Monday, 27 April 2015

Horrocks, Jack - (Rank not known)

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Royal Corps Of Signals
Died 1 May 1944
Age 30

Jack Horrocks died at his home in Haslingden from Hodgkin's Disease (a form of cancer). Jack was discharged from the Army because of his illness and was unable to return to his civilian job as a bus-conductor for Haslingden Transport Department.

Jack was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Horrocks and the husband of Elizabeth. He had a sister, Maggie. Jack was aged 30. He attended St.James' Church and School and played cricket and football for the Church Institute. He was also an expert billiards player. He was a member of Haslingden Conservative Club and Haslingden British Legion.

On 5 May Jack was laid to rest in Holden Hall Cemetery after a service conducted by the Revd. C.C. Greenwood. In addition to family and friends, representatives from Haslingden Transport Department, Haslingden Conservative Club, Haslingden British Legion and St.James' Church Institute were present. Amongst the many floral tributes was one from 'his old friends at Hazel Mill, Acre.' Holden Hall Cemetery is now owned by Rossendale Borough Council. There are 32 C.W.G.C. (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) graves from the 1914-1918 War and four from the 1939-1945 War. Jack lies in a family grave in Plot G, Grave 353, C of E Section.