Fitz John Etheridge

Date of birth: Late summer 1884
Place of birth: Pennington, Hampshire
Service No.: 85465 (previously 68495 RE)
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Durham Light Infantry
Battalion: 1/6
Died: 31st May 1918 aged 33 years
Death location: France

 

Life before the War
Fitz John Etheridge, born in 1884, was the son of John and Emily Etheridge.  The 1901 census records the family living at 25 Parsonage Road, Southampton.  John Etheridge was a Mariner.  Fitz John (aged 16) worked as an Errand Boy.

There were 5 children altogether and Fitz John’s 4 siblings were:

Florence (aged 19)
Archie (aged 12)
Percy (aged 10)
Emily (aged 8)

Military  Service
Fitz John Etheridge served as a Private in the 1/6th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry.  The battalion was formed in August 1914 as part of the Northumbrian Division.  They landed in France on 17th April 1915.  In June 1915 1/6th and 1/8th battalions merged to form 6/8th Battalion and then resumed their original identity in August 1915.

Fitz John was killed in action on 31st May 1918.  He was 33 years old.

He is  remembered, with honour, on the Soissons Memorial.  The memorial, situated in Aisne, France, lists the 4,000 Officers and men of  UK forces who died during the battles of Aisne & Marne (which took place in 1918) and have no known grave.  The memorial, designed by G. H. Holt, was unveiled on 22nd September, 1928.

The 1/6th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry was disbanded in France in November, 1918.

 

Researcher: Jan Thorn
Published.: 18th May 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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