Fincham, John Robert. Pte 17021 11th Bn Suffolk Regiment. Died 10th Octboer 1917. From Wisbech

Fincham, John Robert. Pte 17021 11th Bn Suffolk Regiment. Died 10th Octboer 1917. From Wisbech

John was born in West Walton in 1886. He was a farm labourer and lived in Sutton Bridge in 1901 and at The Harp Inn, Canal Side, Wisbech in 1911. In September 1911 he married Edith Elliot with whom he had 2 children. Sadly his daughter died in 1914 but his son, born in 1915, lived until 1972. John enlisted in Wisbech in December 1914/January 1915.

John served with the 11th Suffolks until he died of his wounds on 10th October 1917. He is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, the site of a casualty clearing station near Proven. He died on the same day as 2nd Lt Clement Percy Joscelyne who is buried next to him. Joscelyne’s death is recorded in the regimental history. The battalion had recently arrived in Proven and were sent to the forward area to repair roads close to the front line during the 3rd Battle of Ypres. The regimental history states “it was a severe and unpleasant task, carried out in the daylight and vile weather, under constatnt shell abd machine gun fire, cost the battalion over 50 casualites…including 2nd Liet C P Joscelyne.”  As Fincham and Joscelyne died at the same time and were buried together it can be assumed that Fincham was one of the 50 men listed as casualties.