WW1  Pershore

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Surnames beginning with M

Captain Lionel Frederick Machin K.O.S.B. Lived in Stanhope House.

[AV18][AV19] NB. [EJ140926] and [AL] list him as a private in (Sandhurst) Public School Corps.

Second-Lieut. Norman Frederick Machin D.S.M Coldstream Guards. Lived in Stanhope House. His name appears twice in ref. AV19: no. 4743 lists him as a Lieutenant, 4572 lists him as a Captain. [AV18][AV19]

Evesham Journal, 25 November 1916 - ``PERSHORE MAN'S GALLANTRY. Second-Lieut. Norman F. Machin, of the Coldstream Guards, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for Gallantry in the field. He led and rallied his men under heavy barrage fire, until he fell wounded. Prior to joining the colours Lieut. Machin was a market gardener at Pershore, and was a pupil with Mr. E.P. Whiteley, hon. secretary of the Pershore Fruit Growers' Association. He is a nephew of Miss Sainsbury, Stanhope House, where he resided.

Private J. Mann Kitchener's Army [AL]

Private Joseph Mann 5th Worcesters [AL]

2nd. Lieutenant Kenneth Mann 4th Suffolks. Killed at some time before January 1916 according to [EJD16. but doesn't appear in n Soldiers died or the CWGC database.

Private Arthur Manton 8th Worcesters [AL][EJ141003]

Private Joseph Manton Kitchener's Army [AL]

J. Manton Kitchener's Army [EJ140926]

Private Joseph Manton 8th Worcesters [AL]

Private Charles Marshall National Reserve (Railway Guard). [AL] Discharged from army around June 1918

Private Philip Marshall 8th Worcesters/reservist [AL][EJ140926] Son of John and Rose Ellen Marshall of top Newland, Pershore. Badly gassed in action, January 1917, and by June 1917 was then a substitute working on the land at Evesham (source: Evesham Journal 4 June 1917 - see the James Annis entry)

42919 William Marshall London Regiment. Lived in Newlands. Son of Charles and Ellen Marshall of Lower Newlands. Serving in front line in 1918, according to the death notice for his brother Charles. [AV18][AV19]

Gunner 162869 Walter Martin 146th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of David and E.M. Martin of Pershore, husband of Christina E. Martin of 18 Hill Avenue, Worcester. Died 20 December 1917 age 34. Buried St Albans Cemetery, Hertfordshire Ex-pupil of Worcester Grammar school, listed on the school's memorial N.B. Had moved out of Pershore, not listed on Pershore Abbey memorial.

Evesham Journal 19 January 1918 - GUNNER WALTER MARTIN'S DEATH. The death of Gunner Walter Martin, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, brings sorrow to many people in the Pershore district, who knew him well and esteemed him highly. Prior to May last, when he joined the colours, he was a clerk in the Old Bank of Worcester, and his young widow and child live at 18 Hill-avenue Worcester. Mr. Martin was sent to France in less than five months' training, and in a hot engagement in which he was unrelieved with the guns for a considerable time, he caught a chill, and various complications supervened, which terminated his life at St. Alban's Red Cross Hospital. He was the eldest son of Mr. David Martin of Cheltenham, formerly of the firm of Messrs. Fearnside and Martin, printers, of Pershore. A memorial service was held at the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Drakes Broughton, at which place of worship he succeeded his father as organist, his gratuitous services being greatly valued by the members. For some years, he and his wife were members of Pershore Amateur Operatic Society, and Mr. Martin took the title role in a most successful production of the ``Mikado''. For some time, too, he acted as hon. secretary of the society. Deceased was 34 years of age. Another brother is in the Army.

Private S/355531 Franz Alfred Charles Mason A.S.C. Lived at Knotty Elms [AV18][AV19] Evesham Journal 30 June 1917 - ``PERSHORE AND THE WAR. Mr. Charles Mason (the organist at the Abbey Church) has been called up, and is attached to the Army Service Corps. His successor is Miss Pritchard, of Oxford.... ''

There are more details in this story about Pershore men, listed under William Lewis.

Evesham Journal January 25 1919:-- PERSHORE ORGANIST IN FRANCE. The Paris ``Daily Mail'' records that there was a large gathering of soldiers and sailors at the Seamen's Institute of Rouen, recently, where an excellent Christmas dinner was followed by a good musical programme. Pte. F.A.C. Mason, R.A.S.C. being at the piano. Mr Mason is the well-known organist at Pershore Abbey, to which post he hopes to return as soon as possible. He has been in the Army for about 18 months, and soon after he landed in France he was appointed organist to All Saints Church in Rouen. He is the son of Mrs. Mason and of the late Mr Edward Mason, of St Dunstan's Crescent, Worcester.

