John Henry's Story.John Quinn was the son of John and Annie Quinn of 19 Vine Street, Runcorn. He was born in the town and had enlisted early in the war. He was an old Volunteer who joined the 2nd Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment and was drafted out to France in early MArch 1915.
He fought at Hill 60 and Neuve Chapelle and was wounded by the bursting of a shell during street fighting in a Belgian town. At first it was thought that he had been killed outright so bad were his injuries, but he was eventually picked up by the Red Cross men and sent to a Base Hospital at Boulogne, and then moved to Cardiff were he died on Friday 28th May 1915.
The body was brought to Runcorn station o the following Monday afternoon and tken to St Edwards Roman Catholic Church, where th erites of the church were solemnised, and the remains left at the Altar for the night.
The funeral took place at Runcorn Cemetery nd he was laid to rest in Section 2 Grace 32 on 1st June, at he was the first local mans military funeral in the town since the outbreak of the war.
The procesion was headed by 46 members of the 5th Cheshires with 36 at the rear. The men were under the command of Major Timmins and Lieutenant Luck. The firing party was composed of 20 men of the Welsh Fusiliers, who were guarding the bridges of the town.
The servcie at the graveside was conducted by the Rev Father O'Brien of Liverpool, who was assisted by the Rev Father Tickle. the soldiers surrounded the grave in a huge circle and the firing party were lined near the graveside. the ceremony was very impressive, and after firing three volleys, two buglers of the Welsh Regiment sounded "The Last Post".
Composed by G Ainsworth and P Dunbuvand