8th January -

10th January -
The Members of the Advisory Committee for the Cleveland Parliamentary Division have completed their labours in connection with the first 4 groups called up under the Derby Scheme.
They held meetings at Saltburn, Guisborough and Stokesley. All the appeals made for postponement of being called up for service have been dealt with by them and their recommendations will be laid before the members of the local Tribunals during the present week.
For Saltburn the first hearing will be on Friday. Redcar and Loftus representatives will probably also meet this week, but for Skelton and Brotton the Tribunal will not sit until the 20th.

12th January -
A most enjoyable Concert was given at the Wharton Hall, Skelton on Monday by the following artistes:- Mr F Bell's Band, Messrs Medcalf, Kirk and Riddiough. Mesdames Berwick, Kirk and Simons. Lance Corporal Kennaird very ably performed the duties of Chairman. Proceeds in aid of the Hospital expenses.

21st January -
At Guisborough County Court today Edgar Frank Tofield, a painter and decorator of Guisborough, sued Liliam Senior, whose parents live at Skelton for 7s 6d for damages to his bicycle on the 11th October.
Plaintiff said that he was riding from Guisborough towards Skelton and Miss Senior collided with him at the foot of the bank on Skelton Ellers. She cycled down the bank very rapidly and went on to the wrong side of the road, which was the cause of the collision. He tried to avoid her but could not get clear.
Miss Senior told the Judge that she was forced to take the wrong side as another cyclist was on the same side as herself and she wished to get clear of him.
Judgment for the Mr Tofield with costs.
A football match will take place tomorrow on the 'Southill' Lane ground, Skelton between Skelton and District and the 7th Welsh Regiment of Saltburn.
The Skelton team is:- Goal - Wiley. Backs - Tubb and Waters. Half-backs - Fletcher, Stonehouse and Casson. Forwards - Harrison, Bulmer, Jackson, Cowl and Rigg.

26th January -
The Red Cross Hospital at Skelton, which has now been open for 10 months, is being closed for cleaning. The Commandant takes this opportunity of thanking all those who have sent contributions and subscriptions and assisted in the entertainment of the Soldiers, especially at Christmas, and hopes that on the re-opening of the Hospital they will continue to help as generously as before.

27th January -
The Military Service Act was passed bringing Conscription into effect.
Every British male who on the 15 August 1915 who had attained the age of 18, but was not yet 41 and -
on the 2nd November 1915 was unmarried or a widower with dependent children
was considered, as of the 2nd March 1916, to have enlisted for general service with the Colours or in the Reserve.
Those who were eligible for service could appeal to their Local Tribunal on the grounds that they were -
1. In a job that was vital to the National interest.
2. Would have serious financial or domestic problems - only temporary exemption.
3. Ill health or infirmity.
4. Conscientious objectors.

5th February -
At the Council meeting 3 cases of Diphtheria were reported and one each of Scarlet Fever and Erysipelas.
The County War Agricultural Committee wrote pointing out that the Army Council were prepared to lend a number of light draught horses to Farmers.
The Electric Lighting Committee were advised to appoint Mr George Dixon as Engineer and Manager at a monthly salary of £14 15s to include provision of an office, motor car and telephone service.
Mr T Railton, as Linesman, at wages of 9d and hour, with a minimum payment of £1 5s weekly, plus a War allowance of 1s.
Mr George Goodwill, as Clerk and Collector, at wages of 32s, plus a War allowance of 2s, to include provision of a bicycle.
On the subject of street lighting a letter was read from Superintendent Rose saying tht he had no objection to a few lamps being lighted at different points, provided these were not visible from the sea and were properly obscured.
The Chairman said that as only 14 were to be allowed out of a total of 416, it would be better to do without any lights at all.

8th February -
"I was singing one of Billy William's songs - 'I Will Meet You Some Dark Night', and the Police happened to meet me."
Thus exclaimed Thomas Slater, a Boosbeck miner, who was charged at Guisborough today, along with John E Payne, another miner of the same place, with being drunk and creating a disturbance outside a hall at Skelton, where a social was in progress.
Payne said that they had both been to a dance and were drunk and when they went out singing the Police locked them up.
Payne was fined 20 shillings and Slater 10s.

12th February -
The Council last night elected their Derby Tribunal to act with the addition of Messrs W Nixon and R Frankland, so that the members are now:- Messrs D W Dixon, R Rayner, N Teasdale, S Andrew, J Thompson, R W stevenson, W Nixon, R Frankland and W Marsey.

3326 GEORGE W BLUNDY, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action at hill 60, Ypres. He had been a worker at Skelton Castle.
Family and War Service page.

15th February -
7 North Skelton youths, Samuel Flecknor, Cecil Roper, Albert Hugill, Frank Thornton, Robert Barker, Robert Evans, aged 15, and Arthur Kirk, aged 15, were charged at Guisborough Police Court today with doing malicious damage to a bridge at North Skelton
Prosecuting for the Council, Mr Richardson said a number of railings had been pulled from the side of the bridge rendering it very dangerous for foot passengers and causing damage estimated at �3 5s.
Defendants were each fined 10s 6d.

21st February -
Start of the Battle of Verdun. The Germans, in the person of Falkenheyn, said that they would "bleed" the French forces to death.
They targeted the forts around the town of Verdun in North East France.
Bloody fighting continued until July, by which time around 400,000 men had been killed on each side and little gained in the end, as after the Germans called off the attack the French regained much lost territory later in the year.

22nd February -
The Tribunal appointed by the Skelton and Brotton Council met at the Oddfellows Hall, Brotton and spent several hours dealing with a total of over 100 appeals.
Many of these referred to Mine workers who were "unstarred" [not registered as essential] and where "full-time" was being worked Managers experienced little difficulty in securing temporary exemption for 2 months, a concession recommended by the Advisory Committee.
Where the Mines were not working 6 days a week men may be released for military service.
Some men appealed on personal grounds and varying periods of exemptions were decided upon.
The position of farm servants received considerable attention and where the Tribunal considered the applicants were indispensable for the Farm an exemption for 6 months was granted.

4th March -
At the Council meeting 7 cases of Diphtheria, 3 of Erysipelas and 2 of Enteric fever were reported. There was considerable discussion about a recommendation that when operations were performed in the Hospital on children suffering from Diphtheria the cost should be borne by the parents. It was sent back to the Hospital Committee to re-consider.

6th March -
Driver George Marsay, Royal Field Artillery, of Skelton wrote to the local Gazette:-
I should like to return my sincere gratitude and hearty thanks to the Committee who interested themselves in the promotion of a whist drive and dance for my benefit.
I appreciate highly their practical sympathy with me in the loss of my limb.
I should also like to refute the rumour that is afloat that I am receiving, since I left Hospital, a weekly pension of 25s.
That is a base lie, for I have received no weekly monies, neither as Soldier's pay or pension.

6th March -
Mr Thomas Ranson has just retired from the position of Under-manager and a testimonial was presented on Saturday night in the North Skelton Institute. There were over 400 employees at the mine and practically every one contributed to the fund.

North Skelton Ironstone Mine. Shale tip Right.

16th March -
The Skelton and Brotton Tribunal dealt with over 300 appeals. 222 of these concerned Miners and all were adjourned for one month.
Conditional exemption was granted to Arthur William Lax of North Skelton, who is the sole support of a widowed mother and who had been certified medically unfit last November.
Regarding J Woolmore, employed on Skelton Castle Estate, Colonel Wharton said he would not persist in his appeal if the military representative thought he would be of better use in the Army and the appeal was dismissed.

17th March -
Joseph Wright, of New Marske, described as a Driver at Skelton Mines, was today at Redcar ordered to pay 8 shillings arrears due under an order calling upon him to contribute to his father's maintenance.

17th March -
The Skelton and Brotton Tribunal spent several hours dealing with appeals.
Conscientious objectors took up some time and the majority were recommended for non-combatant service.
One single man who was granted conditional exemption said that he had 7 nephews in the forces.
Richard Kirk, a Skelton hairdresser, age 24, of 6 Hobdale Tce, sought exemption as a conscientious objector and said that he was opposed to inflicting death upon anybody.
The State could not compel a man in a matter of conscience to over-ride the injunction, "Thou shalt not kill."
He stated that he was a Primitive Methodist and declared:-
"I object to assisting anybody, never mind taking life."
"If the military wanted a hair cutter, would you go ?", he was asked.
"I should not mind cutting hair, if I was not under an oath." he answered. Recommended for non-combatant service.
A School teacher, named J R Bosomworth, age 27, of 27 William St, North Skelton said his objection was not due to unpatriotic reasons. War was inconsistent with his religious and moral convictions. He was prepared to do anything for the betterment of the country as long as it was consistent with the teaching of Christ.
He further contended that he was engaged in a work of National importance for brains were more value than brute force.
Passed as a non-combatant.
24th March. Both objectors appealed to the North Riding Appeal Tribunal. Kirk said that he did not see the difference between combatant and non-combatant duties and wanted complete exemption. Dismissed.
Bosomworth said that to assist in the taking of human life was as wrong as actually doing it. It was pointed out that he had a brother in the Army and the objection arose as recently as the passing of the Military Service Act. Dismissed.

18th March -
Pte Elijah Broadley, of the Skelton Company of Territorials had a rousing reception from the Territorials at Northallerton yesterday when he received the decoration of the D.C.M. from Lord Southampton, Commanding Officer.
Private Broadley was a stretcher bearer in the First line of the 4th Yorks and was awarded the medal for the great bravery, which he exhibited on several occasions, particularly on the 2nd May at Horse Shoe Bend, Ypres, when he went out alone in front of rifle and shell fire and recovered a number of wounded, who were placed in shell holes, where he attended to them.
Breaking down in his health, he was sent home a short time ago and he is now working at Spawood Mine, Slapewath.
He is a married man, 50 years of age and has a family.
He is the first man in the Battalion to receive the honour and the soldiers raised him shoulder high and led by the band playing patriotic airs, they marched through the main streets to the North End of the town and back.
28th March -
Mr Robert Cross [butcher] presided at a Concert in the North Skelton Institute last evening for which a most interesting programme of patriotic action songs was rendered by a number of specially trained children belonging to the Brotton Wesleyan Sunday School.

31st March -
The local 4th Yorks Battalion were moved from Ypres to defend the line further South in the Kemmel area.

31st March -

An appeal was made by Martin J Videan, the Secretary of the Skelton Co-operative Society on behalf of William Adolphus Palmer, age 33, of 3 John Street, New Skelton on the grounds that he continue in his current occupation.
Palmer was said to be a Branch Manager, 'solely in charge of the Skelton branch of the Co-op. Looks after the general business, grocery provisions and hardware etc. Annual business £7,200. Responsible for control of stocks of £1000. Palmer has three assistants.'
Henry Brack, aged 25, of 45 Boosbeck Road, Skelton Green appealed on grounds to be able to continue his current occupation.
He was a Cartman for the Anglo-American Oil Company.
He supplied the Royal Naval Air Station at Redcar with searchlights, army motor wagons, farmers, mines and dealers retails.
He is indispensisable to the business.
Exemption allowed until 1 May 1917.

5th April -
It is nearly one year since the sons of this corner of Yorkshire, who had not been in France a full week, memorably rushed to the help of the Canadians, who had come across the ocean to
uphold the cause of the Motherland.
"The boys went into action as coolly as if on parade", wrote an officer. A distinguished General made a special visit to congratulate them and the Canadians termed them the "Yorkshire Ghurkas".
Saturday, 22nd April, has been set aside for a Flag Day to raise funds to be spent in comforts for the Battalion through Lady Bell, the wife of the Lord Lieutenant, whose son is the popular commander of our Territorials.

