COUNTY HERALD 30th June 1916 – Roll of Honour – HUGHES – Killed in action, Robert John HUGHES, of the Welsh Guards, and formerly Police Constable at Shotton.
COUNTY HERALD – 30th June 1916 – Punishment of Objectors
The Secretary of the War Office has issued a lengthy statement relative to the treatment of conscientious objectors undergoing detention or imprisonment.
“It is obvious from letters which are being received,” says the communiqué, “that an impression has gained ground that a special form of punishment has been devised for conscientious objectors undergoing detention for breaches of discipline. The letters in the main allege ill-treatment, and contain specific allegations as to particular punishment which has been identified.”
“Assuming the statements in the letters to be correct, it is clearly not realised that the soldiers concerned are undergoing the punishment required under “Rules for Military Detention Barracks and Military Prisons,” which are statuary.”
The statement then details treatment that a soldier under sentence receives on ad mission to a detention barracks, and adds that letters of complaint are in reality directed against the military detention barracks system, which applied to all soldiers, no distinction being made in treatment of a soldier who may have committed offences against discipline for conscientious reasons.
COUNTY HERALD – 30th June 1916 – A SOLDIER AGED ELEVEN (Page 6, Col 2)
Harold Crighton, aged eleven, the boy mascot of the Irish soldiers at Seaford Camp, has appeared before the Eastborne Justices, when application was made for an order to send him to an industrial school. Crighton, it was stated, ran away from home. He made Seaford Camp his home, and even in snowy weather slept in the open. The Irish Soldiers adopted him as a mascot after six months acquaintance, and dressed him in khaki. Orders for the Front came, and Crighton was taken with the regiment to the station, but the authorities stopped him.
Later, the S.P.C.C. found him in a pitiful condition, and his parents were fined for neglect. His ambition, said Mr. Burt, representing the society, was to become a soldier. He was exceedingly intelligent, and would make a fine soldier.
Mr. Burt asked that the magistrates should send the lad to an industrial school until he could be got into an Army Training School. This course was adopted.
COUNTY HERALD – 30th June 1916 (Page 5 Col.3)
LORD KITCHENER’S LETTER.
Flint Gentleman’s Splendid Offer
The “London Times” of Tue4sday contained the following report: – “We received yesterday an offer of “something over £2000″ for the original letter in which Lord Kitchener called for 300,000 extra men for the New Armies. The letter was given to the Gift House, 46, Pall Mall, by Sir Hedley le Bas, and it was open for sale to the highest bidder for the benefit of the Red Cross before the last day of this month. The bidding started at £1000, and subsequently reached 1500 guineas. Then an offer was received from Brussels through Madrid, but this could not be entertained since it was stipulated that the document should not go outside the Empire.
Now Mr. Henry Summers, of Cornist Hall, Flints, North Wales, has sent us the following generous offer:- “I understand that an offer has been made for Lord Kitchener’s letter of something over £2000, but as the purchaser desired to take the letter out of the country, the holders were unable to entertain the offer. I am anxious that the Red Cross funds should not suffer on account of the stipulation, and I am prepared to offer the equivalent amount and comply with the conditions laid down. I shall be glad if you will convey this letter to the right quarter.”
This now becomes the highest bid. There are still four more days during which offers will be taken, but on the night of June 30 the sale closes.
Postscript to the above from the website:- digital.slv.vic.gov.au/dtl_publish/pdf/marc/38/2755800.html
BOUGHT AT THE RED CROSS GIFT HOUSE SALE FOR
£6000 AND PRESENTED BY MR. FENWICK HARRISON
TO THE NATION. PRINTED BY PERMISSION ON THE
OFFICIAL WAR OFFICE PAPER IDENTICAL WITH TO
ORIGINAL LETTER. THE DESIGNS THROUGHOUT ARE
BY FRANK. BRANGV/YN A.R.A.
PUBLISHED SOLELY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE-
LORD KITCHENER NATIONAL MEMORIAL FUND
AND THE BRITISH RED CROSS FUND
BY RAPHAEL TUCK &. SONS LTD.