|Pte John Ormerod Nuttall|
Killed in Action,
2nd June 1918,
Buried at Bienvillers Military Cemetery
PTE. J.O. NUTTALL KILLED IN ACTION.
HELMSHORE YOUTH WHO DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF AT SCHOOL.
"ALWAYS A CHEERY COMRADE".
Mr. Joshua Nuttall, of 413 Holcombe Road, Helmshore, spinner, has received information that his only son, Pte. John Ormerod Nuttall (21) of the King's Company, Grenadier Guards was killed by a shell on the night of Sunday, June 1st. Pte. Nuttall from early years showed brilliance as a scholar, and all along he more than maintained the high expectations of his many frie nds. As a boy he attended Helmshore Council School, where he won the Smethurst and also the Florence Porritt scholarships, tenable at Haslingden Secondary School. He could only use one of these scholarships, and he elected to take the Smethurst. At the Secondary School he won a County Council scholarship, tenable at the Secondary School for three years and of the annual value of £20. In 1915 he won a County Council Scholarship, tenable at Victoria University, Manchester for three years and of the annual value of £60. He had been at the University only about five months when he answered his group call and joined up.
The Church of England chaplain writes that Private Nuttall (who appears to have been acting corporal) was buried in the military cemetery in a little French village near the place where he fell. "Allow me to offer you my deepest sympathy with you in your great sorrow. It will be some satisfaction to you to feel that your son has nobly done his duty and has given his life for his country. May the sacrifice of his life, together with those of so many other splendid fellows bring blessing to England and to the world. Your son died without a moments suffering."
Captain P. Malcolm, in a letter to the father says, "It is difficult to offer sympathy to one mourning such a loss as yours. I think though, that in these times everybody must realise what a fine death it is for a son to die whilst defending his country at such a time as this. He was one of the best men in this company - the first company of the British Army, and I think that that alone is a great thing to have been. He will be a great loss to us."
Mr. F.W. Malpass, headmaster of Helmshore Council School, writes to the father: "Not only you, but the district, nay, the country is much the poorer by John's removal.
Out of many who have passed through my hands I could not pick out one who showed greater promise of a brilliant career than he did. We shall always hold him in proud and grateful memory."
Mrs. Adams (nee Brandwood), who was one of the deceased's teachers at Helmshore Council School, writes, "One cannot realise why a boy so promising, loved, and honoured by all should be cut off at this stage of life. As one of his former teachers I feel his loss most keenly. He was always one of the best. His name has been mentioned almost in every home in Helmshore this week-end. All speak of him in the highest terms."
Mr. Sylvester Whittam, a close friend of Private Nuttall's writes, "He wrote me a field card, the same day he was killed, and I wrote to him the same day also. He told me that he expected to come through this time allright; and that if he did not he was sure God was caloling him to the more perfect life."
|Pte John O Nuttall|
In ever loving memory of Private John Ormerod Nuttall, Grenadier Guards, who gave his life June 2nd 1918.
"Only a memory of bygone days,
And a sigh for a face unseen;
But a constant feeling that God alone
Knoweth best what might have been."
From Father and Family, 413 Holcombe Road, Helmshore.
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