Memorial .Ypres (Menin Gate) MemorialPanel 6 and 8.Flanders

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Family :

  Husband of Emily Botterill, of 23, Crag Path, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Military :

Unit :  26th Battalion Royal Fusiliers 

Action : The Battle of Messines 1917 and associated actions 

Action :

Pte. John Botterill, No. G/52718. 26th Bn. Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in Action 15th June 1917. Age 41. Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Ref: Panel 6 & 8. Lodge Tyler John was born in the 4th quarter of 1876 to Robert, a Shepherd, and Sarah Botterill, in Stanground, Peterborough. He was the youngest of six children, all living in Whittlesey Road, Stanground at the time of the 1881 census. He married Emily Gray in the 2nd quarter of 1898 and at the time of the 1911 census the family were living at Wentworth Cottage, 8 High Street, Aldeburgh, with six children and Emily's father, who is described as an Army Pensioner, and one female servant. John is shown as a Hotel Porter. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission shows Emily as living at 23 Crag Path, Aldeburgh. John appears to have originally joined the 14th Bn. Essex Regiment, No. 31048 and at some later stage was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers, but unfortunately his service record did not survive the WW2 blitz. Legend courtesy of W.Bro. Rod Gibson (Suffolk)

7 June - 11 July 1917. The plan at Messines was to blow up 19 mines in what was the largest man made explosion before Hiroshima, and utterly destroy the German front line along the Messines Ridge. The effect was to "liquify" the ground and create a mini earthquake, which coupled with the largest artillery preparation thus far of over 3 million shells would stun the defenders into submission. The plan largely worked and was initially very successful although the Germans did re-group and opportunities to develop the attack were lost. Casualties in this victory were 25,000.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Adair No. 936 E.C.Suffolk

6th April 1906
4th May 1906
1st June 1906


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