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Longton, Staffordshire
John William Saxton was born in 1881 at Longton , Staffordshire He was the son of Samuel and Kate Saxton née Adams of 54 Church Street Eastwood Nottinghamshire, His father Samuel was born in 1853in Eastwood and his mother Kate Adams was born in 1854 in Longton, Staffordshire, they were married on 17th November 1879 in Longton Staffordshire and went on to have 14 children 2 of whom sadly died in infancy or early childhood, their children were Samuel b1880, John William b1881, Kate b1883, Emily b1885, Dorothy b1888, Joseph Orme b 1889, Mary Elizabeth b1891, Florence b1893, Henry b1895, David b1897, Winifred May b1900, all these children were born in Longton Staffordshire, their final child Cyril Arthur was born in 1904 at Eastwood, Nottinghamshire In the 1911 census the family are living at 54 Church Street, Eastwood and are shown as Samuel 56 yrs a colliery motor driver, he is living with his wife Kate 57 yrs and their children, Samuel 31 yrs a colliery fireman, Joseph Orme 22 yrs a joiner, Florence 18 yrs, Henry 16 yrs a coal miner, David 14 yrs an apprentice joiner, Winifred May 11 yrs a scholar and Cyril Arthur 7 yrs a scholar. John William married his wife Kate Winterbottom on 15th January 1906 at Eastwood and they lived at 12 Hope Street, Ilkeston, they had two sons Eric born 20th July 1906 and Claude born 3rd March 1910 both were born at Eastwood. His wife later remarried and became Kate Weston (formerly Saxton)and lived at 1 Ailsa Buildings Kilmarnock Scotland.
He worked as a joiner for Barber Walkers.
22 Oct 1917
2936653 - CWGC Website
Royal Engineers
Sapper John William Saxton enlisted in Ilkeston on 12th December 1915 , he gave his age as 34 yrs and 11 months his address as 12 Hope Street, Ilkeston and his occupation as that of a joiner, his next of kin was his wife of the same address. He with 249th Field Company Royal Engineers. He trained at Blandford and arrived in France on 9th April 1917. He was killed by a bomb blast on 22nd October 1917 and is buried at Duhallow ADS Cemetery, Belgium.
His brother Joseph Orme Saxton enlisted on 8th January 1916 at Nottingham he gave his age as 27 yrs and 1 month , his occupation as that of a colliery , his address as 54 Church Street, Eastwood and his next of kin as Samuel his father. Due to the fact he was a trained carpenter he was posted to the Royal Engineers. He embarked from Southampton on 25th April 1917 and Landed in Alexandria, Egypt on 1st June 1917. He was promoted to Corporal n 22nd December 1918 and transferred to class 'Z' Army Reserves on 8th November 1919 His older brother also served - Samuel(a pit engine driver) who was with the Army Service Corps in the UK
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Duhallow ADS Cemetery,  Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    John William Saxton - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Duhallow ADS Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle