Saturday, 30 May 2015

Milsom, John - Private (50262)

Private John Milsom
20th Battalion,
The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Killed in Action,
23rd December 1917,
Age 30
Buried at Hodge Crater Cemetery.

Newspaper Report:


Mrs. Milsom of 76 Blackburn Road, Haslingden has received official intimation that her husband, Private J. Milsom, King's Liverpool Regt., aged 30, has been killed on patrol duty at the front.
He was formerly employed at Mitchell's Camms Mill, and joined up about ten months ago.  He has two brothers serving, and one of them has been wounded.
A brother of the deceased's wife is serving with the Motor Transport Section.
She has received the following letter from deceased's officer:- "Dear Mrs. Milsom, - It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of your husband's death.  He was killed by a machine gun bullet whilst doing what many others do, that is more than his share.  We did all possible to save his life, but unfortunately, he died after reaching the dressing station.  I am more than sorry to lose him, as he was one of the most willing men in my platoon, and all the boys in No. 3 join me in conveying to you our deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement.


His wife at 76 Blackburn Road, Haslingden, has received information that her husband, Private John Milsom, King's Liverpool Regiment, was killed on December 23rd, 1917.
Aged 30, he joined up on March 21st 1917.
He had worked at Vale Mill and Camm's Bleachworks.
Connected with the Parish Church, the members stood out of respect to his memory at the men's monthly service on Sunday afternoon.

Newspaper Memorials:

In loving memory of my dear Husband, Private John Milsom who died of wounds in France, December 23rd 1917.

"Just when his life was brightest,
Just when his hopes were best,
He was called from this world of sorrow,
To that home of eternal rest.

Dark and lonely is my dwelling,
Lonely is my home to-day,
For the one I loved so dearly,
Has for ever past away.

"Gone, but not forgotten."

From his loving Wife May, 76 Blackburn Road, Haslingden.

"Somewhere in France in a soldier's grave,
Lies my dear son amongst the brave;
Only those who have lost are able to tell,
The grief for one we love so well."

From his dear Father and Brother Joseph

"His smiling face and pleasant ways,
Recall sweet memories of happy days."

From his Brother George (in France) and Wife and Daughter, Southport.

"We cannot forget him, nor do we intend,
We think of him daily, and will to the end;
We mourn for our brother in sorrow unseen,
He is with us in memories of days that have been."

From his Sister and Brother in law, Elizabeth Ann and Tom, also Brother Harry.

"We never thought when you came home,
It was your last good-bye,
For you went back so bravely,
Never thinking you would die.

In victory's hour we'll not forget
Our gallant brother sleeping,
In an unknown grave on the battlefield,
Well leave him in God's keeping."

From Milly, Chris and John (in France), 76 Blackburn Road, Haslingden.

"Duty called and he was there,
To do his bit and take his share;
His heart was good, his spirit brave,
His resting place a soldier's grave."

Sadly missed by his loving Father and Brother Joe and Sister Ellen.

"Sleep on, dear brother, and take thy rest,
For God takes those he loves the best;
On earth there's strife, in heaven there's rest,
They miss you most who loved you best."

From Corporal G. Milsom (in France) and Sergeant Henry wounded in France)

Sleep on, dear brother, in a soldier's grave,
Your life for your country you nobly gave;
No one was near you to say good-bye,
But safe in God's keeping now you lie."

From his Sisters, Eliz, Anna, Annie and Alice.