1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 25348 John Grace
- Age: 29
- From: Garston, Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
- K.I.A Saturday 15th January 1916
- Commemorated at: Carnoy Mil Cem
Panel Ref: H.9
John Grace was born in 1885 in Liverpool, he was one of seven children, the second son of John, a railway platelayer, and his wife Ann (nee Devine) who married in 1880.
The Census of 1901 shows that the family lived at 1 Railway Cottages, Much Woolton, where young John was employed as a milkboy on nearby farms.
By 1911, still living at the same address, John is employed as a railway labourer at Garston, while his younger brother, Harry, is an engine cleaner at Woolton.
John enlisted in Liverpool joining the 19th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 25348.
There is some confusion about his date of death as Graham Maddocks gives his date of death as 05th January 1916, while SDGW shows it as 14th January. His CWGC headstone shows 15th January 1916.
Additionally his age is quoted by CWGC as 29 but a report in the Liverpool Echo on 28/01/1916 states that he was 30. He served in France from 07th November 1915 and earned his three medals.
His death was reported in the Liverpool Echo dated 27th Januuary 1916:
- GRACE – Killed in Action J. Grace – 19th Kings Liverpool Regiment, second son of Mr & Mrs J Grace, 1 Railway Cottages, Hunts Cross.
A further report on his death appeared in the Liverpool Echo on 28th January 1916.
John now rests at Carnoy Military Cemetery in France at Grave H 9, where his headstone bears the epitaph:
"ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO HIM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM RIP"
John is also commemorated on the following Memorials:
St Mary's Church, Woolton
St Peter's Church, Woolton
St Hilda's Church, Hunts Cross,
London and North Western Railway Roll of Honour
National Railway Museum York.