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Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Burnley, Lancashire

Service No: 50365

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Suffolk Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 6th Division

Age: 31

Date of Death: 1917-04-22

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VI. B. 6.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

John Longstaff (or Longstaffe) was the son of John and Elizabeth Longstaff, née Chester. John, senior, was born at Grassington and Elizabeth at Skyreholme, Yorkshire.

1891 Burnley, Lancashire Census: 3, Smirthwaite Street - John Longstaff, aged 4 years, born Burnley, son of John and Elizabeth Longstaff.

1901 Burnley, Lancashire Census: 27, Robinson Street - John Longstaff, aged 14 years, born Burnley, son of John and [stepson of] Ellen Longstaff. [John had married Ellen Dean in 1894.]

1911 Nelson, Lancashire Census: 183, Southfield Street - John Longstaff, aged 24 years, born Burnley, Lancashire. [John was boarding with Janet Crawshaw.]

John was married to Martha Tattersall in 1912.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Longstaffe, 50365, Suff. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Longstaffe, 50365, 11 Suff. R.; 9 Suff. R.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Longstaffe, 50365, 9th Bn Suffolk Regt. Date and Place of Death: 22.4.17. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow Sole Legatee - Martha. £3 5s. 8d.

Photograph: ‘Burnley Express’ (12 May 1917).

Data Source: Craven Herald Article


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


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Suffolk Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Suffolk Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th Division

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Forename(s): John

Born: Burnley


Enlisted: Preston

Number: 50365

Rank: Private

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment

Battalion: 9th Battalion


Died Date: 22/04/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 27850, E. Lancs R.

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Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 50365

Rank: Private

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment

Unit: 9th Bn.

Age: 31


Died Date: 22/04/1917

Additional Information: Husband of Martha Longstaffe, of 18, Renshaw St., Burnley. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: FAR DEARER TO MEMORY THAN WORDS CAN TELL SADLY MISSED)

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‘Burnley Express’ (12 May 1917)

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


Burnley men, it will be gathered from our roll of honour, are scattered among all county regiments, and another fallen Burnley hero in an outside county regiment is Pte. (50365) John Longstaffe, whose home was at 18, Renshaw-street. Aged 30 years, and a weaver at Messrs. Riley Bros., Nelson, Pte.Longstaffe enlisted on July 11th, 1916, and went abroad on December 11th, 1916, with the Suffolk Regiment, being killed on April 27th. He attended Immanuel Baptist Church, and his wife has latterly been residing with her parents at 46, Ivy-street, Burnley. Pte. Longstaffe, whose only existing relative is a sister living in Yorkshire, was keenly interested in photography.


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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

18 May 1917

LONGSTAFF – Killed in action, April 22nd 1917, aged 30 years, Private J. Longstaff, dearly loved husband of Martha Longstaff, 18, Renshaw Street, Burnley, and grandson of the late Henry Chester, Newmarket Street, Skipton, and only brother of Mr. F. Craven, Bielby, York.

They miss him most who loved him best;
Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life.

[The Mr. F. Craven mentioned above was John Longstaffe’s brother-in-law, Frederick James Craven who had married John’s sister, Sarah Jane, in 1908.]


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