Pte. M/3410195 James McCormick jun. M.T.A.S.C. Lived in Bridge Street. [AV18][AV19]

John Victor McCormick Lived in Bridge Street [AV18]

Lieut. McIntosh Evesham Journal 28 April 1917, extract of article titled `Pershore Officers': ``It is officially stated that Lieut. McIntosh has been wounded and is in hospital in Oxford. A year ago last February Lieut McIntosh married Miss Wallis, daughter of Mr. George Wallis, builder, of High-street, Pershore.''

Sh.-smith 2444 R. Meadows Worcester Yeomanry - listed as missing in Evesham Journal 20 May 1916

Albert Mence Lived at No Gains [AV18]

Private Edward Middleton 8th Worcesters


Frederick John Middleton See Photo

Lived in Newlands [AV18]

Private 60546 William Middleton

S. Staffs. Lived in Knotty Elms [AV18][AV19]

Lance-Corporal Charles Milward Worcs. Yeomanry See photo of him on horseback, dated as 1915, at King's Lynn. Moved to the Infantry, fought in both battles of the Somme where he was gassed. Ended up as a Quarter Master Sargeant.

Charles Thomas Milward Lived in Broad Street [AV18]

Mitchell 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade.

Berrow’s Journal 30th Jan 1915 – PERSHORE MAN'S EXPERIENCE. Mrs. Mitchell of Southern House, Broad Street Pershore, has heard from her son, who went out with the first expeditionary force and is now serving with the 3rd battalion Rifle Brigade. Speaking of the hardships experienced, he says that at the time of writing they were having a nice day after a long spell of bad weather. Since being out at the seat of war he has not had his clothes off or even a chance to get a wash. They cannot even wash anything, as there is no chance to dry them. He is suffering from rheumatism owing to the wet and mud. The men are being supplied with 2oz. of tobacco per week, but they cannot get any cigarettes.

Private Christopher Moore See photo 10th Hussars Lived in Head Street [AL][AV18]

102324 Walter Moore R.F.A. Lived at Drill Hall [AV18][AV19]

James Moulson Wireless section, Royal engineers. Eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Moulson. Serving in the army abroad in September 1918; known to be in Belgium in December 1918. (see Arthur Moulson entry above)

Private Charles Mumford Kitchener's Army [AL]

Private 255305 Frederick Mumford 2/6 Sussex. Lived at Head Street. [AV18][AV19]

Private H. Mumford Kitchener's Army [AL]

H. Mumford Brabant's Horse - had served in S. Africa [EJ140926]

Temp.-Lieut. Hugh Mumford Worcester Regiment. Lived at Three Springs [AV18] Pershore Almanac 1915 says he was amongst those who'd volunteered for service at the front on the 24th August 1914.

Evesham Journal 22nd January 1916: ``Temp.-Lieut. Hugh Mumford of the Army Service Corps is transferred to be Temp.-Lieut. of the Second Reserves Worcestershire Regiment, dated January 1st 1916''

Evesham Journal 29 July 1916 says he'd been a member of Pershore's hockey club.

Evesham Journal 16 June 1917 - ``Capt. Hugh Mumford, who is now attached to the Worcesters at Salonika, is reported wounded and in hospital.''

Private Walter Mumford 8th Worcesters/Reservist [EJ140926][AL]

Private 522130 Walter Mumford
627 Ag. Co. Labour Corps. Lived in Head Street [AV18][AV19] A Private W. Mumford was one of the bearers at the funeral of Harry Smith in early 1918.

                                                         Frederick Middleton of Newlands, Pershore

"Pony" Moore

Charles Milward

Surnames beginning with N

Harry Need Royal Engineers. Son of W. Need the Abbey's Verger. See John Need entry following.

Sergeant Thomas Need 8th Worcesters Lived in Priest Lane [AL][AV18] Son of W. Need, the Abbey's verger. See John Need above.

