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John Needham

Private John Needham (242423)
1st/4th Lincolnshire Regiment
Formerly 3659 1st/4th Lincolnshire Regiment and

20232 1st/5th Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 3rd August 1917

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John Needham

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Thurlby, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Apr – Jun 1896

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


No Marriage for John has been found.


Father’s Name:
Sandall Needham

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Thurlby, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Horseman at woodyard

Mother’s Name:
Sarah Burgess

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
London, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1894 Bourne District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Sarah Elizabeth Needham, 1895, Thurlby
John Needham, 1896, Thurlby
Elijah Needham, 1897, Thurlby
Sandall Needham, 1901, Thurlby
Ruby Needham, 1905, Thurlby
Reginald Needham, 1908, Thurlby
William Needham, 1910, Thurlby

1901 Census:
John is living with his parents in Thurlby Green, Thurlby, Lincolnshire

1911 Census:
John is living with his parents in Thurlby, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 15 and he is listed as a farm labourer.

Relatives in services:
John’s brother Elijah and cousin Walter Needham also fought and were killed in WW1. Both can be found on our page dedicated to the Thurlby War Memorial.

Newspaper Mentions

Grantham Journal Saturday 11th August 1917
PRIVATE JOHN NEEDHAM – News has been received that Private John Needham, has been killed in action. He enlisted in the Lincolns early in the war and after some service was “gassed” and came home on leave. On the 3rd inst., his Captain (Captain Peacock, of Greatford), wrote to say he had been killed – shot by a sniper. Captain. Peacock speaks in the highest terms of Private Needham’s soldierly qualities. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family.

Grantham Journal Saturday 22nd June 1918
KILLED IN ACTION – Mr and Mrs Sandall Needham heard the sad news on Wednesday that their second son, Elijah had been killed in the last German offensive. He was seen by his mate, Edward Brown also of this village to go into the Lincs but never saw him again. Corpl. E Needham was just 20 years of age and previous to joining up on his 18th birthday was employed on a straw baler by Messrs, Sneath and Son. He had been in France for fifteen months being wounded and gassed last year. He was a splendid type of soldier and quickly won promotion. This is Mr and Mrs Needham’s second son who has made the great sacrifice, their eldest boy Jack being killed last year. Much sympathy is expressed towards them, the more so as the father has been seriously ill for ten weeks and has been ordered to a sanatorium.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Private John Needham, 242423, 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 3rd August 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
John’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal
The 15 Star

UK:Thurlby, Roll of Honour in St Firmin’s Church

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Private J Needham, 242423, 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 3 August 1917
Remembered with honour, Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe.

More information:

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