Radcliffe on Trent WWI Letters
John Ould was born in Radford, Nottingham in 1896. In 1911, age 15, he was working as a printer and living on Bingham Road, Radcliffe with his mother Catherine and his siblings.
When he was 17 he emigrated to Australia leaving Tilbury, London on 29th July 1913 on the Port Lincoln bound for Melbourne.
John enlisted in the Australian Infantry Force, embarking from Melbourne on 9th November 1915, and attained the rank of Sergeant in the 24th Battalion. He died of wounds on 8th August 1916 received at the Battle of Pozières, the Somme, France three days previously. He died three days before his 21st birthday.
John’s death was certified by A.I.F. Headquarters on 13th Aug 1916.
The following information is from the Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files, Australian War Museum website: http://www.awm.gov.au/ :
From the Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau: http://www.awm.gov.au/ :
A letter was sent from the Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, Australian Branch, British Red Cross Society to the Chaplain, No. 13 General Hospital, B.E.F. on 16th November 1916, in an attempt to find out more information about the deaths and burials of John Ould and two other men:
A reply was sent, dated Nov 19th/16:
A letter was also sent to the Registar, No. 13 General Hospital, B.E.F. on 23rd November 1916, again asking for more details of deaths and burials, and on 2nd January 1917 the following reply was received:
After his death, John Ould’s mother Catherine completed a Particulars form for the Roll of Honour in the Australian War Museum:
On the form Catherine Ould states that John had his 18th birthday on the water going to Australia:
Mrs Ould was living on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent at the time this form was completed.