Also Served: John Joseph Guy -
John Joseph GUY
9 Beaconsfield Street, Prescot
Sapper 7687, West Lancs Div., Royal Engineers
The Guy family were living at the above address at the time of the 1911 census. John (35) and Ellen (31) had been married for 13 years. They had 6 children, four of whom were still alive; Edward (12), Harry (9), Alice (4) and Joseph (1).
John Guy attested into the Royal Engineers at St Helens on 16th March 1915. He was 34 years old, lived at 9, Beaconsfield Street with his wife Ellen and worked as a Plasterer. As part of his attestation into the Royal Engineers, he had to be certified as a competent plasterer by a recognised civilian tradesman, and this was done by “D Taylor” of Squires Place, Prescot, a Builder and Contractor.
His service shows that he served in the UK until 5th May 1917 when he went to France, remaining there until 13th December 1918, at which point he returned to the UK. He was discharged on 17th March 1919, when his conduct was described as “very Good”.
He had two charges on his military conduct sheet. On 10th September 1915, he was found guilty of neglect of duty and disobeying an order, for which he was admonished. Then on 24th November 1917, he was found guilty of being “sloppily dressed while on parade”, for which he was again admonished.
After discharge, John was awarded a military pension as he was found to suffer from inflammation of the right knee, a condition brought about as a result of his military service. This was classed as causing 20% disability and he received a pension of 5 shilling and sixpence a week for himself and his wife, and a further 4 shillings a week for their four children.
John died in Prescot in 1925 at the relatively young age of 49.