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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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L/Cpl 15429 John Hannaford Trinick

  • Age: 20
  • From: Salcombe, Devon
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • K.I.A Saturday 22nd January 1916
  • Commemorated at: Cerisy-gailly Mil Cem
    Panel Ref: II.G.27

Born on Christmas Day 1895 in Salcombe, Devon, he was the only son of Captain Richard Trinick and his wife Eva May nee Hannaford. Richard Trinick went to sea from an early age and the 1871 Census shows him as a 14 year old seaman. In 1901 he is shown, now aged 44 years, as the proprietor of the Bolt Head Hotel, Salcombe, living with his wife and 3 young children. A Family Tree shows that John possibly had a twin brother, Richard Edward, both said to have been born on 25th December 1895. There is no further trace of Richard Edward who presumably died soon after birth. It also shows that there were two other sisters, giving a total family of 6 children. He was educated at Kingsbridge Grammar School, Salcombe.  None of them appear on the 1911 Census Return. However, in 1911, there were a number of members of the Trinick family from Salcombe living in Liverpool, including Susan Trinick, born 1861, and possibly his aunt, who lived at 23 Arnold Street, which might explain why John came to Liverpool to work. 

John enlisted on 4th September 1914 in Liverpool, while employed by the Booth Steamship Company. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915 and earned 3 medals. He was killed in action on 22/01/1916 aged 20.

A report in the Liverpool Echo dated 8th February 1916 states that “Lance Corporal John H. Trinick of the “Pals” has been killed at the front.  He was a clerk in the employ of Messrs Booth & Co.’s shipping office at Liverpool and to his parents (Captain and Mrs Trinick of Salcombe, South Devon) much sympathy will be extended”. It quotes from a letter which it attributes to the chaplain of the 89th Brigade: “In him I have lost one of the most trustworthy and promising NCOs and the Machine Gun Section loses one of their number who will be greatly missed. Your son died from the effects of his wounds and shock. I am glad to add that he was unconscious till he died and therefore did not suffer. Again expressing my very deep and sincere sympathies with you in the loss of your brave boy, who died doing his duty.  He always did it and well”.  De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-1918 cites the same letter but says it was written by 2nd Lieutenant E. Trevor-Lewis who also wrote: “He was close to the spot in the trenches where a High Explosive shell fell. The explosion shattered his right arm and he received one wound to the head and another in his thigh”.  He was initially buried at Mericourt and his was one of those graves consolidated into Cerisy-Gailly Cemetery after the Armistice.

John is commemorated on the Salcombe War Memorial.