Stanley Saul Mottershead, brother of the founder of Chester Zoo George Mottershead, was killed in action in France on 4 December 1916.
George Saul Mottershead himself had been very seriously wounded by a bullet near the spine during the Battle of The Somme a few weeks earlier on the 15th October 1916. Doctors feared that George would be paralysed, however this former physical fitness instructor took several years to walk again, always with a limp.
George lost two brothers, half-brother Albert (Bert) Mottershead, remembered with his brother Stanley Saul Mottershead on the Sale war memorial.
33 year old Lance Corporal Albert Mottershead, Service No. 25258, Lewis Gunner in the 23rd Battalion, Manchester Regiment was killed on 22 October 1917 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
Private Stanley Saul Mottershead, Service No. 12594, 19th Battalion Manchester Regiment, (the 4th Manchester Pals) was killed by a shell on 4 December 1916. He had only arrived at the front in November 1916. He is buried at Grave Reference: I. E. 3, in Douchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery in France, a concentration burial area for 491 soldiers including many from scattered graveyards across Arras and The Ancre.
The Mottershead family, remembered.
Many thanks to George Cogswell for his website and research on the Mottershead family, Trafford and Sale war dead.
Posted By Mark Norris, World War Zoo Gardens project, Newquay Zoo.