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FALFIELD - Pale brown or fallow open land'. Old English fecal + field.
Taken from A Dictionary of Place-Names Oxford University Press, © A.D. Mills 1998.

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Name:


Date Born:

Circa 1887

Birth Place:

Castle Eaton, Wiltshire

Date of Death:

28th March 1917 - Died of wounds

Fate:

Died at Home (Ancestry.co.uk – Military record states that he died from wounds inflicted in Egypt)

Rank

Private

Regiment:

1st/5th Battalion Welsh Regiment

Service No:

240856

Duty Location:

Egypt

Buried:

Deir El Balah War Cemetery, Israel. Grave Ref: A.7.


Medals:











1914/15 Star

John Strange was was awarded the 1914/15 star campaign medal of the British Empire for his service in World War One.

This Star is identical to the 1914 Star in every respect except that the centre scroll bears the dates “1914- 15” and the two small scrolls bearing “Aug” and “Nov” are omitted.

British War Medal and Victory Medal

He would also have received the British War Medal and Victory Medal, as it was not awarded singularly.

Eligibility for the Victory Medal consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.

The Victory Medal (British Empire campaign medal) was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

This medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.

Parents:

John and Lucy Strange, of  Keepers Cottage, Falfield, Glos,  His fathers profession was a Gamekeeper so it was assumed that as the only estate in the village was the Jenkinson family at Eastwood Park that the family were living on the Eastwood Estate.

Lucy died in 1915 and is buried in St George’s churchyard, Falfield. Although there is an entry in the Burial register for a John Strange in 1941 his age is give as 83 years it cannot be established that this is the same John Strange. At 83 years this would make his birth date 1837. In the 1891, 1901 and 1911 census his birth date is reported as 1856 or 1857.

The 1901 census records that John had two younger brothers Albert aged 5 and William aged 3. There is an Albert Edward Strange buried in St George’s Churchyard (1895-1961) which is almost certainly Johns brother.

Military Information:

1/4th & 1/5th Battalion Territorial Force
04.08.1914 The 1/4th stationed at Carmarthen and the 1/5th stationed at Pontypridd both as part of the South Wales Brigade and then moved to Tunbridge Wells.
Feb 1915 Moved to Scotland as part of the Forth & Tay Defences.
17.04.1915 Moved to Bedford and transferred to the 159th Brigade of the 53rd Division.
19.07.1915 Embarked for Gallipoli from Devonport, Plymouth via Mudros.
09.08.1915 Landed at Suvla Bay and engaged in various actions against the Turkish Army.
08.10.1915 Amalgamated with the 1/5th Battalion to form the 4th Welsh Composite battalion
11.12.1915 Evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt due to severe casualties from combat, disease and harsh weather. The Division was reduced to just 162 officers and 2428 men (15% of full strength).

Other Information

John was married to P. E. (Nellie) Strange, of Military Hospital, Crowborough Camp, Crowborough, Sussex. Although various searches have been made no information can be found for John after the 1901 census. War records show that at the time of his death he home was Merthyr Tydfil.

Credits: St George’s Burial Records,Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ancestry website, forces-war-records.co.uk,

If anyone believes that any of the information above is incorrect or has information to add to John (Jonnie) Strange then please email webmaster@falfield.org.uk

JOHN “JACK” STRANGE

British War Medal

Victory Medal

1914-15 Star

Deir El Balah War Cemetery

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