Colin CHORLTON
Rank: Private
Number: 10097
Unit: 18th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 29 April 1915
Age: 27
Cemetery: St John the Baptist Churchyard, Heaton Mersey, Stockport

Colin is one of four men called Chorlton who are remembered on the Heaton Mersey Memorial. In all probability, they will have been related, but a family connection has not been established.

Colin's parents, Samuel Chorlton and Amelia Stokes, had married at St Paul's Church, Portwood in the first quarter of 1886. A couple of years later, Colin was born and, in 1889, they had another son who they called Frederick. Fred would also serve in the War with the 20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment.

The family were regular worshippers at St John's, Heaton Mersey and Colin had receieved his education at the church's day and Sunday schools. He later went to work in the warehouse of R Haworth & Co. - a cotton spinning company at 35 Dale Street, Manchester.

War was declared on 4 August 1914. Very soon afterwards, Colin married his fiancee, Ada Jackson, at St John's and, a few days later, he enlisted into the army. Colin was assigned to 8 Platoon, "B" Company in the third of the newly formed "Pals" Battalions. The new recruits moved to Heaton Park for their initial training and spent the winter in tents and, later, in huts. Colin developed pleurisy which turned to pneumonia and he died.

His body was brought to Heaton Mersey for burial. It was covered by a Union Jack and carried to the grave by four of his comrades. Volleys of shots were fired over the grave and the "Last Post" was played.

   
           
   
     
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