Casualties at Tower Hospital
Rank / Number
Dates in Hospital
Private / 11974
2nd Batt. King's Own Scottish Borderers
John Shambley was born in Wigan in 1895 and in July 1914 enlisted with the 2nd battalion of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. and was wounded on Hill 60 at Ypres on 17th April 1915.
After being wounded John was transferred to the Tower VAD Hospital, Rainhill in May 1915. Below is a letter to the Liverpool Echo dated 13th May 1915 signed by John and several other patients.
John subsequently returned to action and in July 1916 his name again appears on a casualty list. He was injured five times and at some stage was treated at an Auxiliary Hospital at Wharton Hall, Skelton, Yorkshire.
John Henry seated in a group of 4 soldiers from the KOSB’s. John has a corporal’s stripes and 3 wound stripes visible. Probably taken in 1917-18.
In October 1918, Corporal J. H. Shambley was discharged from the Army. In March 1919 he married Emma Jane Shepherd in Skelton-in-Cleveland, Yorkshire.
Photographs courtesy of Keith and Norma Anderson. Norma's mother, Margaret is one of John Shambley's daughters.