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Pte 17984 John Henry Warren

  • Age: 32
  • From: Wallasey, Cheshire
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Tuesday 11th July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.

17984 Private John Henry Warren, 19th Battalion, KLR.

John Henry Warren was born in Liverpool in the June quarter of 1877, or alterntively according to his enlistment papers was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, the son of James Warren and his wife Catherine (nee Jones), who were married in the September quarter of 1863 in Hendon, London.

The 1881 Census shows the family are living at 69 Mulberry Street, Liverpool. John H. is shown as a four year old born in Liverpool in 1877. He lives with his parents and three siblings.His father is a 46 year old draper's assistant born in Enfield, Middlesex, whilst his mother is 47 years of age and was born in London. His siblings are shown as; Charlotte aged 16 and a pupil teacher, Elizabeth aged 15 and a milliner and George P. aged 7. There are two lodgers listed in the household. 

The 1891 Census shows the family are living Plumpton Street, Everton. John is a 14 year old schoolboy, he lives with his parents and to siblings. His father is now 57 years old  and employed as a draper's assistant, whilst his mother is also 57 years of age  His siblings are shown as Elizabeth who is shown as a 24 year old draper's shopwoman, and George a 17 year old provision brokers clerk. 

The 1901 Census finds the family living at 289 Liscard Road, Birkenhead. John Henry is 24 year of age and is a draper's assistant, he lives with his parents and sister Elizabeth who is also a draper's assistant. His father is a draper by trade. 

His mother died in the December quarter of 1909, aged 74. Her death was registered as Katherine.

By 1911 the family are shown to be living at 289 Liscard Road, Birkenhead. John Henry is recorded, somewhat confusingly, as a 29 year old draper's assistant born in Liverpool in 1882, he lives with his widowed father, who is shown to be a draper dealer, and two sisters. Charlotte is a 41 year old elementary teacher, whilst Elizabeth is a 39 year old draper's assistant. 

His father died in the March quarter of 1914, aged 78. 

John Henry enlisted at St George's Hall in Liverpool on 04th September 1914  giving his age as 30 years and almost 6 months, his place of birth as Wallasey, and his occupation as draper. He provides details for his next of kin as his brother George.

Formed on 07th September 1914 the 19th Battalion trained locally at Sefton Park and remained living at home or in rented accommodation until November 1914. They then moved to the hutted accommodation at Lord Derby’s estate at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 19th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915.

He was killed in action on 11th July 1916 at Trones Wood.

The murderous fighting that went on inside Trones Wood rendered it impossible to put specific dates on some of the casualties which is why many of the 17th Battalion losses have been bracketed as killed in action between 10th – 12th July 1916. The conditions are best described in the following passage from Everard Wyrall’s book The History of The King’s Regiment (Liverpool) Volume II. 

The remembrance of Trones Wood in July 1916 to those who passed through it is of a noisome, horrible place, of a tangled mass of trees and undergrowth which had been tossed and flung about in frightful confusion by the shells of both sides. Of the ghastly dead which lay about in all directions, and of DEATH, lurking in every hole and corner with greedy hands ready to snatch the lives of the unwary. The place was a Death trap, and although the attacks were made with great determination,   the presence of snipers who could not be detected and often fired into the backs of our men made the clearing of the wood impossible. 

John Henry has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. 

On 01st August 1932 the Prince of Wales and the President of France inaugurated the Thiepval Memorial in Picardy. The inscription reads: “Here are recorded the names of officers and men of the British Armies who fell on the Somme battlefields between July 1915 and March 1918 but to whom the fortune of war denied the known and honoured burial given to their comrades in death.”

He is also commemorated on the family headstone in Rake Lane Cemetery, Wallasey where the family placed an epitaph beneath his details:


His death was announced in the Liverpool Echo on 27th July 1916 :

“July 11, killed in action, John (Jack) H. Warren, “Pals”, late of 128 Earleston Road, Liscard, youngest son of the late James and C. Warren, 289, Liscard Road, Liscard.”

A further report was included in the Wallasey News:

Local Freemason Killed

Official news has been received at 128, Earlston Road, Liscard, that Private John Henry Warren, of the Liverpool Pals, has been killed. Private Warren was the son of a well-known Liscard tradesman, and was formerly a member of the church choir of Wallasey Church and latterly with St. Thomas’ Church choir. He was a Freemason, and was a member of the Broadsmith Lodge. He enlisted about September, 1914, and was drafted to France in November of 1915. On July 11th it was reported by one of his comrades that he came through the second engagement and was in the act of shaking a comrade by the hand when he was “sniped”.

Private J.H. Warren was piccolo player in the Brigade Band of the Liverpool Pals. 

Soldiers Effects and Pension to sister Elizabeth
Probate 05th February 1917 - John Henry of 128 Earlston Rd, Liscard, to Elizabeth Warren spinster.  Effects £135 19s 8d

He is also commemorated on the Wallasey Civic Memorial and at St Hilary’s C of E Church in Wallasey.


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