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Capt John Vivian Nancarrow. Memorial Service.

Capt John Vivian Nancarrow.

The photograph of Captain Nancarrow and the Memorial Service page below have been kindly contributed by his Great Niece, Hilda McCoy of the USA.

Capt John Vivian Nancarrow was killed in action, aged 29, on the 24th of April 1915 near Fortuin, Ypres. He was the eldest son of George Bennett Nancarrow and Charlotte Alice Nancarrow, of "Ravenscroft," Grove Hill, Middlesbrough.
He was born in Middlesbrough, N Yorks on the 6th June 1885 and educated at Leys School and Kings College, Cambridge [M.A. and LL.B.]. Admitted a Solicitor in 1909 and became Secretary to Middlesbrough Chamber of Commerce. At the 1911 census he was boarding at 19 Basset St, Camborne, Cornwall.
He joined the 1st Vol Bn of the Durham Light Infantry in 1907 and was later attached to the Northumberland Fusiliers at Newcastle and then to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry before settling in Middlesbrough, where he became a Lieut in the 4th Yorks. He took a very active part in the Boy Scouts movement in connection with the settlement in Newport Rd, Middlesbrough. After a school of instruction he was promoted to Captain in the latter part of 1913.
During the day of the 24th April in the attack at Fortuin he was seen cheering on his men and in the advance he stopped to bind up the wound of a Private who had fallen and then hurried forward. After making several rushes at the head of his men towards the enemy's position, he was shot and died almost instantaneously.
His Colonel wrote of him that "he behaved like a hero".
He was engaged to be married to Miss Elsie Harkess of Stokesley, N Yorks. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.

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