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John Neville Kirkby was born in 1898 at Southwell and was the son of James Henry a grocer and baker and Hannah Kirkby née Pettener, of 'Limehurst', Southwell. His father James Henry was born in 1864 at Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, his mother Hannah Pettener was born in 1863 at Rolleston, Nottinghamshire, they wnt on to have the following children, Margaret Annie b1895, James Henry b1897, John Neville b1898, and George Sidney b1900 all were born in Southwell. In the 1911 census the family are living at 'Limehurst' at Southwell and are shown as James Henry 47 yrs a grocer and baker, he is living with his wife Hannah 48 yrs and their children, James Henry 14 yrs a scholar, John Neville 13 yrs a scholar, George Sidney 11 yrs a scholar and Margaret Annie 5 yrs of age.
He attended the Minster School and later Anold House School, Blackpool, where he joined the OTC. Member of University College Nottingham OTC.
25 Sep 1916
798573 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
3rd Bn York and Lancaster Regiment
Second Lieutenant served with the 3rd battalion York and Lancaster Regiment,attached to the 2nd Battalion, formerly with the Officer Training Corps at Nottingham promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant and attached to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He landed in France on 5th June 1916. He was killed in action on 25th September 1916 he has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, Somme, France
2nd Lieut J Neville Kirkby The Retford Times 6/10/1916 A telegram was received from the War Office on Tuesday by Mr and Mrs J H Kirkby, Limehurst, Southwell, that their second son, Second Lieut J Neville Kirkby had been killed in action on September 25th. He was educated at the Southwell Grammar School and passed on to the Arnold House School, Blackpool, where he joined the OTC and was soon promoted to be Quartermaster-Sergeant and attached to the Loyal North Lancashires. When the war broke out he went to the Officers Training College at Nottingham under Captain Trotman and on receiving his commission was gazetted to the York and Lancs. He was only 18 years of age and has an elder brother attached to the Lancashire Fusiliers. His brother James Henry was a Second Lieutenant and served in the Lancashire Fusiliers, he was service in France from August 1916 and lost a leg in 1917.
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