7th April -
Mr D W Dixon J.P. presided at a meeting of the Skelton and Brotton Tribunal in Brotton Oddfellows Hall on Wednesday.
Several appeals made on behalf of ironstone miners were adjourned.
Mrs Worth, the proprietress of a Skelton hair-dressing establishment appealed on behalf of Richard Kirk, the manager.
She said that her own son and two men that she had formerly employed had joined the Colours and if Kirk had to go she would be compelled to close the business.
That would be a hardship to her as her savings were sunk in the business, which she had started before War broke out.
In reply to questions she said her husband worked in the mines and she did not know what he earned.
The appeal was dismissed and when she asked where she could find lady-hairdressers, she was referred to the Labour Exchange.

8th April -
At the Council the high death rate was commented on and Dr Stainthorpe said this was general in the Guisborough Union.
The recommendation by the Hospital Committee that they should bear the cost of all operations in the Hospital was accepted, but they reserved the right to ask for payment from private individuals in case it was considered they were able to pay.
It was decided to support the suggestion that War damage should be made a National charge. It was unfair that this should be borne by people living on the East coast, it was said.
The Council could not agree to the Cleveland Electric Power Company increasing the charge by 15 percent, just because the cost of production had gone up.

11th April -
Several cases under the Lighting Regulations were before the Guisborough Justices today.
Arthur Pinkney, of the Bull's Head Hotel, North Skelton and Kate Goodall, a servant, were proceeded against. Special Constables Bell and Page observed a bright light in Pinkney's upstairs window.
They called upon Pinkney, who came to the door and they invited him to come out on to the road and to see the light, but he said:-
"To *+$%* with you and the light." and slammed the door.
Kate pleaded guilty, but Pinkney said the prosecution was a little revenge, malice and jealousy on the part of the Constables.
He was out of the house at the time and the maid had left the light on. A child was ill and she rushed upstairs to get some clothing and forgot to turn off the light.
The constables came to the door like bulls and perhaps he answered rather roughly.
The case against Kate was dismissed, but Pinkney was given a large fine of �5 5s, 10 shillings of which was to go to the expense of the Special Constables.
It was not easy to get Special Constables to undertake the disagreeable duty of looking after the protection of life and property in these places, observed Sir Alfred Pease, and it is too bad they should be received in the way Pinkney treated them.

11th April -
The movement to attract women to service on the land grows, despite much prejudice.
At Skelton, the portion of the Guisborough Union for which Mrs Wharton has responsibility, there has been a systematic canvas of women which has revealed that over 100 already trained or ready to accept the opportunity to do so are willing to assist the country with their service.
A bureau has been established in each village to enable Farmers to come into contact with those ready to work on the land:-
Miss Coron of Seaton Hill in Lingdale. Mrs Ranson, Silverholme in Boosbeck. Mrs Young, High St in Skelton. Mrs Young, Post Office for North Skelton.

24th April -
A rather serious motor accident, happily not attended with any fatal results, occurred this afternoon at the bottom of the bank just below Skelton Castle.
A car containing 5 people, including a baby, was being driven down the bank when the brakes failed to act, with the result that the car eventually over-turned.
One lady, Mrs Davis of Skelton Green was rather badly cut about the chin and eye, but the other occupants were not seriously hurt. The car however is a complete wreck.
Dr Bothan and Dr Thorney as well as the Matron of the Skelton Mines Hospital were early on the scene to render assistance.

24th April -
There was a Carnival in the Gardens at Saltburn in aid of the hostel at St Dunstan's, where our blind heroes are well cared for.
Mr Fred Bell of Skelton's Orchestra provided the music for dancing and promenade concerts were given by the 7th Welsh Regiment and the North Skelton Hope to Prosper Bands.

24th April -
The Anniversary effort closed on Saturday night with a series of meetings at which a resolution was adopted expressing the appreciation of the Valour shown by the Battalion.
At Skelton the principal speaker was the Rev H M Drake and the Old Band headed the procession. It was mentioned that there were 92 men from Skelton serving with the Battalion.

2nd May -
The Recruiting Office and a military representative will have interviews with Mine Managers to consider whether more unmarried workers can be released for service.
The Skelton and Brotton Tribunal allowed exemptions for 1 month for cases appealed for by employers.
In the case of a check-weighman, who appealed on personal grounds, being the sole support of an invalid father and mother and was also appealed for by his committee on the grounds that he was indispensable owing to having to watch the interests of the miners, exemption was allowed for 3 months. In another case 2 months was granted to a Baker, although the opinion was expressed by some members that women should do their own baking.

9th May -
The possession of a house and shop in Vaughan St, North Skelton occupied the attention of the Guisborough Magistrates today.
Arthur Suddick Shepherd of North Skelton was the applicant and Herbert W Riddiough, grocer, the defendant.
Shepherd denied that he had sold the business and said he had served notice on Riddiough, who was only a tenant with no fixed term and no agreement existed.
Mr Forbes defending said that when a person came to any Court asking for relief, he should come with clean hands, but in this case the applicant came with hands very dirty indeed.
Shepherd had sold a business to Riddiough, who left a situation he had been in for 18 years and entered into an agreement, by which his client had to collect some book debts and rents at a commission of 3s in the £.
Defendant could be in the premises as long as he liked, at a rent of 10s per week.
Shepherd went off to Blackpool, but suddenly came back and opened premises close by in the hope of securing Riddiough's customers.
Shepherd reduced the rent to 5s, but - a remarkable thing - Riddiough continued to pay 10s, as he suspected Shepherd was trying to get him to break the original contract.
The application was refused and Shepherd ordered to pay the costs of the solicitor and witnesses.
12th May -
Machin William Morris, a Huntsman of Cleveland Hounds, living at the Kennels, Skelton appealed to the North Riding Appeal Tribunal against his military conscription on the grounds that he needed to continue in his occupation and that this was an exempt occupation. Case dismissed, but leave to appeal further granted.

31st May -
After much chasing and dodging the British Grand Fleet engaged the German High Seas Fleet in the North East area of the North Sea.
The British lost 3 battlecruisers, 3 cruisers and 8 destroyers with 6,100 casualties.
The German Navy lost 1 battleship, 1 battlecruiser, 4 light cruisers and 3 destroyers with 2,550 casualties.
The British Admiral, Sir John Jellicoe was criticised for being over-cautious, but he argued that it was vitally important to protect the size of his Grand Fleet.
Whereas Jellicoe was able to inform the British government on 2nd June that the Grand Fleet was ready for further action, the German High Seas Fleet had been considerably damaged and had to be reconstructed
It was never in the position to risk another major North Sea confrontation.

