Rank: Private
Number: 45675
Date of Death: 24 August 1916
Age: 22
Cemetery: St Paulís Churchyard, Portwood, Stockport

Cephas Rushton married for the first time in 1872 and he and his wife had at least one daughter, Deborah. Mrs Rushton died 1882 and Cephas remarried in 1891. His new wife, Mary Kirk, was a widow with three children. She also died, in 1898 aged 40, but had given birth to Milton, the future soldier, in 1894. The 1901 Census showed the family living at 2 Society Street, Stockport and 51 year old Cephas was in business as a coal merchant. Cephas' daughter, Deborah, is understood to have died in 1913.

Nothing is known of Milton's young life but, not long after War was declared in August 1914, he joined the army and was assigned to the Engineers but it is not known with which unit he served. At some point he was wounded by shrapnel and was a patient at Manchester Royal Infirmary when he died. The fact that records show his unit as the Training Centre, rather than an active service unit, suggests his injuries had been received some considerable time before and, perhaps, that he was not expected to make a sufficiently full recovery to allow a full return to duty.

Milton was buried on Monday, 28 August in the family grave at St Paul's Church.

Cephas Rushton died in 1923 at the then family home at 92 Brinksway.

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