William Henry AINSWORTH
A working party of 2nd Battalion, the Manchester Regiment, part of 32nd Division, moving up to the trenches near Serre, January 1917. Ernest Brooks [Public domain]
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Private Bishop, sixth child of William and Sarah Bishop, was born 9th March 1885 in Nelson. In 1891 the family were living at 7 Wycliffe Street, Nelson.
A native of Nelson, Charles resided in Sycamore Cottage, Kelbrook for some time, and worked as a cotton weaver before emigrating to Canada in about 1910. His parents also lived in Canada in Beaverdale, Saskatchewan. Charles became a Canadian national and was employed on one of the Dominion Railways until he answered the call to arms.
He landed in England early in the spring of 1915 and went to fight in France with the Canadian Infantry at the beginning of June. Private Bishop was killed in action at Ypres on 9th July 1916. He was 31 years old and unmarried.
He is remembered at Menin Rd. South Military Cemetery CWGC. Memorial Ref: I.O.33.
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A Prisoner of War in Germany
Born in Nelson in 1898, Bertrand was the son of the Headmaster of St. John's school, Great Marsden, James Simpson Hornby and his wife, Janet. James was born in Fleetwood and Janet was born in Bolton By Bowland. The family lived at 182 Barkerhouse Rd. Nelson.
In his early years, Bertrand probably attended St. John's school but by the time of the 1911 census Bertie (as written on the census) was then 12 years of age and a private boarder at Jepson?s'Hospital, Ripon, Yorkshire.
He enlisted in the Liverpool Scottish Regiment aged 16 years of age but was later transferred to the 1st/2nd Bn. Monmouthshire Regiment and went to France in December 1917.
Whilst serving at Ypres Private Hornby was listed as missing on 12th April 1918. On the 13th April he was taken prisoner at Amentieres, suffering from a wound to his thigh. He was moved to Minden where he died from 'a severe fracture' on 29th April 1918, age 18.
Private Hornby's elder brother Thomas was a member of the Special Service Brigade of the Royal Engineers, but had been discharged from the army as a result of severe shell shock after being rescued from the debris of a demolished hut which had been struck by a German shell. When the news of Bertrand's death was received, his father was seriously ill and passed away on 31st July 1918.
Private Hornby's grave is in Hamburg Cemetery V.G.5. He is also commemorated on St. John?s Roll of Honour and on the family gravestone in the Churchyard, no. O.67.
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1901 and 1911 Census Nelson Leader 10 May 1918
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Born in Nelson, John Shuttleworth was the son of the late Thomas and Mary Ellen Shuttleworth of 81 Chapel St., Nelson. Prior to the war John Shuttleworth was in the Naval Sick Berth Reserve, and was mobilised at the outbreak of war.
He left Nelson on the 3rd August 1914 for Plymouth, where after a short training he joined the Sick Berth Reserve for twelve months.
After the completion of his term it was said that his sympathy for the sick and wounded soldiers and sailors, and his patriotism and zeal for his country, appealed so forcibly to him as to lead him to re-enlist for the duration of the war, serving with the Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve, HMS Egmont.
Before the war he had been a member of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, and was on the committee of the Nelson Centre of the St John Ambulance Association. He acted as storekeeper; having the ambulance carriage and the stores and other materials under his supervision. Also, he acted as secretary to the Central Football Club.
He died at 3.30 a.m. on Christmas Day 1915, in the Royal Naval Hospital, Bighi, Malta, from acute septic anaemia. He was 27 years of age. Senior Reserve Attendant Shuttleworth is buried at the Royal Naval Cemetery, Capuccini, Malta, plot 296.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in the St. John Ambulance Brigade, Nelson Corps, Headquarters in Eleanor St. He is also remembered on his family grave at St John's churchyard, plot A.242.
Senior Reserve Attendant Shuttleworth was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
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William Donald, born about 1890, in Whalley, was the second son of William Strachan, a self-employed gardener and his wife, Hannah. His father was born at Arbroath, Scotland and his mother in Torrington, Yorkshire.
By 1901, the family of three sons and a daughter was living with their parents in Nelson at 44 Dalton St. On the 1911 census, Donald, as he was called by his family was an 11 year old school boy and the family were still at the same address. On leaving school, Donald, started his working life in a cotton mill and became a cotton weaver.
His two brothers, Allan and Alex both enlisted in 1915 and their names are on a plaque in Nelson library. Donald enlisted later and joined the Cheshire Regiment but information could not be found regarding his war service.
He married Gertrude Murgatroyd at St. John's church in 1916 and when he died on 24th March 1921 his address was given as 29 Wickworth St., Nelson.
He is buried in St. John's churchyard and has a Commonwealth War Grave. Plot no. X 177.
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