SS/111447 Stoker 1st Class JOHN WILLIAM PARKER, , H.M.S. "Queen Mary.", Royal Navy. died, aged 25, on the 31st May 1916 when his ship was sunk at Jutland.
Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Family and War Service page.

K/586 Stoker 1st Class GEORGE WEBSTER, H.M.S. "Black Prince", Royal Navy, died, age 28, on 31st May 1916 when his ship went down at Jutland.
Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Family and War Service page.

1st June -
2666 F Walker of Skelton is reported missing and unofficially reported as a Prisoner of War.

15th June -
The question of the administration of the Volunteer force is to be considered at a special meeting of the North Riding Territorial Association. In Cleveland there is a marked dimunition of interest. The Redcar Corps has come to the conclusion that it is no use going further and Skelton are inclined to take the same view.

20th June -
"This was Whit Monday and two of the men ought to have been at work, for which they would have received 2 shilling extra." commented Supt J Rose at Guisborough today, when William Godfrey, John William Hodgson and Henry Worth, miners, were charged with being drunk at North Skelton.
Worth said that he had not the chance to work, for Lumpsey mine was idle on Whit Monday, but the other two admitted being employed at North Skelton which was working.
Godfrey fined £1, Hodgson 15s and Worth 7s 6d.

20th June -
C/12682 Serjeant STANLEY VIDEAN. 21st Bn, King's Royal Rifle Corps, died, aged 24, on the 20th of June 1916.
The son of Mr Martin John and Mrs S A Videan, of 78 High St, Skelton-in-Cleveland, N Yorks.
Family and War Service page.

20th June -
At the Council Tribunal Mr A R Cranmer, the Inspector of Nuisances applied for exempption of a Scavenger and two cartmen, who carried away the night spoil and said it was impossible to replace them with men over military age. The Scavenger had 8 children, aged 2 to 16. Postponement granted for 3 months.
Mrs McKenzie, provision dealer of Skelton obtained one month's postponement of call-up for one of her employees and 3 months for another. This did not satisfy the applicant and she was told that she could apply again.
"Perhaps the War will be over by then." was the consoling remark of the Chairman.
One month was granted to a North Skelton coal dealer.

21st June -
1554 Private JOHN ANDERSON ATKINSON. 4th Bn, Yorkshire Regiment, died of wounds.
Home at 53 High Street, Skelton.
Family and War Service page.

Pte Alvin Mohun of 9 Boosbeck Rd.
The Black Watch and later Machine Gun Corps. Killed 2nd July in the Battle of the Somme.

1st July -
General Sir Douglas Haig's British offensive on the Somme started. The French were being hard pressed at Verdun and the British planned a massive attack in the area of the Somme, partly to divert German troops.
It began with a 3 day long Artillery bombardment of the German lines, which was supposed to wipe them out and allow a quick breakthrough. 58,000 British lives were lost on the first day.
A series of offensives continued until the winter of 1916, by which time the British and French dead numbered 620,000. and 450,000 Germans were killed in the same period. The Front had advanced in 5 months as far as Haig's objective for day 5.

1st July -
1306 Pte CHARLES THORNTON, , 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, was killed in action, aged 21. Buried at Serre Road Cemetery No 1.
Family and War Service page.

2nd July -
13227 Pte ALVIN H MOHUN, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), was killed in action, aged 33.
Buried at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, 8k East of Albert. Somme.
Family and War Service page.

7th July -
Accidental death was the verdict returned at an inquest at Brotton Hospital on the body of George H Heckle, aged 16, a 'sneck lifter', who lost his life under unusual circumstances in North Skelton Mine yesterday afternoon.
William Leeks, a wagon weighman, said that it was the duty of the deceased at the pit bottom to lift the catches and thus release the tubs from the cage.

5310 Private Joseph Wright Scuffham.

At about 12.30 yesterday a shackle bacame detached from the couplings of a tub which was being raised to bank and fell down the shaft a distance of over 700 feet.
It caught young Heckle on the left side of the head and killed him instantly.
Witness could not account for it falling. There was no periodical inspection. When they noticed a shackle getting worn they pulled it off. He had only known one to fall before.
Mr T H Wynne, the Government Inspector, elicited that in the shaft there were guards called "half moons" to catch anything which fell. A youth named Richard Dawson, who was a sneck lifter at the pit top said he had reported a tub without a shackle before he knew that Heckle had been struck.

14th July -
Thirteen wounded soldiers arrived at the Skelton Red Cross Hospital yesterday afternoon. All of them have been to the Front.
News has reach North Skelton that 2638 F Tremaine has been wounded.

15th July - .
5310 Pte JOSEPH WRIGHT SCUFFHAM, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action, aged 20.
Son of Joseph and Annie E Scuffham, of 50 Harker St, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Yorks. Buried at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery.
Family and War Service page.

25th July -
James W Bousfield, a horse driver of Skelton admitted that he had never had a Registration Card, although he said he had filled in the papers at the time of Registration. Payment of 5s 6d ordered.
George Hudson, another New Skelton miner, urged that he had never been sent a card. He resides in the same house as Bousfield and also fined 5s 6d.

28th July -
At the Council Tribunal a Skelton fruiterer, Ronald Ivan Wook, aged 21, of 3 High St , appealed to the N Riding Appeal Tribunal against only receiving one month's final exemption.
He claimed that he was recently married and the support of his invalid Father. All circumstances had been fully considered including that they both lived with a Grandfather. Dismissed.

30th July -
1035 Pte ALBERT TATE, 22nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, died aged 29.
Son of Margaret and the late Alonzo Tate, of 1 Green Rd, Skelton-in-Cleveland, N Yorks.
He is buried at Cambrin Churchyard Extension. 24 kilometres North of Arras.
At the census of 1901, Albert, aged 13, was living at 139 High St and had been born in Skelton.
Family and War Service page.

