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Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft

2nd October – The first German revolution began – not in the streets as had been feared by the Kaiser, but in the council chamber, where Prince Max of Baden, the Kaiser’s second cousin, became the Chancellor. Prince Max had agreed to take command on two conditions: That henceforth only the German Parliament (the Reichstag) would have the right to declare war and make peace; and that the Kaiser relinquished all control over the army and navy. A day later, senior German military staff advised Prince Max to pursue an armistice immediately – the collapse of the Salonica Front and recent heavy losses on the Western Front meant that the German reserves were weakened in both the east and the west. A letter from General Ludendorff spelled the situation out bluntly. “Every day lost costs thousands of brave soldiers’ lives”. As historian Martin Gilbert observes, “it was a sentence that could have been written on almost any of the past 1,500 days”. Prince Max began to prepare to end the war. On the 4th of October, having informed the Reichstag of the need for peace, and having secured Austro-Hungarian support, he sent a telegraph to Washington D.C., requesting an Armistice.


A BENEFIT FUND – A house-to-house collection was made last week, organised by the Wilsden Charity Carnival Committee, to raise funds for the benefit of Mr. Newman Robinson, of Birkshead, Wilsden, who has lost his left arm and right leg whilst serving his country in Flanders. His aim is now to possess a smallholding and become and pig and poultry farmer. The response has been very good, a sum of £40 being collected

WESLEYAN “FAITH” TEA – The members and friends of the Wesleyan Church, Wilsden, had a “faith” tea on Saturday last, followed by a social evening, consisting of games, songs, and recitations. There was a fair attendance, and £3, 6s. 3d. was collected for the society’s fund. During the evening, a number of parkin pigs were sold by auction, the first one being sold for 1s. and the last one for 5s. 3d., realising in all the sum of 33s. 3d. for providing a small Christmas gift for those soldiers who formerly attended the chapel and Sunday school.

MEMORIAL SERVICE – A memorial service was held in the Wilsden Parish Church on Sunday evening on behalf of five boys who have lost their lives in France during the last week or two. The Wilsden Brass band played the Dead March through the village to the church gates, owing to one of the number being a former member of the band. The Rev. H. Roper (vicar) conducted the service in the church, and he preached an appropriate sermon. Special hymns were sung, and the organist (Mr. W.H. Tetley) played the Dead March on the organ at the close. The church was crowded.

- Keighley News, 5th October 1918

Keighley News, 28th September 1918

Sam Waddington

Pte.  Waddington, Sam   202319   18th (Service) Battalion (4th Glasgow)  Highland Light Infantry



 Born in Allerton, Sam was the only child of Mary and Jonas Waddington, a hairdresser. His mother died whilst Sam was still a baby, so they lived with Jonas’ parents Joseph and Harriet Waddington and his sister, Dinah, at 278 Allerton Rd, Allerton.  Harriet and Dinah ran a sweet shop there.

Sam married another Harriet and they lived at Shay Gate, Wilsden. They had not been married long when Sam enlisted at Halifax.

Bradford Weekly Telegraph;   Mrs Sam. N. Waddington of 14 Shay Gate, Wilsden, has received official intimation that her husband, Private Sam. N. Waddington, Highland Light Infantry, was killed in action in France on September 29th [1918]. He joined the Army in October 1916, going to France in November 1917. He previously worked as a woolsorter for Messrs. G.R. Herron and Son, Bradford.

Sam was killed in action in Flanders (the newspapers referred to the whole of the Western Front as ‘France’) on 29 September 1918,  aged 21, his body was never identified and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, Panel 131 to 132.



19th September – In Palestine, at midnight on the 19th of September, a huge British artillery bombardment began north of Jerusalem. Allied forces had resumed an attack that had finished a year earlier with the capture of Jerusalem itself. The allied attack, aided by the superior firepower of the Royal Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force, broke through the Turkish defensive lines and were advancing rapidly northwards. Systematic bombing of both German and Turkish telephone exchanges, telegraph offices, railways, roads and troop concentrations destroyed the ability of the German and Turkish high commands to co-ordinate their defences. In two days fighting in the Jezreel Valley, Allied troops captured over 7,000 Turkish prisoners – the Turkish troops were badly demoralised and eager to capitulate – in one incident, an Indian cavalry regiment charged a Turkish position, killing 50 and capturing 500, for a loss of one man wounded and twelve horses killed. At Megiddo, where the Turkish forces were commanded to make a stand, the only shots fired at the advancing British cavalry came from nine German riflemen – whose brave stand was ended with machine-gun fire. From there the British cavalry rode on and captured Nazareth – covering forty miles in a single day and capturing the entire Nazareth garrison of 3,000. Turkish troops, retreating in columns, were strafed and bombed repeatedly by Allied aircraft, causing huge numbers of casualties, killing animals and destroying equipment, guns and supplies. By the 25th September, ANZAC cavalry had crossed the River Jordan. In a single week, General Allenby’s Egyptian Expeditionary Force had captured over 45,000 prisoners. A captured German officer angrily told his interrogators “We tried to cover the Turks’ retreat, but we expected them to do something, if only to keep their heads. At last we decided that were not worth fighting for”