John Reynolds Scorer


Lance Corporal R/13265, 9th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps

Died 24th August 1916 aged 23

Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France

Son of Thompson and Catherine Scorer

Lived 9, Powell Street, Heckmondwike

John was born in Knaresborough in 1893; both of his parents were from North Yorkshire. John was one of three surviving children, his sisters Annie May and Mary died in the 1970s without ever marrying.

John was actively involved with St Saviour’s Church, he was a cross bearer, a server at the altar, a Brother of St Andrew and a Sunday School teacher. After his death the local paper reported that, St Saviour’s lost one of the finest churchmen she ever possessed.

Prior to the outbreak of war he was employed at CWS Shoe works.

He joined the Kings Royal Rifle Corps on 27th May 1915 and landed in France in September of the same year. He died at the Battle of Delville Wood, a part of the Somme offensive His battalion succeeded in taking a very difficult piece of terrain and it was whilst they were advancing under heavy machine gun fire that John died from shrapnel wounds in the act of taking the German trench.{PL-118}

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