Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
12 Jun 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Sapper John Wesley, 524163, 82nd Field Company Royal Engineers, was killed in action in France on June 12th, 1918. He left a widow, Lillie, whom he had married in Luton a year earlier, and had been in France for only 11 weeks.
An officer wrote to Lillie: “I have to inform you of the death of your husband, who was killed on the night of the 12th whilst proceeding to work. Death was instantaneous. I am pleased to tell you he was saved the awful pain of a lingering death... He was buried officially, and his grave is kept in Army records.”
John Wesley had joined the R.E. Territorials (No 1490) in September 1914 while living with parents Jesses and Elizabeth Wesley at 40 Windsor Street, Luton. Prior to enlistment he was employed by straw hat manufacturer Herbert Draper, of 22 Crawley Road, Luton.
Born in 1892, John had married Lillie Poulton at Christ Church, Luton, on June 4th, 1917.