Nesbitt, Maurice

Maurice Nesbitt, Private 316778, 23rd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died 9th April 1917 near Mundesley, Norfolk, aged 18

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Elizabeth Ann Nesbitt, of 37, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, and the late John Nesbitt.

Maurice was born in Leeds c.1899 and educated at Christ Church School, Macclesfield.

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WW1 SERVICE

Maurice was conscripted at Macclesfield on 1st February 1917, at the age of eighteen, joining ‘A’ Company of the 23rd Battalion (T.F.), Royal Welsh Fusiliers; at the time of conscription he was employed as a silk embroiderer. He was described in his army records as 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 115lbs with a chest measurement of 32 inches.

For his course of basic training Maurice was posted to Mundesley, Norfolk. On the 9th April 1917, just over two months after conscription, he was found in his billet in a pool of blood: he had cut his throat with a razor. His army record states “he committed suicide during a fit of temporary insanity”.

His mother received his ‘death plaque’ on 10th November 1920. Maurice was not awarded medals since he did not serve overseas.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Maurice Nesbitt is buried in the North-West corner of Mundesley (All Saints) Churchyard, Norfolk, England. His mother asked for a cross and the words NOW THE LABOURER’S TASK IS O’ER to be added to his headstone.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Maurice Nesbitt.

In Macclesfield, Private Maurice Nesbitt is commemorated on the Christ Church School war memorial.

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website


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