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Lamb, J., Rifleman, 1917

John Lamb

Death Penny and Medals

The following was submitted by Sue Nicholson, great-niece, Whitley Bay:

John Lamb was born on May 7 1886, in Willington, Co Durham, and worked at Kelly's Supply Stores, South Moor, before enlisting in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, 16 Battalion, in WW1. Unmarried and only 29, he was killed in action in France on April 23, 1917, his body never found.

His name appears on the memorial at St George's Church, South Moor S129.02 (panel 3) and on the Arras Memorial in France (bay 7).

He was one of six children born between 1885-96 to Mary and William Lamb (a Master painter and decorator) in Willington and the only one to fight - and die - in WW1. Letters did exist showing that the family was accidentally missed from invitations to the official dedication of the church memorial and another date was arranged so that they could see it.

The CWGC entry for Rifleman Lamb

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk