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Lance Corporal 1000 James EARNSHAW of 1th / 9th Bn. Manchester Regiment

Killed in Action Wednesday 9th June 1915, Dardanelles, age 26

Home address:209 Mount Pleasant, Denton, Lancashire
Born:1889, Denton, Lancashire
Marital status:Married to Elizabeth Earnshaw (née Turner)) of Mount Pleasant, Stockport Road, Denton, Lancashire.
Occupation:Machine Planker, Hat Works
He enlisted in:Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire
Remembered:Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey,   Sp. Mem. A. 48.
Link to Hyde:Lived in Hyde

From the North Cheshire Herald, 3rd July 1915, page 8, column 7:

Denton Territorial Dies at his post
Struck Whilst Cleaning Rifle
Mrs Earnshaw, of Mount Pleasant, Stockport Road, Denton, was notified on Tuesday that her husband, Private James Earnshaw, of the A Company, 9th Manchester Territorial Regiment, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles.

The sad news was conveyed in a letter sent by Major J. S. Howarth, who wrote: “I am sorry to have to let you know of you husband’s death. He was talking to his friends whilst cleaning his rifle, when he was struck, and the next moment he had “gone home. There was no pain or suffering. It was all so sudden. We are sorry to lose him. He was a good soldier, and fell at his post doing his duty.” His wife last heard from him on Wednesday week, when in a letter he said ”We have had it a bit hot.“ We landed here from boats with the Turks dropping shells all over us. I shall never forget it.”

Private Earnshaw was in the Ashton detachment of the Territorials, and was married in August, prior to going to Egypt in September.

He was a machine planker at Messers., Joseph Wilsons, hat manufacturers, of Wilton Street, Denton.