Huthwaite War Memorial Project

WESTON A. C/12793

Andrew Weston

Andrew Weston

Lance Corporal C/12793 - Rifleman
King's Royal Rifle Corps 18th Battalion

Killed in Action Flanders 7th July 1917 : Aged 22

Boulogen Eastern Cemetery - IV B 50

Born and raised in Hucknall Huthwaite; a son of John and Hannah Weston addressed at 56 New Street, Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. Andrew enlisted in Leeds, alongside other like minded college students. His fathers brother is believed being the great grandfather of contributor Mr Dennis Weston.

Notts Free Press – 22nd. June, 1917.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Weston of New Street, Huthwaite have received the official intimation of the death in Boulogne Hospital of their eldest son, Lance-Corporal Andrew Weston, 12793, K.R.R. Lance-Corporal Weston was 22 years old, and on the 7th. inst., was in a dugout with three comrades, when a shell burst and he was the only one left alive, though dangerously wounded, his parents being notified to that effect. He died a few days later. Lance-Corporal Weston, being of a studious turn of mind, chose the teaching profession, and was engaged at Skegby when he entered a Leeds training college, from which he enlisted with a band of fellow students. He had spent his last two birthdays and the last two Christmases in the army, and had been wounded before, having spent a period in an English hospital and being allowed a leave at home. He belonged to the Huthwaite Wesleyan Church since infancy.
Notts Free Press – 29th. June, 1917. (Summary) A memorial service was held to L/cpl E. Bower (N. Staffs) L/cpl A. Weston (KRR) and Privates George Stubbins (Sherwood Foresters) H. Burton and T. Phillips (both Canadian contingents) - Phillips was missing 12 months before he was reported as killed. - Burton had been confirmed in the Parish Church and attended its Sunday school before going out to Canada. Weston commenced his teaching career at Church Schools, and his love for his country was handed down unsullied from his forefathers. He was a promising youth.

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Written 23 Jul 06 Revised 30 Jun 12 © by Gary Elliott