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These newspaper snippets are from the Western Times, and the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette. It is updated monthly, as we traverse the events of the First World War. The months are in reverse, with January 1916 at the end of the page. Thanks to the British Newspaper Archive


December 1916

The Month in Exeter.

Proposal to Use German Prisoners in St. Thomas District

At the St. Thomas Tribunal on Wednesday a discussion arose relative the proposal to import German prisoners for work on the farms, roads and in the quarries in the St. Thomas district.
Mr. Madge, replying to the Chairman (Mr. J. H. Ley, who is having some Germans at Kenn for the use of the farmers in the neighbourhood), said the prisoners would be no good to him during the winter months.
Mr. Paul thought they might a bit the quarries.
Mr. Madge replied that they could not be put into the quarries in the winter months. The only place in which he wanted them the quarries was where he wanted them to dig and sift, and the latter could not be done in the wet. Moreover, they could not have German prisoners without a guard.
Preb. Buckingham remarked that hedges needed trimming, and hundreds of pounds worth of damage had been done to the water tables.
Mr. Madge-. Why don't the Government take the German prisoners across to France for road work?
The Chairman: Ah! that's a question we have nothing to do with.
Mr. Madge said he had been in communication with the officer who was coming down to make arrangements.
Preb. Buckingham: Do not run away with the idea that you don't want them. Ultimately the Chairman intimated that he would let Mr. Madge know when the officer was coming to Kennford to make arrangements so that the surveyor might be present for consultation.
Western Times - Friday 01 December 1916

Result of Exeter War Economy Exhibition

A lady visitor to the Exeter War Economy Exhibition the Victoria Hall, Queen-street, yesterday, was so impressed by the propaganda that she decided to invest £35 in war savings certificates. This is only one of the ways in which the Exhibition is emphasising the war-time duty of the public.
There was again an excellent attendance yesterday, and the officials did not spare themselves. Miss Parker gave two cookery demonstrations, the Rev. Cameron Boss spoke on “The Boys in Blue." also appealing in the interests of the mercantile marine, and Mr. Hecht gave an address on "Help for Harassed Housewives." Exeter was to the fore with a lecture on War Savings by the Town Clerk (Mr. Lloyd Parry). Miss Marjorie Hayward explained the mysteries of the hay-box in cooking food.
The musical element, which has been a feature of the Exhibition, was provided last evening by the Salvation Army Band. To-day the 9th (Reserve) London Battalion band will officiate.
Western Times - Friday 01 December 1916

Council Committee

In moving the report of the Finance Committee, Mr. Townsend drew attention to the fact that it was proposed to make extension the Guildhall telephone to the Mayoress' Depot, at a cost of £3 1s per annum, in addition to a war surcharge of £4 payable for the first year only. Mr. Townsend said he was sure the Council would be desirous of doing anything they could do to help the work of the Depot.—The proposal was at once agreed to.
Mr. Norman, in moving the adoption of the Market and General Purposes Committee report, said that it had been decided by a subcommittee to reduce the charges at the Baths for soldiers to 2d per head. The Military had made an application for a reduction of the
Western Times - Wednesday 06 December 1916

Horse and tram

Yesterday morning an Exeter tramcar, in trying to pass a horse and cart, driven down Fore-street by William Burridge, struck the off hind wheel, knocking the cart onto the footpath, and breaking the shafts. No other damage was done except for a slight dent in the front of the tramcar.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 06 December 1916

Young Chauffeur's Unfortunate Start

At Exeter At Exeter Police Court yesterday, the magistrates present being Mr. F. J. Widgery. in the chair, Messrs. H. Hall, A. T. Loram, A. McCrea, H. J. Munro, and G. T. White, a young chauffeur named William James Smith admitted that he was driving in Fore-street, Heavitree, at 10 o'clock at night with unscreened headlights, but said he was unacquainted with the regulations. He had only had a license for five weeks, and had never driven a car by night before.—P.C. Bishop said directly he spoke to Smith switched off the lights.—A second summons against defendant was for failing to produce his licence when it was asked for by the constable.—Smith said he had to leave home in hurry, and left his coat with the license in it behind.—Mr. Widgery said it was an unfortunate series of accidents with which start his career as a chauffeur. The Bench would let him off with the payment of costs.
Western Times - Tuesday 12 December 1916

Dense Fog in Exeter

Exeter for some time last evening was enveloped in a dense fog which caused a deal of inconvenience to pedestrians, while vehicular traffic could only be carried on with the greatest possible difficulty. The electric cars had to be driven at a very slow rate, while drivers in charge of horses and carts and cabs had to walk at the heads of their animals. At times the fog was so dense that it was difficult to see a few yards ahead, and there were frequent collisions between pedestrians walking the main streets. Especially thick was the fog in the higher and lower parts the city, and minor accidents were reported.
About 8.30 last evening a man named Winton Howel, residing at No. 1, Matford-terrace, Exeter, owing to the fog walked into the Tram Depot, mistaking it for Denmark-road, and fell into an inspection pit, breaking the small bone of his left leg. He was attendee to by Dr. Andrew and conveyed to his home in the doctor's car.
At 9.55 last evening Motorman Wm. Giltrow was driving No. 2 car towards Heavitree, when proceeding down Paris-street, at a slow rate, a man named Wm. Morris, residing at 44, Paris-street, attempted to cross the road in the fog and was knocked down by the car, the driver of which promptly dropped the cow catcher and pulled up. Morris, who received injuries about the face, was picked up by Gnr. Givern, R.F.A., of the Topsham Barracks, who took him to his home.
Western Times - Saturday 16 December 1916

Excellent Health Report for St. Thomas Rural District

At the meeting of the St. Thomas District Council yesterday, Major Neville Thomas presiding, the Acting Medical Officer (Dr. P. Stirk) reported that, except a case of enteric fever at Clyst St. George, evidently imported, no case of notifiable disease had been reported in the rural district during the past fortnight. The six case in the Isolation Hospital were all convalescent. The Chairman the health of the district was a matter for congratulation.
The Chairman gave notice his Intention to move at the next meeting, that the meetings of the Council held monthly, instead of fortnightly.
Western Times - Saturday 16 December 1916

Reported Use as V.A.O. Hospital at Exeter

We understand that the Bishop's Palace Exeter is to used shortly as a V.A. Hospital for wounded soldiers, and arrangements are being made with that object. Already, it appears, the Palace is being used to accommodate a number of nurses who are sick. The proposed step is taken, we gather, with the full approval of the new Bishop of Exeter, Lord William Gascoyne-Cecil, who, in fact, shortly after his appointment suggested that the Palace should be devoted to the purposes of a hospital.
As we have already announced, his lordship has taken a residence in Heavitree, "St. Loyes," for a period, so that no difficultiesof residence will arise. Lord William, however, will probably retain a couple of rooms at the Palace, including his study, for meeting the clergy, and for diocesan business generally.
It is not yet definitely stated how many wounded will be accommodated at the Palace, but about 60 is suggested. The premises will, probably, continue to be used partly as a hostel for nurses.
The new Bishop, in giving up his official residence for the benefit of wounded heroes, is following the example of other Diocesans—an example which has commended itself to the approbation of the public.
Western Times - Wednesday 20 December 1916

Frozen Roads and Ponds in Exeter District

We are experiencing an old fashioned winter. Many years have elapsed since the cold was so severe in Exeter and district as it has been during the present month. November gave a warning of what was in store for us. The ancient belief was that ice in the penultimate month presaged a mild winter, and its absence indicated hard, rigorous weather. November was mild and damp, and therefore, according to the ancients, we must expect downright hard weather during the next few months. December has so far conformed to the rule. On twelve out of the first eighteen days the thermometer has fallen below freezing point. According to the record at the Devon and Exeter Institute on Monday was the coldest day so far, the mercury in the morning showing ten degrees of frost. On Sunday morning eight degrees were recorded.
The warmest day for the month was the 8th, when the thermometer registered 36 degrees, or four degrees above freezing point. In striking contrast, the December of last year gave only one day of frost, barely four degrees. The month has so far given six wet days, namely, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th and 17th, the total rainfall being 68in. The wind has during the whole time been in northerly quarter, veering, occasionally, east or west.
Monday morning's record of ten degrees frost, is, we believe, the most severe spell of cold that has been experienced for at least a decade. The coldest day last year showed four degrees of frost; that of 1914, five degrees ; that of 1913, seven degrees; and that of 1912, five degrees.
Twenty-one years age, viz., in February. 1895, Exeter experienced frost which remained unbroken for something like 26 days. Fifteen degrees were registered on the 11th of that month. At that time the river and canal were frozen, and skating was indulged in from Exeter to Turf. Several seagoing ships were frozen in both at Exeter and at the entrance to the Canal. Much distress prevailed Exeter and throughout the country…
Western Times - Wednesday 20 December 1916

Notes of the Day.

A correspondent whose duties entail a considerable amount of travelling on the railway relates an incident which, he says, demonstrates that some people, at any rate, have not learnt to study the requirements of others. One of the through expresses drew up at St. David's Station, and a good number of passengers were waiting board her. In one third-class carriage were seated six ladies, who were accompanied by a little poodle dog and a large amount of luggage. There was room for at least two more passengers, and, even at a cinch, three. But the ladies met every inquiry as to vacant seats with the remark “All occupied." Several ladies who wished to find seats had to stand, being under the impression that what they were told was the truth. "But," adds my correspondent, "as I travelled by the same train, and was standing in the corridor, I can bear witness that the whole of the seats were not occupied. Of course, suppose the party were afraid their little dog would be crushed, the all the way down he occupied a seat in the compartment, and was even given warm tea from a saucer! One had hoped the war had done away with such acts of selfishness, but, apparently, it still lingers lovingly among some people.''
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 21 December 1916

Fall of Snow in Exeter Early Yesterday Morning

After floods, storms, fogs and frost—snow. Yesterday Exeter experienced the heaviest snowfall for the season. There had previously been a few threats, and at one stage a few weeks ago a little sleet. Also the cold has been intense. Early morning heavy rain followed the fog and murk the previous 24 tours, and at about 7.30 gave place to snow, which quickly covered the ground in a white pall. It was a “watery" fall, however, thawing partly as it settled, and soon the streets were in a very slushy state, causing the maximum of inconvenience to pedestrians. Vehicular traffic also suffered, though not so much as from the frost, and the public, as well as impatient passengers, witnessed the scene of a tram driver descending between the customary stopping-places and energetically wielding spade to clear the accumulation of snow from underneath the wheels. Some little difficulty was also experienced at the cross points. The fall ceased about 10 a.m., turning into rain, which added to the unpleasantness of the conditions. However some of the cold had been brought down, which is all the good. The public are now speculating with interest whether the early setting of winter will mean an old fashioned Christmas.
Western Times - Friday 22 December 1916


The observance of the Christmas festival was restrained in view of the war, the majority of houses having members absent on service with the Army or Navy, though some were brightened by the return of some on leave. The church bells were rang at intervals during the day, and various services at the churches were largely attended. The weather was bright during the day and mild.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 26 December 1916


The Christmas festivities at this institution were practically the same as in previous years. The many kind friends, despite the numerous calls made them, again rallied round the Committee of Management, and thus enabled the latter to give the patients a very enjoyable time. The wards looked very cheerful, having been decorated with holly and mistletoe, while the Hospital chapel was also very prettily adorned. On Saturday afternoon the annual entertainment organised by Miss A. Fursdon again cheered the patients, the carol singing being especially appreciated. Later in the evening Mr. Cannicott very kindly gave a cinematograph show in the Board Room. On Sunday evening a party of hand-bell ringers visited the institution, for which pleasure the patients have to thank Miss Bickersteth. On Christmas Day there were celebrations of the Holy Communion…
During the week “At Homes” are being held, to which each of the patients is allowed to invite a friend, and at which patients’ concerts are going to be given. Undoubtedly the part enjoyed most by the children was the Christmas tree, for which Mr. Veitch must again be thanked. The Christmas dinner consisted of special fare provided by the friends in the shape of poultry, plum pudding, oranges and sweets.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 26 December 1916
Accidents at Exeter.
About 8.40 last evening James Townsend, residing in the village of Christow, was driving a horse attached to a mail cart, belonging to Mr. James Guy, of No. 155. (Cowick-street, Exeter, down Fore-street, Exeter, and when near Milk-street the animal, becoming frightened at a tramcar proceeding up Fore-street, plunged, with the result that the mail cart collided with the car. The animal was thrown, but partially regained its feet. Inspector Lewis, with the assistance of Rifleman Bisley, 9th Reserve Battalion, London Rifles, and P.C. Heale, succeeded, with difficulty, in securing the horse, and thus preventing what might have led to a serious accident. Townsend was thrown from the mail cart, and fell between that vehicle and the tramcar, sustaining a scalp wound. The ambulance was procured from the Police Station, and Townsend was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by P.C. Gribble and Mr. Peter, of the St. John Ambulance Brigade. Townsend was at the institution treated by Dr. E. J. Domville, and made an out-patient.
A horse he was riding in Cowley-road, Exeter, yesterday, fell and rolled over a lad named Ashley, of Stable House, injuring his leg. He was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
Western Times - Wednesday 27 December 1916


Dr. J. A. Purves, at the Osborne Hotel, Exeter, last evening, entertained a number of wounded soldiers to tea. Mrs. May, the manageress, not only organised a delightful repast, but also presented to each soldier a packet of cigarettes, with which she had very generously loaded a tastefully decorated Christmas-tree. The soldiers were afterwards entertained by a number of Exeter ladies, viz., Miss Whatford. Miss S. Whatford, Mrs. Vickery. Miss Drew, Mrs. Pollard and Mrs. Ward, with Miss Ruby Weymouth at the piano, their pierette performance being much appreciated, and earning well merited applause.
On Saturday afternoon the wounded soldiers in the Exeter Y.A.O. hospitals are to entertained at the Hippodrome.
At No. 3 Hospital (Heavitree-road), Tuesday, a tea-party was held, each soldier being allowed to invite friend.
Western Times - Thursday 28 December 1916

Veteran Soldier's Funeral Exeter

At the Exeter Cemetery on Tuesday the remains of Gunner James were laid to rest. The cortege started from the residence Holloway-street. The coffin, covered with the Union Jack, upon which were handsome floral tokens, was conveyed on a gun carriage, drawn by six horses from Topsham Barracks, and a party from Higher Barracks, followed also by two carriages containing the chief mourners. Rev. F. Simmons conducted the service. The deceased enlisted at Stratford in February. 1876, at the age of 21. He served 12 years in the Royal Horse Artillery, 9¼ years of which were spent in India. He was under Lord Roberts in the Afghan War in 1878. 73-80, and took part the in the march to Kandahar, receiving the Afghan medal and clasps. The funeral arrangements were carried out Mr. William Mitchell. 162, Sidwell-street, Exeter.
Western Times - Thursday 28 December 1916

Sudden deaths

Two sudden deaths were reported at Exeter daring the Christmas— Henry Underhill, aged 74, at 37, Church-road, St Thomas, Sunday, and Mary Ann Thorne, widow, aged about 74, at 62, Longbrook-street, on Monday.
Western Times - Friday 29 December 1916

Pantomime 1916 The 28th Annual, Christmas Pantomime opened at the Theatre Royal, Exeter, this wee, with the old favourite, "Cinderella". Above are some of the principal characters.

November 1916

The Month in Exeter.

Dangerous Position of a Van at Heavitree

At Exeter Police Court, yesterday, John Robinson, of 29, Exe-street, was summoned for leaving a horse and van without front a light in South Lawn-terrace, Heavitree.— Special Constable W. H. Nicks said the horse and van were standing outside house, and the van was being loaded with furniture. There was no lighted lamp in front, for it had been removed inside the vehicle so that the men could see what they were doing. The van was also standing on the wrong side of the road, and this made it more dangerous. So dark was it that witness and his companion almost ran into the horse before they saw it.—It was stated that Robinson was in charge of the van, but did not actually remove the lamp, this being done by one of the other men in his absence.—Fined 5s.
Western Times - Thursday 02 November 1916

A Housekeeper Charged With Two Robberies

Several petty thefts were reported to Mr. Steele Perkins (in the chair). Mr. H. B. Varwell. and Mr. S. Ward at Court yesterday., when Ann Anne Eveleigh. housekeeper, West Southernhay was charged with stealing on October 24th from West Southernhay, a baby’s push chair and two rugs, value £1, the property of Mrs. Vlieland and also with stealing, on October 11th, from 23, Magdalen-street, a pair of ladies' boots, value 7s 6d, the property of Richard Simmons. Accused, a widow, seemed feel her position acutely.—lnspector Martin asking for a remand for a week, said here no objection to bail being allowed. The push chair and rugs were placed in the lobby of Mrs. Vlieland's house, and later on were missed. On Tuesday the accused tried to pawn the chair. She at first said it was own property, but afterwards admitted it had been stolen. In addition to the boots two wire mats, stolen from houses in Southernhay, had been traced to her possession.—The Bench granted the remand asked for, and allowed her out on her own recognisance.
Western Times - Thursday 02 November 1916

The Light Question at Exeter

Three cases of unobscured lights were dealt with at the Exeter Mayor's Court yesterday.—Benjamin Stafford Ford of 29. St. John’s-road, pleaded not guilty to not obscuring a light at his house on October 28th.—A special constable stated that the light from an incandescent lamp in the kitchen lighted up the garden and also the opposite houses. The light also shone through the scullery window. There were thin curtains on the kitchen window, and no blind on the scullery window.—Fined 10s.
A young lady engaged in a business establishment in High-street, May Hewlett, was similarly summoned for a like offence on 28th October.—She did not appear, but wrote admitting the offence.—P.C. Guest stated that he got on to the roof of the Royal Clarence Hotel to see the light which was shining at the bottom of Martin's-lane at 10.30 p.m. It was a naked light from a bedroom, the blinds of which were not drawn—Fined £1.
Beatrice Parish, a domestic servant form Beaufort House, Cowick-street, was similarly summoned, and pleaded guilty. —A special constable said the light shone on a yard from the kitchen window. There were blinds and a shade provided, but they were not in use.—The Mayor said the case was not a serious one, and defendant would be fined 10s.
Western Times - Friday 3 November 1916

Exonian Lost on Schooner Wrecked at Dartmouth

The ill-fated Princess of Thule. wrecked just outside Dartmouth Harbour Sunday morning, belonged to a Plymouth owner. Her skipper Captain Perchard, of St. Blazey, and her mate, man named Latter, residing 25, Oxford-street, St. Thomas. There were four men and a boy aboard, all of whom perished. Two of the crew were Plymouth men. The owner visited the wreck yesterday, but he could not identify the body which has been recovered, but says it may be that of the mate, whom he had never seen. The ship was 98 tons register, and tons burden, and was bound from Barfleur to Par (Cornwall), with ballast. At the latter port she was to have taken clay for St. Malo.
Western Times - Wednesday 8 November 1916

Who Wields

Cases in which various traders the city were summoned for trading on Sundays were again mentioned at Exeter Police-court yesterday. The offence alleged that defendants did “unlawfully do or exercise certain worldly labour, business, and working your ordinary calling of a retail tobacconist, the same not being work of necessity or charity.” on October 22nd, a Sunday. The defendants were Ann Hodgson, 107, Sidwell-street; Amy Burrington (who was summoned for for aiding and abetting her); Ada Ellen Grant, 10. Clifton-road; Elsie May Gibbs (aiding and abetting) George Burrow, 158, Sidwell-street; Flora Blight, 94, Fore-street; Mary Martin, 50. South-street; Laura Harris, 3 Lower North-street; Herbert Evans, Fore-street, Heavitree; and John Perriam, 46, Cowick-street.
Mr. McGahey, who appeared for some of the defendants, said Mr. Roberts appeared for Mr. Ross, the prosecutor, but was unable to be present. He (Mr. McGahey) asked that the cases be adjourned for another week. Negotiations were going which, it was hoped, as the Clerk had remarked, would result in the smoking of the pipe of peace, but things had not materialised yet.
Mr. H. Hall (a Magistrate): Will the war-axe be used meanwhile (Laughter.)
Mr. McGahey: Mr. Ross is wielding the war-axe. I am not. (Laughter.)
Mr. Hail: Will the shops be kept open?
Mr. McGahey: Oh. yes.
The application was granted.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 14 November 1916

On Another Body Recovered Near Wreck of Princess of Thule

Another body has been recovered at Kingswear, near the scene of the wreck of the Princess Thule, which was dashed to pieces on the rocks last Sunday week. The body is that of a tall man, and the following tattoo marks appear, namely, on the inside of the right fore arm there is the figure of a girl in a short dress. Outside, on the same arm there are portrayed the head and shoulders of a woman wearing a sailor blouse. The right arm of the woman is uplifted, and there is the representation of a flag on either side of the head. Underneath are three initials and a wreath. It is thought that the body may be that of Latter, the mate, and his wife, who lives in Oxford-street, St. Thomas, Exeter, is being communicated with.
Western Times - Wednesday 15 November 1916

Asylum Staff.

