Friday, 7 March 2014

John Geoffrey Fallas 1899-1918

Inscription from the Memorial Window in St Peter's Church, Barnsley
Q3 1899 in Cawthorne (9c 293)

Baptised 16 July 1899 All Saints, Cawthorne (John Jeffrey son of Harry and Elizabeth Ann Fallas [father's occupation] Butcher)

Son of:
Harry Fallas b.1863 Holmfirth d.1920 1911: Journeyman Butcher Fearnought, Thongsbridge
married at All Saints, Cawthorne on 19 October 1885 to

Elizabeth Ann Fallas (nee Crossland) b.1863 Cawthorne d.1953 Sheffield

Position in family: The youngest child of 2
1. Lucy Mabel Fallas b.1887 (lived with her father)

2. John Geoffrey Fallas b.1899 WW1 DIED OF WOUNDS (received in action in the field)

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: Cawthorne aged 9 months (living with his mother Elizabeth Ann Fallas aged 37 and grandmother Elizabeth Crossland aged 81)
1911: Cawthorne aged 11 years (living with Mary Harrison his aunt, a widow aged 70

1917: 24 Windermere Road, Barnsley, aged 18, a Grocer's Assistant

Marriage: He was unmarried

Military Service:
Enlisted: 9 May 1917 at the age of 17 years 10 months
Regiment and Battalion:    11th Bn Durham Light Infantry 

(previously West Riding Regiment No.38820)
Service number and rank:  81923 Private
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Personal information:   5' 10" tall, 37" chest, 

Death:     19 September 1918 aged 19 years
Buried at: Sucrerie Cemetery, Ablain, St. Nazaire, France
Grave Reference: IV F 15

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Son of Elizabeth Ann Fallas, of 24, Windermere Rd, Barnsley, Yorks.


Cawthorne War Memorial, Cawthorne Museum, Taylor Hill, Cawthorne
Barnsley, St Peter's Church, Doncaster Road
Barnsley, St Peter's Church, John Geoffrey Fallas Window  

His parents only appear together on one census return, the 1891.
Afterwards Lucy lives with her father and John with his mother.
Elizabeth Ann Fallas is the only person listed on his next of kin form after he died.  

When Harry (or Henry) Fallas dies in 1920 Elizabeth is not mentioned in the Probate entry - his executors are his sister and his daughter.

His personal effects were returned to his mother in August 1920.
Disc, Letters, Photos, Pipe, Wallet, 2 Religious books, Cards, Registration card, Cigarette case, Handkerchief, Rosary, Pencil, Paper, Cuttings, Watch, Savings book

See Genealogy Junction here for his listing on Cawthorne War Memorial
See Durham Light Infantry Roll of Honour here for his listing

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