Bullock Brothers

Battle of the Somme 1916 Courtesy John Warwick Brooke (Public Domain)

Private Arthur BULLOCK

Family headstone for Bullock brothers Arthur, Herbert and William

Service no. 14856

Arthur was born in Nelson to parents William Bullock, a Stone Mason, and his wife Annie Maria. He was one of 10 children living with his parents and 8 of his siblings at 216 Every St. Nelson in 1911. He followed in his father's footsteps and before he enlisted in the Army was employed as a Stone Mason.

He joined the 9th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in September 1914 and after 12 months training went to France. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the 1st July 1916, ?1st day of the Somme?. This was announced in the London Gazette of 23rd August 1916.

In a letter to his parents he wrote,
'I have got the Military Medal, and it was read out on parade today by the officer. It is for distinguishing myself on July 1st, when I got a gun across 'No Man's Land', under heavy artillery and machine-gunfire. We are having a rest at present, and we are very glad of it.'

Arthur was 30 years of age when he was killed in action on 9th April 1917 and his grave is in Wancourt British Cemetery VII. H. 5. He is also commemorated on his family grave in St. John's churchyard.

According to the Colne & Nelson Times, he had been a member of the Nelson football team and was well known as a vigorous left full-back.

Arthur's death was another tragic blow to the BULLOCK family who had now lost two sons and just a short time before Arthur died his father had passed away.

Inscription on CWGC 'TILL WE MEET AGAIN'

Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission 1901 and 1911 Census
Great Marsden (Nelson) St.John the Evangelist MI's and Gravebooks CD - Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society
Colne & Nelson Times 27th April 1917 Page6 Col 3 & 4
Burnley in the Great War website


Gunner Herbert BULLOCK

Royal Field Artillery badge

Service no. 56144

Herbert Bullock was one of a family of 10 children born to Stone Mason, William Bullock and his wife, Annie Maria. At the time of the 1911 census the whole family, apart from one married sister, was living at 216 Every St. Nelson.

Herbert joined the 103rd Bde. Royal Field Artillery in December 1914 and went to France in August 1915. On the 24th November 1915 he died from wounds which he received in action.

He was 24 years of age. He is buried in Sailly-Sur-La-Lys Canadian Cemetery II. B. 50. Herbert is also remembered on his family grave in St.John's churchyard. Plot no.D 233

According to the 'Burnley in the Great War' website 'he was killed in action whilst trying to rescue a comrade and was recommended for a DCM but doesn't appear to have received any reward for this act of gallantry'

He was formerly employed as a weaver at Messrs. Hartley and Wilkinson. Pendle St. Mill, Nelson and lived with his parents at 82 Beaufort St. Nelson. He had two older brothers serving in the Army; Private Arthur BULLOCK of the Lancashire Fusiliers in France and Private James BULLOCK of the East Lancashire Regiment in the Dardanelles.

Inscription CWGC
'TILL WE MEET AGAIN'

Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission 1901 and 1911 Census
Great Marsden (Nelson) St. John the Evangelist MI's & Grave Books CD-Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society
Colne & Nelson Times 10th Dec 1915 Page 5 Col 4 Burnley in the Great War website


Private William BULLOCK

Family headstone for Bullock brothers Arthur, Herbert and William

Service no. 31357

William, born in Nelson in 1893, was the fourth son of Stone Mason, William Bullock and his wife, Annie Maria. He was one of a very large family of five sons and five daughters. All of them, apart from one married daughter, were living with their parents at 216 Every St. when the 1911 census was taken.

William or, Willie as he was known, started his working life as a warehouse lad in the cotton mill of Messrs. Hartley and Wilkinson, Pendle St. Mill, Nelson where he later became a tape labourer.

Willie enlisted at Nelson and served in the 1st Bn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in France where he was wounded on 18th October 1918 and died 2 days later on the 20th October. He was 25 years of age and is buried in Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy. Plot 11 C 38.

William was the third son to die in the war; within less than three years the family had lost three sons. This was not a unique situation, as many families around the country suffered large losses over short periods of time. However, this was a particularly cruel blow for their mother, Mrs. Annie Maria Bullock, as at the beginning of 1917 her husband had also died, when he was only 64 years old.

William and the two brothers, Arthur and Herbert, who also died in the War, are remembered
on the family grave in St.John's churchyard Plot no.D233

Inscription on CWGC 'TILL WE MEET AGAIN'

Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission 1901 and 1911 Census
Great Marsden (Nelson) St. John the Evangelist MI's & Grave Books CD-Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society
Colne & Nelson Times 22nd November 1918 Page 9 Col 4


St John's Churchyard

St John with St Philip Church
Barkerhouse Road
Nelson, Lancashire
BB9 9EY

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