Driver John Catlow
T/26046 Army Service Corps 4th Coy
Died of Wounds 17th June 1915, aged 27
Lived at 6 Roebuck Street
Buried in Vlamertinge British Cemetery, Belgium
Burnley Express 14/07/1915 (P)

BURNLEY DRIVER KILLED. (Burnley Express 14/07/1915)

Called up as a reservist in August last, and having been at the front from the commencement of the war, the death has taken place somewhere in Belgium on the 17 th June of Driver John Catlow, of the Army Service Corps, whose home was at 6, Roebuck-street, Burnley. Driver Catlow was an only son, his parents residing at 40, Shale-street, and when he left to join his headquarters his only child was just one week old.

The soldier wrote regularly up to about June 14 th- three days before his death: -"It would be a bit more comfortable if they fought with bladders and sticks instead of flinging lumps of iron at one another. The Germans started shelling just below our camp one night and struck the spire of a church, which caught fire. It looks a pity to see such fine buildings in ruins. If they go on much longer like they are doing there will be nothing left of Belgium, only bricks and mortar."

Driver Catlow was a weaver at Messrs. Parkinson & Lupton's Calder Vale Mill, and was 27 years of age.





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