Wharton Hall, Green Rd, Red Cross Hospital.

3rd August -
In common with the rest of the country Cleveland will tomorrow re-affirm its desire to see the War carried on with inflexible determination to a successful conclusion.
Meetings are to be held at various places and Mr Samuel, the Home Secretary and local MP, will travel from London tomorrow.
The meeting at Guisborough will be held at 6 p.m. at the Market Cross and afterwards Mr Samuel will address a demonstration arranged by the people of the Boosbeck and Skelton Districts.
It was held at Skelton High Green, where the miners' lodges for Lingdale, Margrove Park, Skelton and Old Skelton had assembled with a brass band.

4th August -
On a charge of stealing half a pound of butter valued at 10 and a half pence, John William Roper, a boy of North Skelton, was bound over for 6 months by the Redcar Bench today. The lad admitted to Sgt Brough that he had taken the butter from a cellar of the shop of Mr S A Rapp, where he had been temporarily employed.
6th August - 26180 E Cotton of Skelton in Cleveland is reported wounded.

Soldiers sat outside the Wharton Hall. Only one known is Pte John Henry Shambley on the front row, second from the Right.

10th August -
4282 Pte ROBERT SPEECHLEY, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, died aged 22.
It is not known how Robert died. On this day the Battalion were not in action. The War Diary says that men were discharged from the Field Amublances [mobile hospitals] at Bailleul "in a totally unfit condition", as all the Units were moving South to the Somme area.
Son of Rimis and Eda Speechley of 12 William St, North Skelton, N Yorkshire.

Family and War Service page.
10th August -
The local 4th Yorks Battalion were ordered to move 60 miles South to the Somme area, where they would take part in the continuing offensive. They would remain there for the rest of the year.

15th August -
Today at Guisborough the Rev J J Ellwood, curate of Skelton, was fined 12s 6d for not obscuring a window light at his house on the night of August 9th. The case was proved by PC Almond and the offence admitted by the clergyman, who said that he had been very particular about the lights.
It was in the bedroom of the housekeeper and she had gone to bed without drawing the blind to the bottom of the window.
Mr J Toyn, who presided, said the Bench must take a serious view of breaches of the lighting regulations. A single light might endanger a whole community.

22nd August -
Sarah J Smith of Yeoman Street, Skelton asked for her son John W Welburn of the same street, to be bound over on the ground that he had used threats.
She said that 5 years ago her son had ceased calling at her house and during the past 2 years his conduct had been such that she could bear it no longer.
At various times he had made faces at her and had jeered in addition to calling her bad names. On Thursday, August 10th, and he came to her in the street and after using objectionable language he double his fist in her face and said he had a good mind to smash her *$3%&* face. The following Saturday he again had the street disturbed.
It was suggested in cross examination that she originated the trouble through her slanderous stories, which she indignantly denied.
A neighbour named Mrs Ward corroborated the story of the threats, but at the same time declared that Welburn said he was going to see a solicitor about his mother's gossiping about him.
Mrs Gott told the Court that Welburn had said that if he lost the case, he would make the whole street dance.
Sir Alfred Pease said that all people in public treated their mothers with respect and as there was only one case of a threat the case would be dismissed.

25th August -
The following Skelton men were reported wounded:- 9993 Corporal G King. 27089 Pte J Harding. 24467 Pte H Lane.

29th August -
Robert Cook of 32 Charlotte St, New Skelton was today at Guisborough fined 10s 6d for not effectively obscuring a candle light. A special Constable proved the case and was allowed 5 shillings costs.

29th August -
A charge of night poaching was today at Guisborough preferred against 3 miners, John Green and William Scuffham of Skelton and Thomas Lightburn of Lingdale.
The prosecution contended that the 3 men were seen to enter a big field near Skelton Castle on Saturday night and on their being followed Green was caught in the act of fixing a net.
Two other men ran away, but some little time after they returned and when PC Garbutt used his flashlight, he and Gamekeeper Mills saw they were Scuffham and Lightburn. Nets were discovered and 12 rabbits. Scuffham and Lightburn had stones in their hands.
Scuffham's house was visited and underneath the stairs there were discovered a pair of goloshes, which were wet. Green and Lightburn admitted the offence, but Scuffham said that they were mistaken. He denied being in the Castle grounds and said that when the police arrived he was in bed. He had not worn the goloshes for 6 months.
The Bench dismissed the case against him and fined the other two men £3 each.

1st September -
Ernest Calvert, a miner of Skelton, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly at Staithes Railway Station on August 19th.
PC Hutchinson said that he was on duty with PC Binns when he saw Calvert in a very drunken condition. He used very bad language and put himself in a fighting attitude.
The Constable ordered him away. A train came in and he went off in it. It was just outside the prohibited area and men travelled there just to drink. On the way home they were continually annoying other passengers.
The Chairman said they should be removed from the Station, but the Police said it was at closing time and they were too busy in the town at the public houses.
A fine of £1 was inflicted.

1st September -

Kenneth Ross, age 38, of 54 High St, Skelton appealed on the grounds of serious hardship and he was in an exempt occupation.
He kept poultry, ewes and lambs, had been in business for 4 years and had not had time to wind it up. Dismissed.
Fred Bell.

Mr Hoggett, Solicitor, appealed on behalf of the organist of Skelton Parish Church, Frederick Bell, aged 27, of 67 High St, Skelton.
Fred had 36 music pupils and his mother was solely dependent on him, as no one else could do his work.
The Tribunal thought that this was one of the weakest applications that they had seen and dismissed his case.
Fred survived the War, continued teaching, played the Church organ and ran a local Band for years afterwards.
It is not know which Army unit he was allocated to, but as the photograph shows he was clearly in the Band and probably conducted it.

2nd September -
At the Council meeting Dr Stainthorpe reported 7 cases of Tuberculosis, but otherwise the district was free from infectious disease, a state of things that had not happened during the past 3 and a half years.

5th September -
"It is carelessness in many cases", said Supt Rose when further offenders under the Lighting Regulations were dealt with.
Emma Thorpe, of 61 Wharton Street, North Skelton, pleaded guilty to causing a glare by allowing her chimney to catch fire and was fined 10s 6d.

