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John Dixon READ

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Surname: READ

Forename(s): John Dixon

Place of Birth: Crosshills, Yorkshire

Service No: 242201

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'B' Coy 1/5th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1917-10-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 82 to 85 and 162A.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CROSSHILLS, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: KILDWICK, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SUTTON-IN-CRAVEN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Dixon Read was the son of William and Mary Ann Read, née Brooks. William was born at Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire and Mary at Belton, Suffolk.

1901 Crosshills, Yorkshire Census: 7, Wheatlands Lane - John Dixon Read, aged 4 years, born Crosshills, son of William and Mary Ann Read.

1911 Crosshills, Yorkshire Census: 7, Wheatlands Lane - John Dixon Read, aged 14 years, born Crosshills, son of William and Mary Ann Read.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John D. Read, 242201, West Riding Regiment.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

READ, John Dixon, West Riding Regiment, Wheatlands Cottage, [Crosshills], killed in action, Oct. 9, 1917.

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Private John Dixon READ

Private John Dixon READ

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: READ

Forename(s): John Dixon

Born: Crosshills, Yorkshire

Residence:

Enlisted: Crosshills, Yorkshire

Number: 242201

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/5th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 1917-10-09

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: READ

Forename(s): John Dixon

Nationality: United Kingdom

Service Number: 242201

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 'B' Coy 1st/5th Battalion

Age: 21

Awards:

Died Date: 1917-10-09

Additional Information: Son of William and Mary Elizabeth Ann Read, of Wheatlands Cottage, Crosshills, Yorks.

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St Thomas's Churchyard, Sutton-in-Craven

St Thomas's Churchyard, Sutton-in-Craven

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19 October 1917

READ – October 9th, killed on the Western Front, John Dixon Read, West Riding Regiment, son of William and Mary Read, Wheatlands Cottage, Crosshills.

19 October 1917

CROSSHILLS – PRIVATE JOHN READ KILLED BY A SNIPER

On Tuesday morning Mr. William Read, of Wheatlands House, Crosshills, received a letter from Lieutenant R. Machin, informing him that his son, Private John Read, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, had been killed by a German sniper.

26 October 1917

CROSSHILLS – THE LATE PRIVATE JOHN READ

With reference to the death of his son, Pte. John Read, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (reported in our last issue), Mr. William Read, of Wheatlands Houses, Crosshills, has received the following letter from Lieut. R. Machin:–

“Dear Mr. Read, – I deeply regret to tell you that your son, Pte. Read, was killed on October 9th. He was shot through the head by a German sniper, and death was instantaneous. I was near him when it happened, and he did not even moan. Please accept the sincere sympathy of the officers and men of this Company. We feel his loss very keenly indeed, though our sorrow cannot be so great as that of his parents. He was a very nice fellow, and a good soldier. I, as his platoon commander, can prove that at all times, under all circumstances, he did his duty cheerfully and well. The only consolation that remains is the fact that he died as a brave man and a British soldier should die, fighting for a just cause.

“Again I ask you to accept our deepest sympathy. Yours faithfully, R. MACHIN.”

Pte. Read joined the Forces in January 1916, and after training went out to France in June 1916. He was 21 years of age, and at the time of his enlistment was serving his apprenticeship with Mr. Harvey Smith, boot and shoemaker, Crosshills. He was very closely associated with All Saints’ Mission Church, Glusburn, and was highly respected by all who knew him. His elder brother, Pte. William Read, is in the King’s Royal Rifles, and is at present on the Headquarters Staff in France. He was cashier to Messrs. Joseph Green, timber merchants, Keighley, at the time of joining the Forces. He was recently home on ten days’ leave.

04 October 1918

READ – In loving memory of my dear true friend, Private John D. Read, who was killed in action 9th October, 1917.

From his chum, Private Frank Bottomley (somewhere in France).

11 October 1918

READ – In loving memory of a dear son and brother, Private John D. Read, 1/5th West Riding Regiment, who fell in action, October 9th, 1917.

We have one consolation,
He always did his best;
Somewhere abroad our loved one lies,
A hero laid to rest.

From Father, Mother, Sister and Brother (in France).

08 October 1920

READ – In loving memory of a dear son and brother, Private J. D. Read, 1/5th W.R.R., who fell in action October 9th, 1917.

“Always in our thoughts.”

From Father, Mother, Sister and Brother, Wheatlands Cottage, Crosshills.

07 October 1921

READ – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Private John Dixon Read, W.R.R., who fell in action, October 9th, 1917.

‘Tis sweet to remember him who once was here,
Though absent to us, he is just as dear.

From Father, Mother, Sister and Brother, Wheatlands Cottage, Crosshills.

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19 October 1917

CROSSHILLS

DEATH OF PTE. J. READ

Mr. and Mrs. Read, of Wheatlands Lane, received the sad and unexpected news on Tuesday morning that their younger son, Pte. John Read, of the West Riding Regiment, had made the supreme sacrifice while serving in France. Much sympathy is felt with the family in their great grief. The loss came with great suddenness, as the family were expecting him home on leave. The deceased joined the forces in January 1916, and went out in June of the same year. Prior to joining he was an apprentice shoemaker with Mr. Harvey Smith, of Crosshills, attaining his 21st birthday, while in France. He was a well-known young man and highly respected His elder brother, Rifleman W. Read, is at present a clerk on the Headquarters Staff. Mr. and Mrs. Read have received the following letter from his officer:– “Dear Mr. Read, – I deeply regret to tell you that your son, Pte. John Read, was killed on Oct. 9th. He was shot through the head by a German sniper and died instantaneously. I was near him when it happed, and he did not even moan. Please accept the sincere sympathy of the officers and men of this company. We feel his loss very keenly indeed. Though our sorrow cannot be as great as his parents, he was a very nice fellow and a good soldier. I, as his platoon commander, can prove that at all times and under all circumstances he did his duty cheerfully and well. The only consolation that remains is the fact that he died as a brave man and a British soldier should die, fighting for a just cause. Again I ask you to accept my deepest sympathy. – R. J. Machin, Lieut.”

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