Remembered with honour Ypres Reservoir Cemetery: Plot I, Row A, Grave 1.
He enlisted in London; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals, his qualifying date being 8 September 1914, and was killed in action. Unfortunately, John’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is a Death announcement for John in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 8 January 1916.
As best as can be made out, son of Thomas Edward and the late Mary Jane (nee WALLER) SHATTELL.
His parents married 1880 in the Kensington, London, district. Mary died January 1900 in Bushey, Herts, aged 39, and was buried 22 January at St James’, Bushey. Thomas remarried 11 February 1901 at St James’, Bushey, to Elizabeth Eleanor KING (nee BOWERS). Thomas died 10 May 1941 in Watford aged 87, and was buried 14 May, at St James; Elizabeth died 22 October 1944 aged 80, and was buried 26 October, also at St James.
John was born 1895 in Hinxey/Hincksey, Oxon (or Berks) but the only birth registered in 1895 is for Francis John King SHATTELL. And just to confuse things even more, according to an article in the Observer dated 14 November 1914, John KING is “An adopted son” of Mrs E BUNCE of Bushey [see 1911 Census].
On the 1901 Census, John SHATTELL aged 5 lived in Bushey, with his father, step-mother and three step-siblings. On the 1911 Census, a plasterer’s labourer aged 16 [listed as SHUTTLE], he was a boarder in Bushey, in the household of Joseph and Elizabeth BUNCE.
Date of death19/12/1915
Age at death19
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)