Original photograph courtesy of the fine book "The Fallen of Oldbury, Langley & Warley, 1914-1918"
Died Mesopotamia on Wednesday, 6th December 1916, age 47.
Buried in Grave IV. O. 16. at Basra War Cemetery, Basra, Iraq.
Royal Field Artillery, 69th Brigade, "A" Battery. 13th Division.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: West Bromwich, Resident: Unknown.
First landed Egypt, 1st July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Pre-War Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.
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/631225/
Birth of Job Page recorded June quarter 1870 at Dudley.
Job Page was serving with the Royal Garison Artillery.
123 Station Road, Langley, Oldbury, Staffs.
Job Page (41, Single, Bricklayer's Labourer, born Tipton) was a boarder in the household of William and Hannah Pegg. Hannah was Job's sister.
Job Page attested with the Royal Artillery at West Bromwich on 7th March 1887 when he was 18 years and 11 months old and employed as a Striker; he was to serve for 21 years. On attestation he was 5 feet 9½ inches tall with a 35-inch chest, and weighed 140 pounds. His complexion was fair, eyes blue, and hair black, he had a 'Z' tattooed on his arm, and described himself as Church of England.
After 6 months initial training, Job was sent to South Africa where he spent almost 7 years (September 1887 to August 1894). He then spent 3½ years in Mauritius (August 1894 to December 1897), and 48 days in Malta (December 1897 to February 1898) en route back to England. His remaining 10 years of service (February 1898 to March 1908) was spent in England.
At the time of his discharge he was 39 years and 11 months old, 6 feet 1 inch tall with a 37-inch chest. He had 4 Good Conduct badges despite Court Martials in 1887 and 1893, and his Character was described as 'Good'. At the time of his discharge he was serving with the 45th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery at Fort Bovisand, Plymouth. His intended address was 123 Station Road, Langley which was his sister Hannah Pegg's residence.
It is not known if Job was still a Reservist at the outbreak of war, or if he volunteered but he landed in Egypt 1st July 1915 serving once again with the Royal Garrison Artillery.
Still to be researched. Contact me if required.