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The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
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World War One

John Bone

KILLED IN ACTION - 9TH NOVEMBER 1914 - AGED 35


 

BORN IN UPPER CALDICOTE IN 1879.

PRIVATE 6487 1ST BATTALION BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT.

ENLISTED IN BIGGLESWADE.

COMMEMORATED IN TYNE COT CEMETERY, FLANDERS, BELGIUM.

John Bone's British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Card

John Bone's British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Card - showing he was awarded the Star.

 

John's Story - written by his great nephew David Bushy

"John Bone was my Great Uncle. He was a veteran of the Boer War and was then on reserve. Called up at the outbreak of war he went with the 1st Bedfords to France and was killed in the Retreat on 9th November 1914. His family had no news of him for a year and his father travelled to wherever he heard of soldiers who had returned from France to ask if they knew anything of his son. My father, five at the time, could remember his mother's deep distress when the news finally arrived that her brother had been killed."

Source:- BBC Remembrance Wall


In 1911 John lived with his recently widowed father James (farmer) and two younger sisters at Glen Farm, Great Lane, Clophill and worked on his father's farm. His father had also been a Local Methodist Preacher.

The Ampthill News reports that from February 1915 that the family had become anxious to receive news of John, they had been told that he had been wounded on 9th November 1914 by his commanding officer. As a Reservist he had gone to France early in the campaign. The paper eventually reports in January 1917 that John has died.

In 1914 the 1st Battalion fought at the battles of Mons and Le Cateau, the battles of the Marne and Aisne. John died at the First Battle of Ypres.

Tyne Cot is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war. It has over 11,950 graves.


Ampthill News

February 6, 1915

No tidings have been received by the relatives of Mr. John Bone.

February 13, 1915

Mr. James Bone being anxious about his eldest son, Mr. John Bone, who as a reservist of the Bedfordshire Regiment went to the front early in the campaign, has heard from the Commanding Officer that he was wounded on November 9th, but nothing definite is afterwards known.

March 13, 1915

Mr. James Bone has been in correspondence with the War Office in reference to his eldest son, Mr. John Bone, who, as a Reservist of the Bedfords, went to France early in the campaign, but they cannot at present give him definite particulars.

March 27, 1915

The War Office announced that Privates J. Bone, F. Ashley, and B. Tuffnell have been wounded and Corpl. Whittamore severely wounded. They are, however, all progressing as favourably as can be expected.

April 3, 1915

Private J. Bone, mentioned in the casualty list of wounded last week, is not the son of Mr. James Bone, of the Homestead, who is still without news of his eldest son.

May 29, 1915

Pte. J. Bone, who was wounded, has returned to France

January 27, 1917

Eleven gallant lads from Clophill met with their death, mainly in France, namely John Bone, et al.