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JJCHILD1John James Child was born in Preston on the 15th October 1886 to Thomas and Catherine Child. Thomas and Catherine first appear together on the 1881 Census when they were resident in the Fusehill Street Workhouse in Carlisle with an eight month old daughter Martha Ann.

Thomas and Catherine then left the workhouse and went to live in Preston where sadly their daughter Martha Ann died in 1882. After John was born in 1886 Thomas and Catherine had two more children, Mary Jane was born in 1889 and then Edwin in 1892.

John`s father Thomas was a tailor by trade and in 1911 the family home was at 66 Hopwood Street in Preston. John was employed on the railways as an engine cleaner. His brother Edwin was working in a tobacco works and his sister Mary Jane was a weaver.

A month after the 1911 Census was taken John married Martha Buck on the 3rd June 1911 at St. Paul`s Church in Preston. John was still an engine cleaner on the railways when he married Martha but he left the railways at some point because prior to his enlistment he was working as a fireman at Bank Top Mill.

John and Martha`s first child was born in 1912 and they named him John after his father.

His service papers have not survived so we do not know the exact date of his enlistment into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. However, he was given the service number 3001 and posted to the 4th Battalion.

He sailed to France with the 1/4th Battalion on the 4 May 1915. Sadly, John James Child was another casualty of the Battalion actions at Festubert on the 15/16th June 1915 he was part of “A” Company.JJCHILD2

He has no known grave and so his name was recorded on the Le Touret Memorial to the Missing in France.

Just a couple of months after his death John`s widow Martha gave birth to their second son in Preston on the 24th August 1915. Martha named him Wilfred Festubert Child (1915-1993).

Martha would have received the bronze plaque and memorial scroll in recognition of her husband`s sacrifice. John was also awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3001
Date of Death: 15/06/1915*
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

* The CWGC have recorded John James Child`s death as the 16th June 1915.

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One Response to 3001 PTE. J. J. CHILD. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Gary Blakeley says:

    Two of John James Child’s three medals (his 1915 Star is missing) along with his Memorial Plaque, have just been posted to eBay.

    See: http://www.ebay.com/itm/WW1-Pair-amp-Memorial-Plaque-etc-to-3001-PTE-J-J-CHILD-L-N-LAN-R-/351880967417?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

    I thought you might like to know…

    Gary Blakeley

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