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MARCH SNIPPETS FROM THE ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA COURIER AND WARWICKSHIRE STANDARD – 1915

This month, the snippets from the Royal Leamington Spa Courier and Warwickshire Standard Newspapers for March 1915, are focused on billeting and soldiers entertainment. The newspapers mentioned the billeting of soldiers in Henley in Arden, Southam, Kineton, Harbury, Long Itchington, Whitnash and other villages. Large numbers of soldiers arrived in Leamington and Kenilworth in March 1915.

Warwick and Country Edition Page 5, Column 4, 12th March 1915
Scottish Territorials Arrive. “Special Constables on Duty”. It was reported that about 1,000 soldiers of the Scottish Territorials had arrived in Leamington to be billeted under the charge of the Chief Constable.

Warwick and Country Edition Page 8, Column 1, 12th March 1915

Dublin Fusiliers at Kenilworth. “A Stirring Sight”. Approximately 1,200 Dublin Fusiliers had arrived in Kenilworth, having marched from Nuneaton. Their Battalion HQ was The Abbey Hotel.

https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/article/march-snippets-royal-leamington-spa-courier-warwickshire-standard-1915
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12 March 1915

The Dutch Government issues a warning that any foreign merchant ships using the Dutch flag will be detained

http://www.centenaryww1orange.com.au/events/12-march-1915/
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The BATTLE of NEUVE CHAPELLE March 1915: WILLIAM ARCHIBALD MACLEAN

Lieutenant WILLIAM ARCHIBALD MACLEAN (K1900) was killed, aged 28, at Neuve
Chapelle on 12 March 1915. A minister’s son from Jordanhill, he was educated at Hillhead
High School before coming to Fettes. He later attended Glasgow University, where he
graduated with an MA in 1906. He qualified as an accountant, working for Nobel's Explosive
Company. Although he had not been at Fettes when the OTC was set up there, he had been a
member of his University OTC, and on the outbreak of war he immediately joined up. In
September 1914 he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion Highland Light Infantry, later joining the
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st Battalion which had suffered heavy losses, with gaps in the ranks being filled with a mixture of
reservists and new recruits. Despite the heavy losses of 10th March, Neuve Chapelle had been
captured on the 11th and the British were keen to consolidate and exploit their gains. On 12th
March the 1st HLI advanced to take up a forward position to the east of the town, but the
reinforcements that were due to protect their flanks did not arrive on time; this left the HLI
exposed and William Maclean was among those killed when they were attacked on both sides by
the Germans.
The Glasgow University Website notes that: ‘While at University he took an active part in its
social life. He was president of the Temperance Society, and in connection with the Students
Settlement he started and carried on for several winters the children’s play evening. He took a
very active interest in the various agencies in connection with Hillhead Baptist Church. He had
a genius for friendship, and his early death is mourned by a very wide circle.’
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12th March 1915 – Solihull Life

Private Herbert Rushton of Castle Bromwich died on 12th March 1915, aged 24, whilst serving with the 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. He was baptised at St Mary & St Margaret’s Church on 2nd June 1889, with parents Alfred (a labourer) and Martha. In 1891, two-year-old Herbert was living with his parents and four older brothers in Buckland End, Castle Bromwich.

Ten years’ later, 12-year-old Herbert was still living at the family home at Buckland End with his mother and three of his brothers. However, his father, Alfred, had died in 1896 at the age of 44. Herbert became a regular soldier, presumably sometime around 1907, when he would have been 18. In 1911, he was stationed with the 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, at Albany Barracks, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight. Confusingly, there are two men called Herbert Rushton listed at the barracks on the census, although the other Herbert Rushton was a Lance Corporal from Great Bridge, Staffordshire. A transcript of the 1911 census entries is on the Worcestershire Regiment website.

It appears that our Herbert had served his time with the Colours and was in the Reserves when war broke out, as the local newspaper reported that he was working for the Midland Railway at Water Orton Station before rejoining his regiment in August 1914.We know that Herbert first entered a Theatre of War on 2nd November 1914, but his service record appears not to have survived so we don’t have any further information about his time in the Army.

He married Elsie Howes in 1913, and they had a daughter, Elsie I. Rushton, born in 1915. The Birmingham Daily Post, 5th April 1915, reported his death and mentioned Herbert’s family:

The death of Herbert Rushton, of Castle Bromwich, has been reported officially. Prior to rejoining his regiment, the Worcesters, Rushton was employed on the Midland Railway at Water Orton. He was married and had one child – a daughter, whom he was never privileged to see, as the child was born after his departure from home in August. Rushton is the second man from Castle Bromwich to lose his life at the front. Over 50 from the village and the immediate district are with the forces.

A year after Herbert’s death, Elsie married again, marrying Henry G. Stainer (also recorded in some records as Staines).

Herbert is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, and at Castle Bromwich on the village memorial and the plaque in St Mary & St Margaret’s Church. (...)

https://solihulllife.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/12th-mar-1915/
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