Parents: Henry Edward and Lily Louisa, nee HOrsley
Siblings: Ernest, Joe, Annie, Elsie
Occupation: Dress goods warehouse
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park and St Luke’s
Regiment: West Yorkshire
John Henry Shelton
John Henry Shelton was born in 1895 at Bolton Woods, Bradford, the eldest of five children of Henry Edward and Lily Louisa, nee Horsley.In the family were living at 417 Livingstone Road. Henry died in 1904 aged 31 years. Lily and her five children went to live at 439 Livingstone Road where she found work as a charwoman. In 1911 John Henry at 16 years of age was working in a dress goods warehouse. His two brothers were also working in a warehouse and even his younger sister Annie at 9
years of age was working as a part time worsted spinner.John enlisted on the 19th of February 1915 as Signaller 18/229 in the 10th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own). His Battalion landed in Boulogne on the 14th July 1915 and took part in the Somme offensive at the Battle of Albert 1st July to 13th July 1916, capturing Fricourt on the 2nd of July.
John’s Division also fought during the Arras offensive at the first Battle of the Scarpe 9th to the 14th of April 1917 and the second Battle of the Scarpe 23rd to the 24th April 1917. It was during the Lys offensive 9th to the 29th of April 1918 that John was killed in action. He was 23 years of age.He is buried at the St Sever Cemetery Extension in Rouen. Many hospitals and camps were stationed on the southern outskirts
of Rouen and a great number of the dead were taken to the city cemetery of St Sever where in September 1916 it was found necessary to begin an extension where John is buried.He left his effects to his widowed mother Lily who received £6.4.7d on the 3rd September 1918 and a War Gratuity of £14.10.0d on the 18th November 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks