large centres. In addition to the recruiting officer, Drs MacDonald and Rankin attended to give the necessary medical examination, whilst Mr H Dyson also gave clerical assistance. Some 108 were attested, the larger percentage of these, it is understood being married. The majority were residents of the parish, with a few from South Wingfield, although one who was attested was a native of Caithness (Scotland), and another came from Stilgo (Ireland). Several, owing to the late hour deferred their attestation until the following morning when they present themselves at Derby.
From various sources the reports as to the response of men of military age from the Crich parish agree that the percentage of those who have failed to answer Lord Derby's appeal is remarkably small, and when the figures are officially announced it is confidently expected that Crich will be ? In relation to population, in a position worthy of the village.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 25 December 1915
A Crich man, named George AUSTIN, who is employed as a carter by Messrs R. Johnson and Nephew, Ltd, of Ambergate, was summoned for absenting himself from work of several days during the present month, and the firm claimed £2 damages. The manager of the works said the man absented himself on parts of eight days, without any excuse or reason, and as the firm were engaged on important contracts, this was very serious for the railway sidings could not be cleared through his absence. Defendant, who had nothing to say in excuse of his conduct, was ordered to pay £2 compensation, and 17s 6d costs.

Ripley and Heanor News 31 December 1915
A pretty taxi-cab wedding took place on Saturday last at St Michael’s Church, Crich. the contracting parties being Mr David KNEEBONE, of Crich Common, and Miss Elsie May NIND, daughter of Mr and Mrs James NIND, Crich Common. The father Mr NIND) is at present engaged in superintending the new sidings at Swanwick
[there followed a report of the wedding]