Sunday, 20 September 2015

John Prince 1896-1916, age 19

Barnsley Chronicle 24th June 1916
Thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:1896 in Barnsley Q3 

Son of: John Starkey Prince and Elizabeth Ann Prince nee Simmons. John Starkey Prince (1859-1928, died age 69) was a druggist's assistant and he married Elizabeth (1858-1934, died age 76) at St George's Church, Barnsley on 22nd January 1886.The couple had six children but only four were alive in 1911

  • Harriet 1886-1889, died age 2 years and 9 months.
  • Arthur Charles, a teacher, born in 1888.
  • Harry, a bookbinder, born in 1890. Harry served in the York and Lancaster Regiment 14th Battalion (the second Barnsley Pals).
  • Weston, a joiner, born in 1892. Weston was also in the York and Lancaster Regiment and was wounded severely in France by a gunshot wound to his left arm in 1916. In 1918 he suffered from deafness and earache. 
  • Dorris 1894-1896, died age 25 months.
  • John 1896-1916, killed in action age 19. 

Military Service: John was a Private in the 2nd Barnsley Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment, service number 14/1112. He was the youngest of four brothers who all served their country in WW1. 

John was unmarried and at the age of 14 years was working as an ironmonger. At the time of joining the army he worked for Messrs. M. Lowrance & Son, ironmongers of Peel Square in Barnsley. He lived with his parents at 79 Shaw Lane, Barnsley. Prior to this, the family lived at 25 Waterloo Road, Barnsley and 67 Shaw Lane, Barnsley. 

Death: 30th May 1916, Ypres, killed in action.  
Buried: Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres in grave II.M.5.

Find a grave link: here 
Commonwealth War Graves Commission link: here  

Research by KingstoneHistory

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