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John James Booth

 Biography of Private John James Booth, (241635)
1st/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Formerly 4939 1st/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 19th June 1917


John James Booth was born in Morton around 1896.

His birth was registered in Bourne in March quarter 1896 indicating a birth between December 1895 and March 1896.

Family History

John James was the son of Thomas Booth and his wife Jane. Thomas was born in Morton around 1868 and in 1895 married Martha Jane Taylor (aka Mary Ann) of Bourne Fen b c1867.

Thomas and Martha Jane had the following children; John James b c1896, Thomas b c1898, Marjorie b c1900, Bertie b c 1901, George b c1903, Winifred b c1906 and Eliza Jane b c1908.

On the 1911 census John James Booth was living with his widowed mother and 6 siblings in Morton.

On the soldiers that died in the Great War records, John James Booth was shown to have enlisted at Morton although his residence is shown as Bourne.

Military History

We are currently trying to track down the records for the Lincolnshire Regiment. The following potted history is all that we are able to offer at this point in time.

John J Booth enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment and was given the regimental number 4939. This was later changed to 241635 but does not state why the change on the medal rolls.

We are unsure when John enlisted in the army as the medal rolls section for the date of entering the theatre of war are left blank. The biggest clue is also on the medal rolls in that John was not eligible for the 1914 or 1914-15 star. This would indicate that John did not enter the theatre on active service until after 1915.

On the 15th June 1917 the 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment received orders to attack the enemy at 2:30pm on the 19th. This was planned as a prelude to the main attack and would use 4 companies of the 5th battalion.

On the evening of the 18th the 5th Battalion moved up to the front line at Cite de Riaumont.

As planned the 2:30pm barrage started and the two assaulting companies advanced. One company made the enemy trench without difficulty, whereas the other was assaulted by machine-gun and rifle fire and bombs were thrown at the attackers. Both assaulting companies met their objectives and three men were awarded the Military Cross for leading their men. Many N.C.Os and men were mentioned for their courage.

Three counter attacks were launched by the enemy, the final being at 10pm. In total twelve other ranks were killed, two officers and fifty five other ranks wounded. Four other ranks subsequently died of wounds and one missing. James Booth was killed on 19th June 1917 in this action as part of the attack towards Lens.

John James Booth 241635, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, was eligible for the following medals:-

Victory Medal
The British Medal


Private J J Booth, 1st / 5th  Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment, is remembered with honour at the Loos British Cemetery.
Grave Ref: XIX. A. 26.

 J J Booth Small

J J Booth gate

Please see below for more picture from the Loos British Cemetery


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