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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
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
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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:


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.