26 January 1915: Pte Simeon Sharratt

Born Nuneaton, 21 September 1894.

Son of Simeon (felt hat maker) and Elizabeth Ann Sharratt of 1 High Fields Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire. One of 6 children. 

Educated at Nuneaton and Hinckley Church Schools. 

High Fields Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire. (c) Google Street View 2021 taken May 2019

A gardener from age 14 and before the war. 

Enlisted 3 September 1914. Went to France 22 December 1914. Wounded in action, shot by a sniper through the wrist and stomach, near La Bassee 24 January 1915 and died from his wounds on the 26th. 

He is buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, Bethune.

Brother Herbert had enlisted with the Coldstream Guards a week before his younger brother Simeon on 12th September 1914. They both went to France 22 December. Herbert went on to be awarded the Military Medal. March 1918 wounded. Demobbed 25 February 1919.

11391 Pte Simeon Sharratt No. 3 Coy 1st Bn Coldstream Guards

26 January 1915

Research by Jonathan Vernon