A sitting the St. Thomas Tribunal was held at the Oddfellows' Hall, Exeter, yesterday, Mr. J H. Ley presiding.
Personal application was made by the stores assistant and attendant at the Asylum.He asked for exemption on the grounds ill-health, and said he had been rejected under the Derby scheme. He also said he was over 41 years of age, and passed for C3. He had been at the Asylum for 16 years. Exemption January 1st.
Application was made for the owner of a furniture and drapery business at Topsham, aged 35, married, with two children, passed for general service. He had also his mother-in-law who was a partial invalid, dependant upon him. It was a one-man business, and the whole of his capital was invested in it. His wife was unable to do much in the business. Exemption February 1st (final).
The landlord of the Pinhoe Inn was represented Mr. H. W. Gould, who said the appeal was put in on the assumption that the applicant was passed for C1, but, as he had been since been re-examined and passed for C3, he wished to withdraw his appeal. When he first went before the Medical Hoard was told he was suffering from “whiskeyitis." which, he supposed, was a complaint curable in the Army, and he was placed in Class C1. However, applicant was a temperate man, and held certificates from three doctors. When he went for re-examination he was passed for C3. There was. therefore, no need to appeal at present. Leave was granted for the withdrawal of the application.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 16 November 1916

St. Thomas Council Wants Them Used on English Roads

At the St. Thomas Rural District Council meeting yesterday, held under the chairmanship of Mr. J. H. Ley…
The Chairman brought up an important matter dealing with the Government's requirements for volunteers from among Council roadmen for work on roads in France. The War Office, he said, had been supplied with the names of the Council's roadmen already in the Army, numbering 43 men and three foremen. Volunteers up 50 years of age were now asked for, and of the 51 men in the Councils employ a number had volunteered, and it was proposed to release ten They were to be paid 3s a day, separation allowance, and, of course, rations, and this would be better pay than they were now getting, the Council would not need to pay them anything while they were away. The Chairman added that if a shortage of labour meant that the Council's roads would go short of work, the public must be prepared to overlook this, in view of the country's needs.
Mr. Besley agreed, and said he hoped the Government would make German prisoners of war work on the English roads—{hear, hear). The Germans made their English prisoners do this kind of work or anything else, and France used her prisoners on the roads. So should the English Government.
The Council passed a resolution expressing the view that the Government should use German prisoners on the English roads
Western Times - Saturday 18 November 1916


To the Editor of the Daily Gazette.
Sir,—I took motor car down to the Exwick crossing weighing-house to be weighed to-day. I was charged 1s, instead of 4d as last time. I asked why, and the reply was, Weights has gone up, sir."
Is there no means putting up the price of air or sunshine in harmony with the spirit of the times.
Yours truly.
D. W. SAMWAYS. Knowle, Topsham.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 20 November 1916


The election of Lord William Gascoigne Cecil to the See of Exeter is spoken of by “The National Church” (the organ of the Church Defence Committee) as “a glad surprise." Among other reasons given for this that “he is strongly interested in social reform.” He was one of a group of Oxford men who in the early eighties worked in East London and established Oxford House. He is well known as a temperance worker, taking up a reasonable and moderate line; and his foreign attachment to foreign missionary work is shown by the journeys has made in the mission field. There are many serious problems awaiting the new Bishop of Exeter, and Lord William will bring to hear upon them strong business capacity, great powers of organisation, and a large amount of enlightened common sense. Moreover, he is a man of vision, and his leadership will prove an inspiration to clergy and people alike.
Western Morning News - Thursday 23 November 1916

Important Case to Motor Cyclists at Exeter

At the Wonford Sessions at the Castle of Exeter Tuesday, before Sir R. Newman, Bart, (chairman), Mr. H. Rowe, and Mr. H. G. Morgan, a motor cycle owner named Alfred Eugene Thomas Wheatcroft, postmaster of Stoke Canon, was summoned for driving a motor cycle in which was used a cut out, thus allowing the exhaust gases from the engine to escape without passing through a silencer, at Alphington, on November 12th.
Evidence was given by P.C. Endacott.
Defendant said the gas was decidedly passing through the silencer, because the cut out was at the end of the silencer.—Mr. Rowe said it was clear from the photograph produced that the cut out was at the end the silencer. The question then was whether the silencer was efficient.
P.S. Banbury pointed out that in 1913 when the machine was made, the cut out was legal. Since then it had become illegal. He put it to the defendant that he had never seen such an appliance in a new machine.
Defendant: No, because machines are always improving.
P.S. Banbury: Is it not a fact that it is illegal?
Defendant said according to an article in "The Motor Car," which he quoted, it was not illegal.—Mr Rowe said had read the article and had underlined points it with which he disagreed.
The Bench fined defendant 2s. 6d., and the Chairman advised him to see that his machine came within the law.
Western Times - Friday 24 November 1916

Cases of Drunkenness Among Women

Amelia Turner, married, Brunswick-place, Paris-street, was charged with being drunk and incapable in Bampfylde-street on the 25th inst. P.C. Guest said he found defendant lying helpless on the footpath. Defendant said she was given a glass of whisky at the house of a fellow-worker who was celebrating her birthday.—Fined 5s, and allowed a week in which to pay.
Jane Wood, widow, Cumberland-terrace, Paris-street, was charged with being drunk and incapable in Sidwell-street on the 25th. P.C. Underhill said he found the defendant on Saturday evening in the roadway. It was very dark, and she was in danger of being run ever She was conveyed to the Police Station on an ambulance. There was previous conviction, and defendant was now fined 2s 6d.
Florence Poach, married, Trinity-street, was charged with being drunk and incapable in Barrack-road on the 26th. P.C. Wood said he found the defendant lying in the hedge about 10.30 p.m. She was unable to stand.—In answer to the Chairman, defendant said her husband was serving with the Army in France.—The Chairman: And this is your conduct at home.—Defendant replied that it had never happened before, and it should not happen again.—The Chief Constable said the police did not know first that defendant was the wife of a soldier. Instructions had been received to avoid charging the wives of soldiers if possible. But defendant first gave the name of another man, and it would be necessary to make enquiries. The case was extraordinary.—In reply to the Chairman, the defendant said she had spent the evening with friends at Wonford.—Fined 5s.
Western Times - Tuesday 28 November 1916


The Exeter Corporation the Poor met yesterday. Mr. A. Stoneman presided.
Subject to passing a satisfactory examination, Mr. Hurley, aged 40, of Heavitree who was discharged from the Army in 1908, after 14 years' service, was appointed an attendant at the Workhouse.
Mr. Edwards referred a bill, amounting to £7 11s, for eggs last month. He said was a disgrace that such an amount should have to paid at the time.
The Chairman said the Board were the hands of the doctor. A certain number the inmates required nourishment of this kind, and the Guardians could not say they should not have it. Mr. Edwards: That is not the real answer. It may true that is the amount due doctor's orders, but the rest is an account for eggs for the staff: The Chairman: What are going give the? Mr. Edwards: Oatmeal if you like: Nobody else can have eggs in times like the present. Mrs. Roberts suggested that jam should be substituted. Mr. Edwards said he had made his protest, and it was for the Committee to decide whether it was right to continue to supply eggs when, owing to scarcity and high prices, most ratepayers had do without this form of diet. The report of the Committee was adopted.
An application was made for the usual extras for the institution at Christmas. Mr. Edwards said if the staff could not do without eggs he felt that these Christmas extras should be cut down. At present an exhibition was being held in Exeter promote war economy. Were the Board, he asked, studying war economy? The Chairman said everything was carefully sifted the Committee and cut down when necessary. Mr. Loaring said the Management Committee had gone into the subject raised by Mr. Edwards, and it was still under consideration. Mr. Edward's said he should like to know how many chicken the Christmas extras would include. The Chairman said the staff were last year allowed 3s per head.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 29 November 1916

Californian shrub at Northernhay

Visitor to the public pleasure grounds on Northernhay, Exeter, have often admired the fine specimens of the Californian Shrub—garrya elliptica—growing there. When in flower it has long catkins of silvery grey, like bearded tassels, and it is at once picturesque and beautiful. This season in Messrs. Veitch's Nurseries, in the New North-road, Exeter, it has fruited, and, in fruit, is as attractive when in flower. The “Gardener Chronicle,'' which gives a fine illustration of it, says, in a note, it only fruits in Devonshire, Cornwall, or the West of Ireland. The species was introduced by Douglas, from California, in 1828, and in the counties mentioned the plants grow to a height 16 feet, and produce male catkins 10 inches long.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 29 November 1916

Price of potatoes

I wonder if anyone can tell me why potatoes are so dear in Exeter. Yesterday I was curious enough to ask the price per score from two persons in charge of vegetable carts, one which one of which came from Broadclyst, and the other from Topsham. In both instances the price was quoted as half-a-crown for 20lbs. Curiosity led me look at the market reports in the “Gazette," and I find this: At Northtawton potatoes were selling on Saturday at 1s 4d per score: at Honiton they were quoted at 1s 7d; at Okehampton, 1s 8d to 1s 10d; at Southmolton, 1s 8d to 2s; the highest price being 6d a score and the lowest no less than 1s 2d per score below Exeter! Is it any wonder the complaint is often heard that Exeter is a dreadfully dear place in which to live? Somebody must doing a good thing out of potatoes. We are assured it isn't the grower, nor the wholesale merchant, nor the retailer. Who can it be?
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 29 November 1916

Wounded Entertained at Heavitree

Yesterday an excellent entertainment to forty wounded men from Nos. 2 and 3 local V.A.O. hospitals was given by members of the Heavitree Constitutional Club, at the Club premises. The cost of the function was met out of the proceeds of a whist drive and dance, and the Club Committee have arranged to give similar entertainments to wounded throughout the winter. A tea was provided by the Ladies' Committee…Members' wives and guests attended, and upwards of 100 sat down to the whist drive preceding the tea. A concert concluded excellent programme…
Western Times - Thursday 30 November 1916

At the FrontAt the Front The above is photograph of Exeter men of the R.A.M.C., taken in Belgium. Here again you find the "Express and Echo " "at the front." To parody a well known advertisement: "They're not happy until they get it." The men are: A. Pitt, W. Hooper (sitting in centre), Sid Turner (sitting on left), and Charley West (sitting at the back).

October 1916

The Month in Exeter.

The World's Stores in Exeter

That well-known firm, the Worlds Stores, which already numerous branches in the West Country, have now launched out in Exeter, having secured the premises, 167-168, Fore-street, which have for many years been conducted by James Loram and Co. Before commencing the extensive alterations of the premises, which are contemplated to adapt the buildings to the requirements of this up-to-date firm, the Worlds Store are now clearing the whole of the present well-assorted stock of general groceries at greatly-reduced prices. The economic housewife will here find an opportunity rarely to met with in war time. When completed, according the designs of the firm's own architects the premises will rank among the smartest, in their own line, in the City. They will also carry a huge stock of groceries and provisions. Be it remembered, too, the Worlds Stores are the pioneers popular prices.
Western Times - Monday 02 October 1916


To the Editor of the “Western Times."
Sir,—Will you allow me to make an appeal, through your columns, on behalf of the Soldiers' Club at No, 85, Queen-street, which re-opens next week for the winter season? By the kindness of the Committee of the St. Mary Major's Men's Institute, we have enjoyed the loan of a three-quarter size billiard table for a year or more. Now, the time has come when the Committee of the Institute feel that they must ask us to return it which we can with other feelings than those of gratitude.
It means, however, that the Soldiers' Club is bereft of what has been one of its chief attractions, and we have to endeavour to make good our loss. May I ask, therefore, whether there is any reader of your paper who would be able, and willing, to lend us such a table? I write in the temporary absence from Exeter our Chairman, Chancellor Pryke, but I feel sure that I may give a promise that the table would be returned in a condition no worse than that which it was lent, and that the Committee, as well as the men who use the Club, would feel themselves under great and deep obligations to anyone who would help out of our difficulty.
Of course, I am aware that the private houses, in which a billiard table of any kind is to be found, are few and far between. May I say, therefore, that, although I have asked for the loan of a table, I should be sorry if it should be thought necessary to interpret an appeal in a spirit of strict or pedantic literalism. Failing the loan of an old billiard table, the gift of a new one would answer our purposes admirably.
I am, sir, yours faithfully,
The Close, Exeter, September 30th, 1916.
Western Times - Monday 02 October 1916


To the Editor of the "Western Times."
Sir,—I was greatly interested to read in your edition of Thursday the County Council discussion on child life. It was proposed to raise from rates ¼d in the £ for the promoting of the scheme. I would not object, even if the rate had been doubled, providing we are to get value for money, as the seriousness to child life is very important. But why stop there? It seems to me a great waste of money, time, and energy, when more important measures are needed. We have already medical inspection of schools, and of what value are they? We have a dental clinic. The children are examined, notice is sent to the parents; some of the documents are promptly put the fire, and others forgotten (parental neglect I will admit). What absolutely essential is not a notice to tell parents what to do, but, to see that the necessary work is carried out. To tell parent that her child has got adenoids, or some other fault, and then stop at that waste of public money. What the poor need is a means to an end, that the child shall have a healthier start in life.
Now, Sir, what is our Government doing towards this very important question? First, I fear this winter is going to be a very disastrous one for children at school, because the Government have taken away most of the best available leather to make boots for other countries, leaving shoemakers only leather that would in peace time only be used for building heels. What are shoemaker's repairers going to do? There are shoes produced to-day made entirely from compressed paper! Not an atom of leather in them! Just imagine a poor child sitting at desk trying to learn, shivering from cold through wet feet, whilst fortunes are made out of our discomfort! What the Government ought to have done is to nationalise all boot and shoe-producing factories, and not allow any paper to be used.
Yours truly,
5, Fore-street, Heavitree Sept. 30th, 1916.
Western Times - Monday 02 October 1916

Lady motorcyclists

This weeks “Motor Cycling" contains an interesting picture of Baroness de T Sereclaes and Miss Chisholm, mounted on their Douglas motor-cycles. These ladies, who are well known in Exeter, are stationed at the Belgians’ first line Red Cross Depot.
Western Times - Wednesday 04 October 1916

A Startling Phenomenon at Exeter on Tuesday Night

Considerable excitement was caused at the St. Sidwell and Newtown districts of Exeter on Tuesday about 8 p.m. by the appearance in the sky of a large bright ball of light, which suddenly hurst in the heavens, throwing out a shower of "sparks." It was very dark at the time, but for a moment the London Inn Square, Paris and other streets in the locality were illuminated as if the electric lamps had been suddenly turned on. People rushed from their houses to ascertain the cause of this unusual visitation, and those who were out at the time were brought up suddenly and startlingly by the strange experience. What was it ?
The bursting light was also seen from Exe Bridge, and occasioned some little alarm among the women-folk who saw it.
Western Times - Friday 06 October 1916

Beggar Sent to Prison at Exeter

"He has been convicted all over England," was said of Thomas O'Brien, when charged at Exeter Police Court yesterday with begging. The Chief Constable (Mr. Nicholson) added this observation that he had a record of 19 convictions, but there were many more of a summary nature. O'Brien had four times been sent to penal servitude. "We shall be very glad when he moves out of Exeter." he said finally.—Defendant was first seen in Goldsmith-street by Special Constable 48. He was singing and inviting alms from young ladies employed in a millinary establishment. Getting no response he made use of an abusive remark and moved into Queen-street. Here he asked for a copper from the officer and also solicited help "for a poor man" from other pedestrians. Afterwards he went to the Penny Bazaar and bought some cards which he started hawking and lastly entered the London and South Western Hotel. The landlord which was ordering him to leave the premises when witness arrived. Witness then arrested defendant. He was the worse for liquor.—The Bench sent O'Brien to prison for 21 days with hard labour.
Western Times - Saturday 07 October 1916

Boy's Fatal Accident at Exeter

Archibald Raymond, aged 13 years residing at No. 5, Shaftesbury-road, St. Thomas, Exeter, fell off a wall in Cowick-lane, St. Thomas, yesterday afternoon, and was picked up unconscious. Dr. Atkins was immediately called, and ordered the lad’s removal to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where it was found that he was suffering from a fracture of the skull. Everything possible was done for the lad at the institution but, gradually he sank, and died last evening at 7 o'clock. The Coroner has been communicated with, and an inquest will probably be held to-day.
Western Times - Saturday 07 October 1916

Street Incidents at Exeter

Stephen Taffin, in the employ Mr. Wm. Strong, farmer, of Drewsteignton, was driving a horse attached to a waggon up Fore-street, Exeter, about noon yesterday, when the animal fell dead.
Shortly before 11 a.m. yesterday Albert Jennings, of Pinhoe, was riding a bicycle down High-street. Exeter, when, order avoid motor car he swerved. The back wheel of his machine skidded and he was thrown to the ground. The bicycle went under the motor and the front wheel was badly damaged, but Jennings was unhurt beyond the shaking.
Western Times - Saturday 07 October 1916


The many friends in Exeter and district Dr. C. J. Vlieland, of Southernhay West, Exeter, regret to learn that met with a somewhat serious accident last night. A lad named W. Gregory, aged 16, of Friar's Hill, was riding a pony, which took fright in the lower part of the city and bolted through Fore-street and High-street. When it was near the Arcade, Dr. Vlieland, who was crossing the road, failed to hear its approach, and before he could warned was knocked down. P.C. Guest, who was on duty in the vicinity, and several went to the assistance of Dr. Vlieland, who, it could be seen, had been rather seriously injured. The police surgeon (Dr. Pereira) and the ambulance were sent and Dr. Vlieland was taken home on the ambulance by P.C.’s Guest and Stone. He sustained a broken arm and several other injuries, and was suffering from shock. The pony, mean-while, dashed up Sidwell-street, but came to grief on the tramway lines Blackboy-road, where the rider was thrown heavily to the ground. He was, apparently, not much injured, but taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by P.C. Bulled, and detained, suffering from shock. Gregory is employed by Mr. W. Allen, of Haven-road, St. Thomas. The pony was he riding was, he stated, 12 years old, and he believes it took fright because someone hit it with a stick.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 12 October 1916

Cycling Accident at Exeter

Mr. Edward James Smith, of 116, Pinhoe-road, Exeter, was admitted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital yesterday afternoon suffering from a cut chin and injuries to the head sustained in an accident whilst cycling down Pinhoe-road. The accident occurred through an obstacle getting into the spokes of the front wheel.
Western Times - Friday 13 October 1916

Rector visits graves

Rev. E. Reid, Rector of St. Paul’s, Exeter, has written home stating that he visited “the Old Lie” and inspected 110 graves of the 8th Devons and 129 graves of the 9th Devons. The families of men who laid down their lives with these battalions will no doubt welcome that item of news.
Western Times - Monday 16 October 1916

Unobscured Lights at Heavitree

Mrs. Flora Worth, who resides with her daughter at 4, Cavendish-road, Heavitree, was doing some washing in the kitchen at 8.20 on Wednesday night, and failed to darken the window. P.S. Snell told the Exeter Magistrates yesterday that he took action in the matter in consequence of complaints received, added that a bright light was showing and reflected on the houses in Mont-le-Grand.—Defendant said the light could not be showing for any great distance for there was a high wall at the bottom of the garden. The house was occupied by her daughter, whose husband was serving in the army, but it was her (defendant's) fault that the window was uncovered. —The Bench imposed a fine of 5s.
Western Times - Tuesday 24 October 1916

Topsham Assault

At Wonford Petty Sessions Mrs. Emma Bradford, of Trees Court, Topsham, summoned Ernest Greenslade, of the same place, for alleged assault.—Complainant stated that October 14th defendant entered her back kitchen and caught by her face. Defendant tried to take the upper hand of her when her husband was not home.—Defendant pleaded not guilty and alleged complainant was provocative towards him. She had threatened to hang him. and had also remarked that she didn't care what she did so long as she could get him put to prison. –P.C. Banbury said when he arrived after the alleged assault the parties were arguing and exchanging abusive language—Defendant was fined 10s, or seven days.
Western Times - Wednesday 25 October 1916

Motor-Car Accident at Heavitree Bridge

At noon on Saturday a motor-car accident occurred near Heavitree Bridge. Mr. F. J. Dummett, of Hooper's Farm, Exminster, a motorist, was learning to drive a Ford car belonging to Messrs. Yeo and Davey, under the direction of Mr. V. Broughton. The road near the bridge was very slippery, and the car skidded badly. Mr. Dummett, who was driving, was unable to manipulate the steering gear quickly enough, and the car, running on to the high path, capsized. Mr. Broughton was thrown out, but the driver held to the driving wheel. Both were much shaken, and the broken glass of the screen inflicted cuts to Mr. Broughton's left band. P.S. Snell and P.C. Bishop rendered first aid. The car was righted, and Messrs. Yeo and Davey sent out another car and towed the damaged car to their works at Exeter.
Western Times - Monday 30 October 1916

Accidents at Exeter

Henry Greenaway, aged 72, residing at Kendall's Buildings, Blackboy-road, Exeter, was coming out from behind a mail van outside the General Post Office on Saturday, when was knocked down by an electric car. First aid was rendered, and after Greenaway had been examined by Dr. Pereira, he was removed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he was examined by Dr. E. J, Domville. Three stitches were inserted in a Scalp wound, and Greenaway was made an out-patient.
William Copp, aged 52, of Huxham, was on Saturday riding cycle across the Iron Bridge when his machine skidded owing to the greasy condition of the wood blocks. The rider was thrown heavily to the ground, dislocating his left shoulder. Supt. Bowden of St. John Ambulance Brigade rendered first aid, and Copp was removed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where was treated by Dr. E. J. Domville and made an out-patient.
Western Times - Monday 30 October 1916

Local News.

