Mov­ing trib­ute for a sol­dier named in spe­cial roll of hon­our

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

A SOL­DIER from Bolling­ton was hon­oured in a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the Tower of London Pop­pies.

John James Nolan was born in Bolling­ton in 1890 and en­listed in April 1916. The slight sol­dier - who was just 5’ 2” tall and weighed 101 lb - was a pri­vate in the Bat­tal­ion of the Cheshire Reg­i­ment and died in the Bat­tle of Cour­trai on Oc­to­ber 14, 1918. He was buried in the Hooge Crater ceme­tery near Ypres in Bel­gium.

His name was read out at the Tower of London in a Roll of Hon­our called each evening to re­mem­ber sol­diers killed dur­ing the war.

John’s great niece Mar­ion Clowes and her daugh­ter Rosie Clowes­both, from Bolling­ton, Mar­ion’s cousin Elaine Pick­er­ing and Hilda Dorey, who is John’s niece and lives in Mac­cles­field, trav­elled to London for the emo­tional trib­ute.

Hilda Dorey, whose dad Al­bert was John’s brother, said: “We didn’t know any­thing about my un­cle un­til my sis­ter Vi­o­let Harper died a few years ago and his iden­tity disc was found in her posses- sions. We looked him up on the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion web­site and found out where he was buried.”

Elaine, who lives in Ayles­bury, ap­plied to have John’s name read out and was de­lighted he was cho­sen.

She said: “It was very mov­ing.

“There were hun­dreds of peo­ple there but ev­ery­one was silent while the names were read. On the way home, the rail­way em­ployee who’d heard the story on the way down up­graded mum and my cousins to First Class. It

●● Mar­ion Clowes, her daugh­ter Rosie Clowes, Elaine Pick­er­ing and her mum Hilda Dorey

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