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Sunday’s Obituary – Tom Myers (1862-1945)

Tom Myers is the husband of my 1st cousin 3x removed, Mary Ellen Procter. Mary’s parents are William Procter and Nancy Stowell. Our common ancestors are John Stowell and Ann Riddeoff, my 4x great grandparents.

Tom was born about 1862 in Burnley, Lancashire – his birth is registered in the June quarter of that year.

Tom and Mary Ellen were married on 22 April 1884 at St. Peter’s church in Burnley. They had at least seven children between 1885 and 1904.

In the census returns for 1891, 1901 and 1911 Tom’s occupation is described as “barber” or “hairdresser and tobacconist”.

Sadly Mary Ellen died at the relatively young age of 44 early in 1908.

Tom lived for another 37 years passing away on 30 August 1945. The following notice was published in the Burnley Express on 5 September 1945.

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Mr TOM MYERS

Mt Tom Myers, last of four brothers who did so much for the musical life of Burnley, was laid to rest in Burnley Cemetery on Monday. Mr Myers, who was 83, had been residing for the past few years at 294, Scotland Road, Nelson. He was a brother of the late Mr Fred Myers, who was one of the founders and conductors of the old Philharmonic Orchestra in Burnley which afterwards became the nucleus of the Municipal Orchestra.

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Military Monday – Henry John Grainger Musgrove (1892-1917)

Henry John Grainger Musgrove is my 1st cousin 2x removed. His parents are Joseph Musgrove and Bridget Maria Grainger. Our common ancestors are John Musgrove and Catherine Ainsworth, my 2x great grandparents.

Henry was the first of ten children by Joseph and Bridget. He was born on 9 April 1892 and baptised at St. James church, Clitheroe, Lancashire on 29 May 1892.

In the 1911 census Henry’s occupation was given as “baker”.

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any remaining records of Henry’s military service. However I know from the newspaper article below that he enlisted with the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment on 11 December 1915. His service number was 21851 and at the time of his death on 24 June 1917 he was serving with the 7th Battalion.

The following article appeared in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 29 June 1917.

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HOW PRIVATE H. MUSGROVE MET HIS DEATH

“It is my sad duty to write and inform you that I buried your son, yesterday (the 24th inst.). He was killed whilst with a working party, the previous night, and as our battalion is close at hand, Captain Kendall asked me to take charge of the burial. I expect the Authorities will inform you in due course, of the place of burial, and that they will erect a cross over his grave. Captain Kendall spoke in the very highest terms of your son’s bravery and usefulness as a soldier, and his death is much lamented by all his comrades. He has given his life for the greatest of all causes, and he now sleeps in an honoured grave, fondly remembered by all who knew him. May God bless and comfort you and all sorrowing relatives.”

The above letter, signed by the Rev. R. Kelso, Chaplain to the Royal Irish Rifles, has been received by Mr. Musgrove, Wilkin Street, and refers to his son, Private Hy. Musgrove, King’s Royal Lancaster Regt., who was 25 years of age, and enlisted on the 11th December, 1915. Deceased was well known throughout the district, being formerly in the employ of Mr. Dawson, Shaw Bridge. At the time he joined the Army, however, he was engaged as a baker for the Billington and Whalley Co-operative Society. He had been in France 13 months.

A couple of weeks later the following article was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 13 July 1917

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PRIVATE HENRY J. G. MUSGROVE

Official confirmation of the death in action of Private Henry J. G. Musgrove, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regt., was received on Friday last. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Musgrove, 66, Wilkin Street, a single man aged 25, and was, formerly employed by the Billington and Whalley Co-operative Society. He joined the forces in December, 1915, and went to France the following April. The circumstances under which he met death are given by his C.O. in a letter which is appended. Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove, who are to be commiserated with in their great loss, have two other sons in France, and one in training.

The first intimation of Private Musgrove’s untimely end came from Captain Pobert Kelso, Chaplain to the 13th Royal Irish Rifles: “It is my sad duty to wrote and inform you that I buried your son, yesterday (the 24th inst.). He was killed whilst with a working party, the previous night, ands our battalion is close at hand, Captain Kendall asked me to take charge of the burial. I expect the Authorities will inform you in due course, of the place of burial, and that they will erect a cross over his grave. Captain Kendall spoke in the very highest terms of your son’s bravery and usefulness as a soldier, and his death is much lamented by all his comrades. He has given his life for the greatest of all causes, and he now sleeps in an honoured grave, fondly remembered by all who knew him. May God bless and comfort you and all sorrowing relatives.”

