Private 17787 John Duffield

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Died of Wounds on Sunday, 10th September 1916, age unknown.
Buried in Grave II. H. 3. at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

7th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 33rd Brigade of 11th Division.

Husband of Mrs Anna Duffield, of 5 Court 8 House, Park Lane West, Tipton, Staffs
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed Balkans, 11th September 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. Matthew's Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/74303/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
12 Horseshoe Row, Tipton, Staffs.
Abraham Duffield (46, Road Carter - General, born Tipton), his wife Eliza J. (43, born Tipton), and their 5 children: Sarah J. (16, Brick Loader, born Tipton), John (13, born Tipton), Thomas (10, born Tipton), Henry (5, born Tipton), and Arthur (2, born Tipton).

John Duffield married Annie Hayes on 23rd April 1910 at St. Matthew's Church, Tipton.

1911 Census
125 Park Lane West, Tipton, Staffs.
John Duffield (23, Coal Miner - Underground, born Tipton), and his wife Annie (20, born Tipton).

By the time of the 1911 census, John and Annie had already had one child who had died, this may have been James who died in December quarter 1910. Another child, Eva, was born in late 1911 but she died aged 3 years in June quarter 1915. The unlucky couple had a third child, John H., born in late 1912 and who died around 6 months of age. Their fourth child, Annie Louisa, was born in May 1915 and happily survived to have a family of her own.

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The 7th South Staffs were part of 11th Division and had landed on the Gallipoli peninsula on 21st July 1915; John was not part of this initial wave as he landed at Gallipoli 11th Sept 1915. In December 1915 the 11th Division evacuated Gallipoli moving to Imbros, then at the end of January to Egypt, to Alexandria and the Canal Zone. In July the inevitable move to the Western Front took place, landing at Marseilles on 7th July, before taking over part of the front line near Arras on 22nd July 1916, having missed the early battles of the Somme offensive.

They took over the Thiepval-Ovillers sector on 6th Sept 1916, in trenches facing north between Thiepval and Mouquet Farm. They suffered heavy German artillery bombardments every day, whilst preparing the defence against a rumoured enemy counter-attack.

7th South Staffs War Diary 9th Sept 1916
"Misty morning and therefore quiet. Again shelling became heavy towards the afternoon.
Casualties: 3 Killed, 9 Wounded including 17787 Duffield J."

John Duffield would have been taken back to the Field Ambulances at Warloy-Baillon, where he died of his wounds on the next day. He is buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension.

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