John Henry Jobson Fowles

Rank Corporal
Service No 624131
Date of Death 29/04/1918
Age 40
Regiment/Service Honourable Artillery Company 'A'Bty. 126th Brigade.
Cemetery Etaples Military Cemetery. This was located 27 kms south of Boulogne.


John was born on 12th February 1878 to Henry (1844-1920) and Elizabeth Ann, nee Jobson, (1848-1894) Fowles. He was baptised on 10th March at St Mary’s Walthamstow, east London. His sister, Margaret Mary was born in in Erith, Kent, in 1879.

At the time of the 1881 Census, John was visiting his uncle’s house at 306 Southampton Street, Camberwell, London.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family was living at 34 Clarendon Road, Walthamstow. They employed one servant. John’s father was a bank clerk. At some point after his mother’s death at Walthamstow in 1894, John moved with his sister and widowed father to Finchley as in the 1901 Census, they were living at 105 Station Road. John was employed as a courier and clerk and his father was still a bank clerk. Henry employed a servant and also had his 19 year old niece living with them.

At the time of the 1911 Census, the three family members were still living in Finchley, though now in a house in Cavendish Avenue. John was unmarried and working as a cemetery clerk. His father was retired and employed one domestic servant.

John died of wounds (gas), at the 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples. By 1917 there were many hospitals in the Etaples area, which could deal with up to 22,000 wounded or sick officers and men at any one time. In his will, John left £1,057 6s 7d to his father.

The June 1918 monthly magazine of St Luke’s Finchley lists John’s name in the Roll of Honour, merely stating that he died, ‘owing to the effect of poisoned gas on April 22nd’.