John Mavin Haswell

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Sunderland
Regiment: London (The Rangers)
Battalion: 1/12th
Rank / Service No: Rifleman, 471465
Died: 1st July 1916, aged 20 years
Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, France


John was the youngest of 3 siblings born to Alfred and Elizabeth Haswell (nee Ramshaw), who married in Sunderland in 1891.


The family was resident in Sunderland at the 1901 Census, and in Southampton in at the 1911 Census.


Alfred was born in Sunderland in 1865 and he died in Woolston in 1915, the same year as his eldest son, at 29 Lake Road.

Elizabeth was born in the village of Haswell, south of Sunderland, in 1866 and she evidently moved back to the area after her husband’s death…….she passed away in Durham in 1921.



Alfred Ramshaw   b. 29 September 1892 Sunderland   d. 1915 Woolston

Percy   b. 17 June 1894 Sunderland   d. 1956 Surrey

John Mavin



Like many thousands of British servicemen, John was killed on the first day of the Battle of Albert.


This is also recognised as Day 1 of the First Battle of the Somme.


The 1st/12th London Rangers lost 159 men at Frezenberg Ridge in the Second Battle of Ypres on 8 May 1915.


On 12 February 1916, the battalion transferred from the 28th Division to the 56th (London) Division.


The battalion lost 58% of its fighting strength (17 officers and 447 men), including John, on 1 July 1916 at Gommecourt.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 28th September 2016


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