John Edward Wansbrough

Date of birth:                     1874
Place of birth:                    Ropley, Hampshire
Date of marriage:             23rd February 1903
Place of marriage:            Ropley, Hampshire
Service No.:                       48703
Rank:                                     Farrier Sergeant
Regiment / Division:      Royal Engineers
Battalion:                             96th Field Company
Died:                                      27th September 1917 aged 42 years
Death Location:                France/Flanders

Life before the War
John was born 1874 in Ropley, Hampshire.  His parents were John Hill Wansbrough and Agnes, nee Bailey, who married on 4th October 1871 in Ropley.  He had a sister Maggie Edith, born 1883, Ropley.  His father died 1916 and left a probate:

“Wansbrough John Hill of 18 Henley Road Shirley Southampton died 25 Seotember 1916.  Probate London 6 December to Maggie Edith Wansbrough (daughter) spinster.
Effects £7020 10s 7d”

In 1881 the family were living at Ropley Railway Station.  John Hill was a Station Master for the London South West Railway.

By 1891 John Edward had left home and was living at Bishops Sutton, Hampshire where he was a Servant employed as a Stable Lad.  He was still in Bishops Sutton in 1901 and now a Jockey.

John married Isabella Ann Chamberlayne.  In 1911 they were living at West Street, Alresford, Hampshire. John was a Cycle Agent which was his own business.

War Service

Service Records – John enlisted on 8th September 1914 joining at Winchester, Hampshire.  His rank on joining was Driver but he worked up through the ranks to a Farrier Sergeant and by the 2nd June 1915 he worked as a Carriage and Smith.

His wife and 4 children were awarded a pension of 32s 6d with effect from the 15th April 1918.  As his next of kin he gave his wife Isabella, who he married on 23rd February 1903 at the Parish Church, Alresford, Hampshire.  He also confirmed details of his children, Henry James born 12th June 1903, Kathleen Ena born 31st May 1906, Blanche Lilian born 30th September 1907 and John Edward.  He confirmed his mother was Agnes and that he had one sister, Maggie.  No father is mentioned (died 1916).  Amongst his personal possessions, which were returned to his wife, was a Jockey Certificate.

1914 – 1918 Soldier’s Death Details:

Name:                                    John Edward Wansbrough
Birth Place:                         Ropley, Hants
Residence:                           Southampton
Death Date:                         27 Sep 1917
Death Location:                France & Flanders
Enlistment Location:      Winchester, Hants
Rank:                                     F/Sergeant
Regiment:                            Corps of Royal Engineers
Number:                               48703
Type of Casualty:             Killed in action
Theatre of War:                Western European Theatre
Comments:                         96th Field Coy., R.E.

John was entitled to the 1915 Star, the General Service and Victory Medals.

He is Remembered with Honour at the Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium.

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