Rank: Private
Number: 3612 (incomplete)
Unit: 1/2nd Battalion LONDON REGIMENT
Date of Death: 22 November 1915
Age: 18
Cemetery: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records John as serving with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. However, other military records (supported by his service number), suggest that he was actually part of the above Battalion of the London Regiment which, confusingly, was popularly known as the Royal Fusiliers.

He had been born in Stockport, the son of John And Annie, but is thought to have lived most of his life in the Lambeth area of London. The 1/2nd Battalion of the Londons was the local Territorial unit based in Westminster and John is believed to have joined up there in early 1915. He will have gone overseas a few months later and cannot have been at the front for very long before he was badly wounded. It is not known exactly when this was but he will have received treatment at an army field hospital, some miles behind the lines, before being transferred to the more extensive hospital facilities at Boulogne, where he died.

When the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information in the early 1920s, Mr & Mrs Fosbrooke were living at 39 Somerleyton Road, Brixton, London.

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