Matthews, John Richard: Service no. 54288


Digitized Service Records

Source: See photo below and this post for more details. his father, Jack R. Matthews served in the 18th Battalion with him.


Via Operation Picture Me.
Suffers From Shock Advertiser London Advertiser April 17 1916 Page 3
London Advertiser. April 17, 1916. Page 3.
Father. Matthews, John Richard: Service no. 54288. Source: London Free Press. November 3, 1916. Via Allan Millar from Facebook.
From Left to Right: James, Samuel, Harold (father to Harry), and Harry Hinscliffe.

“Here are four brothers who enlisted for active service and trained in this city [London, Ontario]. They are the quartet of Hinschliffes [Hinscliffe], cousins of Mrs. Mathews [Matthews], of 286 [285] Thames street, whose husband and son, both Johns [Jack and John], are in Belgium with the 18th Battalion: From left to right they are James Hinschliffe, of Stratford, who left London with the 24th Battalion. Samuel Hinschcliffe, of Grovenor street, London, a member of the 29th Battery of Artillery, on the heights; Harold Hinschliffe, of Wingham, a bugler for the 71st Battalion, and Harry, of the same town and corps.”

Training during the morning. Postponed Church Parade held. About midday (12.40 pm) shell dropped by long range gun struck one of the huts in which H.Q. details and portion of D coy where billeted. 5 ors Killled. 4 ors died of wounds. 35 wounded.
Circumstances of Death card for Private Jack R. Matthews, 54288.
“Killed in Action.” Circumstances of Death card for Private Jack R. Matthews, 54288.

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