Private 515014 William Charles Neil 1/14 Lond. R. Lived at Lloyds Bank. [AV18][AV19]

Andrew Henry Newell Lived at `Binholme' [AV18]

Private Henry Newell Royal Warwicks [AL]

147714 Harry Newman R.A.F. Lived in Newlands. [AV18][AV19]

Trooper W.L. Newport Worcs. Yeomanry [AL]

Lieut. Frank James Nicholas According to Evesham Journal, 29 July 1916, had been member of Pershore Hockey club: had joined the O.T.C. Lincoln's inn, had recently been gazetted as Lieut. in the 11th Gloucesters, and has taken a platoon out to France. AV19 says he was in the 3rd Gloucesters. Lived in Bridge Street [AV18][AV19]

Evesham Journal, 21 October 1916 (contd. from Albert Hutton record): ``Mr A.J. Nicholas, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Frank Nicholas, of Bridge-street, Pershore, has been promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He is attached to the Gloucesters, and has been for some weeks in the fighting line. Lieutenant Nicholas is the well-known County hockey player'' [note that the Journal appears to have got one of his initials wrong -everything else is a good match]

Evesham Journal September 29th 1917 - ``LIEUT. FRANK NICHOLAS WOUNDED. Mr. F. Nicholas of Messrs. Nicholas Bros. builders and contractors, Pershore, received a wire from the War Office this week informing him that his son, Lieut. Frank J. Nicholas, Gloucester Regt., was admitted into the stationary hospital at Boulogne seriously ill with gunshot wounds in the right thigh. Better news arrived the following morning from the wounded officer himself, who said the bullet had been extracted, and he was going on very comfortably. Lieut. Nicholas, who before joining the Inn of Court O.T.C. in 1915, was in the Land Valuation Office at Worcester, went to France in June 1916, and has experienced a good deal of warfare. In February this year he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. he is well known in the county as a first-class hockey player. He played three successive seasons for Worcestershire, and was a most prolific scorer for his own local team at Pershore, where he played centre forward. Cricket, tennis, or any other game, he always excelled, and was generally regarded as a good, all-round sportsman.''

141567 John James Nicholas 63 Div., M.T. Co. A.S.C. Lived in Bridge Street [AV18][AV19]

H. Nicholas DISCHARGED. Medically unfit or over age [AL]

Harry George Nicholas Lived at Defford Road [AV18]

234709 Walter Henry Nicholas A.S.C. Lived in Bridge Street [AV18][AV19]

Walter Henry Nott Lived in Union House [AV18]

Pioneer 316505 David Joseph Rouse Nutting R.E. Lived in Broad Street [AV18][AV19]

Frank Nutting Lived at Pershore Fields [AV18] Probably the elder brother of Arthur Douglas Nutting; see above.

Surnames beginning with O

Sapper 19098 William James Overd Royal Engineers. Lived in Newlands [EJ141017][AL][AV18][AV19]

Surnames beginning with P

E. Page Worcesters (Territorials) [EJ151106]

Corporal 2721 Sid G. Parkes Worcester Yeomanry. Listed as missing in Evesham Journal 20 May 1916; a letter home from R.C. Edwards printed in the 29th December Evesham Journal (see his entry) reveals that Parkes was amongst the men captured by the Turks on Easter Sunday 1916, and was still a prisoner in late 1917. (N.B. the letter lists him as a sergeant) Pershore heritage centre has a 1915 group photo of Pershore Troop (No. 3 `D' company) that includes him, also a group photo in Egypt.

Flt.-Sgt. 10792 Cecil James Partridge No 50 A.T.S. Lived in Mill

House. [AV18][AV19]

A.W. Phillips A.V.C. [EJ151106]

Harry Calvin Luther Phillips Lived at Defford Road [AV18]

49792 Henry John Phillips 1st Northamptons 48th of Foot. Lived in New Road [AV18][AV19]

Private 85662 Herbert Phillips 70th Co. M.G.C. Lived in High Street. [AV18][AV19]

2nd-Lieutenant Tom Phillips Royal Engineers

Evesham Journal 28 April 1917, extract of article titled `Pershore Officers': ``Mr. Tom Phillips, youngest son of Mr. George Phillips, of Pershore, has been gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, and attached to the Royal Engineers. He joined the army a month ago and was private in the Royal Artillery.''

Private 243061 John Pugh Plimmer King's Liverpools, 424th Army Ag. Coy. Lived in Broad Street [AV18][AV19]

Private Alfred Porter Royal Army Medical Corps. Listed as Prisoner of War in 1915 Pershore Almanac. Lived in Church Row [AL][AV18]

Evesham Journal 20 March 1915 - PERSHORE POSTMAN PRISONER. Reservist Alfred Porter, of the Newlands, Pershore, who went to the front in the early stages of the war attached to the Army Medical Corps, has been a prisoner for some months in Sennelgar, Germany. His wife has received several postcards from him, and in a recent one it seems significant that German Censorship should allow him, after stating he is doing very well, to ask for ``anything in the eating line, cheese, butter, bacon, bread, tea, coffee, cocoa, in fact nothing would come amiss.'' Prior to the war, Pte. Porter was a rural postman attached to Pershore Post Office and went round the Cropthorne district. He is a native of Badsey, near Evesham.

