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Name: John Joseph HANVEY
Casualty No.: Ranks: Gunner Initials: J J Service No.: 116415
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Aspatria, Cumberland. Age at Death: 21
Unit: B Battery, 50th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Aspatria, Cumberland.
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 9 Ivy Avenue, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Died of wounds
Date of Death: Tuesday 25th July 1916
Place of Death: 107 Field Ambulance, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1916.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton Holy Cross Church Shrine, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 A and 8 A.
Buried: Originally buried in the cemetery on the Carnoy Maricourt Road, 5 miles East of Albert. The grave was lost so John Hanvey has no known grave.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 0
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of the late Isaac and Hannah Hanvey of 9 Ivy Avenue, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : It is believed that John's family were involved in the farming industry in the Cumberland area. A Major of the 50th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, wrote a letter to John's mother explaining the circumstances surrounding her son's death. He went on to say that they were in action not far from a place called Montauban, near the river Somme. John was at his gun doing his duty when several big shells came near the battery and they could not abandon the guns as they were supporting the infantry making a big push. A shell had landed very near and John was wounded. The Major goes on to say that four men managed to get John to a field dressing station but the Doctor explained that he was too badly wounded and there was no hope. By the time the stretcher bearers returned to the gun battery, John had died. The Major added that John never regained consciousness and he died a soldier's death, doing his duty as a good Gunner and a brave man. The Imperial War Graves Commission was unable to locate the resting place of John after the war had ended.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Information from family members.
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