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|Driver Ernest Jordon, Army Service Corps||21 November 2018||A Rededication Service will take place on Wednesday 21 November 2018 at Giavera British Cemetery, Italy. Members of his family will be in attendance. Driver Jordan was born in 1883 and joined the Army Service Corps in December 1915 at the age of 32. Ernest served in the UK until May 1917 when he sailed to France with the British Expeditionary Force. In November 1917, he sailed to Italy where he spent the rest of the war. Tragically, Ernest died when his horse-drawn wagon fell into the River Piave on 30 October 1918. His body was not recovered. For 100 years, his final resting place was unknown to his family, until an independent researcher submitted evidence that identified the grave of an Unknown Solider of the Army Service Corps in Giavera British Cemetery to be Ernest’s final resting place. This research was verified by the JCCC and a new headstone has been place at the grave.|
|4 unknown Lancashire Fusiliers||Spring 2019||The public’s help is sought to trace family of 4 Lancashire Fusiliers. Four soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers were killed in action on 18 October 1914 and for nearly 100 years they lay where they fell until their remains were uncovered between 2008 and 2010. Despite several years’ research, they could not be identified and they were buried in Belgium as “Unknown Soldiers of the Lancashire Fusiliers” in 2015. Now, 3 years on, more information has come to light which will hopefully lead to their identification. Before their burial in 2015, DNA samples were taken from their remains and JCCC want to try and confirm identities by comparing these samples with a member of each of their families.|
|Private (Pte) William Cheetham Taylor||Not much is known about Pte Taylor. From reconstructing his family tree, he appears to have been born in 1884. He married Maud Gertrude Junner on Boxing Day 1908 and their son, Albert Edward Taylor was born in August 1910. The 1911 Census saw them living at 20 Elm Street, Oldham Road, Manchester. The 1939 Register shows Albert as living at 65 Rowbotham Street, Hyde. He is listed as married, but he was living on his own at that time. We don’t have any details about his wife or any children they might have had.|
|Pte Charles Moroney||Pte Moroney was the son of Charles and Mary Moroney of Ryland Street, Dean Road, Salford. He married Mary Ellen Ashton in 1913 and they lived at 10 Sandywell, Greengate, Salford. It appears they had a son, Charles Rochford Moroney, who was born the same year as his father died. Pte Moroney had several siblings, including Alfred Bertram Taylor, who had a son and 2 daughters; their whereabouts are unknown.|
|Pte William Purslow||Pte Purslow was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Purslow. His mother lived in Thornton Street, Collyhurst. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Purslow and they lived in Ryder Street, Collyhurst. William had a sister, Lizzie, and 3 brothers, George, Thomas and Victor. George died in 1916, but both Thomas and Victor went on to marry and have children. The last address we have for Thomas’ youngest son, Norman was in Rosebank Road, Newton Heath. The whereabouts of Victor’s family is not known.|
|Pte Frederick Foskett||Pte Foskett was the son of Charles and Mary Foskett of Long Lane, East Finchley, London. He was 27 when he was killed and unmarried. He had 1 brother and 4 sisters. His brother, Charles, seems to have spent some (if not all) of the war years in India; he and his wife, Alice, returning to the UK in 1920 with their baby son, Charles Frederick Collins Foskett (1920 – 2005). It is thought Charles Jnr married in 1942 and went on to have at least one child. Their whereabouts are unknown.|