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Born: 1885, Queensbury
Died: 14 October 1917
Address: Wrose Hill, Windhill
Spouse: Maud
Occupation: Shaw’s dyeworks
Rank: Gunner
Rolls of Honour: Christchurch, Windhill; Thiepval Memorial
Children: 3
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Ernest Shackleton Metcalfe
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Bombardier Ernest Shackleton Metcalfe, 6 Wrose Hill, has been killed in action. The deceased was 32 years of age and was called to the colours as a reservist on the outbreak of war. His period of service expired in April of last year and he joined up again in September of the same year. He is survived by a widow and three children, of which the eldest is six years of age. Before the war he was employed at Shaw’s dyeworks. Driver J Blatchford writes: “From the day he joined our battalion everyone seemed to take to him. He had such winning ways that he attracted people to him. Furthermore he was one of the best soldiers we ever had and we are all very sorry to lose him.” According to a letter from Lieut Rigby, Bombardier Metcalfe was hit by a shell and death was instantaneous. “As his section officer, I cannot speak too highly of him. He was a splendid soldier and so cheery under all circumstances.” Shipley Times & Express 9 November 1917
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