THURSTON John Richard
Regiment : 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry. Formerly 36624, Devonshire Regiment.
Service number : 32048
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds aged 19 on 6th October 1917
Buried : Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave V. G. 23.
Birthplace : Born and resident Redditch, Worcestershire, enlisted Birmingham
Relatives : Son of Mercy Thurston, 23 Oswald St., Redditch
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Also appears on : Redditch St George’s Church WW1 Memorial as Richard J. Thurston.
Credits : Researched by Jillian Coombes.
Recorded as Jack Thurston on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and John Thurston on Soldiers Died in the Great War.
Registered at birth as Richard John Thurston in 1898. On the 1901 census Richard aged 4 lived with his mother Mercy (classed as head of the house and married but no husband at home) and his siblings at 9 Chapel Street, Headless Cross. On the 1911 census John Thurston aged 13, Grocer’s Errand Boy, lived with his widowed mother Mercy Thurston and his siblings at 159 St Georges Road, Redditch.
Evening Despatch, Saturday 20th October 1917:
Redditch and District Casualties
Private Richard John Thurston son of Mrs Thurston, 23 Oswald Street, Redditch, of the Somerset Light Infantry, died from wounds received in action in France on 6 October. He was 19 years of age and a native of Redditch.
Evening Despatch courtesy of the British Library: http://www.britishnewspaperarchives.co.uk
The Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger, Saturday 10th November 1917:
Died of Wounds
Thurston J. (32048) Somerset L. I. from Redditch
Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger digitised by and courtesy of Martin Stephens: http://www.bromsgrovebmsgh.co.uk