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Name: John CAIRNS
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: J Service No.: 36777
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Scotland Age at Death: 22
Unit: 1st/4th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: Addison Colliery, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 59 Low Row, Addison Colliery, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: 16 Simpson Street, Crookhill, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. 12 Bell Vue, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Addison Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Wednesday 10th April 1918
Place of Death:
Battle/Campaign: The Battles of the Lys, Belgium, 1918. The Battle of Estaires, 9th – 11th April 1918.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Addison Colliery War Memorial, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Memorial reference Panel 4
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 4, 18th May 1918.
Family Details:
Son of Adam Cairns of 59 Low Row, Addison, Co. Durham and the late Ann Cairns (formerly of 16 Simpson Street, Crookhill, Ryton, Co. Durham). Brothers: Jonathan and Thomas. Sisters: Jane and Eleanor.
Notes : John attested 10th December 1915. He was mobilised 21st May 1917 and was posted to the East Yorkshire Regiment, 22nd May 1917. He spent a period of time with sickness in the 83rd General Hospital at Boulogne, France, at the beginning of 1918. He returned to front line duty on 25th March 1918, but was killed in action just over two weeks later.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Hexham Herald, 18th May 1918.
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