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Name: John William FAWCETT
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: J W Service No.: 2043
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Shotley Field, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 23
Unit: 1st/4th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (Territorial Force).
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Prudhoe, Northumberland.
Place of Residence: Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 1 Milton Street, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner at Greenside Colliery.
How Died: Died of wounds
Date of Death: Wednesday 2nd February 1916
Place of Death: In a Field Hospital, Belgium.
Battle/Campaign: Zillebeke Sanctuary Wood Sector, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium Trench Warfare.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Greenside War Memorial, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Memorial Organ, United Methodist Church, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton Social Club, Roll of Honour, Cross House, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen (Flanders), Belgium. Reference I. G. 14
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, pages 5 and 8, 12th February 1916. Blaydon Courier, page 8, 19th February 1916. Blaydon Courier, page 4, 8th July 1916.
Family Details:
Son of William and Elizabeth Jane Fawcett, of 1 Milton Street, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Three weeks before his death John was home on leave in Greenside. The Greenside Recognition Association organised a public presentation in the Store Hall. He was presented with a Bible. He enlisted in the 4th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers at the beginning of the war, trained in Blyth, Northumberland, and was posted to France as a bomb thrower. He was fatally wounded by the accidental explosion of a rifle grenade which also killed his officer, a comrade, and severely wounded Private Patterson, also from Greenside. He died in a Field Hospital without regaining consciousness. John was connected to the United Methodist Church in Greenside. He attended the Sunday School and took an active part in the work of the Christian Endeavour and choir.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
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