3rd September -
2423 Pte FRANK DUNN, 1/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) died, aged 22.
The son of Frederick and the late Alma Dunn of 23 Charlotte St, New Skelton.
Frank has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
Family and War Service page.

5th September -
At Guisborough today, Jonathan Hardy of Green Road, Skelton was charged with using obscene language and was fined 12s 6d. PC Nicholson stated that he was frequently receiving complaints about the language used in the main thoroughfare of Skelton.

6th September -
The sum of £1 5s was realised at a sale of doll's clothing, cakes and toffee made by May Hatton, Edna Gardner, Alice Mett and Nora Ridsdale, 4 Skelton girls for the benefit of the local Soldiers' comforts fund.

7th September -
A shocking accident attended by a fatal result occurred at Messrs Bell Bros. Park Pit, Skelton yesterday afternoon.
2 miners were working together on the back shift in the pit, when a large quantity of stone came away and fell upon them.
One of the miners was drilling a hold for the purpose of blasting the stone down and the other was filling a tub.
When they were extricated by other miners, who rushed to the spot, and conveyed to the Skelton Hospital, it was found that George Ward, aged 32, of 15 Boosbeck Road, Skelton Green, had succumbed to the injuries he received, whilst James Jackson, of Milbank Street, Skelton, was suffering from a compound fracture of the ankle. Ward was married with four children.

8th September -
15653 JOSEPH W FORSTER, 1/5th Cheshire Regiment, was killed, aged 33.
The son of Ralph and Ellen Forster, of 3 Park St, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Yorks and husband of Esther Forster, of 5 Forbes St, Stockport, Cheshire.
Family and War Service page.

12th September -
The following Skelton men are reported wounded:-
1299 Pte E Hudson. 1300 L/Cpl E Simons,

12th September -
About 10 o'clock in the evening of the 10th PC Nicholson met John William Richardson, a miner of Skelton Green coming from the direction of Airey Hill Road and suspecting that he had been in search of game, he questioned him and also found a gate net in his possession. Richardson was charged today under the Poaching Prevention Act and was fined 10 shillings.

Allan H Rooks.

14th September -
10705 Lance Corporal ALLAN HORATIO ROOKS, 6th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action, aged 23.
The son of William and Mary Ann Rooks, of 8, Thomas St, New Skelton-in-Cleveland, N Yorks.
Family and War Service page.

15th September -
201062 Pte WILLIAM WATSON, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action, aged 27.
The son of Elizabeth and George Watson of 38 Back Lane, Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorkshire.
Family and War Service page.
15th September -
At the Skelton and Brotton Tribunal a Skelton Farmer made a long appeal in respect of his 24 year old son.
The Government urged him, he said, to grow more produce on his land and he could not do that if he had not men to work with.
The Chairman - "You are getting far too far ahead with your statement."
Farmer - "All right, I will go back and start again."
Chairman - "No we cannot have you starting again. Have you tried to replace your son with an older man ?"
Farmer - "That is the very question I was wanting you to ask me. I got an older man to help with the hay and he would not stop"
Chairman - "Did you pay him the regular wages ?"
Farmer - "I paid him what he asked, but I would not supply him with beer and gave him sixpence a day extra."
The farmer said that he had 3 horses and he could not get anyone to take charge of them. "I am about sick of it." he declared.
2 months exemption was given.
An appeal was made on behalf of the Skelton Co-operative Society, by the Secretary Mr M Videan, for a 31 year old Rolleyman.
They were in a more difficult position than ever, he said, as some men had joined the Army since the last Tribunal. The Rolleyman made a personal appeal and obtained 3 months exemption.
A Linesman with the Skelton and Brotton Electric Supply Undertaking obtained expemption until January 1st.

15th September -
The second annual show of the New Skelton Allotment holders was held in Stanghow Lane Schools on Saturday afternoon.
There was a find display of garden produce.
The Association has set aside two allotments for the benefit of the sailors and the whole of the produce grown there is devoted to the benefit of the ships in the Navy.

15th September -
Mrs Wharton of Skelton Castle gave a Tea to the wives or mothers of men at the Front in the Skelton Parish at the New Drill Hall on Wednesday.
She asked the women to remember that when the men came back they will have seen a good deal of the outside world and advised them as far as they could to read something of the countries in which the men are fighting.
Colonel Wharton gave a speech in which he spoke of the importance of people being quiet and calm during Zeppelin raids, as far as possible remaining in their houses and avoiding all conversation in the streets.

15th September -
This was a further phase in the Battle of the Somme and it lasted until the 22nd of September.
It was notable for the introduction of tanks, 49 in all, by the British.
Only 15 made it to No Mans Land, but they were considered to have had a devastating effect on German morale.
The British forces made initial gains of some 2 km within the first three days, something of an achievement at the time, and particularly during the Battle of the Somme.
Led by tanks the villages of Martinpuich, Flers and Courcelette fell to the Allies, as did the much sought-after High Wood.
Nevertheless, a combination of poor weather and extensive German reinforcements halted the British and Canadian advance on 17 September.
The Allies had again suffered heavy casualties and many of the local 4th Yorks Battalion were killed and wounded. Raymond Asquith, the son of the British Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith lost his life at this time.

16th September -
3803 Pte DANIEL TAYLOR, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action, aged 39.
Husband of Eliza Taylor, of 6 Prospect Place, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Yorks.
The local 4th Yorks Battalion continued to attack the German trenches this day near Martinpuich and many were killed and wounded.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Family and War Service page.
16th September -
2722 Pte HORACE WILLOW, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action, aged 29.
Son of Alfred and Annie Willow of 24 Yeoman St, Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorkshire.
Family and War Service page.

17th September -
2945 Pte ROBERT COOKE, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action, aged 30.
The son of Alfred and Sarah Cooke, of 31 Cleveland St, Skelton Green, N Yorks.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Family and War Service page.

Private James E Hart.

