John James Shipley

Private, 58422, 21st (Service) Battalion (6th City), Manchester Regiment, died 5th March 1919, aged 24

Born at Scalby near Gilberdyke in late 1895, John was the eldest son of James and Margaret Shipley both of whom were also born locally. His father was a farm labourer.

John married Susan Vause at Howden in late 1915. She was born in Thorne but her family had moved to Thorpe near Howden by 1901. In 1911 she was a domestic servant on a farm at Moss near Thorne whilst John may have been a farm labourer in Drax.

At some point during the war the Shipley’s moved to Amcotts Grange as when John died his widow was living in Amcotts Grange Cottage.

John attested for the army in either 1916 or 1917 and after his training was posted to the 21st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. In 1917 they 21st Manchester’s were involved in the retreat to the Hindenburg Line and the Arras Offensive, before moving to Flanders for the Third Battle of Ypres, seeing action in The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle and The Second Battle of Passchendaele. In late 1917 they moved to Italy returning in September 1918 for the final advance through Picardy.

The battalion stayed in France after the Armistice and were encamped around Cambrai when John Shipley contracted the pneumonia from which he died on 5th March 1919. He is buried in Cambrai East Military Cemetery.

Not on any local memorial he is commemorated on the Memorial Plaque in St Stephen’s Church, Gilberdyke.