Austin, John

 

Source

CWGC

SDGW

Uttoxeter Advertiser

Other

Parents

His grandparents were Charles and Catherine Lowndes

Not found in the database

 

 

1a

Where born

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

Yes

 

1a

When born

About 1898

 

 

1a

Address

Uttoxeter in 1901

 

 

1a

Spouse

 

 

 

 

Children

 

 

 

 

Employment Before Joining up

 

 

 

 

Where enlisted

Blackburn, Lancashire

Yes

 

 

Regiment & Unit

East Lancashire

Yes

 

 

1st/4th Bn.

Yes

 

 

Rank

Lance Corporal

Yes

 

 

Service Number

1521

Yes

 

 

Date of Death

10 June 1915

Yes

 

 

Age at time of death

17 or 18

 

 

Implied from the date of birth given in 1a

Where Killed or died

Gallipoli

Yes

 

 

How he died

Killed in action

Yes

 

 

Location of Grave or Memorial

 

 

 

 

Awards

 

 

 

 

 John may have been orphaned at a young age because the 1901 Census shows him living with his grandparents and uncles during the night of the census. On the other hand, he may just have been staying with them on holiday.

If the date of birth given in the 1901 Census is correct, John was too young to be serving abroad when he died at Gallipoli.

This family was hit with double tragedy because Harold Barnes Lowndes, who was his uncle and also living in the same house at the time of the census, was also killed during the war. He died on 18th October 1918, only a month before the end of the war.

John is proving difficult to trace. He appears in the SDGW database, but not the CWGC database. The Staffordshire Soldiers website contains only one John Austin, who served in the 8th Battalion of the Welsh Regiment. He survived the war.