Captain Kendall, writing on the 2nd inst., said: “It is with the deepest regret that I write to tell you, in case you have not already heard from other sources, of the death in action of your son, No. 21,851 Private Musgrove, of this regiment. He was killed while working in a trench at night, which work was part of the general operations in the Messines ridge. A shell landed in the midst of his party, causing immediate death to him and one of his comrades. I cannot tell you how sorry I am to lose him from my company, as he had many times proved himself a brave and valuable man. On one occasion, a few days before his death, he had volunteered to carry ammunition through heavy fire, and, altogether, was one of the men whom we could least afford to lose. I can only hope that the fact that he died a noble death, and also the fact that we miss him very much out here, may help to lighten your great sorrow.”

Private Musgrove had been connected with St. Mary’s Sunday School from childhood, and a hymn was sung to his memory and reference made to his death, on Sunday last. A memorial service, conducted by the Vicar, was held in the Church on Wednesday night.

Henry is buried at Wytschaete Military Cemetery in Belgium.

The following information is taken from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website.

Wytschaete (now Wijtschate) was taken by the Germans early in November 1914. It was recovered by Commonwealth forces during the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917, but fell into German hands once more on 16 April 1918. The village was recovered for the last time on 28 September. The cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from isolated positions surrounding Wytschaete and the following small battlefield cemeteries:- REST AND BE THANKFUL FARM, KEMMEL: 23 UK burials (13 of them 2nd Suffolks), mostly of 1915. R.E. (BEAVER) FARM, KEMMEL: 18 Royal Engineer and four Canadian Engineer burials of 1915-1917. The CEMETERY NEAR ROSSIGNOL ESTAMINET, KEMMEL: 18 UK burials (11 of the 1st Wiltshire Regiment), of January-April 1915. SOMER FARM CEMETERY No.2, WYTSCHAETE: 13 UK burials made by IXth Corps in June 1917. GORDON CEMETERY, KEMMEL: 19 UK burials (14 of them 1st Gordon Highlanders) of January-May 1915. There are now 1,002 servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 673 of the burials are unidentified, but there are special memorials to 16 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate casualties known to have been buried at the Cemetery near Rossignol Estaminet, RE (Beaver) Farm and Rest and be Thankful Farm, whose graves could not be found on concentration. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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Wytschaete Military Cemetery

The article published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 19 July 1917 refers to three other brothers of Henry – at that time two were already in France and the other was in training.

These brothers were James, Albert and Tom. I am very happy to say that all three survived the war.

The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times published another article about the family on 19 October 1917.

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There are some pleasant incidents even in France, amid all the horrors and suffering entailed by the carnage of war. One such happened last Friday, when brothers Tom and Jim Musgrove (sons of Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove, Wilkin Street), met for the first time in two years. Each has since written to his parents saying how well the other looked, and what a pleasure it was to meet after such a long interval. Jim, who is attached to the Lancs. Fusiliers, has been at the front two years, and Tom, who was on his way to the Blue Cross hospital with a horse when the unexpected meeting took place, has been out with the East Lancs. nine months. Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove lost a son, henry, in action, and a fourth son, Albert, is a driver in the R.F.A., and is also across the Channel.

Sunday’s Obituary – Mary Patricia Lord (1940-1951)

Mary Patricia Lord is my 2nd cousin. Her parents are John Edward Lord and Marjorie Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

Mary was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Her birth is registered in the March quarter of 1940.

I already knew that she had died at the very young of eleven. And while researching the newspaper archives for my post about her father (see link above) I came across the following story from the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 24 August 1951.

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Inquest Verdicts On Victims Of Clitheroe Accidents

Verdicts of “accidental death” were returned at Blackburn inquests on Friday on 11-year-old Mary Patricia Lord, of 5, Beech Street, Clitheroe, who died from injuries received when she fell from her cycle, and on 68-year-old Samuel Cook, a patient of Clitheroe Hospital, who was knocked down by a car outside the hospital and later died in Blackburn Royal Infirmary.

