Private 50208 John Challenger

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Killed in Action on Sunday, 13th October 1918, age 19.
Buried in Grave XVII. F. 9. at Loos British Cemetery, Loos, Pas De Calais, France.

9th Bn., Essex Regiment. 35th Brigade of 12th Division.
Formerly 17482 Lincolnshire Regiment.

Born: Coseley, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/562143/

Genealogical Data

Birth of John Challenger registered June quarter 1899 in Dudley.

1901 Census
24 High Street, Princes End, Tipton, Staffs.
William Challenger (39, Iron Mill Worker, born Princes End), his wife Lucy (39, born Princes End), and their 4 children: Nellie (10, Scholar, born Princes End), Lucy (6, Scholar, born Princes End), Beatrice (4, born Princes End), and John (2, born Princes End).

1911 Census
26 Newhall Street, Princes End, Tipton, Staffs.
Joseph Barklam (39, Fitter and Pattern Filer, born Tipton), his wife Lucy (39, born Coseley), and their son Joseph, plus 4 'relatives' including John Challenger (12, Relative, born Coseley).

Personal Data

After John's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/1/5d (2 pounds, 1 shilling and 5 pence); this was paid to his father, William, in July 1919. His War Gratuity was £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in December 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that John had enlisted within the 12 months prior to his death.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 22nd November 1918
Essex Regiment, Challenger, 50208, J., (Tipton).