Evesham Journal 3 July 1915 - PERSHORE PRISONER'S RETURN. Before the war Pte. Alfred Porter, Church-row, Pershore, was a reserve in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and was employed as a rural postman at Pershore Post Office. He went out to France at the beginning of August, and was taken prisoner with many others at Mons. He wrote to his wife and children frequently, and a month generally intervened between the date of his latter and delivery. He always asked for food, and she sent him regularly every week home-made bread and provisions, which absorbed a good proportion of his allowance. On Wednesday morning she was greatly surprised and elated to receive a wire, stating he was safely landed in England. A letter arrived from him in the afternoon, stating he was then in King George's Hospital, London, but hoped to be home shortly. He intimated he was more than glad to be free of Germany, as he would have starved but for what she sent him. Mrs. Porter is a little perturbed to learn he is in hospital, as he never mentioned any injuries or illness to her. The same day she received the wire and later she also received a letter written by her husband from his internment camp in Germany, but in this he did not mention that he expected to be sent home.

DON'T MENTION THE WAR. In writing from Germany to his wife, Pte. Porter frequently cautioned her never in replies to mention the war. ``It will be better for me if you don't.'' he stated. Presumably such cautionary advice was not given by another prisoner of the Germans to his wife who lives at Sale Green, near Upton Snodsbury. The story goes that in a reply to his letters, which always dwelt wistfully on the hope of returning home, she expressed her great desire that when he did come he would bring the Kaiser's head with him. The correspondence ceased abruptly, and the good wife has since felt anxious as to her husband's safety.

Evesham Journal 10 July 1915 - HOME FROM GERMANY. Private Alfred Porter, of the Royal Army Service Corps, who has been ten months a prisoner in Germany, came home to Pershore this week. He returned with the recent batch of exchanged prisoners. The `wire' announcing his arrival in England came from King George's Hospital, London, and his wife was concerned at this, thinking he was wounded, which, however, he had not stated in his many letters to her from Germany. But Private Porter says they only went there to have a bath, some refreshments, and a new rig-out. The Germans were not concerned in returning them clean and tidy; they had relieved them of everything that was of any value, and sent them back with ill-fitting and most atrocious garments. What surprises him most now he has come back is the strength of Kitchener's new army and the appearance of it.

He had no idea recruiting was going so strong in England, and after paying a hurried visit to Aldershot says he has never seen finer looking soldiers in his life. He has brought back as a relic a piece of German black bread, and most unappetising looking stuff it is. This bread with boiled swedes and horse beans was what they chiefly lived on out there, and he says he is bound to confess, although he never seemed to have enough to eat, that he never felt better in his life. The aroma of the boiled pork, which the German soldiers used to have served out to them with similar vegetable, so watered the palates of our poor chaps, he said, that it was positively maddening. One day, a British `Tommy' succeeded in purloining a piece, but before he had completely devoured it he was caught and as a punishment was tied to a tree for several hours. Pte. Porter was caught with 130 of his comrades while burying the dead at Mons on the Tuesday following the great retreat. They were stripped of everything that night on Mons station, and were served with wretched clothing. It took thirty-two hours to reach their destination at Sennelager. They were conveyed in cattle trucks, and en route were much jeered at and insulted by the German populace of the towns and villages through which they passed. Asked if this was the case on returning, Pte. Porter said no, the people were very quiet and subdued, and did not interfere with them at all. There were 15,000 prisoners at Sennelager - English, Canadians, Indians, Belgians, and French. They had to work hard every day cultivating rough tracts of land. He says their potato crop was fearfully devastated by a sharp frost in early June, and caused great depression among the farmers. They had a paper every day called the `Continental Times' printed in England. This used to give them the `hump' for it always made out the Germans were winning everywhere. All the Germans too, were absolutely confident of winning the war. Several of the German soldiers at Sennelager had lived in England, and there was a great contrast between their friendliness and the `sportiness' of the others. He says he is thankful to get home, but wouldn't have missed the experience for anything. He returns to duty again on the 17th, and hopes to go to the Dardanelles. Mrs. Porter's brother, Pte. R. Rudge, of the 2nd Worcesters, has been missing since a fierce engagement in France some six weeks ago. His home is at Wadborough

