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John William REDFEARN

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Surname: REDFEARN

Forename(s): John William

Place of Birth: Colne, Lancashire

Service No: M2/081582

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Army Service Corps

Battalion / Unit: Attd. 3rd Field Survey Coy Royal Engineers

Division: ---

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1918-07-13

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: LXV. F. 5.

CWGC Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: KIRKBY MALHAM, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John William Redfearn was the son of John and Ruth Redfearn, née Blakeley. John, senior, was born at Upper Hopton, Mirfield and Ruth at Batley, Yorkshire.

1901 Batley, Yorkshire Census: 7, Park Road - John W. Redfearn, aged 5 years, born Colne, Lancashire. [John and his mother Ruth were living with her cousin, William H. Fox.]

1911 Gargrave, Yorkshire Census: The Vicarage - John William Redfearn, aged 15 years, born Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire. [John was employed by Francis Charles Kilner, Clerk in Holy Orders.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John W. Redfearn, M2/081582, Army Service Corps. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 11 May 1915.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

REDFERN. John W., aged 22, son of Mr. John Redfern, Kirkby Malham, died of pneumonia.

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Private John William REDFEARN

Private John William REDFEARN

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Army Service Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Army Service Corps

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Surname: REDFEARN

Forename(s): John William

Born: Colne, Lancs

Residence: Leeds

Enlisted: London

Number: M2/081582

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps

Battalion:

Decorations:

Died Date: 13/07/18

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

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Surname: REDFEARN

Forename(s): John William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: M2/081582

Rank: Private

Regiment: Army Service Corps attd. 3rd Field Survey Coy. Royal Engineers

Unit:

Age: 22

Awards:

Died Date: 13/07/1918

Additional Information: Son of John and the late Ruth Redfearn, of Kirkby Malham, Bell Busk, Yorks.

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1919

REDFEARN John William of Kirkby Malham Yorkshire died 13 August [sic] 1918 in France Administration London 10 February to John Redfearn general dealer. Effects £142 6s.

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Private John William Redfearn

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Etaples Military Cemetery

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19 July 1918

Private John Redfearn, Kirkby Malham

The painful news was received on Tuesday morning by his father, Mr. John Redfearn, of Kirkby Malham (who, by the way, is totally blind), that his only son, Private John Redfearn, aged 23 years, had died on July 13th from bronchial pneumonia at a base hospital at Étaples. The deceased soldier, who was very popular in Malhamdale, and had a host of friends, was, prior to enlisting, engaged as footman for Mr. Walter Morrison, of Malham Tarn, and it is just a year ago since he was home on leave. He enlisted April 30th 1915 in the A.S.C. Motor Transport, went out to France May 10th the same year, served with the Motor Transport until August 1916, when he volunteered for dispatch riding, and served in that capacity with the 3rd Army Survey Corps down to June 6th last, when he was admitted into 59 Casualty Clearing Station suffering from epilepsy. A wire was received by his father on June 8th stating he was dangerously ill, followed by a letter saying he was unconscious from Thursday to Saturday. He regained consciousness but was seriously ill. He remained in the Clearing Hospital until June 30th, making very little progress, and was then removed to the base hospital at Étaples. Bronchitis set in followed by pneumonia, and the end came, as stated, last Saturday. He had had several narrow escapes, and during the retreat from Albert a few weeks ago lost almost everything he had. Yet he was always cheerful. His loss is keenly felt by his father and sister, who were looking forward to having him on leave. We tender to them our sincere sympathy in their bereavement.

23 August 1918

KIRKBY MALHAM –THE LATE PRIVATE J. W. REDFEARN: Despatch Rider's Brave Action

Mrs. Redfearn, of the Church Hall, has received a letter from Major F. J. Salmon. R.E. with the 3rd Army, bearing on the circumstances of the illness and death of Private J. W. Redfearn, whose obituary notice appeared in the ‘Craven Herald’ on the 19th of July.

Major Salmon says:– “I am afraid I cannot give you very much information about your nephew, as it is very difficult to keep track of one’s people as soon as they get evacuated at the base. He appears to have been perfectly well the day and evening before his illness. He was taken ill with some sort of fit at night in his quarters and immediately removed to 59 Casualty Clearing Station, where he remained practically unconscious for many days. As soon as he got better he was evacuated to the base. I am at present acting in command while the Colonel is away, and was not at the headquarters at the time. I am asking Warnes who is here to write you further particulars. Warnes appears to have been his closest friend, but he was well liked and popular among all the M.T. men. His loss was deeply regretted by all the officers and men of the battalion (then a company). He was a splendid fellow, and did most excellent work. He was our most reliable dispatch rider, and could be relied upon in any emergency. During the March retreat he did a run along the Arras-Baupaume road when it was practically ‘front line’ and all other traffic had ceased. The road was under direct observation and swept by machine gun fire from the enemy. The infantry told him he could not get through but he did. It is very sad that a fellow like that should die as he did. Please tell his father that all those in this battalion who knew Redfearn feel for him deeply in his bereavement.”

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19 July 1918

REDFERN – Died of pneumonia in hospital in France, Pte. John Wm. Redfern, son of Mr. John Redfern, of Kirkby Malham, aged 22.

19 July 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Death of a Kirkby Malham Soldier

Much sympathy is felt for Mr. John Redfern of Kirkby Malham, who has this week received word that his son, Pte. John Wm. Redfern, despatch rider, had died of pneumonia at the Base Hospital in France. He volunteered in the early part of the war, and has seen much active service. He was 22 years of age, and leaves a father and sister to mourn their loss. Especial sympathy is felt for the father who for many years has been blind, in the loss of a kind and considerate son.

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