WE REMEMBER TODAY

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.

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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.

THE BRUSHES WAR MEMORIAL

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.

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WE REMEMBER IN AUGUST

We remember the following men who died in August between 1914-1918 and are commemorated on Old Whittington and the Brushes War Memorial.

J W Shawcroft          8th August 1918

John Short                 8th August 1916

Albert Hewitt          10th August 1916

T WM S Pendleton 10th August 1917

Vincent Cooke        13th August 1916
(Vincents story can be read at https://oldwhittingtonops.com/cooke-vincent/ )

J Vaughn                 16th August 1917

John Newey            17th August 1917

Perhaps some day the sun will shine again,
And I shall see that still the skies are blue,
And feel once more I do not live in vain,
Although bereft of You.

Perhaps the golden meadows at my feet
Will make the sunny hours of spring seem gay,
And I shall find the white May-blossoms sweet,
Though You have passed away.

Perhaps the summer woods will shimmer bright,
And crimson roses once again be fair,
And autumn harvest fields a rich delight,
Although You are not there.

Perhaps some day I shall not shrink in pain
To see the passing of the dying year,
And listen to Christmas songs again,
Although You cannot hear.

But though kind Time may many joys renew,
There is one greatest joy I shall not know
Again, because my heart for loss of You
Was broken, long ago.

Perhaps By Vera Brittain (taken from http://www.theweek.co.uk/…/twelve-great-first-world-war-poe…)

 

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