John Singleton (c.1885-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

SINGLETON, JOHN. Private. No 35755. 26th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Son of Elizabeth and the late George Singleton, 'Arnden', 2 Wood Nook, Holmfirth. Educated Hade Edge Council School. Attended Hade Edge Wesleyan Sunday School. Employed as a spinner at Washpit Mills, Holmfirth. Seriously wounded in June, 1917. Admitted to No 14 General Hospital at Wimereux.His mother was given permission to visit him there, where she found him quite bright and cheerful. He was able to give her an account of how he was wounded. He said a number of them were laid in a reserve trench waiting for daylight, he himself was asleep at the time when an enemy shell burst amongst them. Of the 20 lads who were there 10 were killed and five were wounded. When Mrs Singleton returned home to Holmfirth she expected her son to be invalided home. But he died of his wounds on 30.6.1917, aged 31 years. Buried WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row N, Grave 8.
His mother received a letter, dated 29.6.1917, from the Matron of the hospital, who wrote, 'I regret very much to tell you the very sad news that your son, Private John Singleton, passed away last night. He had been gradually sinking and seemed quite happy. He spoke most affectionately of you. He will be buried here at Wimereux.'
ROH:- Cartworth War Memorial.
Brother of Private HARRY SINGLETON who died as a Prisoner of War on 20.4.1918.

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