William James C. Shorrocks (1920-1944)

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William James C. Shorrocks[1] was born in 1920[2], the son of Edith Ann Horrocks. He is sometimes referred to as James Shorrocks.

At the time of the 1921 Census, Edith Ann[3] was working as a woollen feeder at Bank Bottom Mills in Marsden and lived with her mother, Jane Shorrocks[4], on Grange Avenue, Marsden.

Following the death of his mother in 1934 aged 46, he reportedly lived with his aunt Mary Lydia Waters (née Shorrocks) who had married steel driller Thomas Waters in 1920. At the time of the 1939 Register, the Waters family were living at 3 Council Terrace, Honley.

He married Elizabeth Alice Ryding in 1943 in Lancashire. The couple lived at 41 Baxter Street, Standish, Wigan.[5]


Huddersfield Examiner (02/Sep/1944):

Marsden Native’s Death

The death from wounds is officially reported of Private James Shorrocks, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. Pte Shorrocks, who was twenty-three years of age, was a native of Marsden. His mother died when he was thirteen years of age, and he was then brought up by his aunt, Mrs. Tom Waters, of 252 Longwood Road, and formerly of Honley. He was married about sixteen months ago. His widow lives at Standish, near Wigan.

In civil life Private Shorrocks was employed by Messrs. Allen Thornton and Sons, Ltd., Honley. He joined the Territorials just before the outbreak of war, and had served in the Army ever since. He was educated at Marsden Council School and attended Honley Congregational Church.

Huddersfield Examiner (10/Aug/1945):

SHORROCKS — In loving memory of our dear nephew, James Shorrocks, killed in action near Caen, August 8, 1944.

The passing years can never change
Our thoughts of one so dear;
Fond memories linger every day,
Remembrance keeps him near.

— From his loving aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Waters, and Family, 252, Longwood Road, Huddersfield.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. The "C." stands for "Cumberland" (his grandmother's maiden name) or "Cumberlance" (1921 Census return). The spelling "Shorrock" was used for earlier generations of the family.
  2. Birth registered in Q4 1920 Huddersfield.
  3. Born circa 1891 at Hayfield, Derbyshire.
  4. Born at Castle Donington, Leicestershire.
  5. "War Causalties" in Liverpool Evening Express (18/Sep/1944).