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John Nuttall was born in 1892 in Preston and was the son of Thomas and Lucy Nuttall (nee Johnson). John was one of 9 children, 2 of which had died, the other 6 surviving siblings being Robert, Margaret, Mary, James, Joseph and William the youngest.

At the time of the 1911 Census John was living at 48 Pole Street, Preston with his parents and his 6 brothers and sisters and he was working as a weaver.

John attested at Preston on 24th September, 1914 and was posted into the 10th Battalion. At his medical he is described as 5`5” tall, weighed 116 lbs, had a fresh complexion with blue eyes and dark brown hair. It was noted that he had a “linear scar over his left eye brow”.

On the 15th November, 1914 at Seaford, John blotted his copy book, his papers reveal that he was reported because “whilst on active service, he was absent from church parade”, his punishment being “leave stopped for 14 days and 1 extra parade”.

John Nuttall obviously learnt from his mistake because a steady rise in promotions followed.

On the 25/1/15 John was appointed Lance Corporal, and then further promoted to Corporal on 6/7/15.

John Nuttall embarked for France landing at Boulogne on 1st August, 1915 with the 10th Battalion.

On the 9/12/15 his papers reveal that John was appointed Acting Sergeant and then on the same date promoted to Sergeant and in both cases it notes ‘vice Sgt. Eddleston‘ (who had been wounded).

Sgt John Nuttall died on 8th August, 1916. The 10th Battalion War Diary refers;

8th August 1916 – Mametz Wood

Enemy’s artillery very active – at least 50 shells of varying calibre (4.2 and 5.9) were fired. We suffered 5 killed and seventeen wounded.

9th August 1916 – Mametz Wood

Today the enemy has only shelled this wood intermittently during the morning – we suffered no casualties.

On 26th August, 1916 the Preston Guardian printed the following report about John.




The above report states that Sgt John Nuttall died on the morning of the 8th August, 1916, the CWGC and his service papers both state that he died on 9th August, 1916.

Sgt John Nuttall was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals and is buried at Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, France.

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 16346
Date of Death: 09/08/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.

This research was conducted by Janet Davis

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3 Responses to 16346 SJT. J. NUTTALL. L.N.LAN

  1. raymond nuttall says:

    Hi my name is Raymond Nuttall,, 16346 sgt J Nuttall & 3396 sgt T Horsfield i think are related as i have a few photos of the two men .my grandma spoke of Tom Horsfield & said her husband brother was J Nuttall i have been to both graves to pay my respect to them both hope to see if any one knows any more R Nuttall

    • sandra dirckze says:

      John Nuttall was my Grandfathers brother. He is also related to William Edward Nuttall who was also with Loyal North Lancs, 9th Battalion, # 23996 and killed in Arras. John and William were 1st cousins. Williams father Edward Nuttall was the brother of Johns father Thomas.

  2. Raymond Nuttall says:

    My dads great uncle John Nuttall RIP

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