Born: 9th December 1922, Preston, Lancashire.

Died: 3rd July 1944; age 21; of Tuberculous Meningitis and Hypostatic Pneumonia at Ipswich Borough General Hospital. His father, William was at his bedside.

Residence: West View, Moss Lane, New Longton, Lancashire.

Occupation: Laboratory Assistant.


Served with the R.A.F. from 1942.


Rank: Leading Aircraftman; Service Number: 1674843.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


Grave Reference:

Screen Wall,

Ipswich Crematorium,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & May Sharples, of New Longton, Lancashire.


Father: William Sharples, born 1899, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire. A Plummer.

Mother: May Ethel Sharples (nee Billings), born May 1900, Hackney, London.


John attended Preston Grammar School – entered 19th September 1934 – left 27th July 1939.

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