On 4th June 1915, one hundred years ago today, John William Womersley, a member of St Chrysostom’s Church, wass killed in the Battle of Krithia, on the Gallipoli peninsula. He was 31 years old.
John (Jack) Womersley was born on February 3rd 1884, the eldest son of Frederick and Emily Womersley of The Olives, Anson Road, Victoria Park. (Very near St Chrysostom’s Church). He was educated at Mill Hill School in north London. As a young man he became a partner in his father’s accountancy firm, Womersley and Sons of King Street, Manchester. He took an active interest in the local community and was a member of St Chrysostom’s congregation, later a sidesman at the church.
Jack enrolled in the 8th (Ardwick) Batallion of the Manchester Regiment before the war broke out, and in May 1914 was promoted to Lieutenant. His Battalion was mobilised in the First World War for action in Egypt. Arriving in September 1914, in the first week of May 1915 they embarked for Gallipoli and were engaged in the third battle of Krithia. John was killed in action on the first day of the battle – 4th June 1915.
He is buried in the Redoubt Cemetry, Helles, on the Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey. John’s sister, Dorothy, paid for the Alfred the Great window in St Chrysostom’s Church to be installed in his memory and a plaque remembering him is below the window.
On the centenary of his death we remember him and pray for him and all victims of war.