Joseph Reginald Rushton, Private 33034, 12th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 4th May 1918 in Greece, aged 21
Son of George Henry and Eliza Rushton, of Bamford House, Black Rd, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
In December 1915, Joseph enlisted in Macclesfield with the Cheshire Regiment. He was drafted to Salonika in August 1916, and temporarily attached to the 9th South Lancashire Regt, rejoining the 12th Cheshire Regiment in November 1916.
On 10 May 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that Joseph had been seriously wounded:
Pte J R Rushton, son of Mr and Mrs Rushton, Bamford Buildings, Gunco Lane, who has been with the Cheshire Regt in Salonica for about two years, has been severely wounded in the head and back. The official intimation received by the parents states that the wounds were caused by shell, which had penetrated the brain and chest. Twenty-one years of age, Pte Rushton was educated at St Peter’s School. He also attended the church and was a member of the Young Man’s Class. He was, prior to enlistment, employed by Messrs Backhouse and Coppock. Pte Rushton was very well-known in local junior football circles.
The following week, the newspaper reported that Joseph had succumbed to his wounds:
Mr and Mrs Rushton, Bamfords Buildings, Gunco Lane, have received a telegram [informing them] that their son, Pte J R Rushton, Ches Regt, died of wounds in hospital in Salonica on May 4th.
Joseph was treated and died at No. 31 Casualty Clearing Station, Salonika, Greece. The precise location of this hospital is not known.
Private Joseph Rushton is buried in Sarigol Military Cemetery, Greece, grave ref. B. 298. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Joseph Rushton, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Joseph Rushton is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and St Peter’s Church war memorials, and on the Macclesfield Ancient Order of Foresters roll of honour.
WWI British Army Service Records (Find My Past)
MH106: WWI Representative Selection of Military Hospitals Admissions and Discharge Registers (Forces War Records): MH106/652 First World War Representative Medical Records from No. 31 Casualty Clearing Station
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 10 and 17 May 1918