17th September -
25020 Pte JAMES EDWARD HART, 13th Bn Durham Light Infantry, was killed in action.
His Battalion were part of the 68th Brigade of the 23rd Division and took part in the Battle of Flers Courcelettes.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Family and War Service page.
17th September -
2640 L/Cpl HERBERT JACKSON, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action, aged 21.
The son of John Jackson, of 20 Park St, Skelton-in-Cleveland, N Yorks.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Family and War Service page.
18th September -
The second annual exhibition, arranged by the North Skelton Allotment Holders Association was held in the North Skelton Institute on Saturday afternoon and there was a capital show of flowers and vegetables etc.

25th September -
3405 Cpl BENJAMIN E NUNN, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, died of wounds, aged 21, at the Base hospital, Rouen.
Son of Robert and Jane Nunn, of 5 Holmebeck Rd, North Skelton, Skelton-in-Cleveland, N Yorks.
Family and War Service page.

27th September -
3099 Pte JOHN W HARDWICK, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment. died, aged 33.
The son of Jane and the late George Hardwick, of 4 Thomas St, Skelton-in-Cleveland, N Yorks.
Family and War Service page.

28th September -
17720 Pte JOHN W RUDD, 6th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, died, aged 26. Son of John William Rudd and the late Emma Rudd, of 23 Harker St, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Yorks. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
Family and War Service page.
John's younger brother, Harry, was to be lost just after the war ended. He was wounded, probably in the last Battle of Ypres, and brought home to Skelton where he is buried.
30th September -
Letter to local Gazette:-
Sir, A short time ago you were good enough to allow me the use of your columns to make an appeal for subscriptions to the Langbaurgh East Sick and Wounded Travelling Fund and I now venture to ask you to publish the list of Subscribers and thank all who have been kind enough to help.
I think the Fund will supply a want that has been much felt by those who are so unfortunate as to have relatives wounded and who are unable to afford the cost of travelling long distances to see them, when brought over to Hospitals in this country.
I am Sir, your obedient Servant,
E Hamilton, Major, Recruiting Office, Saltburn by Sea.

Army Enlistment Forms for Skelton Recruits.
Signatures of Edward Hamilton of Rigwood and Tommy Varty, Manager of Park Pit

3rd October -
At Guisborough today Alfred Horner and John W Wood, miners of Brotton and Oswald Hallam, a miner of North Skelton were charged under the Prevention of Poaching Act.
Sgt Harrison stated that in company with PCs Wilson, Bainbridge and Yeoman, he was on the footpath between North Skelton and Brotton when the 3 defendants were observed emerging from Lumpsey Gardens. They were carrying sacks.
A search then revealed in their possession 26 rabbits, 4 hares, a number of nets, whip lines and ferrets.
Horner and Hallam stated it would be the last time for them and Wood had nothing to say.
Horner and Hallam who had previous were fined 15s and 10s respectively and Wood 7s 6d.

5th October -
The death took place last evening, shortly after admission to the Skelton Green Miner's Hospital of John Henry Sunley, aged 44, of Hobdale Terrace, Skelton.
He was struck on the head by a piece of falling stone, whilst working in the Margrove Park Ironstone Mine and was seriously injured. His condition appeared hopeless from the first. He leaves a widow and number of children.
At an inquest on the 6th, Walter Rowe, a miner of Margrove Park said that he was working in Stanghow Mine yesterday with the deceased, who was a shot firer.
They had just finished a number of shots and were preparing for another when the top came away and 3 to 4 hundredweight fell upon Sunley.
If they had known there was any danger they could easily have brought it down. He had worked with the deceased for 16 years and always found him to be careful.
Dr Thorney of Skelton said the base of his skull was fractured and nothing could be done for him. He added that arrangements for removal of injured men was totally inadequate at several mines in the district.
Hobdale Terrace.

5th October -
There was a large attendance present at a special performance given in the Empire Theatre, Boosbeck last evening in aid of the Langbaurgh East Division Travelling Fund to enable relatives to visit the wounded in other parts of the country.
An enjoyable programme was contributed by local artistes and the North Skelton Band.

The back of this Postcard gives the following information.

Margaret Wharton is probably second from Left Front row and her step-mother Elizabeth Wharton centre.

4 South Terrace, which had been used during the Boer War as a Convalescent Hospital, was used as an annex to the Red Cross Hospital at the Wharton Hall.

6th October -
The Red Cross Hospital at Skelton has been enlarged to 30 beds, Mr Wharton having also lent the old Soldiers' Home [4 South Terrace] as an annex.
Gifts of cigarettes, tobacco or anything else for the benefit of the Soldiers directed to the Matron, Wharton Hall will be gratefully received.

7th October -
At the Council meeting Mr Samuel Waller of Back Lane, Skelton was appointed a manager of the Skelton group of Schools.
It was decided that the Clerk should write to Supt Rose with a view to having Sunday trading suppressed.

7th October -
27828 Pte JAMES WILLIAM BULMER, 27th (Tyneside Irish) Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action, age 38.
The son of Annie Bulmer, of 55 Back Lane, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Yorks and the late Joseph Bulmer.
Family and War Service page.
He is buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres.

9th October -
10602 Sgt J W SKIPPER, 9th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, died, aged 26.
Eldest son of John and Mary Skipper of Massingham, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Husband of Minnie E. Wooding (formerly Skipper), of Castle Ashby, Northampton. Family and War Service page.
10th October -
The North Riding Education Committee received a report with respect to a conference that had been held at the North Skelton Infants Council School between representatives of Messrs Bolckow and Vaughan and Co, the School Managers and the Education Committee when the movement in the School premises owing to the workings of the North Skelton Mines was discussed. The firm had undertaken to do certain work at their own expense to deal with the situation.

16th October -
A great gale swept over the North of England causing much damage in East Cleveland. Two men were killed by a train while walking on the line around Huntcliff.

26647 Pte EDWARD [TED] COOK, 10th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, died, aged 25.
The son of Robert and Esther Cook of 34 Charlotte Street, New Skelton, N Yorks.
The 10th (Service) Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment were attached to the 62nd Brigade of the 21st Division.
He is buried at Vermelles British Cemetery, 10k NW of Lens.
Family and War Service page.

