Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Hargreaves, George William - Air Mechanic 1st Class (121003)

(No soldier photo available)
Royal Air Force,
Died 23rd September 1919,
Age 22,
Buried Blackpool (Layton Cemetery)

Newspaper Report:

Mr. H. Hudson Hargreaves (who will be remembered as secretary for ten years of Haslingden Cricket Club and employed at Sharples Road Works, and Mrs. Hargreaves, of 47 Grosvenor Street, Blackpool, have suffered a severe loss by the death, shortly after demobilisation, of their son, George William, whose illness dated from April 11th, the day following demobilisation. Deceased was formerly employed by the Maypole Dairy Co. at Blackpool.  He is on the Roll of honour of Haslingden Parish Church.
The funeral took place with military honours at Blackpool Cemetery on Saturday, and attracted considerable attention. 
A detachment of about a score of R.A.M.C. men attended the funeral.  The English oak coffin was covered with the Union Jack, and was conveyed from the house on a gun carriage.  A service was held at the Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. F. Masters, of the Raikes Parade Wesleyan Church, who also performed the last rites at the grave side. The "Last Post" was sounded over the open grave.