East Lancashire Regiment

Stories - 2

4th East Lancashire Regiment Givenchy 1918. John Warwick Brooke [Public domain]

East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
Private Walter HOLMES

Service No: 21946

Details for Private Walter Holmes
L/Cpl Thomas HUGHES

Service No: 2393

Details for L/Cpl Thomas Hughes
Private Arthur IBBOTSON

Service No: 37199

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Private George Redman METCALFE

Service No: 2227

Details for Private George Redman Metcalfe
Private Frank Emmanuel NUTTALL

Service No: 36132

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Private Frank E. Nuttall, age 19, of the 6th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment, died of disease in hospital on 18th March 1917.He is buried in King Tom Cemetery, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

He is also remembered on the headstone of the family grave in St John's Churchyard, plot K.239

Report in Nelson Leader 1917:
Nelson Soldier Dies at Sierra Leone
Mrs Nuttall, of 75, Netherfield-road, Nelson, has received word that her grandson, Private Frank Nuttall, of the East Lancashire Regiment, has died at Sierra Leone on his way to India.
He enlisted in October, 1916, and before the outbreak of war was employed as a weaver by Messrs. Elliott and Stanworth. He was in his 20th year. Private Nuttall was connected with the Spiritualist Church, and was a member of the choir.

Mrs. Nuttall has received the following letter regarding her grandson's death:-

Military Hospital, Mount Aureol, Sierra Leone, 3rd March, 1917.
Dear Mrs Nuttall, - I greatly regret to have to inform you of the death of your grandson, Private Frank Nuttall, from phthisis on Sunday, March 18th in this hospital. He was landed in Sierra Leone on his way to India in January, in a very serious condition, having been taken ill just before arrival here. There was, unfortunately, very little that could be done for him, and it was impossible to send him home, firstly, because spotted fever had broken out on the transport and he was quarantined for that, and secondly, because his condition was such that he would never have stood a three weeks' voyage. Believe me, I sympathise very deeply with you in your loss, your only comfort being that, like many others, he died for his country. He was buried on March 19th, in Kissy Cemetery, Freetown.- I remain your-very-sincerely C. Armstrong, Captain, R.A.M.C.

Sources
Local Family History and Heraldry Society Pendle and Burnley Branch
Roget's Thesaurus Nelson Leader 1917

Private Ernest RIPLEY

Service No: 36936

Details for Private Ernest Ripley
Sergeant John SLADING

Service No: 202537

Sergeant John Slading
Details for Sergeant John Slading
Private Leonard SLATER

Service No: 1863

Details for Private Leonard Slater
Private Walter THORNTON

Service No: 203346

Details for Private Walter Thornton
Private Arthur WEST

Service No: not known

Headstone for Private Arthur West

Arthur was one of ten children born to Alfred and Susannah West. The family had moved to Nelson from the Church and Oswaldtwistle area in the 1880s and Arthur was born in Nelson in 1891.

By 1907 they were living at 123 Chapelhouse Rd. where they stayed for the next 20 years or so.
Like so many of the people living in Nelson, the whole family worked in the cotton mills; the only exception being Arthur's brother, James, who in 1911 was described as a chauffeur.

Arthur appears to have wanted some adventure in his life as on the 31st October 1912 he left Liverpool on the S.S. Devonian bound for Bedford, Massachusetts.

Unfortunately, it is not known when he returned to England, but he joined the 7th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment where he served in France and received wounds whilst in action in 1916.

Sadly, four years later, on 27th November 1920, he died from these wounds aged 29 years and was buried on the 2nd Dec 1920 in the family grave at St. John's.
Plot no. I 247

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
Lancashire BMD Indexes Manifest of Alien Passengers for United States on S.S. Devonian leaving Liverpool on 31st October 1912

Private Richard WHITESIDE

Service No: 28548

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Private Whiteside died on Tuesday 31st July 1917 at the age of 33 while serving with the 7th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment. He was born in Cornholme Yorkshire,

Private Richard Whiteside was the son of Joseph and Margaret Whiteside of 192 Railway St., Nelson and the husband of Alice Lilian Whiteside, nee Leyland, who was living at 171 Barkerhouse Road at the time of her husband's death. Later Alice moved to 10 New Lane, Crossens, Southport.

Before enlisting in Nelson in July 1916, Richard Whiteside had been employed as a weaver at R. Burton's Parkfield Shed. He had been a member of Woodlands Road Baptist choir and the Sunday School organist. He was killed in action at Messines Ridge, Belgium.

A Private W. Berridge of Nelson, said that Richard Whiteside was killed by a shell whilst serving as a signaler. Berridge was not with him at the time, the information being given to him by a comrade, who said the explosion caused another man to be carried off suffering from shell shock and a third man got clean away. The sergeant and platoon sent their sympathy to Mrs Whiteside in her loss.

Private Whiteside has no known grave. He is commemorated on Panel 34 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

His name is on the St John's Roll of Honour and on the headstone of the family grave in St John's churchyard. Plot H.24

Private Whiteside was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Sources
Fred Stringer 'They are not forgotten' Local Family History and Heraldry Society Pendle and Burnley Branch
Commonwealth War Graves Commission The Colne and Nelson Times, 17 August 1917, page 6 Peter Beckett, great-nephew of Richard Whiteside

Headstone for Private Richard Whiteside
Private John William WILKINSON

Service No: 34332

John William, born in Burnley in 1877, was the son of John and Emma Adelaide WILKINSON. In the 1911 census, John was a cotton weaver aged 33 living at 189 Leeds Rd. Nelson with his widowed mother and his two brothers, Albert Ernest and Harold Lord Wilkinson. Also there was a married sister, Sarah Clara Ann and her husband, John William Rushton.

John married Elizabeth GREENWOOD at Manchester Rd., Congregational Church, Nelson in 1914.
During the war he joined the 3rd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment but sadly, after a long illness, died of disease, in 4 Southern General Hospital on 7th June 1917. He was 39 years of age
and at the time of his death his widow, Elizabeth, was living at 71 Belgrave St.,Nelson.

He was associated with Manchester Rd. Congregational Church and School where he was a deacon of the church, a member of the choir and conductor of the Sunday School choir and greatly respected by all who knew him.

A funeral service took place at the Congregational Church. Members of the choir were present, and the Church and Sunday School were represented by the Mayor of Nelson, Mr.Townsley. A great number of floral tributes were received, including one from his fellow workpeople at Bowling Mill
John was laid to rest in St. John?s Churchyard in Plot no. D 324

A memorial on the grave reads:-
Erected in memory of J.W.Wilkinson as a token of esteem by the combined choirs of Manchester Rd., Congregational Church, Nelson 'Beautiful Zion built above, beautiful city that I love'

Sources
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 1911 Census
Great Marsden (Nelson) St. John the Evangelist MI's & Grave Books CD-Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society
Lancashire BMD Indexes Nelson Leader 15th June 1917 Page 5 Col 3

St John's Churchyard

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

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