|The Rushden Echo Friday 8 February 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Seaman's Death - A Victim of Pneumonia - Former Boy Scout's Drummer
We sincerely regret to report that Mr and Mrs Hooton, of 5 Upper Queen-street, Rushden, have suffered bereavement by the death at the Naval Hospital, Plymouth, from pneumonia of their eldest son, Seaman John Henry Hooton, at the age of 18 years. The news that he was seriously ill was received by the parents on Tuesday week, and on the following Thursday the deceased seaman's father was wired for and at once proceeded to Plymouth remaining with his son until an hour before he died last Friday at 9 p.m.
The late Seaman Hooton joined the Navy on October 15th, 1917, since which time he has been undergoing instruction on the training ships "Powerful", one two and three. Before joining the Navy he was employed by Messrs. Willmott & Son, boot manufacturers, Portland road, Rushden. He took a considerable interest in the Rushden Troop of Boy Scouts, of which his brothers were members, and occasionally used to play the drum for them.
The funeral took place yesterday at the cemetery.
The Funeral of the late Seaman John Henry Hooton, whose death is recorded in this issue, took place at the cemetery yesterday, in the presence of many sympathisers. The Rev C J Keeler officiated. The coffin, which was of polished elm, with brass fittings, bore the inscription:-
JOHN HENRY HOOTON
Died February 1st, 1918
Aged 18 years
The mourners comprised: Mr and Mrs Hooton (father and mother), Masters Harold and Frederick Hooton (brothers), Mr and Mrs Luck (grandparents), Mr T Hooton (grandfather), Mrs A Brass and Mrs J Dickerson (aunts), Mrs A Clark (aunt), Mr and Mrs O Johnson (uncle and aunt), Mesdames S Barnes, T Robinson, E W Luck and Miss E Luck (aunts), Miss E Allen (cousin), Miss G Pettit (fiancee), and Mrs J Bettles (cousin). Deceased's late employer (Mr H E Wilmott) and a number of his former shop-mates were also present, in addition to representatives of the Odd-Fellows, of which order the deceased seaman was a member. A number of beautiful wreaths from relatives and friends were placed on the grave. Mr and Mrs Hooton and family wish to thank all those kind friends who have expressed sympathy with them in the great sorrow which has befallen them.