(The last part refers to Private 8321 Reginald Rudge, 2nd Battn. Worcestershire Regiment, killed 16th May 1916: no known grave, listed on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He's from Pirton, listed on the Pirton war memorial)

Private John Pratt 8th Worcesters (Reservist). Lived in New Road. [140926][AL][AV18]

Frederick Preece Lived in High Street [AV18]

Private Leonard Dennis Preece See Photo Worcester Regiment. Evesham Journal, 28 October 1916: ``PERSHORE MAN WOUNDED. Many in the Pershore District will learn with regret that Pte. Leonard Dennis Preece, of the Worcesters, who only joined the colours last April, is now lying dangerously wounded in a Norwich hospital. Pte Preece is the fourth son of Mr. J.W. Preece, manager for the Pershore Gas Company. Prior to joining the Army, he was clerk to Mr A.E. Baker. He joined the regiment on April 12; in July he went out to France and took part in the battles on the Somme, where he received his injuries in the action with the much-vaunted Prussian Guards. His right thigh was shattered with shrapnel. Pte A Langford, (another Pershore man who has since been killed) saw him in trouble and bound up his wound, and he then crawled into a shell hole and remained there until the ambulance came along some hours later. His father has been to see him and gives a grave report of his condition. Mr Preece has another son in the Army.''

Private 118771 Frederick Lenox Pritchard listed as 8th Worcesters (territorials) in [AL], absent voters lists put him in Machine Gun Corps. Lived in Bull Entry/Newlands [AV18][AV19] 130

Private John Pritchard 8th Worcesters [EJ141003][AL]

258047 John Pritchard Labour Coy. Lived in Newlands. [AV18][AV19]

Private 63418 George Alfred Pulley, Junr. 6th Worcesters. Lived in Bachelor's Entry [AV18][AV19]

Len Preece

Surnames beginning with Q

William Quigley Lived at 5 Coventry Terrace [AV18]

Surnames beginning with R

Private George Redding 8th Worcesters. Recruited 1914, was 33 years old. Lived in Newlands. [EJ141003][AL]

Captain William Reid A.V.C. Lived in Bridge Street [AV18][AV19]

Private William Reeves [AL] lists him in Kitchener's Army

Evesham Journal 31 July 1915 has an account of Sergt. Biddulph's death, (see Biddulph entry) that lists William's military career. Aged 20, he'd been sent out to the Dardanelles after four months training, and the first battle he was in was the one in which Sergt. Biddulph died (4th June 1915) William was shot in the thigh in that battle, and he returned home wounded at the beginning of July 1915.

Lieut. J. Reid Army Veterinary Corps.

Evesham Journal 8 May 1915:-- ``TOMMY'' INCOMPARABLE. Lieut. J. Reid of the Army Veterinary Service, has returned home for a brief period to recuperate. He was veterinary surgeon at Pershore, and joined the army just before Christmas, obtaining shortly afterwards his commission as lieutenant, where he says the ghastly and harrowing scenes he witnessed absolutely baffles description. As brave as are the Germans, and no one with experience, Mr Reid says, can question it, they do not go into the fight with just that avidity or with light-hearted spirit as our men. ``Tommy Atkins'' in war is incomparable. Lieut Reid says this very convincingly, although considerably upset that some of the said ``Tommy Atkinses'' have relieved him of no less than six Uhlan helmets, which he had with some trouble and not a little danger had secured to bring home as a trophy.

Captain W. Reid Army Veterinary Corps [AL] Evesham Journal 29 July 1916 says he'd been a member of Pershore's hockey club.

Private Albert Richards Kitchener's Army in [EJ140926], 6th Worcesters according to [AL]

A/Sgt 39067 Albert Edward Richards See Photo Army Service Corps. Lived in Bearcroft. Enlisted 3rd September 1914, working as a baker. Discharged 10 June 1916 from illness. [AV18][AV19] 15 March 1896-25th October 1957. Served in Gallipoli, and was in France in November 1917 (see his brother's entry below)

Private T. Robbins Possibly a Pershore man?

Brother in law of H. Stanton [see below]; in June 1916 was in Netley Hospital after serving at the Dardanelles and Mesopotamia.

