Soldier – Cunnington, W.J. – 19 Year old Stretcher Bearer Machine Gunned (picture)

October 1918

Mexborough and Swinton Times October 26, 1918

Private W. John Cunnington
York & Lancaster

Private John Cunnington, eldest son of Mr and Mrs William Cunnington, 68 Cliff view, Denaby main, was killed in action on September 18.

He was 19 years of age and had been serving 18 months, going to France six months ago. Before enlistment he was employed in the locomotive Department at the Cadeby colliery. His parents have received the following message from captain W.C. Hankinson;

“It falls to my painful lot to tell you that your son, who was in my company, was killed on 18th inst. He was acting a stretcher bearer at the time. Both he and his friend were killed by machine gun fire. They suffered no pain. I´m glad to you that your son was always cheerful and a courageous soldier, and a great asset to the company, and the sympathy of both officers and men goes out to you in your bereavement.By Our loss we can catch a glimpse of your greater loss.”

The reverent E.B.Robinson, C.F.writes: “We’ve found your son´s body yesterday (28th ) and buried it in a little cemetery near where he fell. I know you will ever be a comfort you to remember that he has given his life in defence of all that we hold most dear. I pray that our dear Lord will give you comfort and hope in bearing your trouble bravely.”

From C.W.G.C.:

Service Number 46147
Died 18/09/1918
Aged 19
2nd Bn.
York and Lancaster Regiment
Son of William and Ruth Cunnington, of 68, Cliff View, Denaby Main, Rotherham.

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