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Arthur Giles Shorrock


Arthur Giles Shorrock was born in the early summer of 1886 in Salford; he was the fourth of five children born to Peter and Margaret Shorrock (née Livesey). Peter Shorrock had married Margaret Livesey on August 28, 1875 at St. Saviour’s Church, in Bamber Bridge. Peter was then employed as a Bookkeeper. Their first child, Harry, was born on August 4, 1876 in Bamber Bridge, but shortly afterwards, the family moved to Salford, where their second child, Esther Alice, was born in 1878. Another daughter, Mary, was born in 1881, Arthur Giles in 1886 and finally, Harold, born in 1888.

Early Life

In 1891, the family were living at 5 Vere Street, in Salford. Arthur was baptised at Stowell Memorial Church, in Salford, on June 6, 1886. By 1891, his father was working as an Assistant Cashier; his eldest son Harry was employed as an Apprentice Draftsman. The younger children were at school or at home, looked after by Margaret.

By the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved again and were living at 321 Eccles New Road, in Pendleton. Peter was now working as a Cashier; Harry had changed career and was then working as a self-employed Music Teacher; Esther was an Assistant Schoolmistress, Mary a Typist and Arthur (aged 14) was a Pupil Teacher. Harold was still at school. The family’s growing prosperity was shown by the presence of a live-in servant.

By 1911 the family were living in the Timperley area of Cheshire, in Bird (or Bride) Brook Lodge. Peter was employed as a Cashier for a cotton manufacturer, possibly the same that employed his youngest son, Harold, as a Salesman. Harry had left home and was lodging with a family in Heaton Park, Prestwich, and still working as a private Music Teacher and singing; both Esther and Arthur were working as School Teachers. The family now employed two live-in domestic servants.

Although Arthur was recorded as a Teacher in the 1911 Census, when he married Lillie Gough at Christ Church, in Salford on November 27, 1912, he gave his occupation as Clerk. This change of occupation would seem to be confirmed by an entry in the Manchester Employers’ Roll of Honour of the Great War, which has an entry for A. G. Shorrock, employed by Tootal Broadhurst Lee Company Ltd., a well-established firm in the cotton industry, based in and around Manchester. His father, Peter, and brother, Harold may also have worked for them.

Arthur and Lillie had one child, a daughter called Margaret Elizabeth, whose birth was registered in June 1914, in Bucklow, a registration district which includes Timperley. The pension entry for Lillie Sharrock gives Margaret Elizabeth’s birth date as May 31, 1914.

Chester College

Arthur attended Chester College and left in 1906.

Military Service

At some point between late 1915 and early 1916, Arthur enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He served as Acting Bombardier 79658 in the 136th Siege Battery, which went to France in August 1916.

Lest We Forget

Arthur died of wounds received in action on September 2, 1916 at 14th Corps Main Dressing Station, in France. He was buried in Plot II.H.9, at Dive Copse British Cemetery, Sailly-le-Sec.

Post Mortem

Arthur was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals, which would have been sent to his widow, Lillie. Following Arthur’s death, Lillie also would have received a pension for herself and her daughter.