John Henry Fishlock ( 1893 - 1917) Regimental No: 30815

The Fishlock family came from Pewsey, where William, the head of the family, was a cowman and later a carter on a farm. By 1911 they had moved to Lower Upham, between Chiseldon and Aldbourne; John was an under-carter alongside his father and brother Oliver.

John enlisted at Faringdon in 1912, aged 19 and joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment. However, by April he was discharged as he was found unlikely to be an efficient soldier for medical reasons. He became a farm labourer again, living at Nythe and married Mary Ann Reade on May 23rd 1914. They had two sons together, John Henry in March 1915 and Oliver (named for his brother who was killed in 1914) in 1916.

During the First World War, John enlisted as a private in Swindon in the 2nd Devonshire Regiment, part of the 2nd Battalion of the 8th Division, 23rd Brigade. He fought in France and Flanders, finally taking part in the Battle of Langemarck. This was the second Anglo-French general attack of the Third Battle of Ypres, Belgian Flanders, on the Western Front against the German 4th Army. John was killed in action on 14th August 1917 and originally buried nearby. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission later reinterred him, as part of their war grave concentration exercise, at Bedford House Cemetery, plot IV F I at Ypres (Ieper), Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium.

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