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  • Buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery Manancourt, France. (www.cwgc.org)
Person Details
London Middlesex
John William was the son of Joseph and Mary Annie Fish (née Robinson). His father Joseph was born in West Butterwick, Lincolnshire, in about 1856, the son of John Fish. His mother Mary Annie Robinson was born in Osbournby, Lincolnshire, in about 1865, the daughter of Tenant Robinson. Joseph (30), resident London, and Mary Annie (21), resident Osbournby, were married at Osbournby parish church on 19 July 1886 and had three children of whom two survived childhood: John William b. London 1887 and Mabel b. Sleaford 1894. In 1891 Joseph, a tailor, and Mary were living at West Banks, Sleaford, with their son John (5). The family had moved to 32 Grantham Road, Sleaford, by 1901. John's parents and sister Mabel (16) a milliner, were still living at the same address in 1911. However, John was not in the home on the night of the census. John married Alice Pask (b. 21 December 1884, reg. Sleaford 1885) on 23 October 1912 in Lincoln. There were no children of the marriage. John and Alice were living at 95 Kimbolton Avenue, Lenton Sands, Nottingham, when he attested in 1915 and his widow was still living at the same address in May 1919 when she completed a form for the army listing his surviving relatives: Alice Fish (widow) and Mabel Fish aged 24 (sister) both of 95 Kimbolton Avenue, and parents Joseph and Mary Fish of 32 Grantham Road, Sleaford. The later CWGC record gave Alice's address as 140 Portland Road, Nottingham. John's parents continued to live in Sleaford where Joseph died in 1929 and his widow Mary on 19 February 1936. The probate record gave Mary's address as 30 Grantham Road; administration of her Will was awarded to her married daughter Mabel Hilton (m. Herbert H Hilton 1929 reg. Sleaford).
He was employed as a grocer's assistant when he attested in 1915
10 Jan 1918
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95 Kimbolton Avenue Radford Nottingham. Enlisted Nottingham
Gunner
Royal Garriso Artillery
303rd Siege Bty Royal Garrison Artillery John William enlisted 12 December 1915 under the Derby Scheme. He was mobilised on 1 June 1916 and served at home until 17 July the following year when he was posted to BEF France on 18 July 1917. John died of wounds on 10 January 1918 and was buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery Manancourt, France (IX. C. 3). The place of burial was noted on his service record: 'Rocquigny Road British Cemetery Manancourt, 5½miles W of Gougeaucourt.' He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of Rocquigny Road British Cemetery (extract): 'Etricourt was occupied by Commonwealth troops at the beginning of April 1917 during the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line. It was lost on the 23 March 1918 when the Germans advanced, but regained at the beginning of September. The cemetery was begun in 1917 and used until March 1918, mainly by the 21st and 48th Casualty Clearing Stations posted at Ytres, and to a small extent by the Germans, who knew it as "Etricourt Old English Cemetery".' (www.cwgc.org)
WMR 20467: Sleaford, Quarrington & Holdingham War Memorial, Market Place, Sleaford, North Kesteven, Lincolnshire - John W Fish Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Legatee widow Alice Fish WW1 Pension Ledgers Index Cards: widow Alice residence Lenton Sands [Nottingham]
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  • Buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery Manancourt, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    John William Fish - Buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery Manancourt, France. (www.cwgc.org)
  • Commemorated on the Sleaford, Quarrington & Holdingham War Memorial, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Photograph © Colin Murray (WMR-20467)
    John William Fish - Commemorated on the Sleaford, Quarrington & Holdingham War Memorial, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Photograph © Colin Murray (WMR-20467)