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WW1 Casualty: Private 242356 John King -

Private 242356 John King

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Unit/Regiment 1st/5th Bn., South Lancashire Regiment
Date of Death 30/11/1917 Age at Death 25
& Reference
Cambrai Memorial
Panel 7
Census Details 1901 Census -

8 year old John King lived at 54 Sewell Street, Prescot, with parents Thomas, a 41 year old Labourer and Elizabeth (37), and brothers James (15) and Thomas (6)

1911 Census -
18 year old John lived at 54, Sewell Street, Prescot with his widowed father and younger brother. He worked as an Assistant Grocer for J Bolton Ltd. Labourer at the Wire Works
Birth/Marriage/Death Registrations Q3/1892, Prescot, Vol 8b, Page 686

Marriage to Gladys Bache registered Prescot, Q2/1915, Volume 8b, Page 1497

Daughter Olive born Q1/1916, Prescot
SDGW – Where Born Prescot, Lancs
Enlisted Prescot
Resided Prescot, Lancs
How Died Killed in Action Theatre of War France & Flanders
Research Ref. No. P175

Service Details

John King originally served as Private 5055 with the 1/5th Bn of the South Lancashire Regiment. The main body of the battalion went to France in February 1915 but Pte King didn't go overseas prior to 1916. In fact, men of the Battalion with numbers close to Pte King appear to have joined up in April 1916.

He was renumbered in March 1917.

The Parish Magazine of 25th March 1918 added 6 names to the existing 100 who had already fallen, including 'Pte. John King, 25, 5th South Lancs. Missing since 30th November 1917. His wife and child live at 72, Sewell Street'.

It seems likely that Private King was killed in the same action in which Captain Harry Garrett Whitaker was captured.

John King was entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

John's widow, Gladys, listed as his next of kin in the Register of Soldiers Effects

An extract from BICC 'Link' magazine, July 1918

John King's inscription on the Cambrai Memorial

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