4th November -
At the Council meeting a circular was read from the Local Government Board explaining that under the amended Old Age Pensions Act additional sums could be granted to pensioners up to 2s 6d per week. The Deputy Clerk said that pensioners would have to make application for the extra amount in the same way as when first applying for the pension.

4th November - APPEALS TRIBUNAL.

The North Riding Appeals Tribunal heard the appeal of a Skelton Farmer, K Ross, of Green Farm on behalf of his son, Alfred Ross, age 24.
The lad had "gone through the ordeal of attesting and registering" and had "not gone behind any screens".
The Farm was milking 20 cows, had 48 acres of corn to cut and only 3 men to do it.
The fact that he had 2 sons in the Army caused the Chairman to observe that he had done well, but the need for men was great and the other son, who was a cowman, would have to go. Dismissed.
William Patterson, a Tailor's Cutter for the Co-operative Society, age 29 and living at 10 Boosbeck Road, Skelton Green appealed. It was presented by the Co-op Secretary, Mr Videan, who said that Patterson was the only man capable of taking charge of the Department, which covered a wide area of Skelton, North and New Skelton, Boosbeck, Saltburn, Lingdale, Margrove Park, Charltons, Moorsholm etc and doing a trade of �800 per annum.
4 men had already gone to the Colours from this Department. Female labour had been substituted and they are working late hours in order to cope with the trade. This was the second hearing and case dismissed.

11th November -
4093 Pte ARTHUR COOKE, 5th Bn Yorkshire Regt, was killed in action, aged 32,
The son of Alfred and Sarah Cooke, 31 Cleveland St, Skelton Green, N Yorks.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Family and War Service page.
14th November -
A fine of 5s was imposed upon Arthur Shepherd, a general dealer of North Skelton on a charge of Sunday trading on the 5th. Defendant who did not appear had told PC Bean that he thought it was hard lines as it was the first Sunday he had been open since being cautioned.

14th November -
A local miner's diary - "Henry Storey fell down cellar steps at the Green Inn, Skelton."

1st December -
A Roll of Honour for the men who joined the Colours from the Skelton district has been fixed in a prominent position on the Literary Institute outer wall in Skelton High Street and was unveiled by Colonel Wharton.
Major E Hamilton, recruiting officer for the Cleveland district also took part in the unveiling ceremony and an address was given by Rev H M Drake, M.A., the Rector of Skelton.
Presumably destroyed when the Institute was demolished.

5th December -
A charge of Sunday trading was preferred against John W Guy, off license holder of Skelton at Guisborough today. Defendant admitted selling sweets on Sunday, but pleaded that he was licensed to open and he had to break the Law or the Law would break him.
Other traders who now closed had declared that they would open again unless Guy was stopped from selling food on Sunday.
Dr Stainthorpe - "The question is, is chocolate a food."
Supt Rose - "It is not a necessity."
Fined 5 shillings.

7th December -
Lloyd-George, who wanted further Conscription and a War Cabinet, with Conservative support, replaced Asquith as Prime Minister.

8th December -

George Thompson, age 37, of 10 Back Lane, Skelton appealed against his conscription on grounds of serious hardship.
He claimed - "I am doing good for inhabitants of Skelton by supplying them with necessary vegetable. If I am called up I have no one to cultivate my garden."
Dismissed, but not to be called up until 1 January 1917.
At the local tribunal, a 37 year old single man, Alfred Thomas Pattinson, who is employed in his father's Saddlery business at Skelton was given exemption until January 1st.
His father, Henry told the panel that he could not possibly do without him as I am 79 years of age.
John Robert Leckenby, age 23, Assistant school master, of 22 Trout Hall Lane, Skelton appealed on grounds of serious hardship.
His case was that he teaches at Boosbeck School. He supports a widowed mother and partially supports his sister.
He is the only assistant at the School and he is also studying for examinations to be taken on the 18th April 1917 for the RHS qualification in School Gardening for Teachers.
He is also the only teacher able to train a class of scholarship pupils for thier examination on the 12th May 1917.
Their future depends on the results of these examinations. He also has voluntarily joined the North Riding Reserve Volunteers [Boosbeck Branch] since receiving his conditional exemption.
If the exemption is reviewed he is willing to devote Saturdays and all School Holidays to other work decided by the North Riding Appeal Tribunal.
Dismissed on the 30th March 1917.
He was enlisted in the Yorkshire Regiment and then transferred to the 1/4th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment.
John Leckenby was killed in action on the 9th October 1917 in the Third Battle of Ypres [Passchendaele] and his body never found.
See his Memorial Page here.

12th December -
James Metcalfe of North Skelton was summoned at Guisborough today for failing to obscure a light on a bicycle and was ordered to pay the costs of 5s 6d.
Defendant wrote that he would not be present at Court as he thought that he would "do more good for my country by going to work"

12 December -
2 North Skelton tradesmen, who had battled in the past, were summoned at Guisborough for Sunday trading and were fined 5 shillings.
Herbert W Riddiough after refusing to supply sweets, sold fruit to a child and a woman. When spoken to he said he did not think he was doing harm in selling fruit.
Arthur Shepherd told the officer that he would close if the Riddiough would do so. Supt Rose remarked that either of the 2 men was afraid of the other getting an extra pennyworth of business.

16th December -
Through the fall of a quantity of stone in Messrs Cochrane and Cos Stanghow Mine, yesterday, two miners were very seriously injured.
J Lee of Margrove Park had both his legs broken and R Smith of Boosbeck Rd, Skelton Green, sustained such a severe crushing of one of his legs that it had to be amputated at the Skelton Green Hospital, where both men were conveyed after the accident.

R/20547 Rifleman Thomas Robinson Glover. - Intimation has now been received that he was killed 15th September 1916.
He was the son of Mr Thomas Glover of 7 Seaton Terrace, Stanghow and a member of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps.
First reported missing on the 15th September and now ascertained that he was killed in action on that date.
He was aged 21 and a native of Westerdale and spent his early days at Wood End Farm. At the time of joining the Army he was employed by Mr W R Young, a Skelton butcher.
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.

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