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Pleasley, Nottinghamshire.
Father: Joseph Shacklock, born in 1858 and working as a blacksmith and later as an underground colliery engineer. Mother: Rebecca, born in 1859 at Sutton-in-Ashfield. Sisters: Sarah, born in 1883 at Pleasley and Eliza, born in 1886, and working as an elementary school teacher. The family lived at Chesterfield Road, Pleasely, Nottinghamshire.
Attended Brunts School and Queen Elizabeth School. Attended Queen Elizabeth School from 18/09/1906 to July 1907, during Jan -Jul 1910 he returned as an advising pupil. Teacher. He was also for a time a teacher at Sneinton Council Junior Mixed School, Nottingham.
12 Mar 1915
1561849 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Second Lieutenant Shacklock joined 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters after their return from India and was assigned to 'C' Company when they arrived in France on 14/11/1914. He was killed in action at the end of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, but his body was never recovered. However, his name was recorded on the Le Touret Memorial.
Sneinton Council Junior Mixed School, Nottingham, extract from school log dated Tuesday 18 March 1915: 'Second Lieutenant G M Shacklock, former teacher, killed in action.' (Nottinghamshire Archives) Left £132 9s to Charles Firth and Sydney G Walker. Following is an article published in the Mansfield and North Notts Advertiser published on 2nd April 1915 The circumstances of his death were reported by an anonymous officer from his unit, read out at a memorial service that was held at St. Michael’s Church in the village. “He was killed on the morning of 12th of March during a fierce counter-attack the Germans delivered on our lines. He had borne himself with great gallantry. At one time he and his platoon were quite surrounded, but refused to surrender. But they managed to cut their way out. I was surprised to hear that he had been killed. He was lying alongside myself for some time, but I was obliged to go away to another part of the field. I afterwards saw him lying exactly in the same position. He was hit through the temple, and must have died instantaneously. Indeed, I thought at first he was asleep. He was a very capable young fellow. His captain, who lay dead within a few yards of him, held a great opinion of him, and although he was with us for only a short time he had endeared himself to us all. His death is a great blow to those of us who remain.” Above article courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914 - 1918
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