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The Tank
18-04-2013, 7:49 PM
Hi Folks

I'm looking for some local insight please.

I'm trying to trace the final resting place of a John Walter Bott who is commemorated on our village War Memorial (Ibstock, Leicestershire), unfortunaetly there is no record on the Commonwealth War Graves.

FreeBMD has an entry for the death of a John W Bott between April & June 1918 Isle of Wight Volume 2b - which is backed up by a short sentence in the local paper from April 1918 of him being injured while with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

Is there a military cemetery on the island or might he have been buried in a municipal graveyard?

I'm trying to identify the date he died and if possible get a photograph of his headstone for a commemorative website I'm creating detailing all the men listed on the memorial.

Cheers

terrysfamily
18-04-2013, 8:39 PM
His entry is at

http://www.
isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk/bmd_1/deaths/d_results_1.php?&surname=bott&exact=yes

Terry

timbo58
19-04-2013, 7:59 PM
Surely 46 in 1918 would have been a very ripe old age to be serving in the forces?
Unless he was a (very?) senior officer perhaps?

malcolm99
19-04-2013, 8:31 PM
Surely 46 in 1918 would have been a very ripe old age to be serving in the forces?
Unless he was a (very?) senior officer perhaps?

No. The Military Service Act 1916 allowed for the conscription of men up to the age of 41. I might be quite mistaken of course but it seems to me that if Parliament thought then that a 41 year old untrained civilian was capable of being trained as a soldier then I don't suppose many people would be surprised to find that a serving soldier was 46 years old.

cristol
19-04-2013, 10:35 PM
Surely 46 in 1918 would have been a very ripe old age to be serving in the forces?
Unless he was a (very?) senior officer perhaps?

My GtGrandad was serving at 44 - enlisted at 41,(despite having half a dozen or more dependent children)
so 46 seems perfectly credible to me.

terrysfamily
19-04-2013, 10:40 PM
And then there is this gentleman

http://
1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=187475

terrysfamily
20-04-2013, 6:48 AM
Sorry Procat, that's twice I've posted a direct link without breaking it. I should know better.

Terry

Procat
20-04-2013, 6:56 AM
Sorry Procat, that's twice I've posted a direct link without breaking it. I should know better.

Terry

Not a problem at all Terry.

malcolm99
20-04-2013, 9:37 AM
This doesn't answer your question directly but as John Walter Bott and his family appear on this site it might be worth contacting Ken Phillips to see if he has any ideas>

http://www.
kenphillips.org.uk/FamHistData2-o/p23.htm#i4635

Peter Goodey
20-04-2013, 10:00 AM
Is there a military cemetery on the island

If the Commonwealth War Graves site doesn't recognise him as one of the war dead, he is unlikely to be buried in a military cemetery.

malcolm99
20-04-2013, 12:01 PM
Further to my previous post, John Walter's son, George Sidney Bott, died in France in September 1918. His mother's address is given on this page and if John Walter Bott's body was returned to Leicester for burial, he may have been buried in a cemetery close to her home>
http://www.
thisisannouncements.co.uk/5845854?s_source=clna_zzzz