Mr. Wm Venton, of 42, Blackboy-road Exeter, a retired builder, died suddenly on Saturday morning.
Pte. G. Layton, Lancashire Fusiliers, has died at No. 1 Military Hospital, Exeter, from tetanus contracted on active service.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 30 October 1916

Soldiers entertained

About 400 wounded soldiers attended a special matinee performance at the Exeter Hippodrome on Saturday afternoon by invitation of the management. The guests also included the pupils of the Blind Institution, inmates of the City and St. Thomas Workhouses, and boys from the Reformatories. The whole of the artistes, as usual, generously gave their services, and the band of the Exeter Battalion Devon Volunteer Regiment rendered some popular marches at the commencement. Cigarettes chocolates, tea, and tobacco were provided by the patrons of the Hippodrome, who had generously subscribed during the week. Judging by the applause, all the guests must have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 30 October 1916

Appointed BishopFour Exeter PostmenLord William Cecil, Rector of Bisop's Hatfield, who has been appointed Bishop of Exeter in succession to the Rev. A. Robertson (L,N.A.)
Leeds Mercury - Monday 16 October 1916

September 1916

The Month in Exeter.

Bostock's Wonderful Circus

It is five years since Bostock's famous circus was in Exeter, so that its flying visit to the Pinhoe-road field on Thursday next will be an event looked forward to with a great deal of interest. A very delightful and entertaining programme is promised, containing twenty items of pleasing variety. The artistes have a reputation for remarkable efficiency. Each one is a specialist. The equestrian feats by the Biscini family will be found to be truly marvellous. We might, indeed, dilate at length on each of the excellent turns mentioned in the advertisement, which will be found elsewhere in this issue, but, the proof of the pudding is always the eating thereof, so a true perception of the very unique merits of this unrivalled circus can only had attending it. And, indeed, why should not you? The prices are extremely reasonable.
Western Times - Friday 1 September 1916

Contravention of Cinematograph Act at Exeter

A small fire at the Exeter Empire Theatre had its sequel at the City Police Court yesterday, when the Exeter Cinematograph Company were summoned, as the occupiers of premises at 248, High-street, for allowing a contravention of the Cinematograph Act, 1909, on August 14th, by failing to keep all films not in use in metal boxes.
Mr. C. T. K. Roberts represented the Company, and the Chief Constable said that the day in question the operating mechanic at the theatre left his box to attend to some wires, when a spark ignited some films lying in the box. The fire was speedily put out by the staff with appliances in the building, and was extinguished by the time the Fire Brigade arrived. The operating box, added Chief, was an excellent one, but it was clearly an offence not to have put the films away in a metal box after they were done with.
Mr. Roberts expressed his deep regret at the incident, and said that every care was taken by the management to conform with the regulations. They were always happy to carry the recommendations of the police.
The Mayor observed that the Bench must mark their sense of the seriousness of the offence by a fine of £5.
Western Times - Friday 01 September 1916

Local and District News

Excellent fishing is now being had in the Exeter Canal, particularly from Double Locks downwards. Several roach and perch over a half-pound have been landed and yesterday Mr. Lees, a resident of Polsloe-road killed as part of 5lb, outside the Double Locks Hotel. Some time since the canal was stocked with bream, a fish that is remarkably game. An experienced rodsman, indeed, says it behoves any fishermen hooking (say) a 1lb, bream to have his tackle in good order else he may be deprived of a catch.
Western Times - Saturday 02 September 1916

Local and District News

Second Lieutenant H, St. G Ralling, son of Mr Octavius Ralling, of Exeter, has been promoted to temp., lieutenant in the Wessex Divisional Cyclist Regiment.
The Exeter magistrates on Saturday sent Felicity Dunn, of the Blue Boy Lodging House to prison for twenty-one days in default of payment of a fine of 40s for soliciting.
William Clark, pedlar, of the Blue Boy Lodging House, was charged at Exeter Police Court with sleeping out in a coach house in Pancras-Lane, on Saturday, and was discharged on the understanding that he left the city by two o'clock.
Western Times - Monday 04 September 1916

Concert at Topsham

A successful concert, in aid of the Lord Roberts Memorial Fund for providing workshops for disabled soldiers, took place Wednesday evening at St. Margaret's Hall. It was organised by Miss Illingworth. Captain of the Girl Guides, with her usual energy and enthusiasm for all causes, and she is to be congratulated on the financial result. The platform was tastefully decorated with flowers and plants by Mrs. J. Pyne, The Nurseries, Topsham. A capital programme was arranged, the following being the artistes:—Misses Herberts, Osborne, and Ball, Ptes. Lovewell and Parrott. and Messrs. Osborne and Bradfield. The entertainment was greatly enjoyed, and, their hearty applause and frequent recalls, the audience showed their hearty appreciation of the performers' efforts. During the evening Mrs. Wimbush, Hon. Treasurer the Girl Guides, presented war badges to six members the company for special service.
Western Times - Friday 08 September 1916

Narrow Escape from Drowning at Exeter

A visitor to Exeter, Mr. F. Camp, of Stonehouse, was boating in the river at Exe Bridge Saturday afternoon, when he saw a man struggling in the water close to the Seven Stars Hotel premises. He jumped into the water and swam with the man to the raft at the hotel, where assistance was rendered P.C. Windeatt, Mr. F. Harris and others. Mr. Howard, special constable, summoned the police ambulance, and the time it arrived efforts at resuscitation were partly successful. He was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he is undergoing medical treatment. His name is Knapp, an ex-army man of St. Thomas, who has served the present war and been gassed. He is subject to fits. It not known how he got into the water.
It is stated that at the time the man was rescued was suffering from an epileptic fit. On being brought ashore first aid was rendered by P.C. Windeatt and others. Mr. Fred Gregory, boatman, was among those who assisted in the recovery of the man, who lives at Churchill-road, Exeter.
Western Times - Monday 11 September 1916

To Pinhoe Harvesting Accident :
Employer's Tribute

An inquest was conducted yesterday at Stone Court, Pinhoe, by Mr. F. W. Gould, District Coroner on the body of William Bellworthy, a farm labourer who had been for many years in the employ of Mr. Gent and who died Sunday as result of an accident met with in the harvesting field on September 4th, Deceased was very much respected throughout Pinhoe.
William Edward Bellworthy, of Rock Gardens, Pinhoe, market gardener, son of the deceased, gave evidence of identification. His father, he said, was a farm labourer, 62. Deceased described the accident he met with on September 4th to witness. He had just finished loading some corn on a waggon, and went to get off, when the horse kicked or started, and he fell between the waggon and the horse. Witness also understood that the horse stepped on him or knocked him in some way. He died on Sunday.
Fredk. Gent, of Moss Hayne, Pinhoe, said deceased was in his father's employ, and worked at the farm over 40 years. On September 4th deceased and witness were working together. They were loading corn, and the time of the accident witness was pitching, deceased being the load. He was in the act of getting off, when the corn slipped before he could speak to the horse, with the result that the animal was frightened. Deceased landed on its hindquarters, and the animal jumped forward and kicked. Bellworthy could not save himself, and fell between horse and the waggon. The horse, having kicked out, brought her hoofs down on his chest and stood there. Witness had deceased removed home, and was able to walk with the help of witness's father. He was in pain "all over his left side." Dr. Sandoe was sent for.—By a juror: It was not a safe practice to slip off a load in front on to the horse’s back, as deceased used to do, but it was common practice.
Dr. John Sandoe, of Broadclyst, said that he saw deceased shortly after the accident and formed the opinion that he had broken ribs on the left side of the chest. The lungs had also apparently been penetrated. A post mortem examination revealed three broken ribs, and one had driven right into the lung. The cause of death was pneumonia, brought about by the fractured ribs. The jury found a verdict of “Accidental death," and expressed sympathy with the relatives. Mr. Gent, junr., said he wished with his father, to express deep regret at the accident. Deceased had been for many years their faithful servant, and was an ernest workman and true friend, His loss would be felt at the farm very much indeed.
Western Times - Tuesday 12 September 1916

Garden Robbery by Boys at Exeter

Six boys, whose ages varied from 8 to 11, were charged at Exeter Children's Court yesterday with stealing a quantity of pears, value 2s. from a garden at Rackfield, St. Thomas, the property of David Bolt. The magistrates present were Mr. H. J. Munro, in the chair, and Mr. H. Hall. Mrs. Bolt saw the boys in the vicinity. —P.C. Bessant said the boys admitted stealing them or receiving some from those who did.—Mrs. Bolt said one of the boys said they could not keep out of the garden.—The father said this was a lie. He did not want to go into the garden as there were fruit trees at their own place.—The lad disputed the constable's statement that he had admitted being in the orchard and having some of the pears. —The Bench fined the lads 1s each with the exception of the youngest, who was dismissed.
Western Times - Tuesday 12 September 1916

Waiting for the Exeter Smallpox Hospital

The usual meeting of the St. Thomas Rural District Council was held on Friday. Mr. J. H. Ley presided. Dr. Stirk (the deputy medical officer) reported that there had been notified one case of erysipelas at Topsham, two cases of scarlet fever—one at Topsham and the other at Christow—and one case of diphtheria at Exminster. The County Medical Officer had written asking what provision the Rural Council had for dealing with small pox cases. —The Chairman. We have none whatever. We have a Committee have we not?— The Clerk (Mr.- A. E. Ward) pointed out that the Exeter City Council had a scheme.—The Chairman said they had hoped that they might have been able to place any patients with the Exeter hospital authorities in the same way as they used the isolation hospital. —The Clerk remarked that the Exeter hospital was not existent yet. —It was agreed that a reply be sent stating that the Council were making inquiries among neighbouring authorities with a view to arranging for the use of such hospitals as were ready to deal with possible cases.
Western Times - Tuesday 12 September 1916

Wounded Soldiers Splendidly Entertained

Broadclyst Parish District honoured itself by giving a right royal entertainment to some two hundred wounded soldiers from the Exeter V.A.O. and Military Hospitals yesterday. When the idea inviting the brave men to tea and sports was mooted a few weeks ago, it was taken enthusiastically, and the requisite money, upwards of £40, was soon raised by an energetic band of collectors…
All the arrangements for conveying the visitors to Broadclyst were by the Exeter Branch of the Auto-Mobile Association, under the able management of whose Secretary, Mr. B. C. Matthews, they went without a hitch…
All the countryside between Exeter and Broadclyst seemed out on the main road to give the soldiers a cheer as they passed their way out. Whipton was bright, with flags and bannerets from end to end, and every garden with women and children waving handkerchiefs and shouting kindly wishes. Further on a group of Reformatory boys swarmed on a hedge to give a hearty "Hurrah," and the children of Pinhoe Schools were massed round a big Union Jack on the roadside bank to cheer, while even the babies in push-carts met upon the way waved tiny miniature of their country's flag…
At the entrance to Broadclyst village a big crimson banner, with the words, "Welcome to our Wounded Heroes” spanned the road. On its reverse, that the soldiers might read when they returned, was “Good-bye and Good Luck." … on their arrival at the school yard, where they were received by the committee, and cigars were handed round to them as they alighted, A very pleasant programme of entertainment took place during the afternoon in a field kindly lent by Mr. Charles Rose, the sports including an amusing "Tipping the Topper" game, which looked much more alarming than it was for the victim…
There was a lively scene later, when the conveyances filled to a return to the hospitals, the soldiers being laden with flowers from the tea-table for their wards, cigarettes, fruit and chocolates. As one after another drove out they raised hearty cheers for their entertainers, while the united spirit was expressed the comment of one old lady among the helpers, who, asked a neighbour, "What you think of it?" replied, "should like 'em out here every month."
Western Times - Friday 15 September 1916

The Wearing of the Neat Forget-Me-Not

The second Forget-me-Not effort at Exeter took place yesterday. On the first Friday in last October over £250 was raised in the city for the Mayoress's Hospitality Fund, and it was hoped to reach nearly this total again yesterday, especially as the hon. organiser for the County. Mr. S.A. Croydon, had run the Hippodrome matinee concert last Wednesday and had also arranged with Mr. Harry Punchard for a variety entertainment in the King's Hall, St. Thomas, the proceeds of both these events to be added to whatever the street sales forget-me-not favours realised…
Exeter's Hospitality Fund, which provides refreshments and hospitable welcome to all the troops who pass through the railway stations the city, has become (this is no exaggeration) world-famous. Hundreds of letters written by Colonial troops and by their friends, thousands of miles from Devon, have conclusively proved that fact. Only yesterday a number of striking messages were in the Depot post-bag, and what more impressive thanks could be conceived than those expressed in this letter written by Mrs. Jean Waugh, of Breamore, Berringama, Victoria, Australia. It is addressed to the Mayoress, and runs: "Dear Madam,—l hope you will excuse the liberty I am taking in writing to you, but I have made a practice of writing to everyone who has been kind to my dear boys. My son has written enclosing your card which he received from the Exeter ladies with his bag of refreshments at Exeter railway station. Will you and your committee accept my very sincere thanks for your kindly thoughts and actions? I can assure you that these kind attentions to our dear Australian boys help us to give our brave laddie and is, l am sure, a comfort all Australian mothers.—l remain, ' etc."
The lady vendors were yesterday very early astir. In fact, the superintendent the Pinhoe-road depot, Miss Boundy, was out before six o'clock, and was rewarded for her enterprise by selling quite number of favours to the railway employees who at that hour were on their way to work Exmouth Junction. It was almost an ideal day for the effort, and by noon there was scarcely anyone to be met anywhere who was not wearing a forget-me-not. Indeed, it seemed certain, even then, that the financial result would be a gratifying success, even it there were not so many men-folk in the city to give as liberally as the young fellows of Exeter did at the first flag days early in the war. Altogether, no fewer than 40,000 favours were on sale, which is record for the city. An interesting feature of the day's work occurred at one of the railway stations in the morning, where the Mayoress and her helpers were carrying out Hospitality Fund distribution among a certain party the Devons who were passing through. Lady sellers of the forget-me-nots happened to be on the station platform at the time, and when the Devons heard what the object of the sales was they were at once anxious to buy. Hence most them when they left Exeter wore the pale blue favours in their caps. It was a case of Tommy thinking of Tommy…
Western Times - Saturday 16 September 1916

Local and District News

Citizens will be pleased to hear that Exeter General Post Office is now being reopened at 2:30 each afternoon. The 3 o'clock reopening had proved a great inconvenience to persons having business at the office
Western Times - Wednesday 20 September 1916

To be Imposed for Unscreened Lighting

Another batch of summonses in respect to unscreened lights was dealt with at the Exeter Police Court, yesterday. Fines of one pound were inflicted in most instances, but at the close of the hearing the Mayor (Mr. J, G. Owen) said that in any future prosecutions citizens would render themselves liable to much heavier penalties.
Florence Edwards, St. Leonards-road, Marie Dunstan. St. Leonards-road, Ernest Tainsh, St. Sidwell's, Henry Retter, Heavitree-road, Sidney Thomas Skinner, Cedars-road, Mary Shepherd, St. Sidwell's, Wm. Yeo, Castle-street, and John Broom, Holloway-street were summoned in respect to unscreened lights, in some cases the occupiers being summoned but in three cases, namely those of Edward, Yeo, and Broom, the summonses being against persons having control of the lights which were unscreened.
Western Times - Friday 22 September 1916

Topshamite Awarded the D.C M.

Topshamites will be proud to learn that 1st Class Petty Officer T. G. Norton, R.N., of Topsham, has been awarded the D.C. Medal for gallantry in the Gallipoli operations.
Western Times - Friday 22 September 1916

Cattle Dealer Not Entitled to Exemption From License

At the Castle of Exeter, Tuesday, before H. C. Rowe (chairman) and General Sir Richard Harrison, George Irish, Pinhoe, applied for exemption from duty in respect of one dog kept by him as a farmer. Buchanan objected that applicant was titled entitled to exemption because he was neither a farmer, nor shepherd, nor the occupier of a sheep farm.—P.S.Harvey said that applicant lodged at Pinhoe. He was a cattle and used the dog for taking sheep from farm to farm. He rented grass for feeding purposes.—In answer to questions, applicant admitted that he was not an occupier farmer, although he kept sheep for breeding purposes. He did not hold land as a tenant, although he had the grass of one field at Pinhoe until November. He admitted he bought and sold sheep in the markets and used the dog for driving them from place to place.—The Bench held that applicant not a farmer represented in his declaration, but a dealer, and was not, therefore entitled to exemption for the dog.
Western Times - Friday 22 September 1916

Motor Cycle's Brake Power

Rev. Kenneth A. Lake, of Teignmouth, was summoned for using a motor-cycle in High-street on September 14th, and not having two independent brakes in working order.—P.C. W. Parker told the Bench that he found defendant was using a motor-cycle, the front brake of which had no rubber blocks. He pointed out to him that it was breach of regulations, and he replied: "I have had the rubber off for some time. Do you get a commission for this kind of thing? It would be far better if you found something else to do. It is nothing but red tape. That brake is not used. It is no use telling you police that, though, I suppose, because you know little about motor-cycles. Have you ever been on one?"—(laughter) The constable added that the cycle was a six h.p. one, and in case of accident defendant would have no proper power over the machine with the front brake inoperative.—Mr. Lake remarked that the constable's evidence was quite correct, but probably it made him appear rater obstreperous. He had no desire to be that. He did not know the legal requirements, and regarded the matter at the time as quite a detail.—The fine was 5s.
Walter Pitman, Heavitree, for having a non-obscured acetylene lamp on his cycle at 8.20 p.m in Fore-street, Heavitree, was fined 2s 6d.
Western Times - Saturday 23 September 1916

Local and District News

Yesterday afternoon a youth named Gordon Edwards, of the 68, South Street, Exeter, was cycling up High-street when his front wheel caught in the tram-line outside the General Post Office, and the brakes refusing to act he collided with a perambulator in charge of Maud Lamacraft, of Clode’s Cottages, Sidwell-street. The perambulator was damaged by the impact, but the child in it was not hurt.
Western Times - Tuesday 26 September 1916

Of Helping Exeter’s War Services

…A great deal of interest has been evinced in Messrs. Colson and Co/s announcement of a three days' commencing to-day, new autumn millinery for the Hospitality Fund. The event is such a unique one that it is calculated to arouse interest not only throughout the city, but in county circles also. Messrs. Colson's generous offer will result in the first three days' exhibition and sale of one of the largest and most notable collections of new modes in headwear outside London being entirely devoted to supporting a local movement which has brought blessings the name of the old city from practically all over the world. Thus in many varied ways help is forthcoming for the war services centralised at the Mayoress of Exeter's Depot.
From time to time lately mention has been made of juveniles' concerts promoted in Exeter, and in the latest Depot subscription list given below will be found the result of two further efforts of this kind, held like those previous, in the neighbourhood of the Priory Estate, Heavitree. One of these which 7s was raised at 124, Pinhoe-road, has been previously mentioned, but the amount not previously acknowledged; the other resulted in the highest sum yet raised by these small concerts, the amount being 8s 6d, which the little ladies responsible for the effort, Ivy Strudwick, assisted by Ena Ford, Margery Carter and Winnie Turner, desire to go towards the provision of winter comforts in Mesopotamia. The concert was held at 155, Monk's-road. By the way, in all instances of these juvenile efforts, the attendance is limited to parents and friends, and there is no outside collecting…
Western Times - Wednesday 27 September 1916

Local and District News

All the electric globes at the Exeter Cathedral have been supplied with shades, in order to comply with the lighting order. They were in use for the first time at the evening service on Sunday.
Western Times - Wednesday 27 September 1916

Local and District News

On Thursday a lady cyclist, Ellen Blackmore, was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with a wound over the right eye, sustained in falling off her machine in Fore-street, Exeter, the tyre of the cycle catching on a tramline. She was not detained at the hospital
Western Times - Saturday 30 September 1916

Four Exeter PostmenFour Exeter PostmenPte. Wakeham, Corpl Havill, Lance-Corl. Deacon, and Pte. Hammett were foure Exeter Postmen and are now in the Devon Regiment.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 22 September 1916

August 1916

The Month in Exeter.

