Private 16802 John Price

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Two Tipton men, John Price and Job Lawley, killed on the same day.

Killed in Action on Wednesday, 6th September 1916, age unknown.
Buried in Grave I. G. 37. at Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

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

Born: West Bromwich, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Tipton.

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.

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/546127/

Genealogical Data

John Price cannot be positively identify on the Census, as too many options exist.

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The 7th South Staffs were part of 11th Division, serving initially in Gallipoli during 1915, evacuating to Egypt, and then arriving in France in July 1916.

They were initially posted near Arras, moving to the Somme battlefield in September 1916. They took over front line trenches in the Thiepval-Ovillers sector on 6th September 1916, "facing north between Thiepval and Mouquet Farm". They were shelled on the 6th and each subsequent day until they were relieved on the 11th September, having had 14 men killed, including 2 experienced company commanders, and 4 men from Tipton.

The Tipton men were: Job Lawley and John Price on 6th, William Turner on the 9th, and John Duffield dying from wounds on the 10th September.

7th South Staffs War Diary.
6th September 1916
"..About 3 pm. the enemy's artillery became severe and between that hour and 6 pm. we lost 5 killed, 4 wounded and 2 shell-shocked.."

Of the 5 men killed that day, 2 were from Tipton: Job Lawley and John Price who are buried side by side in Ovillers Military Cemetery, adjacent to the grave of William Turner who was killed on the 9th September.

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