JOHN BIRKBY 1896–1984
Brother of Thomas
Born in Bingham, Nottinghamshire 1896.
Baptised 4th November 1896 at St Mary and All Saints, Bingham. Father Thomas, mother Ruth Ellen.
Married 1922 to Winifred Simmons. Son Geoffrey T.L. born 1923
Age 4 living in Bingham with mother Ruth Ellen, 44, brother Thomas 7 and boarder William Cooling 35
Birkby family now living in Bolton Terrace, Radcliffe on Trent, still with William Cooling. Ruth described as his housekeeper. Both sons described as boarders. John was working as a butcher’s errand boy, brother Thomas as a bricklayer’s labourer (possibly for William Cooling who was a bricklayer).
Rank: Sapper formerly Gunner
Service Numbers: 253117, 42378
Military Unit: Royal Engineers, Signal Sub-Section HQ, 25th Army Brigade R.G.A., formerly C Battery, 188th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Theatre of War: France
19.08.15: Attestation: Nottingham. Address: Lamcote. Age 19 years, 10 months. Occupation: engine driver (gas). Height 5ft 6⅞ ins, weight 119 lbs, chest 36½ ins, ‘teeth very good’
19.08.15: Posted, Gunner
02.06.16: Embarked Southampton; disembarked Havre next day
1916-1917: Expeditionary force, France
13.07.17: Transferred to Royal Engineers and posted to 40th Divisional Signal Company as Sapper under Army Order 204 1916. ‘Compulsory for benefit of the service’
19.08.17: Awarded Good Conduct badge
04.08.19: Demobilised. Specialist Military qualification: Skilled lineman
Medals Awarded: British War and Victory. G.C. badge 19.8.1917 (for good conduct).
Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register
Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent
Military record shows him applying for a post as a skilled workman in the Post Office Engineering Dept. in 1927. Older brother Thomas killed in action, November 26 1917.
Address: Water Lane, Radcliffe
Employment: General Post Office wireman, King Street, Nottm
Household: boarding with William Cooling, bricklayer, John’s mother Ruth is housekeeper
1922 Electoral Register
Address: Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent
Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.