Described by witnesses as “a very careful rider,” Pat, who was given the cycle as a present when she passed the examination for entrance to Clitheroe Grammar School, lost control when her foot slipped from the pedal, while riding in Peel Street, last Tuesday.

She fell, struck her head on the kerb-edge, and died the following day in Blackburn Royal Infirmary.

The jury returned their verdict without retiring.

So Marjorie (my 1st cousin 1x removed) lost her husband in WW2 after less than five years of marriage and then her daughter at the age of eleven.

Military Monday – John Edward Lord (1917-1944)

John Edward Lord is the husband of my 1st cousin 1x removed, Marjorie Musgrove. Marjorie’s parents are James Musgrove and Edith Jane Hibble. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

John Edward was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire on 16 December 1917 to parents Edmund and Betty Lord (nee Capstick).

John and Marjorie married on 19 August 1939 at Clitheroe Congregational Church – I posted a newspaper report of their marriage last week – here. They had one daughter, Mary Patricia who was born in 1940.

John served in the 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards in WW2. His service number was 2659738.

In the Winter months of 1944 the 2nd Coldstream Guards took part in the Battle for Monte Ornito in the mountains of Italy from 8 February to 20 February. It was in this battle that John lost his life. According to the newspaper reports below John suffered chest wounds on 17th February and died in hospital on 20 February.

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – 3 March 1944

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GUARDSMAN KILLED IN ACTION

News was received by his wife yesterday that Guardsman John Edward Lord, eldest son of Mr and Mrs E Lord, of 29, Pendle Road, Clitheroe, had been killed in action in Italy. Twnety-five years of age, Guardsman Lord joined the Army shortly after the outbreak of war, leaving his employment as a conductor with the Ribble Motor Services. His brother, Ronald, a member of the local Territorial unit, is a prisoner of war. General sympathy will be accorded his wife and child, who live at 27, Chatburn Road, and his parents, in their sorrow.

 

 

 

 

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – 10 March 1944

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Mrs Lord, of Chatburn Road, Clitheroe, has received a letter from a chaplain in which he says that her husband, Guardsman John E Lord, whose death on active service we reported last week, died in hospital on February 20th, after being admitted on the 17th, suffering from chest wounds. “Everything humanly possible was done for him, and he showed great patience and courage.” the chaplain says. “He made a great fight for his life, and died peacefully. He lies buried in a little English cemetery in beautiful country in the Italian hills. A simple wooden cross is placed on his grave.”

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – 24 March 1944

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MEMORIAL SERVICE

A portion of the morning service at Clitheroe Congregational Church, on Sunday, was set apart in remembrance of Guardsman John E Lord, who died of wounds in Italy. At the close of his sermon, the Rev J A Sinclair said: “We are today honouring one and thinking lovingly and gratefully of one who has laid down his life in the hope that it was not in vain. We are not out to glorify war, for war in itself has no glory; but we wish to pay our token of respect and esteem to one of our young men, John Ernest Lord, the fourth on our Honour Roll of those who have passed on. We did not have him long here, having come to us after the closing of Mount Zion Chapel, but long enough to know him fairly intimately. We shall remember him as quiet and unassuming, but willing to give himself courageously and unselfishly that tyranny and oppression might not strut across the earth in all its proud boastfulness and hideousness.”

John Edward Lord is buried at Minturno War Cemetery in Italy. His grave is marked by a cross with inscription:-

HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

The following information is from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

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Minturno War Cemetery

On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Allied objectives were to draw German troops from the Russian front and more particularly from France, where an offensive was planned for the following year. Progress through southern Italy was rapid despite stiff resistance, but by the end of October, the Allies were facing the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line, which stretched from the river Garigliano in the west to the Sangro in the east. Initial attempts to breach the western end of the line were unsuccessful and it was not until 17 January 1944 that the Garigliano was crossed, and Minturno taken two days later. The site for the cemetery was chosen in January 1944, but the Allies then lost some ground and the site came under German small-arms fire. The cemetery could not be used again until May 1944 when the Allies launched their final advance on Rome and the US 85th and 88th Divisions were in this sector. The burials are mainly those of the heavy casualties incurred in crossing the Garigliano in January. Minturno War Cemetery contains 2,049 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. The cemetery was designed by Louis de Soissons.

