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Frederick Arthur Jervis

Lieutenant Acting Captain, "D" Battery, 103rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds near Ypres 6th June 1917. Aged 22, Son of T. Crossley and A. M. Eastwood, of Styal, Cheshire. Born 1894. Educated at Sedbergh School. Manchester University: 1912; Student, Engineering. Gazetted November 1914. Buried in FERME-OLIVIER CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot 2. Row I. Grave 11.



Second Lieutenant, 731st Company, Labour Corps. Killed in action at Ypres 15th November 1917. Aged 22. Son of George and Elizabeth Eckersley, of 16, Bertrand Rd., Bolton. Born 1895 at Bolton. Educated at Municipal Secondary School, Bolton. Manchester University: 1913; Student (History Honours Part. 1I. 1915); William Simpson Exhibitioner and Shuttleworth Exhibitioner. Friends Ambulance Unit. Gazetted 15th July 1917 to Labour Corps. Buried in LA BRIQUE MILITARY CEMETERY NO.2, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row P. Grave 6.


Cyrus Radcliffe

Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds at Havrincourt, in enemy hands, 30th May 1917. Aged 25. Son of John H. Eller, of "Hall Green," Old Rd. Dukinfield; husband of Gladys Eller. Co-Founder of Dukinfield Volunteer Corps. Born 1891 at Dukinfield. Educated at Ashton-under-Lyne Secondary School. Manchester University: 1910; BSc. 1914; Officer Training Corps, November 1910 to March 1915. Gazetted March 1915. Previously wounded. Mentioned in Despatches. Buried in ST. SOUPLET BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 18.


Frank Phelps

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action near Beaumont-Hamel 23rd August 1918. Son of Thomas Phelps Elliott, Holly Villa, Rectory Road, Crumpsall. Born 1898 at Crumpsall. Educated at Holly Bank School; North Manchester Preparatory School; Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1916; Student, Medicine; Officer Training Corps, October 1916 to May 1917. Gazetted 1917. Buried in SUCRERIE MILITARY CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS, Somme, France. Plot I. Row J. Grave 20.


George Bartlett

Acting Corporal 32794, 17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Flers, Somme, 12th October 1916. Son of Thomas Phelps Elliott, of Holly Villa, Rectory Road, Crumpsall. Born 1890 in Sale, Cheshire, enlisted Manchester. Educated at Holly Bank School; Manchester Grammar School; Officer Training Corps, October 1915 to January 1916. Apprentice to the Cotton Trade. Enlisted 1916. Buried on A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 3.


John Barlow

Lieutenant, 10th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 4th June 1915. Son of Professor George Emmott, Liverpool Univ., Oakdene, Park Road West, Birkenhead. Born 1888 in Nantucket, U.S.A. Educated at Birkenhead School. Manchester University: 1905; B.Com. 1908. Studying at Emmott and Walshaw, Oldham, Cotton Spinners and Manufacturers. Gazetted 1913. Buried in TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot I. Row B. Grave 10.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part One, page 125-126:

EMMOTT, JOHN BARLOW, 2nd Lieut., 10th (Oldham) Battn. Manchester Regt. (T.F.), yr. and only surviving s. of George Henry Emmott, M.A., LL Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple, Queen Victoria Professor of Law, and Dean of the Faculty of Law, Liverpool University, by his wife, Elizabeth, 4th dau. of Joseph Bevan Braithwaite, Barrister-at-Law, and nephew of Alfred, 1st Baron Emmott of Oldham, P.C., G.C.M.G. ; b. at Nantucket, Mass., U.S.A., 9 Aug. 1888 ; educ. Birkenhead School and Victoria University of Manchester; was studying the cotton spinning and manufacturing business in the mills of Messrs. Emmotts and Wallshaw, Ltd., Oldham ; obtained a commission as 2nd Lieut. in 10th Manchester Territorials, 9 March, 19L4; volunteered for foreign service on the outbreak of war; served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at the Dardanelles from May to 4 June, 1915, on which latter date he was killed in action at Achi Baba, Gallipoli. He m. 27 Aug. 1913, Doris Lees, sister of 2nd Lieut. R. G. L. Ascroft (killed in action the same day as his brother-in-law), dau. of the late James Henry Ascroft, of Oldham, Solicitor ; s.p.



