Lance Corporal 8610 John Thomas Devison

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Died of Wounds on Saturday, 25th September 1915, age 27.
Commemorated on Panel 101 and 102 of Loos Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

2nd Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps. 2nd Brigade of 1st Division.

Brother of Mr W. Devison, of 148, Horseley Heath, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Oldbury, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 23rd February 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. Peter's, Greets Green Memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on Commonwealth War Graves site.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/731268/

Genealogical Data

Birth of John Thomas Devison registered June quarter 1888 in West Bromwich.

1891 Census
23 Littlefields, Oldbury, Worcs.
William Devison (29, Brickyard Labourer, born Horseley Heath) and Margarite (age 28, born Swan Village), and their 5 children: Lizzie (8, School, born Greets Green), William (5, School, born Greets Green), John (2, born Oldbury), Ann (15 months, born Oldbury), and Ada (1 month, born Oldbury).

Both parents died in the 1890's (Margaret in 1894 and William in 1897). William seems to have been 'adopted' by Thomas Devison who was most probably his Uncle.

1901 Census
38 Vernon Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Thomas Devison (40, Canal Boatman, born Tipton), his wife Elizabeth (38, born West Bromwich), plus 6 children from the first marriages of Thomas and Elizabeth, 1 child from their own marriage, plus John T. Devison (12, Adopted Son, born West Bromwich).

No trace of John Devison on 1911 Census. As he witnessed the Delhi Durbar to celebrate the coronation of the King, he would have been in India with the King's Royal Rifles in 1911.

Personal Data

John Devison is commemorated on the St. Peter's, Greets Green, Memorial. The only obvious Tipton connection is that his brother William's Tipton address is shown on the CWGC 'Roll of Honour', there is no evidence that he ever lived in Tipton.

After John's death his outstanding Army pay and allowances amounted to £17/2/7d (17 pounds, 2 shillings and 7 pence); in October 1917 this was distributed equally between his sisters Elizabeth Bowring, Annie Waterhouse, Ada Banner, and sister-in-law Ada Devison. John's War Gratuity amounted to £6/0/0d (6 pounds exactly), this was paid to his sister Annie Waterhouse in November 1919.

Action resulting in his death

John was in the 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifles, part of 1st Division. They had problems with gas in their sector which was released but did not drift towards the enemy, also gas from the 15th Division drifted across their front. Initially they were held up, but by 3.50pm had cleared the Germans from Lone Tree, the last piece of good news on the day.

98 men of the 2nd KRRC died on 25th September. The vast majority, including John Devison, have no known grave and are commemorated on the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner. This includes Private George Peachment who won the VC giving assistance to his wounded Captain, but losing his own life in that act of bravery.

Newspaper Cuttings

The Free Press July 9th 1915.
The above is a photograph of Lance-Corporal J. Devison, King's Royal Rifles, who has many friends and acquaintances in Greets Green. He is at present at the front. Lance-Corporal Devison was in India when the war broke out, and witnessed the Delhi Durbar some years ago. He came to England for two months before proceeding to the front.