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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 17322 John Anderson Henry Downie

  • Age: 21
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Saturday 22nd January 1916
  • Commemorated at: Carnoy Mil Cem
    Panel Ref: H.11

John Anderson Downey was born on 11th May 1894 in Liverpool. He was the eldest of four children born to William and Jeanie Downie who had married 22nd March 1893 at St Mary’s, Kirkdale. 

By 1901 they were living at 67 Carisbrooke Road, Liverpool, William was a marine engineer born in Scotland, while his wife was born in Liverpool.

In 1911, Jeanie is at the same address, with her three children including John who is said to be an invoice clerk with a preserves manufacturer and a part time student.  Jeannie is described as married so her husband was presumably still alive.

He enlisted on 2nd September 1914 at Liverpool, giving his age as 20 years 4 months, his occupation as apprentice journalist with Wallasey and Wirral Newspapers and his next of kin as his father, William. On enlisting he was appointed Unpaid L/Corporal and on 31st July 1915 Paid Lance Corporal. He arrived in France with his Battalion on 7th November 1915 and earned his 3 medals. He was killed in action buy a shell on 22nd January 1916 aged 21.

He was buried next day in Carnoy Military Cemetery, Grave H11, France.

His death was reported in the Liverpool Echo of 02nd February 1916


"The death reported Lance-corporal J. A. Henry Downie, of the Service Battalion King's (Liverpool Regiment), who was killed a bursting shell while in a dug-out at the front in France January 22. The deceased corporal, who was only twenty one years of age, had been for some time on the staff of the 'Wallasey Chronicle" when, shortly after the outbreak of war, he enlisted in the " Pals." He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Downie. of 67, Carisbrookuroad, Walton, and his father is serving as chief engineer transport." 

Reverend W. A. Warren attached to 21st Infantry Brigade officiated at the funeral. His effects, which included a “Guide to the Stars” and a German dictionary, were received by his mother, as was his plaque and memorial scroll. According to CWGC, his father had died before John’s headstone was erected over his grave.

He is also commemorated at Union Presbyterian Church, Kirkdale, Liverpool Presbyterian Union, Kirkdale and St Luke's Church, Walton.