Project Description

JOHN BIRKBY 1896–1984

Royal engineers badge

Brother of Thomas

Born in Bingham, 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

Died 1984

1901 Census

John and brother Thomas (born 1894) living in Bingham with mother Ruth Ellen (age 44) and boarder William Cooling (age 35)

1911 Census

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).

Military Service

Attested: Nottingham

Address: Lamcote

Age: 19 years, 10 months. Occupation: engine driver (gas). Height 5ft 6ins, weight 119 lbs, ‘teeth very good’

Rank: Gunner

Service Numbers: 253117, 42378

Military Unit: Royal Engineers, formerly C Battery, 188th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Theatre of War: Unknown, served abroad

19.8.15: Posted

13.9.17: Transferred to Royal Engineers

4.8.19: Discharged

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

Other information

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.

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

1939 Register

Not found

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour 

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.