Altrincham WW1 - Surnames starting with the letter H. 

John (John W?) Herrity

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:14th Bn
Name of Rgt or Ship:Northumberland Fusiliers*
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:FranceGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Boyelles Communal Cemetery Extension
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born in 1888, tha eldest son of John & Lucy Herrity (nee Fletcher). 
Grandson of the late John Fletcher.

1891 Census - No Trace of the family.

1901 Census - Henry Street, Hale.   Son (listed as John W. Herrity)  -
aged: 12 - born: Bowdon.   Head of household - John Herrity - Married -
aged: 34 - occ: Railway Signal Man - born: Timperley.   Also - Lucy Herrity
- Wife - aged: 34 - born: Altrincham.   Plus - 4 younger siblings.

His father, John Herrity died 21st June 1902.    In 1906, his mother - Lucy
Herrity, married Randle Turner.

1911 Census - 11 Eaton Road, Bowdon.  Son (listed as John Herrity) - aged:
22 - occ: Warehouse Clerk in the Boot Trade - born: Bowdon.    Head of
household - Lucy Turner (previously Herrity) - Wife - aged: 44 - born:
Altrincham.   Plus - 4 younger siblings, 1 step-brother and 1 step-sister. 

Originally employed as a Booking Clerk with the M.S.J. & A. Railway at
Timperley & Altrincham, but later with E. Griffiths Hughes Ltd., Deansgate
Arcade, Manchester

Member of the Hale Road Wesleyan Sunday School..

Enlisted on the 29th February 1916 and drafted to the front in December

Member of the Army Cyclist Corps attd to the Northumberland Fusiliers.

Death reported in the 15/06/1917 edition of the Altrincham Guardian which
reported that he was KIA on the 1st June and buried on the 2nd June.

Listed as John W. Herrity on the Roll of Honour.

His brother Fred was KIA on the 18th March 1916 serving with the King's
Royal Rifle Corps.   Two other brothers were also serving - Corporal Harry
Herrity was a Musketry Instructor with the 14th Bn Cheshire Rgt and Lance
Corporal Walter Herrity was with the South Lancashire Rgt.

Commemorated on the family gravestone in St. Mary's PC, Bowdon.   M.I. - He
gave his life for his Country, his soul to God".

Listed in the Guardian Year Book - Roll of Honour for 1918, which states
that he was serving with the Army Cycling Corps.

M.I. - "He gave his life for his Country, his soul to God".

Mrs Lucy Herrity, a widow, needed financial help after two of her 4 sons,
who all served in the army, were killed in 1916 and 1917.  She was left
with a 'simple-minded' daughter to care for, long before the welfare state
came into being.  Lucy was a recipient of financial support from the "John
Sington Fund".

The John Sington Fund - John Sington was the son of Adolphus Sington, a
Jewish Prussian shipping merchant who came to Britain and in 1845 became a
naturalised citizen.   Adolphus had his own company, involved originally in
the production of linen and cotton, and later the import and export of
machinery for the cotton industry.  John and at least one of his brothers
worked in their father's business in Princess Street, Manchester.

In 1885 John married Mildred Campbell Maclure, daughter of Sir John William
Maclure, Bt., who became MP for Stretford the following year.  John and
Mildred had two sons, Alan John Campbell Sington and Edward Claude Sington.
 In 1914 both sons enlisted in the British Army, and their father is listed
in The Gazette in 1915 as Major John Sington, Royal Engineers Territorial
Force Reserve.   In 1909 the Sington family moved from Whalley Range to
Dunham House, on Charcoal Road, Dunham.

When Major John Sington's two sons returned safely from active service
during WW1 he established a fund 'as a Thanksgiving Offering for their safe
return for the benefit of the wives, children and dependants of any men
who, as a result of service with His Majesty's Forces or the Mercantile
Marine, have died or been killed or disabled, and for the benefit of any
members of His Majesty's Forces or the Mercantile Marine who have been
disabled as a result of such service.'   The fund's scope was limited to
those who had been resident in the Urban District of Bowdon or the village
of Dunham Town for at least six months.

Six trustees were appointed, namely, John Bleckly, Henry Edwin Gaddum,
William Alfred Hampson, Joseph Kenworthy, Joseph Watson Sidebotham and the
Major himself.  The Clerk to the Trustees was Willis Paterson the Bowdon
UDC Solicitor, 11 Stamford Street, Altrincham to whom applications for
grants had to be made.    Information about the Fund and its beneficiaries
was kindly supplied by Cynthia Hollingworth from the records kept in
Trafford Local Studies Library.

His mother, Lucy Turner (previously Herrity), died 23rd July 1934 - aged

Memorials found on:
St. Mary's (Bowdon)
Altrincham & District Roll of Honour
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