Motorists Summoned at Exeter

At Exeter Police Court before Mr. J. Delpratt Harris (in the chair). Mr. H. Hall, and Mr. P. C. M. Vetch yesterday, George Moyle of Chudleigh, was summoned for not keeping to the left side the road when driving a motor car at the junction of Alphington-street and Exe Bridge after being warned by a constable.—P.C. Stone, who stated the facts, said he signalled to defendant when he was 100 yards away, but he took no notice. Defendant said he had driven from Chudleigh to Exeter hundreds of times, and he was not conscious of having driven any differently on this occasion . He did not see any constable or observe any signal.—Fined 10s.
Western Times - Saturday 12 August 1916

Is Too Much Expected of Exeter Police?

"Why didn't you take me home” queried a defendant at Exeter Police Court on Saturday, when P. C. Gregory stated that in consequence of his being drunk and incapable he brought him to the police station from the top of Paris-street the previous evening. Defendant was Edward George Cobley, of Summerland Row, Exeter, who is a fisherman at Topsham. "Why should he take you home?" asked Mr. Bradley Rowe, one of the magistrates. "You were a nuisance to the public in that state." Defendant denied that was a nuisance, and stated that he lost, his way. Since a fine 5s in August last for a similar offence, he stated, he had been in France till last Thursday. He was now fined 10s and costs, and 12s 3d being found on him when arrested, he was told to bring the balance of the 15s.
Western Times - Monday 14 August 1916

Sanger's Circus at Exeter

To-day and to-morrow Lord John Sanger's “all-British" Royal Circus and Menagerie will be at a field near the tram terminus in the Pinhoe-road, Exeter. It is seven years since Sanger's Circus visited the city, and their return is sure to be heartily welcomed. Among the most important additions to the circus is the troupe of Russian Cossacks, representatives of those brave soldiers of the Czar who have done such noble work during the present war. Barred from taking part in the fighting, these Cossacks will show Exonians a few examples of the horsemanship for which they are so famed. It almost makes one stop breathing to hear that they jump from horse to horse while galloping at full speed, and yet that is but one of their marvels. Another item sure to be very popular is Pimpo's absurdity, "The two Willies." introducing the Turk to the British lion, in which Pimpo exhibits his ship of the desert. The beautiful Delia Cassa Sisters give a wonderful exhibition with horses and elephants. Sanger's pure white twin horses are introduced by Francesco in an exhibit of high school riding and driving. Sea lions take part in the greatest animal act the world; it is a truly marvellous exhibition. The Aerial Danes may be expected to give a most thrilling performance. There will be two performances, one at 3 and the other at 8 p.m., and the prices of admission are popular.
Western Times - Wednesday 15 August 1916


Official notice of the death of Wallace Venn Hawkes, who has been killed in action in France, has been received by his parents at Whipton, and has occasioned great regret in the village. The deceased was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Hawkes, Sexton and Sextoness of Whipton Church, and was a private in the Devons. He was only 24 years age.
Western Times - Tuesday 15 August 1916

Accident at the Exeter Fair Field

Last evening, about 8 o'clock, a soldier named Pte, Thomas Billon, of the 8th Devons, stationed at the Higher Barracks, Exeter, was in a swing-boat with a comrade at the Exeter Fair Field, Pinhoe-road. By some means Billon fell out of the swing boat, and coming heavily to the ground, sustained rather serious injuries to the lower part of his back. Dr. Pereira was summoned, and on his advice Pte. Billon was taken to the military hospital at the Higher Barracks, being conveyed there in a horse ambulance by P.B, Bradford, P.C. Norton, and Pte. Mears (St. John Ambulance Brigade) The unfortunate man was examined by Surgeon Captain Vesselovsky. and afterwards Pte. Billon was taken to No. 2 Military Hospital and detained.
Western Times - Wednesday 16 August 1916

Private Proctor. V.C., Formerly of Exeter

Among those who received decorations at the hands of the King on his Majesty's recent visit to the British Headquarters of the Western Front, was Private Arthur Henry Herbert Procter, of the King's Liverpool Regiment, Territorial Force, whose name appeared in the list of Victoria Cross honours issued recently. Private Procter, V.C., is an "Old Boy" of St. John's Hospital School, Exeter, and a nephew of Mr H. G. Procter, 61, St. Davids-hill, Exeter. On the occasion of the decoration Private Procter said he had never been funky before the Boche, but was nervous at having to face the King.
Western Times - Thursday 17 August 1916

No lamp

Thomas Burns, of Ewing's-lane, was fined one shilling at Exeter Police Court yesterday morning, for driving a handcart in Fore-street, Heavitree, without a lamp attached, at night.
Western Times - Friday 18 August 1916

Opening of New Pumping Station

The new pumping station for providing Topsham with a water supply was officially opened yesterday under the auspices of St. Thomas Rural District Council, who were responsible for the scheme
Topsham which contains a population of over 2,000, has been dependent for its water on some 250 wells. As far back as 1898 the Council, owing to the pollution of certain wells, called upon the Parochial Committee to give the question of an improved supply serious consideration…
Western Times - Friday 18 August 1916

Army Tribunal

George Coles, of the New Inn. Alphington, for whom Mr. W. L. Brown, appeared, stated that he was married, and had six children. He was rejected as medically unfit in December last, but now had been passed for general service. He did most of the work as sexton at Alphington Church for his father, who was old, and in indifferent health Application refused.
Western Times - Saturday 19 August 1916

Fire at Exeter

Damage estimated at between £80 and £100 was done by a fire which occurred in a shed belonging to Mr. Edward Pincott, electrician, at the back of his establishment in Alphington-street, abutting on Gervase-avenue, yesterday afternoon. The shed contained a quantity of electrical fittings and coils of wire. No one was in the shed at the time of the outbreak. A workman locked it up on leaving about 2 o'clock. The fire was first seen by Mrs. Emily Pincott on looking out of the back bedroom window, and she raised an alarm. P.C. Jarman fixed the garden hose to a water pipe, and poured water on the flames and several neighbours, including Messrs. Wellaway, Kerslake, and Seldon, assisted with buckets of water. Within a few minutes the Fire Brigade arrived, under Engineer Hill, and the hose was laid on. The fire was soon extinguished P.S. Wreford, P.C.’s Bishop Windeatt and Jarman rendered valuable assistance. The cause of the fire is not known. The damage is covered by insurance.
Western Times - Tuesday 22 August 1916


The tramway service was dislocated last night through one the cars, coming from St. Thomas, jumping the points near Exe Bridge. For at least half an hour there was a long string of cars held up between the Guildhall and Fore-street Hill. After several vain attempts the car was got back to he rails by means of a chain attached to another car. Meanwhile, a number of cars were worked backwards towards Heavitree and Pinhoe-road.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 25 August 1916


The price of butter increased in Exeter Market yesterday to 1s 11d and 2s per lb., an increase of 1d per 1lb. This followed on a similar increase last week. Eggs were 2d each.
Western Times - Saturday 26 August 1916


Mr. Thomas Trump, of 6, York-place Coombe-street, Exeter, writes: Will the two ladies who watched my rescue of the boy Baker in the River Exe on Thursday morning, accept my very best thanks for the present they gave me.
Western Times - Saturday 26 August 1916

Narrow Escape from Drowning at Exwick

A nine years' old lad named Jack Widgery of Longbrook-street, Exeter, had a narrow escape from drowning last evening. With other boys he was Fishing for minnows under the iron bridge when he fell into the water. A companion aged eleven, whose name did not transpire, got hold of a stake with one hand, and wading into the water which reached to his chest, he seized Widgery the other and succeeded in keeping him up till Special Constable Rousham came to his assistance. Widgery was little the worse for his immersion.
Western Times - Tuesday 29 August 1916

Motor Accident at Exeter

At Exeter, yesterday afternoon, a man named Worth, belonging to Brixham, was going down the slope from St. David's Hill to the railway station when a motor-car game along the road from the Bonhay. There was some hesitation, and unfortunately Worth was caught by the motor, and was much bruised and suffered from shook. He was at once conveyed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by the driver of the car, who was in no way to blame.
Western Times - Tuesday 29 August 1916


Before Colonel Blake (in the chair) and Mr. W. B. Heberdem, C.B., at Wonford Petty Sessions yesterday, Bessie Mellish, of Alphington admitted stealing apples from an orchard, at Alphington, the property of Arthur F. Loram. The value was 2s 6d. P. C. Endacott stated that he saw the woman in the orchard placing apples in a bag. Some she picked off the ground others she knocked off the trees. Mr Loram stated that farmers were robbed right and left, and desired protection. Sergt. Banbury said the woman was the wife of a man serving in the Army. The Chairman remarked that he sympathised with farmers, who often had thefts committed on their property. The defendant was getting good separation allowance. She stole 14lb of apples. Bearing in mind that she had not been previously convicted, she would be dealt with under the First Offenders Act, and ordered to pay the costs of the case.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 30 August 1916

An Exonian Prisoner of War

The many friends of Sergt. Thomas Commins, of St. Thomas, Exeter, who belonged to the Royal Fusiliers, will be glad to know, in view of the persistent reports that he had fallen in the Great Push, that he is a prisoner of war. Three weeks ago a letter was received from a comrade, another Exonian named Dommett, which justified the belief that the worst had happened. Yesterday, however, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Commins, of the Railway Hotel, Cowick-street, received a card from their son, stating that he is a prisoner of war at Dulmen, Westf, Germany. Commins will be remembered as a member of the Friernhay Young Men's Club and the Exeter Swimming Club, being one the finest local exponents of natation. All sportsmen of the city will join in congratulation to the parents on the removal of the great suspense which they have recently undergone,
Western Times - Wednesday 30 August 1916

Diamond Wedding at Whipton

An interesting event was celebrated yesterday at Whipton, the occasion being the diamond wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Riggs, of that parish. They were married at Heavitree Church on August 30th, 1856. They have had a family of fifteen children, but only five are still living. There are thirty grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs, Riggs were the recipients of hearty congratulations from the residents of the village and a large circle of friends in the district, where they are well known and respected.
Western Times - Thursday 31 August 1916

A Fine Exeter RecordFather and seven sonsA PROUD record is reported from Summerland-street, Exeter, where, residing at a workman's dwelling at 12, Tuckett’s-square, Mrs. W. H. Carpenter is able to boast that her husband and six sons are all with the Colours...
The father. W. H. Carpenter, an old soldier, and when his sons, one after the other, went off to the Colours, four to the Army, one the Marines, and one to the Navy, he could not resist the temptation to follow suit. He consequently joined the Labour Battalion, and for time now has been serving in France as Pioneer W. H. Carpenter. He was previously in the Coldstream Guards from October, 1878, October, 1884, and then for six years with 1st Class Army Reserve, and four years with the 2nd Reserve. He was present at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir, and holds the Egyptian medal and star...
Reading from left to right the names are:—Top Row: Mr. Carpenter, Mrs. Carpenter. Pte. Sidney Carpenter, Lance-CorpL Alfred Carpenter, who by the way, has been missing since July 1st. Second Row: Pte. Fredk. Carpenter, Gunner Montague Carpenter, Loyal Carpenter, Pte. W. E. Carpenter, who has been wounded in the Somme fighting, in the left foot, and is now in hospital in Hampshire.
Western Times - Friday 4 August 1916

July 1916

The Month in Exeter.

Exeter Tragedy.

A fatality of a shocking nature occurred near the Polsloe Bridge Halt, Exeter, on the L. and S.W. Railway, yesterday morning, The victim was Miss Powe, of 20, Cross Park, Heavitree, and Whipton school, whose mutilated body was found on the permanent way, on the Topsham side of the Halt, about 9 o'clock. The discovery was made by a couple of men who were gardening in the vicinity of the line. Both of the deceased’s legs had been severed at the knees, the thighs were smashed, one arm was broken, and the other badly bruised, while, in addition, there were terrible injuries to the head. The deceased had evidently been knocked down by a train from Topsham, which had just passed the spot, and had, in the meantime pulled up. Deceased was wearing gloves, and was fully dressed. Death must have been instantaneous. A bicycle, identified as deceased's, was found near the bridge at the Halt. The body was conveyed to the Exeter Police Station and P.S. Snell and Detective Walters. Deceased left home to cycle to school, and no one appears have seen her go to the Halt platform over the usual pathway. The facts have been reported to Mr. Linford Brown, the City Coroner, and an inquest will be held on Monday. Deceased was about 26 years of age.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 01 July 1916

Local Government Board Reply to St. Thomas Rural Council

At St. Thomas Rural District Council Friday, Mr. J. H. Ley presiding, a letter was received from the Local Government Board, in reply to the protest of the Council against the proposed erection by the Exeter Council of a small-pox hospital on a site at Alphington. The Board pointed out that the City Council had not applied for sanction for a loan for the hospital the Board had no power in the matter. They enclosed a letter which they had received on the subject from the City Council giving particulars of the site.
Buckingham said it was a serious thing that a sister authority could put a small-pox hospital in the St. Thomas Council’s district on a site which the latter body unanimously thought was unsuitable.
The Clerk (Mr. A. Ward) read a letter received from the Town Clerk of Exeter stating that before purchasing the site the Council ascertained that it complied with the requirements of the Local Government Board in cases where the latter's consent was required for borrowing the money. The Council decided that the site of the proposed hospital was otherwise suitable. The subject was then dropped.
Western Times - Tuesday 04 July 1916

Cycling Club

The Exeter Cycling Club has decided arrange sports, etc., and entertain a number wounded soldiers from the V.A.O. Hospitals, as last year.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 06 July 1916

Exeter Volunteers Parade

The Exeter Volunteers will parade, with arms, Saturday afternoon next at St. David's Station, and proceed by the 2.33 train to Uffculme to take part in the opening of the new miniature rifle range by the Hon Mrs. Lionel Walrond. The Battalion Band will also be present, and in the evening will give a concert. A shooting match has been arranged between a team from the city and Uffculme. The Culm Valley people are showing great interest in the event.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 06 July 1916


At Exeter Police Court yesterday, Edward North, 56, West-street, pleaded guilty to selling cigarettes to a lad under the age of 16 years June 30th.
The Chief Constable said, judging by the number of children smoking cigarettes in the city, shopkeepers did not observe the regulations.
Samuel Parsons, aged 13, said he was not asked how old he was when the cigarettes were supplied. He made similar purchases a few days before.
Defendant stated that he understood the cigarettes were for an elder brother. He was in the habit of asking boys their ages before he supplied them.
The Mayor said it was a bad habit for children to smoke. It was also injurious, and shopkeepers would be severely dealt with. He hoped the prosecution would act as a warning to others, to obey the law. A fine of £1 was imposed.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 07 July 1916

Death of Captain George White, of Exeter

We record with regret that Captain George White, eldest son of the late Mr. Councillor John White, of Paris-street, Exeter, was killed in the British advance on the Somme. The deceased officer joined soon after the commencement of the war, linking with the 19th Hussars. He subsequently transferred to the First South Staffords, in which regiment his brother holds a commission. He became attached to the maxim gun section, and, showing splendid aptitude, was soon appointed captain. Although a volunteer, he took the keenest interest in soldiering, and was beloved by the whole of the men in his section. According to the information just received, Captain George White was leading his men in the recent British advance. He was slightly wounded in the side, but continued at the head of his section, when the received a bullet in the head, which proved fatal. The deceased officer was well known in local motoring circles, and took part in more than one reliability trial connected with the Exeter Motor Cycling Club, his last trial being the run from Exeter to Staines, in which he rode exceptionally well, being accompanied in the side-car by his wife. Not long before the commencement of the war, Captain White met with a rather bad motor accident on the Tiverton-road, as a consequence of which he was laid up for several weeks, but his splendid constitution pulled him through. He answered his country's call soon after the outbreak of the war, and rendered signal service. It was only about month ago that he visited Exeter on leave. Great sympathy will be felt with his mother (who is a prominent worker on behalf the Mayoress's Depot) and his widow, who is left with a baby son. Deceased's youngest brother Mr. J. White, who, as above stated, is also with the 1st South Staffoids, is at present in hospital.
Western Times - Saturday 08 July 1916

Lieut. Basil Pring killed in action

We regret to announce that Lieut Basil Pring. son of Dr. F. A. Pring. and grandson of Mrs Pring of Northlands, Exeter, fell in the advance by the British near the on Somme Sunday week. He joined the Worcester Regiment soon after the outbreak of war and was ultimately transferred to a maxim-gun detachment. Deceased who was 26 years of age, was a member of a well known Exeter family who have been connected with public life in the city for many years. His grandfather, the late Mr Walter Pring. J.P., was Mayor in 1880 and his uncle. Alderman T. C. Pring, was Sheriff in 1911. Another uncle is Mr. W. J. Pring, of Spreytonwards.
Western Times - Tuesday 11 July 1916


At Wonford Petty Sessions, yesterday, a lad, aged 9, of Preston-street, pleaded guilty to throwing stones on the Canal banks, at Alphington, on June 21st, and doing personal damage.
Supt. Buchanan said the mother did not seem to exercise the necessary control over the child. Five stones were thrown at a boat, one striking Miss Quaile of Friar's Hill, in the face rendering her practically insensible. Had it hot been for the lads tender age, a much more serious charge would have been preferred against him.
Miss Quaile stated that her face was cut, and she was unable to go to business for some days. The doctor told her that had it not been for her hat she would probably have lost the sight of one eye. The lad followed the boat, and deliberately threw stones at the occupants.
The Bench placed the boy under the probation officer for twelve months. The Chairman (Mr. H. C. Rowe) said future offenders would be more severely dealt with.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 12 July 1916

Metric System.

