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JESSOP , John William



Reference Name LP43188

Conflict Commemorated:WWI

Last Name:JESSOP

First Name:John William

Date of Birth:26/12/1860

Age At Death:55

Birthplace:Poonah, India

Rank:Lieutenant Colonel

Regiment/ Service:Lincolnshire Regiment

Unit:Commanding 1st/4th Bn.

Date of Death:04/06/1915

Cause of Death:Killed in action

Place of Burial/ Commemoration:DRANOUTER CHURCHYARD West-Vlaanderen

Country:Belgium

Panel/ Bay/ Grave:6. 5.

UK Memorials:Horncastle Conservative Club

Next of Kin:Son of Major and Mrs. Charles Scott Jessop, of The Mount, Crediton, Devon; husband of Marian A. Jessop, of 10, The Broadway, Woodhall Spa, Lincs.

Biographical Notes:John William Jessop was born in 1860 at Poonah, India. (His father was a Major in the army) He was educated Shrewsbury School going on to study medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital London. He qualified as a doctor, L.R.C.P and M.R.C.S. In 1889 he married Mary Annie Hartnell at Clifton, Gloucestershire. The couple moved to Horncastle in 1890. He joined a practice with Dr Boulton before setting up his own practice. He was Medical Officer for Horncastle District, also The Union Workhouse and to the Horncastle Dispensary. His military career started when he joined the Volunteers as a Surgeon - Lieutenant, he was soon made Captain of the Horncastle Company, and improved the drill hall facilities. He was promoted to Major and then in 1911 he was made Lieutenant - Colonel of 4th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment (Territorial). In July/August 1914 they went to annual camp to Bridlington. On the second of August they where due to return to Horncastle. Germany declared war on the 4th of August the battalion were ordered to mobilise. Colonel Jessop had been due to retire on there return from annual camp, but he elected to stay. The battalion was mobilised on 10th August 1914 and undertook training in Britain before leaving for Le Havre, France, on the1st of March 1915. The Battalion's first experience of the front line was on the 9th of April 1915, when they moved to a section of trench opposite Spanbroekmolen about 6 miles from Ypres. On the 4th of June 1915 he was called to a meeting of officers at Kemmel village. The Germans started to shell the area he was in and Colonel Jessop was killed and Colonel Jones was wounded. News of his death reached home on the 5th of June and the flag on the Horncastle Drill Hall was lowered to half-mast.

Researcher:Colin Gascoyne and Mary Silverton - Horncastle's Great War

Notes:He is commemorated on the Horncastle Hospital War Memorial. Also at the Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton, Devon He left a wife (Mary ) and two sons.

Sources Used:Horncastle News 12-6-1915: Killed by shell, born 26th December 1860 at Poonah, India etc ; GJ19150612; Colin Gascoyne and Mary Silverton - Horncastle's Great War

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