BAINES John Jarvis

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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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  • Uppingham church
  • Uppingham Memorial
  • Uppingham Memorial 1
  • Kortrijk main entrance
  • Kortrijk (St Jan) Communal Cemetery 1
  • Baines JJ (1)
  • Baines , JJ 2

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4 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 13 December 2014
By John Stokes on Saturday 13th December '14 at 9:57pm
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Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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