The Newark Great War Bulletin for September 28, 1914 tells us that:
"Drummer Rowland James BAKER, aged 22, from Albert Street died in hospital in Luton of blood poisoning. He was determined to avoid being sent back home for a blister from marching, so he did not report for medical attention until his pain became unbearable."
The Newark Great War Bulletin for October 12, 1914 tells us that:
Trooper William McLEOD, aged 22, of the 14th Hussars had died of wounds received in the Battle of the Aisne. He was the youngtest son of the widow Sarah Ann McLEOD. Also, Thomas BOWERS of Eldon Place had died while guarding the tubular bridge over the Trent River. He had been hit by an express train. Thomas was 43 years old.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for December 28, 1914 tells us that:
"THERE was only Christmas anguish for Henry and wife Mary Ann TACEY of 102 Northgate, Newark, who have five sons fighting in the British forces around the world. They received a letter from one of them, Fred, on the morning of Christmas Eve to say he was wounded and a prisoner in Germany. They already knew he had been shot through both thighs during the Battle for Mons at the outset of this conflict."
Henry TACEY, above, was born in Saxilby, LIN, in 1849. Fred was born in Newark, and his mother was born in Dunston, LIN.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for January 4th, 1915 tells us that:
"Mrs. Annie KIRK of 167 Barnbygate received a letter over Christmas from her 21-year-old son Arthur, an Ordinary Seaman on HMS Glasgow, It was dated 8 November and addressed to both Annie and her husband Herbert Joseph, a boiler man in a maltster’s brewhouse.
“I am still alive and quite all right in every way.“
"No doubt before you receive this letter you will have read about the engagement we had in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chili (Chile) and have been a bit anxious to hear whether I was all right or not.“
"I am very sorry to say that we lost the fight but we were not disgraced, thank God as we fought superior ships and were out-numbered by five to three – the Good Hope, Monmouth and Glasgow – and we are the only one left to tell the tale. When we look back on it, it seems a miracle that we were not blown to smithereens as when the other two ships went down, all the five German boats concentrated their fire on the good old Glasgow, and we owe our salvation to our speed, which enabled us to leave the enemy ships behind when they chased us.“
"All aboard our ship wept like children, and the Captain also, when we fell-in next morning to read prayers."
The Newark Great War Bulletin for January 18, 1915 tells us that William Sergeant GOY ("Sergeant" is his middle name), aged 22, of the Royal Flying Corps was promoted to First-Class Airman Mechanic only two months after joining the Corps.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for June 7th, 1915 tells us that private John William SHAW of the 5th Btln. Lincolnshire Regt. was granted compassionate leave from the front lines to come home to Newark and to tend to his sick wife and their five children. However, once here he caught double pneumonia and died. His wife Louise was well enough to lead the mourners at his funeral.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for June 14th, 1915 reveals that another Royal Engineer trainee, driver Joseph Henry NEVINS, drowned in the River Trent. Also reported was the death of stoker first-class Samuel ASMAN, age 28. He was the son of Richard (deceased) and Mary ASHMAN. The death of private Alfred JOYNES who died at Gallipoli while serving in the Royal Marine Light Infantry was also reported.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for June 28th, 1915 tells us that Mr. and Mrs. Harry REVELL lost their son Robert, age 28, of the 1st Btln. Border Regt. while fighting in Turkey. They will lose another son, Harold, in 1917.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for August 2nd, 1915 reveals that another Royal Engineer sapper's body, Dennis MURPHY, age 36, was recovered from the River Trent.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for August 16th, 1915 reveals that these men from Newark were being held in Germany's Doeberitz POW Camp:
- pte. E. BULLARD
- pte. A. STEVENSON
- pte. George E. WHITE
The August 16th Bulletin also tells that the following men of Newark were recent casualties:
- Lieut. Hector Wilson RIDLEY, age 23, 2nd Sherwood Foresters (his name is also given as William Hector Mather RIDLEY)
- Private Frank WALSTER, age 23, 8th Sherwood Foresters.
- Private Herbert MOORE, age 22.
- Private Robert HUCKERBY, age 19, 8th Sherwood Foresters.
- Private Thomas Frederick GUMSLEY, age 19, 8th Sherwood Foresters.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for September 6th, 1915 tells us that Flight Sergeant Edwin Cecil RUMFORD of Southwell, serving in the Royal Flying Corps was recognized for his bravery and awarded the St. George Medal, 2nd class, by the Tsar of Russia.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for September 13th, 1915 tells us that Royal Engineer corporal Alexander SMITH had committed suicide the week before. He had been rejected as "unfit" for front-line service. Another sapper, William COMYN, age 45, had also died from double pneumonia.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for September 27th, 1915 tells us that private William Thomas MARSHALL, a father of 7, had died of shrapnel wounds to his head and neck after a fortnight in an Australian Hospital at Wimereux, France.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for October 11th, 1915 tells us that Lance Corporal Charles Edgar HARRISON had died in battle on October 5th. He was the husband of Eleanor A. HARRISON and had been serving with the 1/8th Btln. of the Sherwood Foresters.
The edition above also advises that private Harry KILLINGLEY of the 9th Btln. Sherwood Foresters was alive and well in spite of earlier reports that he had died in action. His mother rushed to tell Harry;s brother and sister and his workmates that he was alive and well. However, that Bulletin also told of two local men who had died: Alfred Charles DENCH of Newark and Arthur STARR of North Collingham.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for October 18th, 1915 tells us that 17-year-old Private William COBB of 14 Victoria Gardens, Newark, was in Wharncliffe Hospital, Sheffield, with a gunshot wound in the leg. There is no indication of how he persuaded the authorities he was old enough for combat.
That same edition tells us that Joseph WARRINER was at his home in 3 Norfolk Buildings, Parker Street, Newark, pondering which of his two sons was better off. William WARRINER, a 38-year-old father of four, was a Prisoner of War in a German camp, and his son Samuel WARRINER, a Lance Corporal in the Somerset Light Infantry, was wounded first at La Bassee and later at Ypres – and has returned to action hoping for a real case of ‘third time lucky’. Both sons would survive the war.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for November 1st, 1915 tells us that 19-year-old Charles Sydney LAWRENCE was recovering at the 6th Base Hospital in Rouen and that he expected to be discharged soon.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for November 8th, 1915 tells us that 29-year-old Lance Corporal Frederick James LOWE had died from wounds. Both he and his wife Charlotte had been born in Newark, with two children born in Lincoln city and Charlotte will have a third child in Newark in April, 1916.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for November 15th, 1915 tells us that 23-year-old Archie ROBB had died from dysentery contracted in Gallipoli.
That same edition tells us that Boer-War veteran Albert SQUIRES plead guilty to desertion charges in Newark, for not returning to his unit, the 1st Btln., Scottish Rifles.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for November 29th, 1915 tells us that Second Lieutenant Sydney CARLIN had the Distinguished Conduct Medal pinned to his breast by Colonel ROTHERHAM RE. The award was for "conspicuous gallantry" at the 18 May 1915 Battle of Ypres.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for December 6th, 1915 tells us that:
- Private Cyril Sydney HARRISON, 19, was killed during the Battle of Loos in September.
- Private Horace Steemson WILKINSON, 21, who was an active member of the Church Lads’ Brigade, was also killed during the Battle of Loos.
- The Castle Rovers football team’s goalkeeper, Harold TAYLOR, 22, was in hospital in France with “a rather bad wound” in his side. He would survive his wounds and appear in the 1918 list of absent voters.