We shall remember them...

We shall remember them...

Written By: Michelle Taylor
Edition: November 2019

Every November, we stand in silence and think of all those that gave their lives in all the wars in the last two centuries.

The Nottinghamshire Law Society offices hold a wealth of history from the Great War, including a Memorial Book dedicated to the members of the Society that did not return to Nottinghamshire after serving their country.

This year we would like to introduce you to three gallant gentleman that fought in Sherwood Foresters, Nottingham City Battalions and the Royal Flying Corps (now the RAF).

Lieutenant John Basil Pierce

John was born in 1888 and educated at Nottingham High School, he was articled to his father the late Mr John Pierce and admitted in February 1913.

After a delay in coming into national service, John was gazetted to the Royal Flying Corps in June 1916, now known as the Royal Air Force.

For two years John was in active service flying over France and Belgium. John was considered the finest pilot of his squadron.

John was credited with excellence in conduct by his comrades and his Captain wrote:

“He was the keenest and most enthusiastic fellow I met, and would carry out successful flights in the worst weather when no one else in the squadron would think of going up”

John was killed in action flying over Menin on 2nd October 1918, aged 29 years.

Sgt. Philip Frank Shacklock

Philip was the son of Mr G. A Shacklock of Mansfield and was articled to his uncle Mr H. S Shacklock of Sutton-in-Ashfield in January 1914.

Philip joined the 2/8 Sherwood Foresters in April 1915 and was assigned the battle fields of France and Belgium.   Philip was promoted Sergeant and served in the Irish Rebellion in 1916.

Philip sustained wounds in action during the Battle of Passchendaele on September 28th1917, dying 12 days later on the 10th October 1917 aged 23 years.


Second Lieutenant Charles Edward Whitworth

Charles was born on 7th September 1891, he was educated at Nottingham High School and then to Denstone College.

Charles was the son of Mr A G Whitworth, solicitor and was articled to his father and admitted April 1914.

Charles served in the Nottingham City Battalions, he was drafted into the 6th and 7th Lincolns and finally obtained his commission in the 6th Yorks.

Charles took part in the famous landings at Suvla Bay Gallipoli on 6th August 1915, where he was the only officer to escape from his Battalion without casualty.

It was during his time on the battle fields with the 6th Yorks that Charles went into action at Chocolate Hill (Yilghin Burnu), where he lost his life on 22nd August 1915 aged 23 years.