Wedding Wednesday – Marjorie Musgrove and John Edward Lord

Marjorie Musgrove is my 1st cousin 1x removed. Her parents are James Musgrove and Edith Jane Hibble. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

Marjorie was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire in 1921.

On 19 August 1939 Marjorie married John Edward Lord at Clitheroe Congregational Church. A report of the wedding was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 25 August 1939.

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LORD — MUSGROVE

On Saturday last, at Clitheroe Congregational Church, the Rev. J. A. Sinclair performed the nuptials of Mr. John Edward Lord, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Lord, of 29 Pendle Road, and Miss Marjorie Musgrove, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Musgrove, 15 Woone Lane.

The bride, given away by her father, was gowned in blue satin, with tight fitting sleeves and heart shaped neck-line. The veil was surmounted by a halo of flowers, the bouquet being composed of pink carnations, orange blossom and white heather.

The bridesmaids were Miss B. Musgrove (sister) and Miss A. Lord, of Blackburn, the bridegroom’s cousin. They were gowned in pale pink lace over slips of a similar shade, trimmed with pale blue ribbon, the pink veils being surmounted by floral halos. Pink and mauve sweet peas formed the bouquets.

The best man was Mr. R. Lord, and the groomsman Mr. T. Hibble. The church had been specially decorated with pink carnations by Mrs. Ratcliffe, and Mr. A. Taylor was at the organ. As they left the church, bride and bridegroom were presented with a silver horse-shoe by Mrs. Preston.

The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a gold wristlet watch, and dress rings to the bridesmaids. The bride presented the bridegroom with gold cuff-links. A reception was held at the Starkie Arms Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Lord are residing at 27 Chatburn Road.

Military Monday – Howard Westwood (1896-1916)

Howard Westwood is my wife’s 2nd cousin 1x removed. His parents are Edwin Westwood and Mary Ann Harris. Their common ancestors are William Skelding and Catherine Taylor, my wife’s 2x great grandparents.

Howard was born in 1896 in Lye, Worcestershire – his birth is registered in the June quarter of that year.

Sometime after the outbreak of WW1 Howard signed up for service with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and was assigned to the 11th Battalion – his service number was 27765.

The 11th Battalion landed in France in July 1915.

Howard was killed in action on 15 November 1916.

I have found the War Diaries for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and can see what the Regiment were doing at the time Howard was killed.

Orders were received from the 99th Brigade that Munich Trench would be attacked at 9am on 15 November 1916. The attack would be carried out by the 8th East Lancs and 10th Loyal North Lancs Regiments, supported by the 11th Royal Warwickshire’s. The trench was found to be very strongly held and the attack was held up.

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I am assuming that Howard was killed during this attack.

Munich Trench was a German trench near Beaumont-Hamel in France and was eventually captured on 11 January 1917.

Howard is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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Thiepval Memorial

Sunday’s Obituary – James Bowes (1861-1955)

James Bowes is the husband of my 2nd cousin 3x removed Ada Welsh.

James was born on 23 December 1861 in Burnley, Lancashire. he married Ada at Holy Trinity church, Habergham eaves, Lancashire on 25 September 1886.

Over the next twenty one years James and Ada had eleven children.

In the census returns for 1891, 1901 and 1911 James was described as a “cotton beamer”.

James died on 12 February 1955 and his death was reported in the Nelson Leader on 18 February 1955.

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Mr James Bowes

In the RC Section of Nelson Cemetery, on Tuesday, the remains were interred of Mr James Bowes, 76 Southfield Street, Nelson, who died on Saturday, aged 93 years. The Rev. Fr. Hope officiated. One of the oldest blind pensioners in Nelson, Mr Bowes is survived by three daughters and two sons. Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. George’s Church by Fr. Hope prior to the interment.

There were no flowers by request.

Mass offerings:- daughters Ida, Eva, Lilly; Mrs Dee and Mr Chapman; Mrs Laycock; Mrs Corrigan; Katie Hargreaves, Bob, Eileen (Canada); S.V.P. Saint George.

Undertakers:- Nelson Co-op, Funeral service.