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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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L/Cpl 22457 John Cecil Lines (MM)

  • Age: 25
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
  • D.O.W Sunday 29th October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Etaples Mil Cem
    Panel Ref: VIII.E.11A

John Cecil Lines was born on the 9th May, 1891 and baptised 13th July, 1891 at St Peter’s Church of England Church, Liverpool. He was the son of Thomas and Annie Lines, of Liverpool. 

The 1911 Census shows the family living at 6 Windsor Road Tuebrook Liverpool. His fathe,r Thomas, is aged 49, born 1852 in Leamington, Warwickshire and is a Coach Body Maker, whilst his mother,  Annie,  is aged 49, born 1852 in Prescot and they had been married for 27 years. They had ten children, seven who survived and were all born Liverpool. Those listed on the Census are Marguerite aged 25, born 1886 and no occupation listed, George aged 23, born 1888 is an Invoice Clerk (Provisions Merchant), Thomas aged 21, born 1890 is an Order Clerk, John aged 19, born 1892 is an Invoice Clerk (Provisions Merchant), Albert aged 17, born 1894 is a Law Clerk, Arthur aged 12, born 1899 and Leslie aged 7, born 1894 are still at school.

He enlisted on the 6th November, 1914 aged 23 years and 155 days in Liverpool joining the 20th Battalion of The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private 22457 and gave his occupation as a Clerk. He was 5 feet, ten inches tall, weighed 136lbs, fresh complexion and gave his religion as Church of England. Formed in November 1914 the 20th Battalion were originally billeted at Tournament Hall, Knotty Ash before on 29th January 1915 they moved to the hutted accommodation purposely built at Lord Derby’s estate at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 19th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915. His service records show:

30:07.16: Appointed Paid Lance-Corporal.

21.09.16: Awarded Military Medal for bravery in the field (London Gazette).

The award of the Military Medal was also reported in the Liverpool Echo on 26th October 1916:

“Tuebrook Military Medalist.
Lance Corporal J. C. Lines has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the Somme.  He has also been awarded the Brigade Certificate of Merit for gallantry under heavy shell-fire on June 27, and also been the recipient of a personal present from his captain for good services rendered. His parents, who reside at 6, Windsor Road, have been notified that he has been rather seriously wounded. Previously to joining the Army he was employed by Messrs. John Morrell and Co. Ltd., Victoria Street, with whom he had been for nine years.”

Sadly, just three days later on 29th October 1916, Jack died of his wounds aged 25. He now rests at Etaples Military, France where his headstone bears the epitaph:


His death was reported in the Liverpool Echo on 1st November 1916:
“October 29, aged 25 years, Lance-Corporal J. C. Lines (Jack), very dearly beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Lines, 6, Windsor Road, Tuebrook. (“One of the best, and he gave of his best.”)”
“October 29, died from wounds, Lance-Corporal J. C. Lines (Jack), K.L.R. - Ever remembered by his old chum Willie, and all at 106, Farnworth Street.” 

Jack is commemorated on the  following memorials:

Christ Church Free C. of E. Church, Tuebrook 

St John the Baptist’s C. of E. Church, Tuebrook


Killed On This Day.

(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
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38 years old