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John Thomas Wyer

Biography of Private John Thomas Wyer, (27171)
8th Battalion King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

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John Thomas Wyer

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Kirkby Underwood, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Jul-Sept 1883

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England



No marriage for John has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
Thomas Wyer

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Kirkby Underwood, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Labourer and Parish Clerk

Mother’s Name:
Mary Ann Marshall

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Rippingale, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1880 Bourne District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Edith Annie Wyer, 1881, Kirkby Underwood
John Thomas Wyer, 1883, Kirkby Underwood
Edmund Ernest Wyer, 1886, Kirkby Underwood
Frederick William Wyer, 1888, Kirkby Underwood
Jessie Estella Wyer, 1889, Kirkby Underwood
Frederick Stanley Wyer, 1897, Kirkby Underwood
Albert Edward Wyer, 1901, Kirkby Underwood

1891 Census
John is living with his grandparents John and Caroline Marshall in Kirkby Underwood

1901 Census:
John is living in Aslackby with the Bailey Family as a Servant. The census gives him an age of 18 and he is listed as a Waggoner on farm.

1911 Census:
John is living in Folkingham with the Stancer Family as a Servant. The census gives him an age of 27 and he is listed as a Farm Waggoner.

Relatives in services:
John’s cousins Edmund Wyer, William Wyer, Robert Wilson Wyer, Harry Sandall, also fought and were killed in WW1. They can be found on our page dedicated to the Haconby War Memorial

Other Cousins, John William Sandall and Walter Sandall also fought and were killed. They can be found on the Rippingale War Memorial.

John’s brother Frederick Stanley Wyer survived the war after being shot and wounded by a sniper. Another brother Edmund fought in the Army in India and was at home on reserve when the first world war broke out. He re-joined and also survived the war.

Newspaper Mentions
Grantham Journal Saturday 10th June 1916
Grantham Journal Saturday 1st July 1916
Grantham Journal Saturday 12th April 1919

Military Records

Attestation Papers:

WW1 Soldier’s Records:


Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Private John Thomas Wyer, 27171, 8th Battalion King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) was killed in action on 13th April 1918 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


Kirkby Underwood, plaque in St Mary and All Saints Church
Kirkby Underwood, Names on the stained glass window in St Mary and All Saints Church

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Private John Thomas Wyer, 27171, 8th Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) who died on 13 April 1918 Age 35.
Son of Thomas and Mary Ann Wyer, of Kirkby Underwood, Bourne, Lincs.
Remembered with honour, Ploegsteert Memorial.
Panel Ref: Panel 2

More information:

 John Thomas Wyer

Ploegsteert Memorial

Please see below for more pictures from Ploegsteert Memorial, Hyde Park Corner.


Military Service Timeline

John Thomas Wyer

The following notes are formed from dates taken from the Military Service records of John Thomas Wyer and also from the Unit War Diaries for the 8th Bn Kings Own Lancaster Regiment:-

19.4. 1916     – Attested to 9th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

20.4.1916      – Medical examination at Lincoln

21.4.1916      – Approved in 9th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

29.8.1916      – Posted to Infantry base deport

28.8.1916      – Embarked for France

20.9.1916      – Transferred to service with 8th King’s Own Lancaster Regiment

22.9.1916      – Joined D coy, 8th Battalion in the field

15.10.1916    – Wounded in action, Gun Shot Wound to the leg whilst carrying out carrying and working party duties at night

Unit war diary for the 16th October shown many casualties during the night when Billeted at Bertrancourt and performing working party duties at night

21.10.1916    – Classed Fit for duty

22.10.1916    – Rejoined Battalion in the field

18.12.1916    – Posted sick with Inflammation of the Connective Tissue of Foot and sent to hospital

ICT was a catch-all abbreviation for any soft tissue damage including trench foot.

2.1.1917         – Problem with ICT of Large toe on left foot

6.1.1917         – Posted to UK to Hospital (St Patrick)

7.1.1917         – Arrived UK and moved to Western General Hospital, Fazakerley, Liverpool

14.4.1917      – Left Hospital after 94 days

25.4.1917      – Classed as “Class II”, Fit for Light Duties. Posted to depot

17.5.1917      – Posted

10.6.1917      – Returned to France to the 8th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancashire

29.6.1917      – Rejoined Battalion

11.4.1918      – Battalion moved to the Avelette Bridgehead near Hinges north of Bethune

Unit diary and trench maps are available for John Thomas Wyer’s last action before being killed.

13.4.1918      – Reported missing in action after 2 days of engagement with the enemy at the Bridgehead. In total, between the 12th and 14th April, the Battalion suffered 156 casualties of which 27 were killed on the 13th

4.1.1919         – Thomas Wyer in receipt of the British War Medal and also the Victory Medal for his son

24.7.1919      – Memorandum to OC Infantry, Preston stating that any personal belongings should be forwarded to Thomas Wyer of Kirkby Underwood, Bourne, Lincolnshire