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John Richard John
Age: 23
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regti No.: 13208
1914-1915 Star Medal Ribbon Victory Medal Ribbon British War Medal Ribbon
Regiment: 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers
Medals: 1914-1915 Star, Victory, British War

John Richard John, coal miner, oldest son of Thomas and late Rachel John of 2 Penmain Villas, Penmaen, served in the 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers, part of the 1st Division. In early May 1916 the battalion moved to Philosphe, a village between Bethune and Lens, Artois, France. On the night of 7 September and the afternoon of 8 September, his company, 'D' Company, were making a new front trench at the nearby village of Vermelles. On the afternoon of 8 September, a hot sunny day, the work was hindered by German machine guns resulting in a few casualties. Lance Corporal J R John (13208) was killed in action 8 September 1916, aged 23. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, a memorial to those with no known grave who fell in the Somme Sector. His younger brother William fell in France in November 1916.


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