John Henry Worrall, Private 13644, 6th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment
Accidentally drowned 14th July 1917 in Mesopotamia (now Iraq), aged 21
John Henry Worrall was born in Macclesfield in the summer of 1895 and baptised at St Peter’s Church on 26th January 1896, the son of Alice and William Worrall, a Fustian Cutter of 11 Court, Bank Street.
In 1911 at the age of 15, John was working as a silk room cleaner and living with his mother, stepfather George Henry Wilshaw and younger brothers James and Harold Worrall and Allan and Earnest Wilshaw at 36 Knight Street.
John enlisted at Manchester and after training was drafted with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force to Mesopotamia. He was reported wounded on 29th September 1915, but presumably recovered and rejoined his regiment.
John was accidentally drowned on 14th July 1917: the place of death was not stated.
Private John Henry Worrall has no known grave and he is commemorated on Panel 19 of the Basra Memorial, Iraq.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for John Henry Worrall, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.