Sapper John Jarvis Baines of the Royal Engineers was the son of George Baines and his wife, of 3 Brown's Terrace, Uppingham. He was born there on 23 August 1896, and was employed in the goods' department at Narborough Station, Leicester, until he joined up on 5 February 1917. He was assigned to the 10th Light Railway Operating Company, Royal Engineers, and went to France on 12 March. His work would have involved building and operating the narrow-guage railways which brought up ammunition and supplies. He survived the fighting but died on 4 March 1919, from bronchial pneumonia, at the 62nd Casualty Clearing Station in Kortrijc, then called Courtrai. John is buried at Kortrijk (St Jan) Communal Cemetery, grave B.19. His record on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is misleading, as he is listed as John Jarvis, rather than by his full name. His grave number is recorded as B.20. John is also remembered on Uppingham's war memorial.
Many thanks to Stephen Buzzard for pointing out the discrepancy on John's headstone.
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