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John William Nuttall was born in Chipping, Lancashire, in January 1893; the eldest son of William Nuttall – who worked at the Brass Foundry in Chipping – and his wife Jane (nee Ellison, a farmers daughter). His mother died in 1898, soon after his younger brother Thomas Henry Timbrell (who also served in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) was born. This put a great strain on his father who found he could not support both his sons on his own, so his younger brother was adopted out to his aunt Elizabeth and her husband Fred Timbrell.

John grew up in Chipping, living with his Father at “The Bottoms”. He got a job at the William Sewhurst Woollen Mill in Chipping; but on April 27th, 1912, in Longridge, he enlisted as a private soldier in the Territorial Reserves. He was assigned a regimental number of 1666, and assigned to the 1/4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

When war broke out on August 4th, 1914, John was away at the annual training camp with the Territorial Reserve. On 7th August, 1914, he signed on to serve overseas and went with the battalion to Bedfordshire to train. He was with the Battalion when it sailed to France on 4th May 1915.


A platoon of the 1/4th Battalion training in Bedfordshire in 1915. John is on the back row, 5th from left (directly below the number 2).

On 4th August 1915 John was promoted to Lance Corporal, and was made up to full corporal on 29th December 1915. He was hospitalised with Laryngitis between 25th May and 5th June, 1916. On 9th June 1916 he was promoted to Lance Serjeant (B Company?) and was confirmed in the rank of Serjeant on 13th June, 1916.


John William Nuttall circa 1916

On September 9th, 1916 , at 5:45pm, his Battalion went over the top in the battle of Ginchy, near Delville Wood. Casualties were heavy. John was wounded in the abdomen by gun shot and evacuated from the field. On September 11th, 1916, #1666 Sgt J.W. Nuttall died of his wounds. He is buried at  the Corbie Communal Cemetery, Escleir, France.

Additional family information: John’s father took the news of his son’s death hard. The year following the workers at the brass foundry in Chipping went on strike for better pay and conditions. William Nuttall was blacklisted as a trouble maker and fired – he moved to Longridge and never worked again.

John’s brother, Thomas Timbrell Nuttall, served with the regiment and survived the war. He went on to be a teacher and headmaster of the Abbeystead School – photo below.

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 1666
Date of Death: 11/09/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.


John’s brother, Thomas Timbrell Nuttall

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