Sergeant Francis (Frank) Charles Roberts 8th

Worcesters [AL] Son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Roberts of High Street. [AL] lists him as Lance-Corporal. Went to France with the Territorials at the end of March 1915. Sometime around mid-December 1915 he was injured in the left side with shrapnel wounds.

William Albert Roberts Reservist [EJ140926]; lived High street. Aged 21 when recruited in 1914.

326333 John Rock Q.O. Worcs. Hus. Lived in Head Street [AV18][AV19] (AV18 says 5 Coventry Terrace?)

George Rogers Pershore court report, Evesham Journal 26 August 1916: - ``A deserter - At the Police Court on Friday afternoon - before Mr W. Pearce - George Rogers, Batchelor's Entry, was brought up in custody charged with being a deserter from the Army - P.C. Hartford proved the arrest, and defendant was remanded to await a military escort''

Corporal 325529 Thomas Lloyd Roper 1st/1st Q.O.W.H. (Worcestershire Yeo.) d. 9 September 1916 age 20. Son of Thomas and Fanny Roper of Huntley Villa, 31 Westcliffe Drive, Blackpool. (?? but he's the only Roper in the QOWH for the entire war) [AB]

Arthur. Rose Reservist [EJ140926] See Photo

Private 240735 Ernest Rose 2/8th Worcesters. Lived in New Road. Aged 30 when recruited. in 1914 [EJ141003][AL][AV18][AV19] See photo

H.R. Rose Kitchener's Army [EJ140926]

Private 203706 Leonard Rose See Photo 8th Worcesters. Lived in New. Road. [EJ141003][AL][AV18] [AV19] AV19 says he was in 1/7th Worcesters.

Private 82983 Thomas Rose junr. R.A.F. Lived in New Road. AV18][AV19] AV19. See photo

William George Rose Lived in High Street [AV18] See photo

200827 Harold Thomas Rose Worcestershire Regiment 10th Battalion. Born in Pershore killed on 21st March 1918 at Flanders. Enlisted at Kidderminster. Not on Pershore’s Roll of Honour.

Herbert Royal Royal Navy [EJ140926][AL]

G. Rudge Reservist [EJ140926]

Sidney William Rutter Lived in Priest Lane [AV18]

Private H. Russell Kitchener's Army [AL]

Gunner William Russell Evesham Journal 20 February 1915:-- A TYPICAL ``TOMMY.'' Gunner William Russell, of the 65th Battery Royal Field Artillery Expeditionary Force, has visited his home at Priest-lane, Pershore, on a few days' leave, but left again on Tuesday for the front. Gunner Russell is the very personification of that sort of ``Tommy Atkins'' which this war has revealed, whose amazing sangfroid is the wonder of all nations. A chat with him irresistibly recalled a picture in a recent issue of ``Punch'', where a ``tommy'' with the inevitable Woodbine in his mouth, and a Uhlan helmet under his arm, is strolling leisurely along a country lane in which is falling a perfect deluge of bursting shells, is accosted by a chum sitting on the road-side, who, his face wreathed in smiles, remarks ``hello Bill! A bit showery 'ere aint it?''

That Gunner Russell has ``been through it'' is seen by an ugly shrapnel wound over the left eye, and an arm which he occasionally has to grip until a twinge of pain passes by. And yet, with these reminders of past experiences, and with a certainty of more to come, for he is probably in the trenches by this, he has gone back with as light a heart, as cheerful a face, and as merry an eye as though he were going on a pleasure trip in jolly good company and plenty of cash to spend. Only once did he speak with any gravity: it will be rough on poor mother if I don't come back,'' he said, which showed he had true manly thoughts for all his indifferent aspects and smiling countenance. It was almost impossible to get him to talk at all about those historic battles of Mons, Marne, Aisne, and La Bassee, in which he had taken part; the chief thing which occupied his mind was an intense desire to try those new big guns which he said the authorities had recently dispatched to France, and which he seemed convinced was infinitely superior to anything the Germans possessed. Asked for his impressions of the German soldiers, he said they were big, powerful fellows, all pale faced, and looking as if they would rather be anywhere but in the firing line. But one could not call them cowards; they stick at it when they are there. ``But,'' he added, ``they are cruel, beastly wretches, officers and men, or they could not have done the things they have.'' Gunner Russell did not give one much news, but he left an impression of a fine type of the British ``Tommy,'' and we hope his mother will see him back. We should mention that he was three weeks in the hospital at Versailles, from wounds in shoulder and face.

The Rose Brothers - Bill, Len, Tom, Arthur & Ern of New Road, Pershore