Project Description

JOHN THOMAS PEPPER 1889–1952

Tom Pepper

Photograph from the Cutler Collection

Brother to Harry and Arthur

Born 25th December 1889 at Osbournby, Lincs

Married January 28th 1911 to Alice Marshall. Sons John Pepper Marshall and Arthur

Died 12th December 1952 and buried Radcliffe Cemetery (D128, no headstone)

1891 Census

Age 1 living at The Drove, Osbournby, Lincolnshire with father Frederick, a traction engine driver, mother Mary Ann, brothers George 4. and Arthur 2

1901 Census

Age eleven living at Ogles Yard, Radcliffe on Trent with father Frederick, stationary engine driver, mother Mary Ann and siblings George, groom,  Arthur, errand boy, Harry, seven, and Violet, nine months old.

1911 Census

Age 21 living on Palin Row, Radcliffe, with in-laws, the Marshalls (having married Alice Marshall) and son John Pepper Marshall, age seven months. John Thomas Pepper is employed as a coal carter.

Military Service

Rank: Acting Lance Corporal

Service Number: 202697 (KRR) 3602 (ASC)

Military Unit: 11th (Service) Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, 59th Brigade, 20th (Light) Division, transferred from Army Service Corps

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 26.8.14

Enlisted 17.8.1914 in Nottingham, then on to Aldershot 18.8.1914

Occupation: labourer. Height 5ft 2¾ins, 37ins chest, weight 126lbs

26.8.14: Posted Le Havre

29.11.15: Syncope (temporary loss of consciousness)

1.12.15: returned to duty Havre

30.5.16- 8.6.16: Leave

4.10.16: Promoted to Acting Lance Corporal

8.2.17- 17.2.17: Leave

20.8.17: Compulsorily transferred to Kings Royal Rifle Corps

14.9.17: Reverted to Private

10.11.17: Appointed Acting Lance Corporal

30.11.17: Reported as missing

5.12.17: Listed as P.O.W. (Prisoner of war)

From the International Red Cross Committee Prisoners of the First World War records:

John Pepper was captured at Cambrai on 30.11.17 and taken to Le Quesnoy, east of Cambrai, France, then sent to Dülmen P.O.W. camp in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, a camp for private soldiers and NCOs. He was recorded as a prisoner at Dülmen on 7 January 1918 and subsequently transferred to Friedrichsfeld camp by 28 April 1918, having been in Münster 2 camp for an unknown period prior to Friedrichsfeld. At Münster 2, prisoners were housed in brick barracks and many were engaged in coal-mining. (Wikipedia) The record at Friedrichsfeld camp states that he was taken prisoner at Masnières (four miles from Cambrai), which was captured by the British on the first day of the First Battle of Cambrai, 20 November 1917, and held for twelve days. (Wikipedia).

19.11.18: Repatriated and posted to hospital with scabies.

Medals Awarded: 1914 Star, British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Palin Row, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1939 register

Address: ‘The Butts’, Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation:  Haulage Contractor

Special Constable

Household: living with wife Alice and her mother Alice Marshall, an invalid.

Other Information

Left £1998 to his widow Alice Pepper in his will. Address at death 90 Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived, worked and died in Radcliffe on Trent.

 Pepper J T

John Pepper, Fishmonger in 1920 Directory