John Humphrey England

 

Lieutenant; 14th (Service) Battalion [Swansea], The Welsh Regiment

Killed in action: 31st July 1917, near Ypres

John Humphrey England was born in Llanishen in 1897 to Thomas and Florence and lived at 43 Station Road. He was baptised in the village and attended Norfolk House School, which was on Station Road, before going to Cardiff High School.

He enlisted upon the outbreak of war in 1914 and after some service at home was commissioned into the 14th Battalion of the Welsh Regiment (the Swansea Pals). He joined them just after their involvement in the Battle of Mametz Wood on the Somme, where fellow Llanishen man Captain LAP Harris had been killed.

He continued serving with the battalion on the Western Front for the remainder of 1916 and into 1917. By that summer they had moved north to the Ypres Salient where they and the rest of the 38th (Welsh) Division prepared to launch a new offensive. This would quickly disintegrate into the infamous Battle of Passchendaele, but John would not live to see it. He was killed on the first day of the attack, leading his men over Pilckem Ridge, aged just 20.

His remains were not recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres along with Norman Ayliffe. His family also ensured he was commemorated on both memorials in St Isan’s church.