JOHN WILLIAM SPARROW

 

 

Born: 1859, St. Clements, Ipswich. John gave his year of birth as 1869.

Died: 3rd March 1920; age 61. Served 1 year & 111 days.

Enlistment Details: Location: Holborn; Date: 18th August 1915; age 46 years & 8 months (he was actually 56); Occupation: Scaffolder;  Address: 26, Cowper Street. Height: 5ft 6 1/2 ins. Signed up for the duration of the war.

Date of Entry Therein: 28th August 1915 – France.

Service: Arrived Southampton 19th August 1915 – Embarked – France – 25th August 1915. Transferred 12th October 1916.

Balgowan Road Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital, Beckenham – 12th October – 1916 – 24th October 1916 – 12 days – Rheumatism.

Discharged – Rheumatism – 6th December 1916

Rank: Pioneer; Service Number: 115641

Regiment: Royal Engineers, 4th Labour Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star + Silver War Badge.

 

Grave Reference:IMG_6717

BA.2.61.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich,

Suffolk.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   7, Turret Lane, Ipswich.

 

John was 42 years old, a Scaffolder – Builer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Mary, 32.

Nellie, 5.

Jack, 4.

Ivy, 1.

wife’s borther Fred Kerridge, 14, born Ipswich.

wife’s brother Walter H. Kerridge, 21, born Ipswich.

 

1911   26, Cowper Street, Ipswich.

 

John was 50 years old, a Scaffolder – Builer & Contractor. He was married and Head of the Household.

Mary, 41.

Nellie, 15, a Domestic Servant.

Jack, 14, an Errand Boy.

Ivy, 12.

Ruby, 10.

wife’s brother Fred Kerridge, 23, a Dealer.

 

On the 10th April 1894, Ipswich, John married Mery Ellen Kerridge, born 1869, Ipswich. They had 4 children:

Nellie Eveline J. Sparrow, born 1896, Ipswich – died 1911, Ipswich.

Jack Sparrow, born March 1897, Ipswich.

Ivy Sparrow, born December 1899, Ipswich.

Ruby Sparrow, born August 1901, Ipswich.

 

Mary Ellen Sparrow signed for John’s Victory, British War & 1915 Star on the 29th September 1920.

 

 Royal Engineers, 4th Labour Battalion

 

 

 

 

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