John Archibald Jordan

Date of birth: 1879
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Worcestershire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 37256
Died: 25th March 1918, aged 39 years
Commemorated: Pozieres Memorial, France

 

John was the second of 6 siblings born to George Bryant and Kate Jordan (nee Noyes), who married in Southampton in 1876.

The family lived latterly at Church Farm House, University Road in Highfield.

 

George, a builder & decorator, was born in St. Mawes, Cornwall in 1854; he died in Southampton in 1927.

Kate was born in Poplar in 1856 and she passed away in the city in 1925.

 

Siblings 

Alice Maud   b. 1878 Southampton   d. 1938 Southampton   Married Edgar Richard Clifford in Southampton in 1906.

John Archibald

Daisy Kate   b. 1881 Southampton   d. 1882 Southampton

Ethel May   b. 22 January 1883 Southampton   d. 1958 Southampton Living with James at 46 University Road in 1939 (James “incapacitated”).

James Francis   b. 5 November 1888 Southampton   d. 1961 Southampton

Owen Hurley   b. 1889 Southampton   d. 1889 Southampton

 

 

The 1st Worcestershires landed at Le Havre in November 1914, part of the 24th Brigade in the 8th Division.

 

The battalion was in action at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915, where their C.O. (Lt. Col. E.C.F Wodehouse) was killed.

 

The division took part in the Battle of the Somme (1916) and carried out an assault on the enemy at Bouchavesnes on 4 March 1917, with the help of Lewis guns and rifle grenades.

 

The division joined II Corps in the Ypres area in the summer of 1917, as the enemy retreated to their prepared defences on the Hindenburg Line.

 

Late March 1917 saw the division take part in assaults on the villages of Fins, Sorel and Heudicourt. On the night of 12-13 April, they captured the village of Gouzeaucourt.

 

Two attacks by the division at Westhoek (Third Battle of Ypres) on 31 July and on the Hanebeek on 16 August both failed, because of the ferocity of the German defensive fire.

 

Later in 1917 the division moved from Ypres to Ploegsteert, but was back on the Passchendaele Ridge in the December.

It’s first action in the area resulted in the loss of 600 men.

 

The division was in reserve when the Germans commenced their Spring Offensive on 21 March 1918.

The division was sent south by train, arriving at the town of Chaulnes.

 

John perished as the division made a tactical retreat near Amiens. The division lost a total of 4,900 men between mid March and early April 1918.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 5th October 2016
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