Private James Robert Nuttall
93668 13th Kings Liverpool Regiment
Missing in Action 22nd March 1918, aged 19
Lived at 63 Ebor Street
Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France
Burnley Express 10th April 1918


James Robert Nuttall was the son of John William and Sophia Nuttall of Ebor Street, Burnley. He served as Private 93668 in the 13th Battalion of the King’s Liverpool Regiment and was killed in action aged 19 on Friday 22nd March 1918. He is commemorated on the Arras memorial in Bay 3.

The Burnley Express of 10th April 1918 reported that:-
“Burnley Parents Only Son.
Mr and Mrs Nuttall of 47, Ebor Street, Burnley, formerly of Newcastle Street, got official news on Saturday that their only son Jas. R. Nuttall, 93668, of the King’s Liverpool Regt. was killed in action on March 22nd. The news came as a great shock, for they had no idea he had reached the firing line. The deceased soldier, who was only 19 years of age in February last, joined the Army in March last year and only went out on February 28th this year. Before joining the Army he was a weaver at Lancaster’s Mill, Stoneyholme. He attended St Peter’s Church and Sunday School, and took a great interest in the Boy Scout movement being a patrol leader. He was very popular amongst his comrades, being of a very genial and fine disposition. “A better lad never lived,” is the verdict of those who knew him. In 1914 he was awarded the King’s Badge in connection with his work with the Scout movement.”

The Burnley News reported:-
“Burnley Scout Leader. Official News of Young Signaller’s Death.
“Official news of the death on March 22ns of their only son James R. Nuttall, King’s Liverpool Regiment reached the parents at 47 Ebor Street, Queensgate, Burnley last Saturday.
Although only 19 years of age the deceased soldier was a perfect specimen of healthy young manhood, standing close upon six feet in height. He was always a lover pf physical exercise and was famed in local circles as an exceptionally good swimmer. Attending St Peter’s Church and Sunday School he took a keen interest in the Boy Scout movement, and for some time had acted as Scout leader. In 1914 he was awarded the King’s Medal for his work in the Scout movement. Prior to joining up in March, 1917, Signaller Nuttall was employed as a weaver at Messrs. Lancaster’s Mill, Stoneyholme.”

Robert Nuttall was admitted to St Peter’s Infant School on 4/8/1902. He was born on 18th February, 1899.
Robert was admitted to St Peter’s Mixed School from St Margaret’s Infant School on 29/7/1907. His father was John William Nuttall and he left on 4/10/ 1910 for full time work.

November 2001- Robert Nuttall - Private - a white cross in memory placed for Remembrance Sunday outside the Thompson Centre.

1901 Census – 18 Newcastle Street – John N Nuttall (30) Railway Porter, born Church, Lancashire. Sophia (29) born Shaw Lancs. Florence M. (7) James R. (2) – born Burnley. Catherine sister (20) –weaver.




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