Gaskell, John

John Gaskell, Private 230627, 10th Bn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Died of wounds 3rd December 1917 in hospital at El Harish, Egypt, aged 21

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Lawrence Thomas and Martha Gaskell, of Yewards Farm, Butley, Macclesfield.

 

WW1 SERVICE

John enlisted with the Cheshire Yeomanry with service number 803 in 1912 and was recalled for service on the outbreak of war. After training, he was drafted to Egypt in March 1916 and transferred to the 10th (Shropshire and Cheshire Yeomanry) Battalion of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.

John’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 14 December 1917:

DIED OF WOUNDS – PRESTBURY FARMER’S SON

Official intimation has reached Mr and Mrs L T Gaskell, Yewards Farm, Butley, that their son, Pte John Gaskell, Shropshire Light Infantry, died on December 3rd in hospital at El Harish from gunshot wounds in the head. Pte Gaskell was twenty-one years of age and was educated at Prestbury National School and the Macclesfield Modern School. He was connected with Prestbury Church, being a member of the choir, and in civil life assisted his father in the management of the farm. The deceased enlisted in the Cheshire Yeomanry five years ago, and was mobilised on the outbreak of hostilities. He was drafted out to Egypt twelve months ago last March and transferred to the Shropshire Light Infantry. Pte Gaskell was a nephew of Mr John Gaskell, chief clerk of Bow Street Police Court, London, and of Mr William Gaskell, who holds a position at the Home Office.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private John Gaskell is buried in Grave Ref. E. 318. of the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. His father asked for the following inscription to be added to his headstone:

HE LAID HIS RICHEST GIFT
ON THE ALTAR OF DUTY
HIS LIFE

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Gaskell, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, John Gaskell is commemorated on the Macclesfield Grammar School and Prestbury St Peter’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Lives of the First World War website

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times:
14 December 1917

 


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