Today we remember James W Shawcroft who died 100 years ago today on 8th August 1918. He was 19 years old.

He lived at 223 Church Street Old Whittington and enlisted in 1916 at 17 years of age.

He is buried in Old Whittington (St Bartholomews) Churchyard.

We also remember today  John Short who was killed in action on 8th August 1916 and is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial France.  He was 21 years old.

If any descendants of James or John would like to post information or photographs then please contact me.


The Brushes War Memorial-Update


Myself and Jo Morris the Rector of Whittington have met with Fred Gould from Sheepbridge Business Centre and he has kindly agreed to cut back the trees and bushes that surround the memorial, to tidy it up and make it more visible to passers by.

I am not sure when but I don’t think it will be long. As I don’t pass by regularly then it would be great if everyone could keep an eye on the progress of the clean up! If anyone wants to post a photo on the facebook page old whittington one place study then please do.


Good news, I have heard from the Council and they are going to arrange to clean the memorial (as much as can be done) and do some general maintenance.  The trees overhanging the Memorial are not council trees but belong to Sheepbridge Business Centre.  I have contacted them and they are happy to cut back some of the overhanging branches etc.  Hopefully all this will be done in good time for 11th November.  I will keep you posted.

brushes war memorial