[Not listed on CWGC] Sergeant, 20th Battalion, King’s Liverpool Regiment. Died of influenza, on his way home 18th March 1919. Son of Robert Owen Emmott, of 22, Sackville Street, Brierfield. Born 1886 at Brierfield. Educated at Brierfield Wesleyan School; Nelson Tech. School. Manchester University: 1906; B.Sc. 1909. Assistant Master at Litherland Council School. Enlisted December 1914.


George Augustus Churchill

Second Lieutenant, 261st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action near the Menin Road, Ypres, 10th August 1917. Aged 25. Son of George and Georgina Esdaile, of 4, High St., Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, formerly of Manchester. Born 1891 at Rusholme. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1909; B.Sc. (2nd Class Honours Engineering) 1912. Workshop Student, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich. Enlisted 1912; Royal Field Artillery, Territoprial Force; 6th Battery, 2nd London Brigade. Gazetted May 1916. Buried in THE HUTS CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 6.



Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, commanding the 16th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at "Manchester Hill, " St. Quentin, 21st March 1918. Aged 29. Son of the Rev. Canon J. G. Elstob and Frances Alice Elstob, of "Fanshawe", Chelford, Cheshire. Born 1888 at Chichester. Educated at Christ's Hospital. Manchester University: 1906; B.A. 1909. Teacher's Diploma, 1910. Assistant Master, Merchiston. Gazetted August 1914. Awarded the Victoria Cross (VC), Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and Military Cross (MC). No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64 to 67. He is further commemorated on a memorial in All Saints Church in Siddington, Cheshire.

An extract from the "London Gazette", dated 6th June 1919, records the following:-

"For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice during operations at Manchester Redoubt, near St. Quentin, on the 21st March, 1918. During the preliminary bombardment he encouraged his men in the posts in the Redoubt by frequent visits, and when repeated attacks developed controlled the defence at the points threatened, giving personal support with revolver, rifle and bombs. Single-handed he repulsed one bombing assault driving back the enemy and inflicting severe casualties. Later, when ammunition was required, he made several journeys under severe fire in order to replenish the supply. Throughout the day Lieutenant-Colonel Elstob, although twice wounded, showed the most fearless disregard of his own safety, and by his encouragement and noble example inspired his command to the fullest degree. The Manchester Redoubt was surrounded in the first wave of the enemy attack, but by means of the buried cable Lieutenant-Colonel Elstob was able to assure his Brigade Commander that "The Manchester Regiment will defend Manchester Hill to the last." Sometime after this post was overcome by vastly superior forces, and this very gallant officer was killed in the final assault, having maintained to the end the duty which he had impressed on his men - namely, "Here we fight, and here we die." He set throughout the highest example of valour, determination, endurance and fine soldierly bearing."


Norman Leigh

Sergeant 4802, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of tuberculosis at Mendip Hills 2nd July 1915. Son of L. C. Evans, of 168, Palatine Road, West Didbury (Town Clerk, Salford). Born 1892 in West Didsbury, Manchester. Educated at South Manchester Preparatory School; Manchester Grammar School; Blundells, Tiverton; Officer's Training Corps 1906 to 1909. Manchester University: 1909; Dental Student; Officer Training Corps, 1909 to 1914. Enlisted 5th September 1914 at Manchester, aged 22 years 7 months, Merchant by trade. Discharged 5th October 1914 as not being likely to become an efficicent soldier on medical grounds. height 5 feet 7 inches. weight 123 lbs. chest 35 inches. medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England.

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