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07 Aug 1882
Radford Nottingham
He was the husband of Hannah Dring. In 1911 they lived at 324 Denman Street and Hannah later moved to 60A St Peter's Street (both Radford Nottingham).
He was a miner (road repairer underground).
23 Aug 1915
43
3033534 - CWGC Website
PO/178(S)
Private
Royal Marine Light Infantry
Private John Dring, R.M.L.I., Portsmouth Battalion, Royal Naval Division, previously serving with the Sherwood Foresters died on 23rd August 1915 aboard the hospital ship 'Gascon' from wounds received on 19th August. He was buried at sea, he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Dring was one of 'Kitchener's Marines' who were transferred from the Sherwood Foresters to the RMLI. Des Turner notes '600 RMLI transfers came from 2 regiments - 200 from the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) and 400 from the Sherwood Foresters. They were predominantly ex-miners and labourers, fit men wanted for their ability to dig trenches and tunnels. The 200 KOYLI recruits were transferred to Plymouth Division RMLI and were given service numbers PLY/1(S) to PLY200(S). This was also the case for the Sherwood Foresters 200 who were dispatched to Portsmouth where already 30 men were recruited and so they became PO/31(S) to PO/230(S). 200 remaining Foresters went to Chatham and were numbered CH/1 to CH/200(S). 'Obituaries give rank of lance corporal, CWGC record as 'private'. Nottingham Post obituary (abridged), 5 September 1915: 'Dring. Wounded August 19th died August 23rd, Lance Corporal John Dring, Royal Marines, late 2nd Sherwood Foresters, aged 43 years. Husband of Hannah Dring of 60A St Peter Street, Radford, wife and mother.' Nottingham Post obituary (abridged), 29 September 1915: 'Lance Corporal J Dring, 60A St Peter’s Street, Nottingham, died of wounds 23 August.' In memoriam published 22nd August 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “DRING. – In loving memory of 3025 Corpl. John Dring, late 1st Sherwood Foresters, 60a, St. Peter's-street, Radford, killed in action August 22nd, 1915. Ever in our thoughts. – From his nieces and nephews.” In memoriam published 23nd August 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “DRING. – In loving memory of John Dring, Royal Marines, died from wounds August 23rd, 1915. Too far away thy grave to see, but not too far to think of thee. – Loving wife. “DRING. – In memory of my dear chum, Lance-Cpl. Dring, died August 23rd, 1915, from wounds. Jack Meese.( Pte. John Cecil Meese, another member of the Portsmouth Battalion, lived near to the Drings, at 56 St. Peter's Street, Radford) In memoriam published 22nd August 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “DRING. – Died of wounds at Alexandria [sic], August 23rd, 1915. L.-Cpl. John Dring, Royal Marines. Ever in our thoughts. – Loving nieces and nephew (at sea).” Above in memoriam and information is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his faceboook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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