Friday, 29 May 2015

Nuttall, Harold - Private (40106)

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Trench Mortar Battery,
Lancashire Fusiliers,
Killed in Action,
29th September 1918,
Age 36
Chapel Corfner Cemetery Sauchy-Lestree.

Newspaper Report:

Mrs. Nuttall, Warner Street, Haslingden, has received information that her husband, Pte. Harold Nuttall, Trench Mortar Battery, Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed by a shell on September 29th.  Pte. Nuttall, who was 36 years of age, was a member of a well known and greatly esteemed Haslingden family.
As a boy he commenced to work for Mr. Fletcher, newsagent and bookseller, Manchester Road, and about nine years ago, on Mr. Fletcher's retirement, he took over the principal of Mr. Fletcher's two shops in Manchester Road.  From the first he showed distinct aptitude in the business of newsagent and bookselling, and her easily maintained the business at the success it had attained under Mr. Fletcher. His close attention to business detail and his pleasant manner made him highly popular.
Pte. Nuttall was a member of Haslingden Parish Church choir from being about nine years of age up to his joining up eighteen months ago.  Whilst in France he has written the most cheerful letters, and Mrs. Nuttall felt some concern when there came a cessation of his letters, two or three of which had previously come in a week.
The story of his death is told by a lieut. to whom he was orderly.  Private Nuttall had been cooking and then went just outside the dug out.  A shell burst at his feet.  The lieutenant to whom he was orderly had gone out with another, and he found his orderly dead on is return.  The burial took place at 7 in the evening - three and a half hours after the casualty.  The lieut. writes in the most glowing terms of Private Nuttall, who, he says was both father and son to him, adding that he was one of the cleanest living and most devoted men he had ever known.