At the last meeting of the Exeter and District Chamber of Commerce Mr. F. Templer Dupree brought forward the question of the adoption of the metric system, and spoke strongly in its favour, urging that the time had arrived when Great Britain should fall into line with other nations, especially in view of the trade war which is bound to be waged before long. The Rev. A. Bonus, of Alphington, who has made a study of the system, has since written to Mr. Dupree, a letter, in which he says:–“I hope you will let me express the pleasure with which I read the report in the Press of June 27th of your strong advocacy of the adoption of the metric system in this country, which, I suppose would, or should, be followed by an adoption of a decimal monetary system. Such travels as I have been able to make abroad, and especially a very long acquaintance with Italy, have convinced me for a long time past of the necessity and importance of our adopting these systems. This is more than ever essential now, when the overwhelming majority our people are—l will not say hoping, but intending to enter into closer relations in trade, commerce, and arrangements with our Allies. As you justly observe, the present time is very opportune for making this change in the weights and measures system…
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 12 July 1916

A Difficult Problem Before the Exeter Bench

Exeter City Magistrates—Messrs. P. Kelland (Chairman), P. K. Gayton, J. Stokes, and R. C. Upright—had a difficult case to deal with yesterday, when a farm labourer, aged 57, W. H. Wood, of Sowton near Exeter, was summoned for arrears of his wife's maintenance to the amount of £42 10s. The original order, for 7s 6d per week, was reduced in 1908, on defendants application, a daughter having left home and in 1914 he was summoned for 63 weeks arrears, £15 15s. Since then £25 15s arrears had been added.—Defendant said he did not dispute the amount, but was unable to pay it.—It was stated that he was subject to fits, and before the case had proceeded far defendant collapsed Court, water having to be fetched—Inspector Martin said he heard from Pinhoe that the man was able to earn only enough to pay for his own keep. Even pruning a hedge was almost too dangerous for him.—The wife, who goes out to work and receives an allowance from her son with the forces, said it was a funny thing that defendant could always earn enough to maintain himself but could pay her nothing. When she spoke to him a few days ago about the maintenance, he refused to answer and turned his back. He was accustomed to lazy fits when they were at Exminster. If anything happened to her son in France, she would have to go to the workhouse.–The Bench asked defendant he would pay 2s per week from now if the arrears were remitted. He must try to do something.—Defendant, who said he earned 7s 6d last week, offered try to scrape together 1s a week —The Bench adjourned the case for a month. If defendant paid 2s per week meantime, that would satisfy them and the wife. If not they would have to send him prison.—Defendant was assisted away by officers of the Court
Western Times - Wednesday 12 July 1916

Wounded at Exeter Entertained

A few residents of the St. Sidwell's district utilised Wednesday afternoon in very pleasant and kindly fashion by organising an outing for wounded soldiers, twenty-four men from No. 5 Hospital being entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Maggs, Mr. and Mrs. Pantor, Mr. and Mrs. Wills, Mr. and Mrs. Graf, and Mr. and Mrs. Wonnacott to tea at Turf. The Council's boat, which was gaily decorated with flags, was chartered for the trip down the Canal, and at Turf a sumptuous tea of strawberries and cream was admirably served by Mr. and Mrs. Davey. After tea the wounded heroes took part—despite their disabilities—with cheery verve and ardour, in an amusing programme of sports.
Western Times - Friday 14 July 1916


Mrs J White, Exeter, has received a wire from her son, Lieut. J. White, of the South Staffords, dispatched from Rouen Monday, saying he has been wounded, but not badly. Lieut. White is a younger brother of Capt. White, who was killed at the start of the Great Push, and belonged to the same regiment. He was recently laid up hospital ill, but recovered.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 19 July 1916


To the Editor of the," Western Times."
Sir, —So many members of this Association having gone on active service, the ranks of motor car owners have very much thinned, and we are seeking the aid of your readers to help in a transport difficulty which has thus arisen.
Again, through the generosity of Mr. E. S. Plummer, the whole of the wounded, fit to leave the local hospitals, have been invited to spend an afternoon at Torquay, on Wednesday next, the 26th, where they are to partake of a tea and entertainment.
The "Big-Push." with its attendant "price," has brought many hundreds within our gates to be cared for and made fit again, and we are sure this appeal for more cars will not be vain.
A number of cars have already been promised, but about 50 more are required. May we ask for the assistance of your readers to see that the remaining 150 wounded heroes are not left behind?
We should be grateful if those kindly offering to help would send their names to,
Yours faithfully,
Western Manager,
A.A. and Motor Union.
Exeter, 18th July, 1916.
Western Times - Wednesday 19 July 1916


To the Editor of the “Western Times."
Sir,—l am sure that the trading and manufacturing classes of Exeter will desire to fall into line with the rest of the country, and postpone the usual August Bank Holiday until a more suitable season.
Although the city is not directly concerned with the output of munitions to the extent of industrial areas in the North, it is desirable that anything in the nature of a holiday should be avoided. Therefore, at the request of the Minister of Munitions, I venture to suggest that Exeter should carry on as usual August 7th and 8th.
Yours very truly.
Guildhall. Exeter, 19th July. 1916.
Western Times - Thursday 20 July 1916

Red Cross Bazaar and Fete at Exeter

A very successful bazaar and garden fete organised by Mrs. Clement Walters for the children's Red Cross Guild, took place yesterday afternoon and evening in the grounds of "Bramdean" Heavitree. It was opened by a long procession of children of the Guild, carrying the boxes in which they had made a collection during the morning for the funds of the V.A.O. These were received, in the unavoidable absence of Miss Buller, by the Hon. Mrs. Adeane.
Western Times - Saturday 22 July 1916

Proposed Cadet Battalion for Exeter

A meeting was held at St. John's Hospital School, Exeter, last evening, relative to the proposal to form an Exeter Cadet Battalion. About two hundred boys between the ages of and 18 attended. The Rev. H. de VeTe Welchman, of Alphington, presided…
Alderman C. J. Ross described the movement as one of the best that could be initiated at the present time. The large attendance of boys was a good augury of success, and he thought that instead of one battalion they would be obliged to form two. It was a splendid thing to inculcate the martial spirit in everyone. Membership of a Cadet Corps would have a beneficial effect on the boys of the city, who, instead of indulging in stone throwing, of which there had been of late many complaints, they would be taught discipline, and to be of service their country—(applause).
The Chairman said he looked upon that magnificent meeting as very encouraging. He knew that some authorities deprecated early military training. But there were differences opinion on the point. Such experience he had had of the movement had steadily strengthened his conviction that the value of early military training was incalculable, and this had been corroborated by all he had heard from many boys serving in the forces. Competent military advocates encouraged military training. Approval of the Cadet movement had had sympathetic support from no less authority than the late Lord Roberts. The War Office in the regulations for the formation of Cadet units actually contemplated the enrolment of Cadets under 12 years of age. They recognised them for grants at 12 years of age, and a cadet's services from 15 years age was allowed to reckon towards grants for the Territorial efficiency modal. It seemed to him that it was superficial spirit that looked upon Cadet training as dressing up boys in khaki and playing at soldiers. He should have thought they would have learnt the physical and moral value. The boys respected themselves and the uniform that they wore. The uniform increased their self-respect, which stuck to them when they took it off. In 1911 the Exeter School Company was formed and officially recognised. The proposed battalion would, he hoped, take its place. That Company stood the fourth in the Devonshire, and the county in this matter took precedence of all other counties—(applause). They had a miniature rifle range and belonged to the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs! They had the instruments for a Fife and Drum Band, and a number of bugles—(applause). Mr. Palmer, the head verger of the Cathedral, who had allowed a rifle range to be placed in his garden, had promised to continue his services in training the band, and would act as hon. bandmaster to the battalion. Sergt.-Major Aplin would be their instructor. Attendance at an annual camp was not required, but he had no doubt it would be possible to arrange a camp on Dartmoor in due course…
The meeting concluded as began, with the singing of the National Anthem.
Western Times - Tuesday 25 July 1916

Sergt. Basil G.Taunton, of Exeter, Killed

The sad news was received yesterday of the death in a hospital, in France, of Sergeant Basil G. Taunton, attached to the Surveyor's Department, G.P.0., of 14. Victoria Terrace, Exeter. Sergeant Taunton, who was educated at Tunbridge Wells, and formerly resided there, held a commission originally in the Kent Volunteers (Cyclists) in the Territorial days. At the Outbreak of war he joined, at Exeter, the 20th Royal Fusiliers, Public Schools Battalion, a private, and was very early on active service. He has been in and out of the trenches in France for many months, and it was only last week that an announcement appeared in the local papers that his friend, Sergeant Mudge, son of Mr. Mudge, of Heavitree, who has been with him in the same battalion since the commencement, had been wounded. Sergeant Taunton, during his short residence in Exeter, took an active part in the Boy Scout movement, and was, until he enlisted, a Scoutmaster, attached to the Exwick Patrol of Boy Scouts. He was only married in the spring of last year, and leaves a young widow to mourn his loss.
Western Times - Thursday 27 July 1916

Lieut. Cecil B. Parsons, of Exeter Killed

Only a few days ago we recorded that Captain Maurice H. D. Parsons, R.H.A., eldest son of the late Mr. H. J. D. Parsons and Mrs Parsons, of 5, Salutary Mount, Exeter, had been killed in action on the 19th inst, and Wednesday Mrs Parsons received word that another son, Lieut. Cecil B. Parsons, of the South African Infantry, had been killed, also in the big offensive, 16th. There will be general sympathy with Mrs. Parsons this second sad blow. Lieut. Parsons, who was a fine, stalwart officer, gallantly led an attack on a German trench and was the to first spring over the parapet. He was later found grasping his revolver, with the German officer in charge of the trench also lying dead a short distance away. Lieut. Parsons, previous to going to France, served throughout the German South-West African campaign. Another of Mrs. Parsons's sons, Second.–Lieut. Harold C. Parsons, R.E., is in the fighting line in France.
Western Times - Friday 28 July 1916

Victory Inn

A presentation has been made to Mr. Albert Knowles of the “Victory" Inn, Exeter, on his leaving to join the Forces, by a few friends. The present consisted of a complete set of shaving materials. Mr. Knowles was taken by surprise, and expressed his hearty thanks for the useful gift.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 29 July 1916

No light

Frederick Budge, commercial porter, Newtown, was fined 1s, at Exeter Police Court yesterday, for driving a hand-cart without a light. P.C. Stone gave evidence. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 29 July 1916

Advert using the 'Big Push'.Capt. George WhiteWestern Times - Friday 14 July 1916

June 1916

The Month in Exeter.

Distressing Tragedy Near Topsham

The distressing motor tragedy near Topsham on Thursday morning by which a boy of 14, named Reginald William Hawkings, lost his life, was the subject of an inquiry by the Coroner for the district (Mr. H. W. Gould), yesterday. The inquest was held in the Vestry Hall, Topsham. Mr. S. Andrew (of Exeter) was present on behalf of Mr. Leonard Hamlin, the driver of the motor car. Mr. A. M. Alford (Exeter) represented the parents of the deceased, and Superintendent Buchanan was also present. Mr. William Bridle was foreman of the jury. …
… A regrettable incident was that Mr. Hamlin did not pull up and see if he could render any assistance. There was a legal obligation of all motorists who met with an accident that they should pull up and, if necessary, give their names and addresses. That, however, was a matter for the jury; it was a police question. He was sure nobody regretted the occurrence more than Mr. Hamlin did now. Undoubtedly he ought to have pulled up, because timely assistance, although it would not have been of any avail in this instance, might mean all the difference between life and death.
The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."
Mr. Andrew said Mr. Hamlin wished him say how much he sympathised with the family of the deceased their trouble, and that he wished they would apply to him for the reimbursement of all expenses they were put to in connection with the unfortunate affair.
The jury joined the expression of sympathy, and the Coroner was sure they all concurred with that. Mr. Hamlin assured him that the reason he did not pull up was not callousness or want of feeling.
Western Times - Friday 02 June 1916

Exonian Dies of Wounds

Official intimation has been received by Mr W. E. Hart, of Alphington-street, St. Thomas, of the death from wounds of his son Lance-Corpl. W. H. Hart, a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Lance-Corpl. Hart was wounded in the neck on May 16th, and died a few hours later in the clearing hospital. He was 32 years of age. Going to Canada about five years ago. Mr Hart was, at the time of war breaking out, employed in the construction of steel steamers for the Canadian Government. His home was at Winnipeg, where his wife and two children are living. He joined the Expeditionary Force last September. Mr. W. E. Hart and his family are well known in Exeter and his family are well known in Exeter and South Devon, having been engaged in the pottery trade. The family came to Exeter when Lance-Corpl. Hart was a small boy, and he was up to the time of proceeding to Canada connected with the South-street Baptist Chapel and Sunday School. One of his brothers is fighting in the Persain Gulf, and another is in training in England.
Western Times - Tuesday 06 June 1916

Jutland casualty

Mr. and Mrs. Harris, of 146, Cowick-street, St. Thoma,. Exeter, have received the sad intimation that their son, Stoker Thos. James Harris, has died from the effects of wounds received in the naval action of the 31st May. Deceased, who was only 25, was for a number of years in the employ of Messrs. Wippell and Co., of Exeter, was greatly respected both by his employees and work mates. Two other brothers are serving their country, one in the Navy and the other the Army. Enclosed with the announcement of the death was a letter expressing deep sympathy of their Majesties the King and Queen to the bereaved family. Intimation has been received from the Government that they are sending the body of the gallant young man to his home for burial.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 07 June 1916

Duty of Motor Cycle Owners to Register

At Exeter Police Court yesterday, before Mr P. Kelland (chairman), Mr. J. Stokes, Mr. Percy Gayton, and Mr. E. C. Upright. Lieut., Leonard Tolchard Tracey, of Topsham Barracks, was summoned for using a motor-cycle in Barrack-road without having it registered on the 31st May. Evidence was given by P.S. Snell to the effect that the defendant was riding a motor-cycle numbered FJ 365. which was registered in the name of Richard Chudleigh, of the Plymouth Inn, Moreton. Defendant, when interviewed at the Barracks on Friday, admitted that he was the owner. He said he purchased it last October from a firm in Sidwell-street, and was not told anything about registration. Defendant now told the Bench that he did not understand about the necessity of transfer immediately on purchase. The Magistrates' Clerk explained that on change of ownership of a machine the registration became void.—The defendant said he did not understand it was necessary till the end of the year.—lnspector Sanford said the Town Clerk complained that a large number of purchasers failed to notify changes and consequently it was impossible to keep the register order.—The Bench fined the defendant 5s.
Western Times - Wednesday 07 June 1916


The Rev. Henry Courtier Brenton has been appointed to the vacant living of Exwick by Mr. A. C. Gibbs, M.P. The new Vicar is an old Exeter School boy…
The people of Exwick are to be heartily congratulated on the choice of their new vicar, who will enter upon his duties there in the course of the summer months.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 09 June 1916

An Exonian in the North Sea Battle

An Exonian on one of the destroyers thus tells of his experiences during the great North Sea battle:—Our boat was with the battleships at first and then the battle cruisers. We were up close to the Lion, the flagship of Vice-Admiral Beatty, and it was hot there. It appeared that most of the fire of the Germans was concentrated on his ship. We being close alongside of her it seemed as if every shot which missed her would hit ours. Still, we came through all right. We got hit once on our after gun by a piece of shrapnel; shells were bursting around pretty thick. My word, the Germans were pretty sick when Jellicoe’s fleet came up, but it was getting dark then. The light was very bad all the afternoon, which made it very bad for really good shooting, and when the rest of the fleet joined us up it was worse than ever regarding light. I am sure, although they talk German victory in the papers, it was far from that; they must have suffered terribly in every way.
Western Times - Saturday 10 June 1916

The Deception of an Exeter Motor Cycle

At Exeter Police Court yesterday, before Mr. A. McCrea (chairman), Mr Henry Hall, and Mr. P. C. M. Veitch.
Raymond Shrimpton, of Powderham-crescent, was summoned for driving a motor cycle in Polsloe-road to the danger of the public on the 3rd inst.—Mr. McGahey, who appeared for the defendant, admitted the offence.—The Chief Constable said the witnesses estimated that the defendant, who had a sidecar and two passengers, was travelling at the rate of 20 miles an hour.—Mr. McGahey said the exhaust of the cycle went wrong, and the machine appeared to an onlooker to be travelling a pace faster than it really was. The engine, sounded, as if it was racing whereas it was not propelling the machine at more than normal rate. —The Bench fined defendant 10s and costs.
Western Times - Saturday 10 June 1916

Other court cases

George Williams, Friernhay-street. was charged with being drunk while in charge of a pony and trap in Southernhay West on the 8th inst. Defendant, who pleaded guilty, was fined 10s. Time was allowed for payment.
William Chorley, Summerland-street was charged with being drunk in Fore-street, Heavitree. He admitted the charge but said he was capable of looking after himself. P.C. Woods said defendant was refused drink at two public houses.—Defendant remarked that he went to purchase cigarettes and not drink. —A fine of ten shillings was imposed. Time was allowed for payment
William Harris, labourer, pleaded guilty to refusing to obey a lawful order given him by the master of the City Workhouse on 9th June. Mr. Norrish, the master, said defendant had given a great deal of trouble.—Defendant said he refused to work with some other inmates they ridiculed him and the master upheld them. He was straightforward, and because he spoke his mind they did not like it.—Twenty-one previous convictions were recorded mostly for poor law offences. The Bench sent him to prison for 21 days.
Western Times - Saturday 10 June 1916

Funeral of Naval Hero at Exeter

The funeral of First Class Stoker T. J. Harris, of 146, Cowick-street, St. Thomas, Exeter, killed on H.M.S. Lion in the recent naval battle, took place at the St. Thomas Cemetery Saturday. Rev. C. H. Williams, B.A., impressively officiating. After the committal the hymn, "Rock of Ages," was sung, and many-among the assemblage at the grave-side were visibly affected. The coffin, Scottish made, was borne by members of the staff of Messrs. J. Wippell and Co., Ltd., by which firm the deceased was formerly employed. It bore the inscription: “Thomas J. Harris, H.M.S. Lion, died 4th June, 1916, aged 25 years.”
Western Times - Monday 12 June 1916

Exeter Constable’s Plucky Act

About 8.30 on Saturday evening P.C. Harris who was on duty on the Quay, Exeter, heard screams coming from the direction of the bridge. Running to the spot he saw Frederick George Burnett, aged five, residing at 28, West-street struggling in the water and being carried down the stream. The constable at once jumped into the water and succeeded in bringing the boy to the bank. Assistance at the rescue was rendered by Capt. Cox, R.F.C of Topsham Barracks. Burnett was taken home not much the worse for his immersion.
The Chief Constable has decided to recommend the action of P.C. Harris to the attention of the Royal Humane Society.
Western Times - Tuesday 13 June 1916

Home defence

Members the Exeter V.T.C. attended St James’ Park on Tuesday and enrolled and subscribed the oath of allegiance as members cf his Majesty's forces for home defence.
Western Times - Friday 16 June 1916

Death rate

The death-rate in Exeter last week was 14 per 1,000 of the population. The average for the 96 great towns included in the Registrar-General’s return was 12 per thousand.
Western Times - Friday 16 June 1916

Leather for boots

Heavy purchases of leather have been made in Exeter on behalf of the Army, and it is expected that the local boot and shoe prices will undergo a big rise in the near future. We understand that the City boot traders have decided not to put up the prices of boots and boot repairing until present stocks are exhausted and the market price of future supplies ascertained.
Western Times - Friday 16 June 1916

St Thomas Rural Council

The Acting Medical Officer (Dr. Stirk) reported that four cases of tuberculosis had been notified—two at Topsham, one at Starcross, and one at Digbys Asylum. Seven cases of measles and three of German measles were also reported There had been one case of scarlet fever at Woodbury Salterton. There were no cases in the hospital.
Western Times - Saturday 17 June 1916

Theft From a Bread Cart at Alphington

At Wonford Petty Sessions held at the Castle of Exeter yesterday. Mrs. Maud Mary Down and a girl, aged 14, of Alphington, pleaded guilty to stealing on June 7th, two loaves of bread, value 8d, belonging to R. D. Western, baker. The Magistrates were Messrs. T Snow (Chairman) W. B. Heberden, and H. Rowe.— Sergeant Banbury said defendants told him they took the bread for a lark.–-Mr. Western said he had no desire to press the charge. He would not have prosecuted in this instance but for the fact that for a long time past, he had been losing goods from this particular cart.–Defendants were ordered to pay the costs, 15s (Down 10s and the girl 5s).–Mr. Western did not ask for any expenses.
Western Times - Wednesday 21 June 1916

Warning to Exeter Cyclists

A private of the Army Pay Corps, Archibald Davis, of Priory-road, was summoned at Exeter Police Court yesterday for riding a bicycle furiously in Mount Pleasant-road on July 15th. The Chief Constable said there had been so many complaints of reckless riding in Mount Pleasant-Road that a constable was placed at the Pinhoe-road corner to keep watch. Davis rode down the slope to cross over to Polsloe-road at a dangerous speed and almost knocked over a Mr. Metherell. Defendant stated that he was rushed for time on the day in question but had his machine thoroughly under control.—The magistrates hoped the case would be a warning to cyclists in regard to reckless riding in Mount Pleasant-road. The fine was crown a crown.
Western Times - Thursday 22 June 1916


At the Police Court on Saturday a young couple had to pay 5s for sitting down on mowing grass belonging Mr. Bricknell, in Weirfields.
The City Purse is by no means empty. The Finance Committee report a surplus income over expenditure for the financial year ending March, of £1,689.
Permission has been granted to the Devons to give a concert in aid of the widows and orphans of men of the Devons killed in action.
The band of the Grenadier Guards, by permission of Colonel Sir H. Streathfield, paid a visit to Exeter on Tuesday, and gave two concerts at the Northernhay.
In a summons by Arthur Edward Ward, of Exeter, as administrator of the estate of Francis Mackay Herford, who died while serving with the Forces in Belgium in April, , 1915, Mr. Justice Sargant, in the Chancery Division, Wednesday, decided that the policy of assurance for £1,000 on Herford's life was a fund created by his mother for her own benefit and belonged to her.
Western Times - Friday 23 June 1916

Exeter policeman killed

News has been received at Exeter that Police Constable Samuel Weeks, third son of Mr. William Weeks, of Fishers-square, St. Thomas, and brother of P.C. Weeks, of the Exeter Police Force, was killed by shrapnel in France on the 13th inst.
Western Times - Friday 30 June 1916

Children’s language

The prevalence of bad conduct and obscene language on the canal banks at Exeter was referred to a Children's Court on Monday - Inspector Martin said the conduct on the canal banks had been that they had had to station a constable in plain clothes there.
Western Times - Friday 30 June 1916

"Comfy."Twins are 'comfy.'It is said there nothing new under the sun, but the idea of useing the ordinary hold-all, or dress basket as a cradle may surely be claimed as original. It occurred to the daughter of Mrs. R. Snow, of Hamlyn.'s Farm, who is a well-known Exeter lady, and the new kind cradle has proved such a convenience for accommodating the twins shown in the photograph that the mother has it in constant use. It is particularly handy for this purpose when she is travelling the railway.
Western Times - Friday 30 June 1916

May 1916

The Month in Exeter.
Motor Car Fatality

The inquest on the six-year-old boy named William Henry Gibbings, of Market-street, who was knocked down by a motor car while crossing the road near Exe Bridge on Saturday, was held at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, on Monday. Mr. McGahey appeared for the chauffeur.—The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death," exonerated the chauffeur from all blame, and sympathised with the parents of the deceased.
Western Times - Friday 5 May 1916

Should Ladies Visit Asylums?

