Blenkin, John William

BORN HULL 1885. SON OF JAMES BLENKIN AND BARABA ANN MAWBY, OF 66 SCULCOATES LANE, HULL. BEFORE THE WAR HE WORKED AS A PAINTER & DECORATOR – 102 WEST STREET, SCUNTHORPE. HE MARRIED AT ST MARY’S CHURCH, HULL, ON 31/01/1911, TO BEATRICE ANN BOND. HE WAS A RETIRED FOOTBALLER, A QUALIFIED REFEREE AND A DIRECTOR OF SCUNTHORPE UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB. HE ENLISTED ON 11/12/1915. JOINED THE RE’S ON 26/02/1917 & WENT TO FRANCE ON 16/9/1917. HE WAS THEN TRANSFERRED TO THE 1/7TH DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY, ON 21/09/1918. WOUNDED BY GUN SHOT TO THE RIGHT SIDE. HE DIED OF WOUNDS, ON 14/04/1918, AGED 33. JOHN BLENKIN LEFT A WIDOW BEATRICE & ONE SON, GEORGE (1913-1927). HIS ARMY EFFECTS WERE RETURNED TO HIS WIDOW. THEY INCLUDED A PIPE, CIGARETTE CASE, METAL RING, PURSE AND DIARY. HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL, WITH HIS PHOTO ON 20TH APRIL 1918. HE IS BURIED AT LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY. HIS GRAVE INSCRIPTION, READS, “TO MEMORY EVER DEAR”
HIS BROTHER, SERGEANT, JAMES BLENKIN, SERVED WITH 7TH CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, AND WAS KILLED IN ACTION, ON 18/04/1918, AGED 35.


First name:
JOHN WILLIAM
Military Number:
77142
Rank:
Private
Date Died
14/04/1918
Place died:
Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Age:
33
66 , SCULCOATES LANE, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK