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William Charles John
Age: 22
Rank: Private
Regti. No.: 3137
1914-1915 Star Medal Ribbon Victory Medal Ribbon British War Medal Ribbon
Regiment: 1/2nd Battalion Monmouth Regiment
Medals: 1914-1915 Star, Victory, British War

William Charles John, second son of Thomas and late Rachel John of 2 Penmain Villas, served in the 1/2nd Battalion Monmouth Regiment and arrived in France in May 1915. In May 1916 the battalion joined the 29th Division as the designated pioneer battalion. In October the division fought on the Somme south west of Bapaume. Wintry weather caused offensive operations to be called off on 19 November. Towards the end of the month the battalion, enduring cold wet weather, was building trenches in a morass of mud and subjected to sporadic German shelling. Pte W C John (3137) was killed in action 23 November 1916, aged 22, and is buried at the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme. He is commemorated also on the Battalion Memorial in St Cadoc's Church, Trevethin. His older brother John had fallen in France in September 1916.


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