John Nestor (c.1891-1915)

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John Nestor

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

NESTOR, JOHN. Private. No 38087. 39th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. Born York. Son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Nestor, 1 Castle Street, Slaithwaite. Before leaving Slaithwaite, was employed as a weaver by Messrs Pearson Brothers Limited, Commercial Mills, Slaithwaite. Played second cornet in the Slaithwaite Brass Band. In 1912 he left Slaithwaite for Oldham where he joined the Oldham Police Force. In September, 1914, with other members of the force, he enlisted in the R.A.M.C., 13th Division, which went to the Dardenelles, where he acted as a stretcher-bearer. Killed in action, 7.8.1915, aged 24 years. Buried No 2 OUTPOST CEMETERY, ANZAC, GALLIPOLI. Grave location:- Special Memorial 29.
His parents received a letter from one of their son's chums, Private Thomas Mulcrone, who had also served in the Oldham Police force, 'It is my extremely sad and painful duty to have to inform you of the death of your son Jack, which occurred on August 7th. We had just moved to a new position and were going to collect some wounded when Jack and another stretcher-bearer were struck by a piece of shell which killed them both instantly. I saw him buried and obtained permission from my Commanding Officer to retain his watch which I will let you have at the first opportunity. Before closing I wish to express the deepest sympathy of all the men of the 39th in this your great loss. I can assure you that there was not a more popular man in the Ambulance than poor old Jack.'
ROH:- St. James' Church, Slaithwaite; Slaithwaite War Memorial.

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