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John FAY

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Surname: FAY

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Padiham, Lancashire

Service No: 1706

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 1/4th Battalion

Division: 42nd (East Lancashire) Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1915-06-04

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 114 to 118.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

John Fay was the son of John and Annie Fay, née Whalley and brother of Private Robert Fay (1748) (q.v.) and step-brother of Private Albert Deacey (39687) (q.v.). Both of John junior's parents were born at Blackburn, Lancashire.

1901 Blackburn, Lancashire Census: 42, Pickup Street - John Fay, aged 5 years, born Padiham, Lancashire. [John and his parents were living with his father's mother, Sarah Fay, widow.]

1911 Blackburn, Lancashire Census: 18, Cob Street - John Fay, aged 15 years, born Padiham, Lancashire. [John was visiting his uncle, James Connor.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Fay, 1706, East Lancashire Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: 2B [Balkans]. Date of entry therein: 9 May 1915.

John is commemorated in the 'Blackburn Roll of Honour 1914-1918'.

A short biography of John is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

Data Source: Craven Herald Article


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 42nd (East Lancashire) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 42nd (East Lancashire) Division

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Surname: FAY

Forename(s): John

Born: Padiham, Lancs

Residence: Barnoldswick, Yorks

Enlisted: Blackburn, Lancs

Number: 1706

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 1/4th Battalion


Died Date: 04/06/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Gallipoli


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Surname: FAY

Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 1706

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 1st/4th Bn.

Age: 20


Died Date: 04/06/1915

Additional Information: Son of John and Jane Fay, of 16, Arthur St., Barnoldswick, Yorks.

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‘Burnley Express’ (25 September 1916)

(Kindly supplied by the website: Burnley in the Great War)



Mr. Robert W. Whalley, 16, Arthur-street, Barnoldswick, has received official news of the death of his grandson, Pte. Robert Fay, of the 4th East Lancashires, who was killed in the Gallipoli Peninsula about a month ago. Pte Fay was a native of Blackburn, and belonged to a notable family of soldiers. He had two brothers and a half-brother in the same regiment (East Lancashires), and also two brothers serving in France. One of these, Pte Henry Fay, is married, and his wife and child live at the address given above. Another brother, Pte. John Fay (East Lancashires) has been reported missing at the Dardanelles since June.

BRITISH REGIMENTS AT GALLIPOLI, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1996)

1/4th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

JUNE 1915
Third Battle of Krithia (4th). ‘D’ Company and 1 platoon of ‘C’ moved forward with 1st Essex 12 noon. Led attack from right of Ghurka Bluff towards Krithia. Leading waves met with strong rifle and machine gun fire upon leaving trenches. First three lines of Turkish trenches taken within few minutes. Attack continued – 4th line carried by 3 p.m. and consolidated. Casualties – Lieutenants P. Wolf and H.W. Whalley, Second Lieutenants T.A. Heywood and C. Crewe, 32 other ranks killed; 2 officers 159 other ranks wounded; 2 officers, 14 other ranks missing.

[John Fay was one of the missing.]


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24 September 1915


Official news has been received by Mr. Robert W. Whalley, 16, Arthur Street, Barnoldswick, of the death of his grandson, Private Robert Fay 4th East Lancashire Regiment, who was killed in action in the Dardanelles about a month ago. Deceased, who was a native of Blackburn, had two brothers serving in the same regiment, one of whom has been missing since June. Another brother (Private Henry Fay, whose wife and child reside at the above address) is with the 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in France.

Private Herbert Fay, A.S.C. and Private John Fay, East Lancashire’s, are well known in Barnoldswick, where they worked prior to joining the colours.

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06 August 1915


Driver H. Fay, grandson of Mr. Bob Whalley, of Arthur Street, Barnoldswick, writing from Florinna Hospital at Malta, to Mrs. A.T. Scott, of 169, Burnlea Terrace, Gisburn Road, Barnoldswick, gives some of his impressions of the fighting in the Dardanelles. He says:– “I suppose you know I have been in the Dardanelles for two months, and it was a bit hot. I was, however, sent away from the Dardanelles with enteric fever, and I have been on milk diet for a month. I have been through it since I have been on active service, I can tell you. I don’t think the Turks will stick it long. They have had an awful licking. Our boys just showed them how to fight. Our John (his brother), has been wounded in the neck and arm. I don’t think he will be any use for work again. I suppose I shall have to go out again after I have had a furlough. Well, I came through without a scratch once, and I can do it again with a bit of luck.”

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