Exeter Guardians held their fortnightly meeting on Tuesday, when Mr. Bartlett suggested that the members visiting the Asylum annually on behalf the Board should be regularly changed, and moved that the Chairman of the Board, the Chairman of the Committee, Miss Roberts and Miss Rowe be the visitors this year.—After discussion, in which the opinion was expressed that ladies had better not undertake this duty, Miss Rowe, however, thinking on principle that ladies should be given an opportunity to go, the Committee recommended by the Finance Committee was carried.
Western Times - Friday 5 May 1916

The Chief Constable Thanked

Representatives of the Free Church Council and Temperance Societies of the City and County of Exeter have passed a resolution placing on record its appreciation of the efforts of the Chief Constable of the City (Mr. A. F. Nicholson) for the increase of the sobriety and purity of the city, and assuring him of their sympathy and support in all endeavours to that end; and regretting that a recent decision obtained from the Exeter Licensing Justices should have been reversed by the Devon Quarter Sessions, who, the opinion of the meeting, were less able to apprehend the circumstances of the cause.
Western Times - Friday 5 May 1916

Art Exhibition Opened

On Monday Sir Channing Wills, chairman of the Museum and Fine Arts Committee of the Royal Albert Memorial, opened an art exhibition in the large lecture room of the Memorial Buildings, half the proceeds of which are given to the Voluntary Aid Organisation. Lady Fortescue, who was to have performed the opening ceremony, and also Earl Fortescue, were prevented from being present, owing to the death in the war of their nephew, Viscount Quenington, and the decease of the latter's father, Earl St, Aldwvn.
Western Times - Friday 5 May 1916

Inquest on baby

An inquest was held at the Exeter Court House on Saturday relative to the death of Winifred Beatrice Phillips, aged seven weeks, daughter of a railway porter, of Woodville Cottages, Well-street. It was stated by the mother that the child was irritable after vaccination, and died on Friday.—A verdict of “Death from natural causes” was returned.
Western Times - Friday 5 May 1916

Boy Found Drowned at Heavitree

A boy named Morris White of 41, Polsloe-road, was found drowned in the pond in Sampson's Brickyard, at the back of Polsloe-road, yesterday afternoon. It seems that the lad who was about ten years of age, left home after dinner to go to school, and as he did not reach there, enquiries were made. The pond, which he had to pass on his way to school, was searched, and the body was recovered. Dr Kelly, who was called, pronounced life extinct, and the body was removed by the Heavitree police (P. S. Snell and P. C. Bishop) to the mortuary, where it awaits an inquest. The boy is the son of Mr. W. White, bootmaker, of St Sidwell's.
Western Times - Tuesday 9 May 1916

Breaking the Law Though Seeking it!

At Exeter Police Court yesterday, before Mr. A. T. Loram (Chairman). Mr. Henry Hall, Mr. H. J. Monroe, Mr. A. McCrea. and Mr. George White, Harry Shooter, of 19, Cowick-street, was summoned for obstructing the free passage of Castle-street by leaving a motorcar on the 10th May. He admitted the charge. Chief Inspector Martin said the car was left in a narrow part of the street for about forty minutes while the defendant had gone to a solicitor's office to get legal advice. Several other vehicles wanted to pass, and the motor-car had to be pushed into the lane by the Castle Hotel.—Defendant now said that the person whom he asked to watch the car during his absence left as he (defendant) was detained longer than he had expected. When he arrived at the office the solicitor, who was engaged, asked him to wait, and told him the motor-car would be all right.—The Bench ordered defendant to pay the costs.
Western Times - Tuesday 16 May 1916

Broken leg

Mr. Robt. Andrews, aged 78, of Sanford-street, slipped on the pavement in Sidwell-street on Monday evening, and broke his right thigh.
Western Times - Friday 19 May 1916

Smashed window

The large plate glass window of Messrs. Courtney, milliners and drapers, 1, Cowick-street, Exeter, was smashed on Tuesday by a horse drawing a loaded spring wagon.
Western Times - Friday 19 May 1916

Light opera

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Opera “Patience or Burnthorne’s Bride." is being performed this week at the Theatre Royal by the Exeter Amateur Operatic Society. Reliable critics say it is one of the best things the society has ever done.
Western Times - Friday 19 May 1916


The body of Samuel Tozer, aged 9, only son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Toyer, was found in the River Clyst at Topsham yesterday afternoon. He had been missing since Friday evening, when he was at his uncle's farm, at Newcourt Barton. It is believed that, while at play in the orchard he slipped in the river which adjoins. The boy was blind in one eye, and resided with his grandmother, Mrs. Tozer, at Topsham. The body was removed to Newport Barton to await the inquest.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 24 May 1916


Tuesday witnessed the opening of Exeter’s celebration, at the Theatre Royal, of the Tercentenary of Shakespeare.
Western Times - Friday 26 May 1916


Signs that there are an abundant of a plague of wasps this year. Mr. J. Martin gardener at Fairpark, Magdalen-road, informs us that he has killed hundreds already this season. The other day he succeeded in taking a wasps nest complete. It was full of eggs and young wasps.
Western Times - Friday 26 May 1916

Boy Thrown From Trap and Run Over by Motor Car

A sad fatality occurred near Seabrook, Topsham, yesterday, when a lad named Hawkings, of Woodbury, aged 14, was killed.
It appears that the boy was riding with his grandfather in a trap, when the horse became frightened by the approach of a motor car, and the lad was thrown on the road.
The car passed over him, death being instantaneous.
The body was removed the Salutation Hotel to await an inquest ,
Western Times - Friday 26 May 1916

Dog Throws Cyclist at Exeter

Charles Lear, aged 17, of 16, Egremont-road, Exmouth, a G.W.R. engine cleaner residing with Mr. L. Vosper of Red Lion Cottages, St. Sidwell’s, Exeter, was cycling along Holloway-street, Exeter, with Mr. Vosper last evening when a large dog ran from behind a trap across the street and collided with the machine. Lear was thrown violently, and after attention from Mr. Vosper, Private Thomas Hunt, of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, and others, was taken, with P.C. Harvey's assistance, to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where the house surgeon found that he was suffering from contusion of the ear as result of the fall. He was detained at the Hospital.
Western Times - Saturday 27 May 1916

Prams & Handcarts

Exeter Watch Committee will recommend the City Council Tuesday to adopt a new Order with regard to the use of hawkers handcarts and perambulators in scheduled main streets, which, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. are thronged and liable to be obstructed, every day except Sundays. The Order is follows:—
No costermonger, hawker, or other person shall use the said streets during the said hour, for the purpose of selling fruit, vegetables, fish, flowers, musical prints, toys, other articles whatsoever from trucks or barrows.
The streets scheduled are: Exe Bridge, that portion of Commercial-road between Bridge-street and Edmund-street, that portion of Bonhay-road between Bridge-street and Exe Island, New Bridge-Street, Fore-street, that portion of Friernhay-street between Fore-street and No. 6, Friernhay-street, that portion of Mary Arches-street between Fore-street and Synagogue Place, that portion of North-street between Fore-street and Garden-square, that portion of South-Street between Fore-street and Sun-street, High-street, Broadgate, Bedford-street, that portion of Queen-street between High-street and Northernhay-street. Gold-street, that portion of Paul-street, between Queen-street, and Goldsmith-street, Castle-street, Bampfylde-street, London Inn Square, that portion of between High-street and Paris-street, that portion of Southernhay between and Eastgate and Dix’s Field.
Another part of the Order deals with the use of perambulators, and is as follows: No person, between the hours of 11 in the forenoon and five in the afternoon on Friday, shall wheel or cause to be wheeled a perambulator in those portions of Fore-street and High-street lying between the Mint and London Inn Square, otherwise than for the purpose of crossing those streets and London Inn Square. Provided that this prohibition shall not apply to residents in the said portions the said streets who are going coming to or from their homes
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 29 May 1916

An Exeter Boy as the ''Artful Dodger."

At the Exeter Children's Court yesterday, before Mr. A. McCrea (chairman), Mr. P. Kelland, Mr. Henry Hall, Mr. J. Stokes, and Mr. H. J. Munro, two schoolboys, and one Belgian aged 10 and the other English boy aged 12, pleaded guilty to breaking into the grocery establishment at 49, Sidwell-street, belonging to Mr. John Matthews, on the 19th and 22nd inst., and stealing 18s and 15s 7d, ' and some stamps.
The Chief Constable explained that the premises consisted of locked-up shop. On the night of the 19th the place was entered by the boys, who got through the lavatory window, by which they gained access to a yard. They then entered the premises through another window, which on the second occasion was smashed. On the first occasion a quantity of oranges were stolen, a bottle of champagne, and 18s in cash. The champagne, however, had not been included in the charge. On the second occasion 15s 7d in cash and several postage stamps were stolen. Prior to the apprehension of the defendants the police had another boy in custody, and from him they obtained information which connected the accused with the robbery, In the meantime the father of the elder defendant came to the Police Station with 9d in coppers, which he had found in his boy's pockets. The boy when arrested told several lies and tried to implicate others who were not concerned in the matter. Altogether the police had recovered 16s 4d out of 34s 6d stolen. The boys had spent the balance.
The mother of the elder boy said her son had been in bad company, and had been led away. She asked the Bench to order him to be birched rather than sent away.
The sister of the Belgian boy said her brother had been influenced his companions. As a punishment he had been kept in his bedroom, but his companions had come to the house and passed cigarettes to him through the window by means of a long stick. Detective-Sergeant Hill said the elder boy had been wandering about since he was eight years of age. His elder brother had been to a reformatory ship. The lad now before the Court had on several occasions been taken charge of by the police and restored to his parents. He had been in several situations. From one he stole systematically from a till, and, being caught in the act, he was discharged. Just before the robbery in Sidwell-street he went to Exwick and stole two books from a painter's coat. These books were found by the side of the till after the robbery in Sidwell-street. The name and address of the owner of the books were on the inside, and the policy brought the man to the Police Station, interviewed him, and took his finger-print.
The Chief Constable said apparently the books were left in the shop by the boys in order throw off suspicion from themselves. Detective-Sergt. Hill replied that that was correct. The elder defendant the day after the first visit to the Sidwell-street shop, went the Swimming Baths and stole a pair of men's gloves, which on the second visit were also left at the shop. He admitted that he left the books in the shop in order to destroy all clue. There was an understanding among the boys that in committing a robbery they had to destroy all clues. Another boy, he said, had told them that even if they stole oranges they had to screw the paper and the peel and throw them down a sink. They got their ideas from the picture palaces.
The mother of the elder defendant said the boys did not go to the picture palace with her consent or money. In answer to the Chairman, the elder boy said he spent some of the stolen money sweets and buns. Detective-Sergt. Hill said the elder boy no doubt had brought the younger Belgian boy into trouble. He was the ringleader of a gang. The younger lad was a Belgian refugee who came here after the outbreak of war. He attended the same school as the elder boy. Mr. Mundy, the superintendent school attendance officer, said both boys attended school fairly well. The Bench ordered both boys to be birched, the elder to have six strokes, and the younger three.
Western Times - Tuesday 30 May 1916

A Lesson in Domestic EconomyA Lesson in Domestic EconomyDevon is well to the forefront in connection with war work for women, and so enthusiastic is Miss M. P. Willcocks, the well known novelist, who resides at Exeter, in favour of increasing our home grown food supplies that she has devoted her front garden to the cultivation of war vegetables. Miss. Willcocks (on the left of the pictures) herself tilled the garden, with the assistance of her friend, Miss W. Story (also shown the photo), who is assistant lecturer at the University College, Exeter. Several kinds of vegetables were tilled, including broad beans, which rank so high as a food, and in order that the front shall not bear too much the appearance of a kitchen garden the beans are placed circular form—which proves that the lady cultivator can be original as well as expert. Western Times - Friday 12 May 1916

April 1916


The case of Thomas B. Meredith, of Topsham, a conscientious objector, had been adjourned in order that he might get a medical certificate.—Dr. McPherson, of Topsham, certified the condition of the applicant, and added that he had not been able to work as an accountant and auditor for many years past, and there was no likelihood of his doing similar work for some time to come. He had referred him to Dr. Davy for a second testimony.—The Chairman: Have you a certificate from Dr. Davy? Applicant: Dr. Davy would have nothing to do with a conscientious objector. But I will do any work of national importance at any sacrifice.—Twelve months granted.
Western Times - Saturday 1 April 1916


The Exeter Tramways last week carried 85,372 passengers, and earned £318 13s 0½d. These figure bring the totals for the year to date to 5,115,382 and £19,123 9s respectively which, compared with the previous corresponding period show increases of £1,159. 6s 7d and 503,938.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 03 April 1916

Juvenile Offenders Before Exeter Magistrates

At the Exeter Children's Court, yesterday, before Messrs. H. B. Varwell (in the chair), J. Stokes, P. Kelland, and H. Hall, a boy of 15 was charged with stealing growing flowers, value 6d, from Blackall-road.— The Chief Constable said there were frequent complaints of this sort of thing. The boy's father in the present case was at the Front. Defendant had been before the Court previously for stone-throwing, and "for putting tacks on the road for the benefit of motorists and cyclists."—A fine of 2s 6d was imposed.—Four boys, aged respectively 8, 9, 10, and 11, were charged with stealing five electric pocket lamps, value 5s, from a shop in the High-street on Dec. 10th.—The Chief Constable explained that the four boys acted in concert, one holding the shop door open while another took the lamps from a shelf. They divided them.—Detective Walters said that weak control seemed to be the source of the trouble.—The three elder boys were ordered to receive three strokes with the birch, and the youngest two strokes.
Western Times - Tuesday 4 April 1916

Heroes in our Hospitals

Last week a list of new V.C.'s was published, and the story of their deeds thrilled the country. One of them was Pte. William Young, of the 8th East Lancashire Regiment, and of him the official record of his gallantry stated: "The great fortitude, determination, courage and duty displayed by this soldier could hardly be surpassed." What more eloquent tribute could be paid a soldier of the British Army?
Pte. Young is at the present moment recovering wounds at one of the Exeter V.A.O. Hospitals. At No. 5 Hospital there also Corp . E. J. Lidford, of the 5th Royal Lancs., who has been recommended for the D.C.M., and is suffering from a gun shot wound in the left leg. For some time past, too, Co.-Sergt.-Major Moore, of the 2nd Munster Fusiliers, has been there, and he has won not only the D.C.M. but a Russian decoration.
Western Times - Friday 7 April 1916

Exeter Opinion of the Budget

The duties proposed to be placed on mineral waters, shown in the Budget statement, will in the words of a prominent Exeter trader, "cause a draught." The imposition of an extra halfpenny on sugar is a tax on the raw material, and the duty of 4d. a gallon on sweetened, and 8d. on unsweetened (soda water) minerals will almost bring the price up to that of beer.
Respecting the motor cycle tax increase, a local dealer believed it would defeat its object by restricting the use of such means of getting about. The hardening of the petrol tax would, he thought, have been wiser, and would have meant that the motorist covering the greatest number of miles would have paid the heavier tax.
The sugar and cocoa taxes will not, it is suggested, immediately affect the patrons of restaurants, and the prices it is expected will not be increased, at any rate, not yet. The manufacture of confectionery will, of course be affected by the extra cost of the raw materials sugar and cocoa.
A leading grocer expressed to our representative the opinion that the Budget was a very fair one. Tea was already taxed high enough, but sugar could carry the extra halfpenny; Respecting cocoa, coffee and chicory the Budget made a good levelling up. The largest advance, proportionately; however, was that of matches, the tax having the effect of raising the price from 3½d per dozen to 6½d.
Western Times - Friday 7 April 1916

How a Cute Heavitree Constable Identified an Ex-Soldier

A unique instance of how a constable discovered an ex-soldier who had given a false name and address was mentioned at the Exeter Police Court yesterday, when Wm. Ernest Coombes, Pavilion-place, answered a summons for failing to produce his motor-cycle license in Fore-street, Heavitree, when it was demanded of him by a police constable on April 2nd.—P.C. Wood stopped him as he was pushing the cycle after dark, with no rear light. He said he had left his license at home, and gave a false name and a wrong number in Pavilion-place. Witness went there to find him, and asked a woman she knew where a man named Ridler lived— Ridler being the name he had given when first stopped. The woman said she did not, but witness noticed she was wearing a pendant in which was a photograph of defendant, and in that way witness was able to trace Holmes.—Defendant told the Bench he could not remember giving the false name. His memory had been affected by his injuries at the Front, having been in the Devons. He only had the cycle out on trial.—The fine was 10s. the Magistrates being Messrs. H. B. Varwell (in the chair), P. C. M. Veitch, A. Mc- Crea. and H. Hall.
Western Times - Saturday 8 April 1916

Just what he wanted

"Thanks for your welcome parcel; the boys, can have a musical evening when they are off duty” writes a medical officer at Salonika to the Mayoress of Exeter, while the mother of a Tommy there intimates that her son has informed her that the parcel sent him from the Mayoress Exeter's Depot contained “just what he wanted." Again, the R.A.M.C. sends word from the Front that ”the Devon Companies are all very grateful for what the Mayoress and her ladies are doing for them." But they do much more than this. On a single day they have served refreshments to as many as 5,000 passing troops, and keep in constant touch with every Devonian prisoner of war.
Western Times - Friday 14 April 1916

A Gang of Naughty Boys

The increase of juvenile crime in Exeter was again mentioned at the City Juvenile Court before Messrs. H Hall (chair), J. Stokes; P. Kelland and H. J. Munro on Monday, the police describing four lads charged as members of a gang of boys who went about the streets at night committing thefts.
The Chairman, following a private consultation of the Magistrates, said they were determined to break up the gang which the police had described. The youngest lad, whose parents had been keeping him indoors with the result that there had been an improvement in him, would be let off with four strokes with the birch. Another of the boys, the second charged, whose mother also gave him a good character, would receive six strokes with the birch. The other two defendants, however, appeared incorrigible. The first charged seemed to be the ringleader of the gang, and would go to the Reformatory till he was 18—four years and three months, the mother to pay 2s a week. The other boy, the one whose stepfather was killed, would go to a Reformatory for five years, his mother to pay 1s a week for him.
At the same Court several parents were fined for the irregular attendance of their children at school.
Western Times - Friday 14 April 1916

“Tossed by a Cow”

An appeal against the County Court verdict obtained by a resident at Exeter for being attacked by a heifer (with her calf) while being driven to a farm in the district has been dismissed, which means a considerable addition to the expense which has already fallen upon the farmer for whom the animal had been purchased, and who knew nothing about the arrangements for delivery. But the luckless woman attacked underwent a harrowing ordeal, and might have lost her life. It is obvious that the public must be safeguarded, and from this point of view the decision of the Divisional Court will generally be hailed with satisfaction.
Western Times - Friday 14 April 1916

