Gawthorn, James Edward

21 July 1893 to 2 February 1917

War Service:
Private 20072 JAMES EDWARD GAWTHORN of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards died on 12 October 1917, aged 24. He enlisted on 29 October 1914 but was unable to complete his training at the Guards Depot in Caterham because of ill health. While recovering he was attached to the Royal Army Medical Corps for 16 months.

He rejoined the Guards in France on 2 February 1917 and was killed in action during the Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 1917.

He is buried and remembered in Poelcapelle British Cemetery NE of Ypres

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorials in St Mary’s School, and the church of St Mary the Virgin, Lewisham.

He was born in Lewisham on 21 July 1893, the only son of James and Sarah Gawthorn, of 2, Prospect Place, Ladywell. He was educated at St Mary’s School and was subsequently employed as a drill and vice hand. On 17 December 1916 he married Annie Ensminger. He was a keen sportsman, holding several medals and cups and was a member of the Lewisham Council Workman’s Cricket Club and Algernon Athletic and Football Club.

CWGC; See also de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour ( +photo)

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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