Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Shaw, John Robert - Private (121566)

(No soldier photo available)
Royal Army Medical Corps,
Died from Pneumonia 25th July 1917
King's Military Hospital Blackpool,
Age 28
Buried at Holden Hall Cemetery, Haslingden

Newspaper Report:

A month or so ago John Robert Shaw, whose father lives in Church Street, Haslingden, and is a well known insurance agent, became a private in the R.A.M.C. at Blackpool.  On July 23rd, he took ill and was sent into a Blackpool hospital.  On 25th he died from pneumonia and pleurisy, and he was interred at Haslingden Cemetery on Saturday afternoon with military honours, a firing party attending from the local Auxiliary Military hospital, and "The Last Post" being sounded over the grave by Jack Brady, of Blackburn Road, Haslingden, a discharged soldier.  Sergt. Wilson represented the R.A.M.C. at Blackpool.
The deceased, who was 28 years of age, had worked at a Helmshore mill, and he was a member of Haslingden New Jerusalem Church, whose pastor (the Rev. C. Newall) took the service at the house, while the Rev. A. Winfield (vicar of Musbury) officiated at the grave, the deceased's wife being a member of that church.  Representatives of the Buffalo Lodge attended the funeral, the deceased being a member of that order.
A memorial service for him and the late Gunner John Pilling is to be held at the New Jerusalem Church on Sunday night.

Newspaper Memorials:

In sad but loving memory of my dear Husband, Private John Robert Shaw, R.A.M.C., died at King's Military hospital, Blackpool July 25th 1917, aged 28 years.

"In the midst of life, Death claimed him,
In the pride of his manhood days;
None knew him but to love him,
None spoke of his name but with praise.

The happy hours we once enjoyed,
How sweet their memory still;
No morning dawns, no night returns,
But what I think of him."

From his sorrowing Wife, 24, East Street, Helmshore.

"Gone but not forgotten."

From Father, Mother, and Sister, 24, East Street, helmshore.

"Some day we hope to meet him,
Some day we know not when,
To clasp his hand in the Better Land,
Never to part again."

From his loving Aunties and Uncle, Hannah and Alice, jack and Cyril, 8 Market Place, Haslingden.