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 John Kipling

John Kipling

Birth
Rottingdean, Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority, East Sussex, England
Death 27 Sep 1915 (aged 18)
Loos-en-Gohelle, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Burial Haisnes, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Plot VII. D. 2.
Memorial ID 12868925 · View Source
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British Military Figure. Born the youngest child and only son of prominent author Rudyard Kipling and his American born wife Caroline Starr Balestier. Known to his family as Jack, he was plagued with severe near sightedness, and was deemed medically unfit for military service during the First World War. He managed to secure a commission in the Irish Guards, however, with the weight of his father's influence behind him. On his eighteenth birthday, Kipling was posted to France. Within six weeks, the Battle of Loos, part of a joint Allied offensive on the Western Front, was entered, engaging 54 French and 13 British divisions. The death toll at Loos was greater than in any previous battle of the war. Eye-witnesses reported seeing Kipling fall with a neck wound, but intense machine gun and shellfire made retrieval impossible. At the battle's end he was reported wounded and missing. His grief-stricken parents used every possible channel and every high-level contact at their disposal to obtain news about their son in the hope that he might still be alive, even if as a prisoner of war. It was not until 1919 that his death was finally accepted by his parents. In 1992, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission announced that the grave of an unknown Irish Guards Lieutenant in the St Mary's ADS Cemetery was that of John Kipling although the decision has been disputed. The Imperial War Museum in London mounted an exhibition to tell the story of John Kipling in 2007. Jack's story was told in the book "My Boy Jack?: The Search for Kipling's Only Son" by Tonie and Valmai Holt, which was turned into a play by David Haig and filmed for British television in 2007 with Daniel Radcliffe as John, David Haig as Rudyard Kipling, and Kim Cattrall as Caroline Kipling.

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  • Added: 2 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12868925
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Kipling (17 Aug 1897–27 Sep 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12868925, citing Saint Mary's Advanced Dressing Station Cemetery, Haisnes, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .