John Thomas Walton

John Thomas Walton

Date of birth: 1875
Place of birth: Millbrook, Southampton
Date of 1st marriage: 5th August 1907
Place of 1st marriage: Bristol
Date of 2nd marriage: 24th January 1915
Place of 2nd marriage: St Helier, Jersey
Service No.: 97120
Rank: Regimental Sergeant Major
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 98th Brigade HQ
Died: 4th November 1918 aged 42 years
Death location: France and Flanders



Although John is not named on the Cenotaph our Researcher felt his story was worthy of telling because his brother George is named on the Cenotaph and we like to link brothers and their stories, plus John’s story is supported by some wonderful photographs.


Life before the War
John was the third of 7 children born to parents George Henry and Ellen, nee Russell, who married in the Winchester area in 1871.  George was born 1846 in Totton, Southampton and Ellen was born in Twyford, Hampshire in 1847.

John’s siblings – 2 sisters and 4 brothers – were:

George Henry    b.1872 and d.22nd July1914.  War Casualty.  Select George’s name to read his story.

Frederick Charles    b.1874 and d.1962

Charles Alfred    b.1878 and d.1967

Ellen    b.1882 and d.1924

Harry    b.1887 and d.1973

Emily Jennie Maria    b.1890 and d.1984

In 1881 the family were living at Mousehole Lane, Southampton.  George senior was a Carpenter.

By 1891 the family had moved to Hop Cottage, Millbrook, Southampton.  George senior stated his occupation as a Gardener although he was not working at the time of the census.  Charles was working as an Errand Boy.

The family had moved again and in 1901 were living at Redbridge Hill in Millbrook. George senior was a Gardener (not domestic).  Harry was a Milk Boy; George junior was a Crew Member with the Royal Navy aboard the Colossus docked at Devonport, Devon.  There is no trace of John. George senior’s mother in law, Maria Russell, was living with them.

In 1911 John was stationed in the Channel Islands with the Royal Garrison Artillery.  His rank was Company Sergeant Major and his occupation was Wheelwright.  He states he is married.  His wife Matilda, with their children John Leslie, Ellen Maud and Frederick Leonard, are living in Jersey in Army accommodation.

John was married twice.  He was married firstly to Matilda Hembry on 5th August 1907 in Bristol.  She was born on 9th August 1877 in Wellington, Somerset and died 30th October 1913 Bristol with Carcinoma of the Colon/Peritonitis.  They had 4 children:

Matilda Walton, nee Hembry

Matilda Walton, nee Hembry

John with his wife Matilda and 3 of their children

John with his wife Matilda and 3 of their children

John Leslie    b.1908

Ellen Maud    b.1909

Frederick Leonard    b.1910

Bernard Henry    b.1913.

He then married Maria Georgina Perrie on 24th January 1915 in St Helier, Jersey.  Maria was born in 1859 in Jersey and died in 1919 in Chelsea, London.



John and Matilda's marriage certificate

John and Matilda’s marriage certificate


War Service

Pension Service Records:
John enlisted at Fort Rowner, Gosport, Hampshire on 22nd April 1893 when he was 18 years old.  He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery and his rank was Gunner, reaching the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major at the time of his death.  He gave his occupation prior to enlisting as a Labourer. Up to the date of death he had served 25 years and 197 days, 200 of these days were served in France when he was posted on 19th April 1918.  He initially gave dates of marriage (to his first wife) and birth of his children.  He then changed his next of kin to Maria, his second wife, when he was posted during the Great War.

On the 4th November 1918 John died and is Remembered with Honour at the St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.

St Sever Cemetery extension

St Sever Cemetery extension


St. Sever, Rouen, France. Memorial Register

“Walton, R.S.M. J. T., 97120. 98th Bde. H.Q. Royal Garrison Artillery. 4th Nov., 1918. Age 42. Brother of Miss Emily J.M. Walton, of Wandsworth Rd., Shirley, Southampton. S.II. P.3”

 John was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals.




Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 10th October 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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