Tommy Recognised Himself

A stalwart young N.C.O. of a Welsh regiment, in Exeter, on brief leave from the Front. had the interesting experience of recognising himself on the screen at the Empire Electric Theatre, High-street, Tuesday! The picture, in which he figured, was one of a particularly notable series taken with the British Army in France.
Western Times - Friday 14 April 1916


A Belgian refugee, Edward Eagels, who has been employed at Bradninch paper mills for some time past, was charged at Exeter Police Court on Friday, with entering the prohibited area of Exeter without permission of the registration officer. Through an interpreter, Eagels said he came to Exeter to see his mother who was in the city. The Chief Constable pointed out that Eagels was warned by a County policeman at Hele Station before he booked, and was told he must not travel without permission. At Exeter he was stopped by a detective, and was very insolent. The Chief added that the police had a lot of trouble with Belgian, refugees, but gave them every consideration. The Magistrates thought there was no excuse for defendant, and fined him £1. His wife, seated in the gallery, gave way to an hysterical outburst of tears when the decision was announced.
Western Times - Friday 20 April 1916

Accident at Exeter

Just after seven o'clock on Saturday evening Mrs. C. Trevene, aged 53, staying in New North-road. Exeter, was conveyed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with a fractured left thigh, having been knocked down opposite Martin’s-lane, High-street, by a motor-cycle, driven by a cadet from Topsham Barracks. The latter, noticing her hesitate, tried in vain to swerve out of her way, and was himself precipitated on to the pavement. The unfortunate lady was carried into Messrs. Walton's shop, where a medical gentleman saw her, after which she was removed to the Hospital in a cab.
Western Times - Friday 20 April 1916

Russian Flag Day

A Russian Flag Day has been fixed at Exeter for May 5th. This will be the first effort made in the City for our valiant Eastern Ally, whose recovery since the forced retreat last Spring has been the wonder of the world. The Flag Day will be organised by the Alexandra Rose Day Committee composed largely of ladies attached to the Mayoress of Exeter's Depot, and every effort will be put forth to render it a big success.
Western Times - Friday 20 April 1916

Inquest on a Child at Exeter

Mr. W. L. Brown, city coroner, held an inquest at the Police Court on Saturday on Ernest Alexander Robert Page, the seven weeks-old child of Pte. A. M. Page. R.G.A.. of 13, Mount Radford-square, Exeter, and now stationed at Swansea. According to the evidence of the mother, the child was fairly developed, but after two weeks began to pine away. She fed him with condensed milk, and afterwards according to doctor's orders.—Dr. Atkins said when the child was brought to him it was emaciated, whining, and crying. He ordered cow's milk, barley water, and virol, and the body to be rubbed with cod liver oil. He made a post-mortem, and considered death was due to malnutrition, probably due to improper feeding during a long portion of the child's existence.—The inquest was adjourned till Saturday next.
Western Times - Friday 28 April 1916

Rounding Up Tramps of Military Age

A tramp, named Donald Patterson, was charged at Exeter Police Court, with failing to produce his registration certificate when it was demanded.—The Chief Constable said that the defendant was challenged by a constable Tuesday night, and said he had never had a certificate. He had been tramping about the country for a long time, and said he was not yet 41, and was single. He was therefore liable to military service, and had consented to present himself at the Higher Barracks. If he were accepted the police would withdraw this charge.—Defendant was remanded on this understanding.
Western Times - Friday 28 April 1916

Accident to Lady Exeter

A little boy, son of Mr. W. Brock, of Spicer's-road, Exeter, was riding a pony through Coombe-street, Wednesday, when another boy, standing in the road, struck the animal with a cane. The pony, a very quiet one, cantered away, and came into contact with Miss Margaret Jones, of Hartwell House, who was crossing the road. She was knocked down and sustained a fractured collar-bone and slight injuries to the head and face. Master Brock lost his balance, and fell from the saddle, but was not seriously injured. Miss Jones was conveyed to the Royal Devon and Exeter HospitaL
Western Times - Friday 28 April 1916

Fell from Swing Boat at Exeter

Mabel Knight, of 57, Preston-street, Exeter, fell from a swing boat at the fairfield Tuesday afternoon, and was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by the police on the St. John Ambulance. Her injury was very slight, and she declined to stay at the institution.
Western Times - Friday 28 April 1916


A cuckoo was heard in the neighbourhood of Heavitree Bridge about 6.30 on Easter Sunday morning.
Western Times - Friday 28 April 1916

Exeter's SonsThe Darkened StreetsWaiting for the German Fleet in the North Sea. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 14 April 1916

March 1916


Yesterday, at Wonford Petty Sessions, Emma Peace, of no fixed abode, but well known to the police, was charged with doing wilful damage to windows of the Admiral Vernon Inn. Alphington, the property of the St. Anne's Well 'Brewery Company, on February 26th.
Defendant, who pleaded guilty, said she should not have been served with so much drink.
The landlord stated that defendant was drinking cider. Suddenly she became noisy, singing and jumping about, and asking customers for drink. Witness ejected her, but while doing so the woman punched him the face. She smashed the glass, remarking that she was not drunk. Defendant only had half a pint cider at the inn. She was not drunk.
P.S. Banbury said when the landlord gave defendant in charge she was sober. Had Pearce been drunk she would not have walked quietly to headquarters.
Joseph J. Ball estimated the damage at £7 11s 6d.
The Bench imposed a fine of £5, alternative being one month's imprisonment. She took the alternative.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 1 March 1916

“Some” Conscience

The following dialogue which took place at the Guildhall on Saturday between the Mayor and a milkman is really worth recording. It was at the Tribunal meeting, and the dairyman had just asked for exemption from military service on account his sensitive conscience.
The Mayor: You don't believe defending your country, or your country's cause?
Applicant: No. The Mayor: Suppose, for the purpose of argument, you saw a German violating your sister, your wife, if you have one, or butchering your mother, you would not think it your duty to interfere?
Applicant: I would not, sir.
Surely it would better to have been born without conscience.
Western Times - Friday 3 March 1916

Run Over by Mail Van at Exeter

Mr. William Coombes. aged 69, a retired butler, residing at No. 18, Brunswick-street, Exeter, was last evening crossing High-street, Exeter, when he stumbled and fell. A G.P.O. horse mail van was proceeding up High-street steadily, but before the driver could pull up, the wheels of the vehicle had gone over Mr. Coombes's legs. The injured man was taken on the police ambulance to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by P.C. Harding and Pte. T. Hunt (St. John Ambulance Brigade), and on arriving at the institution Mr. Coombes was examined by the assistant house surgeon. It was found that Mr. Coombes had sustained an injury to the thigh, his head was cut, and his hand bruised. He was made an inpatient.
Western Times - Saturday 4 March 1916

Dispute Over a Bullock Deal at Exeter

At Exeter County Court, yesterday, before his Honour Judge Lush Wilson, K.C., George Lee. of Cheriton Bishop, claimed from Messrs Wills and Baker, butchers, of St. Thomas, £5 5s 6d on the sale of a bullock.
Mr. McGahey, who appeared for the plaintiffs, said the dispute was over the sale of a heifer. On June 21st Mr. Wills, senr., and his son, came to the farm, and purchased two heifers at £26 10s each, and six lambs at 37s each. At that time nothing was said as to selling by weight. Mr Wills had paid for the first bullock, except the balance that was claimed. It was arranged that the animal should be paid for before the second was handed over. —Defendant, in his evidence, denied there was such an arrangement for payment. It was agreed that, the deal should be by weight, but plaintiff would not allow him take the second animal, which happened to be the heavier.—The Judge held that defendant had failed to discharge the burden of proof that the deal was by weight. He therefore, gave judgment for plaintiff, payment to be made at 10s a month.
Western Times - Thursday 9 March 1916

Quaker Refused Exemption

Another case of conscientious objection came before the City Tribunal Friday, when Mr. Athelstan Daw, aged 21, applied for exemption. Applicant is part proprietor with his father, Mr. Joshua Daw, of outfitters' businesses at Exeter, and mentioned that about twenty of his hands had joined the Forces. He was, himself, a member the Society of Friends called Quakers, and objected to take part in any combatant service.
The Mayor: To what extent?—My conscience makes me feel war to be incompatible with the teaching of Jesus Christ. I don't feel I can violate the faith and principles which were inculcated in me since my earliest days.
That applies to combative service?— Anything allied to military service.
Have you made any military, uniforms—your firm?—At the commencement the war we were pressed to get out a few Territorial pants, which did to the detriment of our other work.
You will neither fight yourself nor take part in anything which will directly indirectly have any bearing war, yet you make uniforms for soldiers?—l have told you the cases which we did.
Would it not have occurred to you say, “I am a member of the Society Friends. I cannot supply you? —We not display anything military in our windows. I have told you frankly what we did do.
Mr. Stocker: Does your conscience so far as to object to contribute to war relief funds? —We have a Friends' war relief fund.
That must be administered by some of your sect?— Not necessarily.
The application was refused.
Western Times - Friday 10 March 1916

Young Exonian’s Athletic Successes

A letter received his parents living in King Edward-street, Exeter, states that Bugler J. Sanders, a young City athlete, who went to India with the 4th Devons, has won his second Army cross-country run there. No fewer than 98 started a six miles' course, and Sanders was third up to a mile from the finish. He then went to the front, and won by nearly 400 yards.
Western Times - Friday 10 March 1916

Death of Crimean Veteran at Exeter

At the meeting of St Thomas Guardians yesterday, the Chairman mentioned, among several deaths of inmates, that an old man named Cannicott. The old chap was in the Workhouse at the time of the Crimean war, when he was sent for. H was taken out to the Crimea, and it was stated (the Chairman remarked amidst laughter) they had chain him to the cannon to keep him there. Deceased went through the Crimean war and then back to the Workhouse, where he had been since.
It was stated that Cannicott was over 80 years of age.
Western Times - Saturday 11 March 1916

An Unnatural Life

The remarkable statement was made at the inquest on Monday on Letitia Seymour Beddoes, aged 62, spinster of independent means, Blackboy-road, that deceased, who lived alone had not been out of doors for twenty years. The inquest was held at the City Institution, Heavitree-road, where Beddoes had been admitted the 5th inst., suffering from the effects of burns. Verdict of "Accidental Death” was returned.
Western Times - Friday 17 March 1916

New Motor Ambulance Trailer

The motor ambulance trailer which has been subscribed for exclusively by the enginemen and firemen of the Exmouth Junction District, L and S.W.R., which embraces all branches to Lyme Regis in the east and Launceston and Bude in the west, was presented to the City of Exeter St. John Ambulance Brigade at Exmouth Junction on Monday, with the provision that it should be under the control of the Devon Voluntary Aid Organisation for the period of the war. The presentation was made by Mr. R. J. Harle, superintendent of the locomotive department. The donors of the gift were thanked by Miss Buller in a well-chosen speech, on behalf of the Devon V.A.O. and Supt. Bowden and Chief Officer Rivers on behalf of the St. John Ambulance Brigade. The members of the Brigade attended in full dress uniform. Mr. A. Hoyle superintendent of the Western District Traffic Department, was present and made appropriate remarks, also Messrs. Selway, Allen and Warren, members of the Trailer Fund Committee. The trailer is identical with the one presented previously by the Western District railwaymen with the exception that the lettering "City of Exeter St. John Ambulance Brigade " is painted white letters on the sides.
Western Times - Friday 24 March 1916

Increase of Wages

At meeting of the National Board Conciliation of the Building Trades held in London on the 14th inst. the appeal of the carpenters and joiners of Exeter for an increase of ½d per hour in wages was heard, the employers and operatives each having two delegates present to state their respective cases.
After very carefully considering the case the National Board gave their decision as follows:—That the carpenters and joiners of Exeter be granted ½d per hour advance in wages, the advance to take place the first pay day after the present week. (Saturday. March 25th.)
Western Times - Friday 24 March 1916


Wintry weather prevailed in many parts of the country yesterday. Devon experienced snow and sleet and, in some instances thunder.
Western Times - Monday 27 March 1916

Free Hippodrome Show

Entertainment was provided for wounded soldiers in Exeter on Saturday afternoon at the Hippodrome through the instrumentality of the resident manager (Mr J. A. Fitchett). Two hundred and fifty men, including over 20 stretcher cases attended. There were also present inmates of the City and St Thomas Workhouses, and boys from the Whipton Reformatory. All the Hippodrome artistes of the week gave their services, and the guests enjoyed the programme.
Western Times - Monday 27 March 1916

The Exmouth Junction Tragedy

At the inquest, on Samuel Hy. Warren, of St. Annes-road, Heavitree, an engine driver employed on the London and Southwestern Railway, who was knocked down and killed by a light engine while walking across line at Exmouth Junction.— The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death," and added a rider to the effect that they considered a bridge should be erected over the main line at Exmouth Junction to enable men employed by the Company to get to their homes in safety and reasonable time.—lnspector Trump promised to convey the jury's recommendation to the Railway Company.
Western Times - Friday 31 March 1916

Girls will be Girls

After leaving school at Bideford on Friday two eleven-year-old girls, although without money, set out for a "holiday" trip. They travelled by train from Bideford station St. David's Exeter and after wandering about the platforms for some time, got to the permanent way with the intention of walking back to Bideford on the railway. Fortunately they were discovered by an employee, and the station master handed them over to the care of the police, who sent them to the Exeter Home of Refuge for the night. A message was also sent to the parents.
Western Times - Friday 31 March 1916

Exeter Chamber and Air Raids

At a meeting of the Council of Exeter and District Chamber Commerce Tuesday, the question of compensation for damage from air raids was discussed. Mr. P. F. Bowed! said it was manifestly unfair that some parts of the United Kingdom should have to pay insurance premiums while other parts, where the risk of air raid was very small, appeared to be unnecessary. He considered it a matter which should be dealt with by State compensation, and moved that the Council, having considered the effect of the Government scheme of insurance against bombardment and air craft risk, records its protest against the scheme, and asserts the principle that country as a whole should indemnify the inhabitants of any area who suffer material damage from the attacks of the enemy.—The resolution was seconded by Mr. Dunsford, who spoke of the damage done in certain places he had visited.—The resolution was carried, and ordered sent to the Prime Minister and the President of the Chamber (the Right Hon. H. E. Duke).
Western Times - Friday 31 March 1916

Cupid in Luck's Way

At the City Education Committee, Tuesday, the Chairman, in moving the adoption of the recommendation respecting permission for women teachers to marry, said it had been the policy of the old Exeter School Board, and the Education Committee, to discourage the continuance of married women in the schools while there were unmarried women and widows available to do the work. At present, however in the nation's interest, nothing should be done to discourage marriage, and it was very important that men joining the Colours should have no difficulty in marrying if they wished. During the period of the war the Committee should allow teachers to marry anyone engaged in naval or military service arid to retain their posts during that period. The approval would be withdrawn directly the men returned.— In answer to Mr. McGahey, the Chairman said the proposal would not apply to teachers who married a civilian, because every young man of marriageable age was expected to offer his services to the country. A civilian who through any cause had to remain at home, ought to be in a position to maintain wife. In case of the probability of the domestic event mentioned the report, the married woman teacher would leave the school five months before it occurred.—The report was adopted.
Western Times - Friday 31 March 1916

Why Not the Poor Scribes?

A concession of half-fares to Red Cross nurses travelling on the Exeter trams has, as was feared at the time, resulted in requests for further concessions, whilst the revenue is declared to be only sufficient to keep the undertaking from having to call upon the rates. An application that the nurses of the Exeter District Nursing Association should also be granted the half-fare privilege has accordingly been refused. As an example of what might have been expected, had the concession been made, a member of the City Council was prepared to move that sick visitors or other organisations also be included; whilst another member asked why the nurses of the Poor-law Institution should be left out?
Western Times - Friday 31 March 1916

Exeter Council Items

Exwick Bridge is to be painted at a cost £34.
Exeter Streets Committee have resolved that tar-spraying be carried out during the current year.
Ground belonging to the Exeter City Council at Pince’s Nursery is in course of preparation for the cultivation of vegetables for the use of the Forces.
In consequence of the rise in the price of medicine, Mr, Roach, the Council's Veterinary surgeon, is to granted £1 1s., instead of 18s. per horse per year for veterinary treatment.
Western Times - Friday 31 March 1916

St. Thomas Rural Council and Child Welfare

At the meeting of the St Thomas Rural District Council on Friday, Mr. J. H. Ley presiding, a letter was read from the Devon Teachers' Association protesting against the reduction of the age at which children were allowed to leave school to twelve years to work on the farms.—Major Thomas moved that the communication lie the table.—The Chairman : With a courteous letter of acknowledgement.—Major Thomas: We won't burn it at any rate.—Mr Linscott (Lympstone) said he should not like to see the letter laid on the table. The step proposed by the authorities was most retrograde. Why should children be kept from school for the farm only? Tradesmen as well as farmers wanted the help of children.—The Rev. Dr, Brown (Lympstone) said the use of boys on the farm was one the best things that could be done for them.—The communication was laid on the table.
Western Times - Friday 31 March 1916

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February 1916

The Week in Exeter

The price of the 4lb. loaf has, in Exeter, been raised to 8½d.

At the Exeter Juvenile Court on Tuesday, a twelve-year-old lad was charged with stealing £4 19s 4d from a till in the office of Bertram Parker, of 150a Sidwell-street. The thefts were in varying amounts, and took place on different dates. The lad, who pleaded guilty, was sent to a Reformatory for four years.

