John Dockerill.

He was a private in the 2/1st HCB and was given the number of 587 and posted to D company. Coming from Warboys, Huntingdonshire he enlisted at Huntingdon on the 9/10/1914 and stated that he was also born in Warboys, the son of Emma Dockerill, Rectory Cottage, Pope's Lane, Warboys.

He was posted to the base depot B. E. F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day. Order was part 2 No. 171 issued by W. L. Stephenson, 2/Lieut. & acting Adjutant, 2/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. The order was issued at Well Camp Alford at 8-00 p.m., 28th July 1916. He was promoted in the Huntingdonshire Reserve Battalion from Corporal to Sergeant December 1914.

He went to France on the 26/27th July 1916 as a private in D Co. 2/1st HCB where he was posted to the 14 (Service) Bat. Royal Warwickshire Regt. with the number 30250 - he was also noted as being an acting Corporal when he was in France.

Information in local papers indicate he was Killed in action, France and Flanders on the 12/9/1916 at the age of 21 years old.

He is also named on the war memorial in Warboys. 

      Inscription from Thiepval Memorial.

He is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme in France - Panel 9B.

He is also remembered on the War memorial on the main street in Warboys, Cambridgeshire.

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. Martyn Smith