James John Sharpe was born at Oakham on 14 August 1887, the son of William Sharpe. He had been married, but his wife Louisa had died before the war. John was a former soldier, having served in the Leicestershire Yeomanry for eight years. After leaving the army he was described as a dealer, living in Kilburn, London. He joined the 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment on 7 September 1914 and went out to France in August 1915, later transferring to the 1st Battalion. He was reported missing on 22 March 1918, during the big German Spring Offensive. He is remembered on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial and also on Burley on the Hill's war memorial. He was 30 years old.
In Rutland and the Great War, George Phillips has him as John James Sharpe. The records of the Leicestershire Regiment and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have him as James John Sharpe. RGW is probably wrong about his date of death too, recording him as going missing on 22 March 1916.
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