A valuable gift to the V.A.D. at Exeter is being made by the employees of the Western District of the L and S.W.R., through Mr Hoyle, the Superintendent for the district. They have purchased at a cost of £40 a Trailby motor trailer for use for serious cases. The trailer can be attached to an ordinary motor, and it has the advantage of being suitable for the conveyance of stretcher and the cases.
Western Times - Friday 04 February 1916

Exeter Vegetables for the Fleet

The Exeter Branch of the Vegetable Products Committee, since their last acknowledgment, have forwarded 40 packages to the Harwich Naval Base, the gifts having been received from the following generous donors, to whom the committee desire to express their best thanks:—Sir Thos Acland. Bart.. Broadclyst; Mr. Bye, Duryard, Exeter; Devon and Somerset Stores, Exeter; Mrs. Hadfield. Cowley Bridge. Exeter; Miss Hoare. Whimple; Lord Iddesleigh, Pynes. near Exeter; Mrs. Perratt. Exeter; Lady Gertrude Rolle, Chulmleigh; Sir J. Shelley. Bart.. Crediton; Mr. Shute. Exeter: Silverton League Help (per Miss Savery) Silverton; Mrs. Whetham, Ottery St. Mary. A continuance of the supplier from Exeter is looked for by the men of the Navy, a large number of whom hail from the neighbourhood. Any assistance will be gladly welcome by the committee.
Western Times - Friday 04 February 1916

Send Valentine Packets for Tommies to Mayoress's Depot

"All ranks of the ——— London Cyclists Battalion," runs a wire received at the Mayoress of Exeter's Depot yesterday, “tender their grateful thanks and appreciation to you and your helpers for your hospitality this morning.—Lieut.-Col. Arthur Churchill, Commanding."
Western Times - Friday 04 February 1916

Banana Skin Causes Accident at Exeter

On Saturday evening Mrs. Helen Hern, 60, married, slipped on a banana skin on the the footpath in Summerland-street, just below Belgrave-road, Exeter. She was removed to her home at 30, Codrington-street and put to bed. Yesterday morning, as she was in great pain, a doctor was called, and it was found that one of her thighs was fractured. She was removed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
Western Times - Friday 07 February 1916

Improved Demand for Horses in Exeter

Eighty-four horses were offered for sale by auction at Messrs. Colling's Horse Repository at Exeter, Friday. There was an improved demand for all classes of horses, and good prices were realised. Eighteen lots were drafts from His Majesty's Remount Department. A brown pony gelding, the property Mr. J. C. Lamacraft of the Coach and Horses Inn, Exeter, fetched 34 guineas.
Western Times - Friday 08 February 1916


A merry party assembled in the Victoria Hal,. Exeter, yesterday, at the invitation of Mr E. S. Plummer, of Exeter, and, despite the fact that all the guests were soldiers from various hospitals recovering from wounds and disease, they enjoyed the excellent, high tea and well-arranged entertainment to the full. The men, who were about 400 in number, came from the hospitals in Exeter, Honiton, Exmouth, Topsham, and Tiverton. They were conveyed to and from the Victoria Hall in motors belonging to members of the Automobile Association, while the City Corporation, through the Manager (Mr. Bartlett), lent two of the trams for the same deserving object. The general arrangements were carried out by the Automobile Association, through their local Manager (Mr. B. C. Matthews), who, in the past, has arranged functions of a similar nature in a highly capable manner. In all, fifty motors were used, and the occupants looked happy as they were being driven to the Victoria Hall. The building had been tastefully decorated by Mr. W. E. Hoyles and others with flags, bunting, etc., while the alcove at the further end, which was used as a platform for the performers was prettily treated in like manner, with the addition of a number of ferns and palms, supplied by Mr. G. Kerswell, of Bowhay Nurseries. Unfortunately, Plummer was unable to be present to personally greet his guests owing to the death of his brother, and, during the afternoon a telegram was dispatched to him by the guests thanking him for his kindness and sympathising with him in his great loss. A flashlight photograph was taken of the scene, greatly to the delight, of the guests. A number of visitors interested in the work of the V A.O. looked in during the afternoon, and these included the Mayor and Mayoress of Exeter (Mr. and Mrs. J, G. Owen), Colonel Walsh (commanding No. 8 District), Lady Audrey Buller, Miss Buller, County Director of the V.A O., and Mr. C. J. Ross.
The tea, which was greatly enjoyed by the men, included roast beef, mutton, boiled beef, and ham, various sweets, etc., while cigarettes, chocolates, and bonbons were also distributed. Each table was in charge of a number of ladies, who, in addition had the aid of gentlemen stewards and other willing helpers.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 10 February 1916

VA gramophone

Miss Johnson of the Old Parsonage, Winkleigh, has presented a V.A. Hospital at Exeter with a gramophone.
Western Times - Friday 11 February 1916


The annual report for 1914 of Dr. P. H. (Medical-officer for Exeter) contains many points of interest. Dealing with the vital statistics, the report states that the number of births registered in Exeter in 1914 was 1,193, divided follows:—587 males and 606 females. Of this number 42 males and 36 females were illegitimate. The birthrate was 19.76 per 1,000, being .33 higher than that of year 1913, 4.04 below that of England and Wales, and 5.24 below that of the 97 great towns which Exeter is classed. The corrected death-rate for England and Wales for 1914 was 13.7 per 1,000; for the 97 large towns in which Exeter is classed, 16.0; and for London, 14.4. The rate for Exeter was 12.52. The infant mortality in Exeter was 84.73 per 1,000 births, the lowest on record. The early notification of births, the advice given to parents by the Health Visitor, and the work done by the Babies Welcome Club were the contributing features for this result. Incidentally, the Medical-officer mentions that mortality among hand-fed infants five times higher than among breastfed infants. The death-rate in Exeter from seven common diseases, enteric, smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough, diphtheria, and diarrhoea (under two years age) was .597 per 1,000. No case of smallpox occurred in Exeter in 1914. But, the report continues. "Since the alterations made at the isolation hospital, where formerly smallpox cases were isolated, we have accommodation for isolating smallpox, and with an increasing proportion of the population unvaccinated and the present European war existing, it is impossible to regard as satisfactory the position of a population over 60.000 people with smallpox accommodation…
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 14 February 1916

Reduced Lighting in Exeter

The lighting of many of the streets in the City last evening was reduced. A large number of lamps on the electric standards were dimmed by the substitution of dark green globes for the white ones. Several of the lamps which were lighted Tuesday evening were last evening dispensed with. The remark was frequently heard in the City last evening. "The Mayor has made a quick start, and no mistake.”
Western Times - Thursday 17 February 1916

Police dog

The Exeter police, the Chief tells us, have an Airedale dog—a dog, we presume, which has a "bite" as well as a bark.
Western Times - Thursday 17 February 1916

Street accidents

There have been, during the year, 104 street accidents more or less serious nature. A number of these, we are told, were due to sheer carelessness on the part of pedestrians.
The police, on 90 such occasions, were able to render first aid. It should always be a consoling thought to Exeter people as they cross the streets through heavy traffic, that members of the police Force hold certificates of the St. John Ambulance Association, and 37 the medallion.
Hats off to Master Bobby!
Western Times - Thursday 17 February 1916
Alarm of Fire at Exeter
Exeter Fire Brigade and the City Police were called to Queen-street Station yard last evening. An oil lamp in the office of Mr. Bowden, coal merchant, had burst and caused a mass of flame, which, however, was extinguished before serious damage was done.
Western Times - Thursday 17 February 1916

Children as a Bait to Loosen Purse Strings

A woman tramp, aged about 40, Annie Regler, describing herself as a widow, was charged on remand at the Exeter Police Court with placing her children, aged 3 and 14 respectively, in South-street, as an inducement to the giving of alms. Last Monday, when defendant was first before the magistrates, it was stated that a special constable saw her on the previous Saturday morning carrying the younger child and with the older one walking by her side. She stopped a soldier and a nurse and begged.—The Chief Constable said that it had been found the woman was the daughter of respectable people of Bridport, who used to keep a public-house there. She was regarded at Bridport as of weak intellect. She married an old man who used to lodge at her parents' house, and was now 86, and in the Bridport Union.—Defendant: They told me he was dead.—The Chief Constable: He is not. He is alive in the Workhouse there. Proceeding, Mr. Nicholson said that defendant herself had been in Bridport Union, and another workhouse, and once she left a son with gipsies, who were afterwards charged with neglecting him. That boy was now in the charge of Guardians. Lately defendant had been travelling about the country, and there was no doubt she used the two children with her for begging.—Defendant cried and asked to be allowed to go to the Bridport Union.—The magistrates told her she would be sent to the Exeter Institution, where her children were, and no doubt she would be transferred by Exeter Guardians to Bridport. The magistrates were Messrs. A. McCrea (in the chair), F. J. Widgery, H. J. Monro, and H. Hall.
Western Times - Tuesday 22 February 1916

Professional Violinist in Trouble at Exeter

A professional violinist, named Henry Westcott, described of Russell-street, was charged at the Exeter Police Court yesterday morning, with being drunk and incapable in Sidwell-street, on Saturday night.—A policeman found him, at midnight, wandering about the footpath, incapable. He confessed, on the way to the Police Station, that he had broken a pane of glass in a window in Longbrookj street, and this afterwards proved to be a fact, though the owner would not prosecute.— Defendant told the Bench he was a native of Exeter, and a professional violinist. Kind friends (or so-called kind friends) had treated him.—The Chairman (Mr. McCrea): Treating is allowed now, you know. You will pay half-a-crown.—Defendant: I have no money.— The Chairman: If you've got a Strad violin you will soon earn money.—Defendant (looking surprised): I've no Strad violin, but I've played all the theatres about here.—The Chairman: You are allowed a week to pay.
Western Times - Tuesday 22 February 1916


At the meeting of the Exeter Board of Guardians on Tuesday, Mr. A. B. Edwards (Governor) moved that the Government be strongly urged to withhold, say, 20 per cent, of the allowances to the wives and families of soldiers and sailors during the war, the accumulated sum to be paid in weekly instalments on their return to civil life. He said that for the first twelve months after the war, Boards of Guardians would be flooded with applications for outdoor relief. At the present time wives and families of men at the front were receiving handsome separation allowances, and it would be a good thing if the soldiers on returning home were able to have say, ten weeks of their separation allowance in hand. In the case of death the amount would be useful for the widow.
Mr. Hamlin, seconding, suggested, ten instead of a twenty per cent, deduction.
Mr. Kelland did not think a 20 per cent, deduction would be too much.
The Rev. Preb. Bird, in supporting, said in a good many cases the separation allowances were being spent recklessly, and in some instances worse.
Mr. Loaring and Miss Geare supported. The latter mentioned a case where of a wife of a soldier at the front gave 26s. for a doll.
Mr. Marsh pointed out that the resolution would cut both ways. After further discussion, the resolution was adopted, and it was decided to invite the support of Boards of Guardians throughout England and Wales, and to send copies to the Prime Minister, the President of the Local Government Board, and the Executive Committee of the Poor Law Conference.
Western Times - Friday 25 February 1916

Soldiers coffin carried by gun carriage

Extreme sympathy was shown as the cortege of Private Arthur Whitton, who died at Bexhill on Wednesday last. It passed through the Exeter streets to the cemetery. The body was conveyed home by rail and, covered with the Union Jack, was placed upon a gun carriage drawn by six horses supplied from Topsham Barracks, an escort was sent from the Higher Barracks.
Western Times - Friday 25 February 1916


Exeter Brothers On Land and WaterFive brothers at warWestern Times - Friday 25 February 1916



January 1916

Exeter Pauper and His Bath

George Henry Cox, who has been an inmate at the Exeter Workhouse since August, was charged at the City Police Court yesterday with refractory conduct.—Mr. Norrish, the Master, stated that defendant had again that morning refused to have his bath. He had caused a great deal of trouble.—It was stated that the defendant, owing illness had to have a medical bath.—Evidence having been given by Benjamin Cullen, the male attendant, defendant complained that he was not properly treated in regard to his bath and that was not fit for a dog to bath in. It was in the receiving ward which was wet and uncomfortable.—The Chairman (Mr Hall), told defendant that long as he remained in the House he must comply with the regulations.—The Magistrates Clerk: I suppose one invited you to stay there? —The Master: No one asked him to come. —Defendant was sent to prison for a fortnight with hard labour.
Western Times - Saturday 01 January 1916

Husband Takes Fatal Dose of Poison Before His Wife

Mr. J. P. Morton, of independent means, and residing at No. 100, Sidwell-street, Exeter, committed suicide at his residence yesterday in the presence of his wife, by taking a quantity of potassium cyanide. It appear that while deceased and his wife were dressing yesterday morning Mrs. Morton, who is nearly 70 years of age, noticed that her husband was drinking, something from a glass. She rushed towards him as quickly as she could, and endeavoured to knock the glass from his hand. She however did not succeed in preventing her husband taking his life; the deadly poison had done its work. Medical assistance was summoned, but death had transpired before the arrival of the doctor who came promptly. Deceased had been in ill-health for some time, having had a nervous breakdown. The Coroner has been communicated with, and the inquest will, probably be held to-day.
Western Times - Monday 03 January 1916

New Years Gale at Exeter

About 1:30 p.m. on Saturday the winding in Exeter was blowing almost a gale. Pedestrians found it most difficult to keep their feet, cyclist were brought off their machines, hats were blown off, and tiles removed from the roofs of houses. A large plate glass window of Messrs. A Steddall, Ltd., at the corner of Queen-street was first cracked, and then portion of the glass completely blown out. The glass fell into the street, but fortunately no one was passing at the time, and no personal injury resulted.
The lead roof of an attic in Friars walk was stripped off and blown into the front garden. In the same thoroughfare a window sash was to be seen hanging on the insulators of the telephone wires. In several localities branches of trees were stripped off by the wind during the night.
Two large elms in Cawick-lane were uprooted, and for a time blocked the road. They were ultimately removed by Mr Webber’s men.
Blackboy-road and branch of a tree was torn off by strong gust of wind.
Western Times - Monday 03 January 1916

Child's Body Found at Exeter

The adjourned inquest on the body of a newly born infant found in a basket in a bedroom at Lower Summerlands, Exeter, occupied by a domestic servant, was held at the Court House last evening. The Coroner (Mr. W. L. Brown) said the girl was not yet well enough to attend. He was sorry that he had no power to adjourn the inquest without calling the jurors together.—Detective Walters (Coroner's Officer) said the doctor at the hospital was of opinion that the girl would not be well enough to attend for at least a fortnight. The inquest was further adjourned till next Wednesday week, the 19th, at 2.30 p.m.
Western Times - Monday 06 January 1916

Cartridge Explodes at Exeter Rag Stores

An employee at Messrs Pearse’s marine stores at the Shillhay, Exeter, named Robert Hannaford, aged 41, living at No. 1 Exe Island, was on Saturday engaged in cleaning the dirt from an old cartridge when it suddenly exploded, blowing off the tips of the thumb and two fingers of his left hand. He walked to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where his injuries were dressed. He is progressing favourably.
Western Times - Monday 10 January 1916

Fire at Exeter

About 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon smoke was seen issuing from a room at the rear of Garton Buildings, a large tenement house in Castle-street The tenant of the room, Mr. Moore, an artist, was absent, and it seems that a mattress which had left in front of the fire to dry ignited. P.C.s Stone. Gregory and Carpenter, in attempting to reach the room, were almost suffocated by the smoke. The motor engine arrived in charge of Superintendent Pett and the hose was laid on, and taken up the stairs Before the firemen could get to work they were obliged to put on their smoke helmets. The fire was ultimately extinguished before serious damage had been done.
Western Times - Monday 11 January 1916


Several cases were heard at Exeter yesterday, dealing with offences in connexion with motor cars. William Arthur Knight, of Marlborough, was summoned for driving a motor car in Heavitree, on December 23rd, the rear identification plate of which was obscured. P.C. Acland, who proved the case, said that the was totally obscured by luggage. Mr. McGahey. who represented defendant. read a letter from the latter, in which it was stated that the car was examined when it reached the home garage. The luggage was in the same position when he was stopped, and the number was quite distinguishable at seven yard. He had not been stopped previously, or afterwords, and he contended that the only reason the policeman stopped him was because he wanted a case. The Chief-Constable took exception to the latter statement, contending that the Exeter police were extremely lenient in the matter. He used a “caution" instead of summoning a motorist whenever possible. Last year he cautioned 354 persons for the offences, the larger number of which were in connexion with rear lights. He always, when possible, accepted a reasonable explanation. Chairman (Mr. H. J. Munro) said the case would be dismissed on payment of costs, but the Bench wished to point out that in future they would not be so lenient.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 11 January 1916

Neighbours Quarrel at Exeter

A neighbour's quarrel which engendered continued ill-feeling between the parties, was the subject of a case at Exeter Police Court yesterday. Harriet Salter, of 3. Lees Terrace, Coombe-street, was charged with assaulting Caroline Clarke, a neighbour, on January 7th.—Defendant said they had had a few words, and she lost her temper and hit complainant.—The latter stated that she had given no provocation and never spoke to defendant.—Asked by the Chairman if they would not live as neighbours, neither woman made any reply so a fine of 5s inclusive was imposed.
Western Times - Tuesday 11 January 1916

Exeter Woman Taken to Hospital

Mrs. Cann, of Okehampton-Street, was admitted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital last evening, suffering, so it is reported, from a broken leg. The police are believed to be making inquiry into the matter, but they are very reticent. Report, it is alleged, is to the effect that the mishap was the result of an assault.
Western Times - Tuesday 11 January 1916

Exeter Camera Club

A most interesting lecture on ”Short-day and long-night photography" was given Wednesday by Mr Walburn, Gold medallist, to members of the Exeter Camera Club. Mr Walburn demonstrated his remarks by several prized photographs, which, in themselves, were works of art. Particular attention was paid upon the taking of "cloud negatives" at this time of the year, the position the highest light should occupy, and also that bug-bear the "the correct exposure." Various other subjects were touched upon such as streets, still life, snow photography, etc.
The President, Mr J. Hinton Lake, presided over a good attendance and at the close the lecturer was hardly thanked. Very great facilities are now to be offered to members of the club. Mr Welburn, the holds a considerable number of medals, besides being a master of artistic photography, is giving a series of lectures on "pictorial photography" and amateurs of Exeter who desire to excel in this prince of hobbies should write to either of the secretaries Mr. Frederick G. Tutton or Mr. H. Tanner, and become members. The club has also made applications to be affiliated to the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.
Western Times - Tuesday 14 January 1916

The Week in Exeter.

The death-rate Exeter last week was 11 per 1,000 of the population. The average of the 96 towns included in the Registrar- General's return was 13.9 per 1,000.
Western Times - Friday 21 January 1916

Exeter Hospital Entertainment

In connection with No. 3 Hospital, Heavitree-road, Exeter, an excellent entertainment was given in the marquee in the Hospital grounds, Wednesday, by the kindness of Mr. A. Reed, of Cumbers House, Pennsylvania. The Query Troupe of Pierrots gave a first class entertainment to the patients and friends, which was thoroughly enjoyed. The artistes looked extremely pretty in their costumes, with their large “?” down the centre of their dresses. The newly-erected marquee served the purpose well, making a first-class concert room. It is well lit up, and provides accommodation for about 300 persons. Sergt.. Major Medway, 5th Batt. Wilts Regt., proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. A. Reed for his kindness in sending such a clever troupe of artistes. The troupe were also thanked. The concert concluded with the National Anthem.
Western Times - Friday 21 January 1916

Unlit bicycles

Two cases under the new regulations as to the lighting vehicles in connection with the Defence the Realm Act came before the Wonford Magistrates at the Castle, Exeter Tuesday, when two cyclists were summoned for failing to have a lighted lamp displaying a white light to the front after the time for lighting up. They were the first cases of the kind that have arisen in the district. The defendants were Michael Hagon, groom, of Exeter, and employed at Pinhoe, and lan Robertson Baird, young student, who resides at Topsham.—both were both fined 5s.
Western Times - Friday 21 January 1916


German Flying Corps Send Wreaths tor His Grave

Members of the 7th Devon Cyclist Corps will be sorry to see the name of Mr. Charles E. Tudor Jones added to the Roll of Honour of those killed on service. He was the son of the late Mr Tudor Jones (who formerly practised as a solicitor at Swindon) and came to Exeter in September, 1913, and was articled as a solicitor to Mr H. W Michelmore. He had been gazetted second-lieut. to the East Lancashire Regiment, and attached to the Royal Flying Corps, and went to the front as an observation officer. In a recent aerial combat he and his pilot were shot down and both killed.
Western Times - Tuesday 25 January 1916

Madame Clara Butt

Madame Clara Butt, the Queen of English singers, was at Exeter on Friday afternoon, and the well-filled Victoria Hall was a testimony that her hold on the public affection has lost one of its power.
Western Times - Friday 28 January 1916

Motor Fire Engine

The City Council have thrown overboard the suggestion that the motor fire engine be not employed for fires outside the City. Mr. Stocker hopes this would be the last the Council would hear of such parochial legislation.
Western Times - Friday 28 January 1916

Heavitree Brewery Company

The twenty-fifth annual meeting of the shareholders of the Heavitree Brewery Company, Ltd., was held at the offices, Church-street, Heavitree, on Monday, Mr. G. Hardy Harris, Chairman of Directors, presiding. The revenue account showed that the receipts for that, year totalled £17,085 7s. 7d., of which £15,539 4s. 8d. were gross profits from trade accounts. The net profit for the year was £148 0s. 3d., and the balance brought forward from the previous year was £1,035 14s. 11d., making the total of £1,243 15s. 2d., which the Directors recommended should be carried forward.
Western Times - Friday 28 January 1916

Alleged Bicycle Theft at Exeter

A young seaman a stranger in Exeter described as Albert Lott, was charged at the Exeter Police Court on Saturday with stealing from the Drill Hall, the Priory, a gentleman’s bicycle, value £3, the property of Elias Lyne. He was remanded for a week in custody. Inspector Martin stating that he had been hanging about the City for some days on the pretence that you was trying to enlist. When arrested he said where he had sold the bicycle, and it was recovered.
Western Times - Friday 31 January 1916

Exeter Rugby Footballers' Fall in the Great AdventureExeter Rugby Footballer The official announcement is made that Sergt. E. Jones, 4th Battalion Devon (T.F.) attached to the Dorset Regiment, has been killed in the fighting in the Persian Gulf. Exonians will regret learn that this is Mr. Emrys Jones, the well-known Exeter and Devon County Rugby forward… His name indicates, he was a Welshman, and coming to Exeter as a student at the Exeter R.A.M.C, joined the Exeter Rugby Football Club, he being enthusiastic follower of the code. He almost immediately attracted notice as a really good forward, and was recognised the Devon Rugby Football Union, he figuring the Devon team on more than one occasion. After the termination of his collegiate duties became an assistant master at St. Sidwell's School, where earned the greatest respect and admiration of his pupils… He was always regarded as good sport. man who played tbe game as it should be played, and one who,' had lived, would have made his mark in tho scholastic profession. His death will greatly regretted by followers of the Exeter Rugby Football Club, amongst whom he is a great favourite.

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