Pvt John Collyer

Pvt John Collyer

Death 11 Jan 1920 (aged 38–39)
Burial Frimley, Surrey Heath Borough, Surrey, England
Plot X R 9
Memorial ID 149769183 · View Source
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5683 Private John COLLYER :1st.Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment : Died 11th of January 1920 , Aged 38 . John was buried in St. Peter’s Churchyard on the 15th January 1920.

John was born in Frimley and baptised at St. Peter’s, Frimley on the 1st May 1881, the second son of Edwin and Caroline (nee Parker). In 1891 the family were living in the house adjoining the Bridge public house, near the railway bridge, in Guildford Road, Frimley Green, where his father was working as a labourer.

John joined the Berkshire Regiment, aged 18, on the 25th October 1899. On the 26th October 1907 he married Emma Elizabeth May in Earley, near Reading. It was here that his daughter Elsie Victoria May was born in 1909.

In 1911 they were living at 9 Cambridge Street in Reading where John was working as a theatre attendant . John was also a territorial soldier in the army reserve and on the 29th January 1916, it is recorded that after 16 years and 99 days of service he was discharged from the army as unfit for any kind of work.

John with his wife and daughter were living in The Mews in Watchetts Road, Camberley, when he died of tuberculosis on the 11th January 1920 aged 39.

Research : Mary Bennett Contributor: Whispyblink


John enlisted, at Reading, into the Royal Berkshire Regiment on 23rd.October 1899. On enlistment his height was given as 5ft,8 and half inches and he weighed 125 lbs. with his former occupation noted as a railway labourer.
John was posted to Gibraltar on the 4th.September 1900 and remained there until posted to home service on the 27th.October 1902. He was discharged to the army reserve on the 22nd October 1907 but was subsequently mobilised on the 5th.August 1914 at the outbreak of World War One.

John embarked for France on the 31st.August 1914 with the 1st.battalion the Royal Berkshire Regiment and therefore is considered an 'Old Contemptible'

It was while the battalion was involved in the battle of first Ypres, Belgium, John, while on transport duty, first complained of a shortness of breath and pain in the chest which remained more or less all through the winter for which he did not go off duty.
A second similar attack commenced November 1915 for which he was invalided home.
John was diagnosed with tuberculosis of lungs (TB), officially the result of active service, possibly due to spending long periods of time in the trenches.

John was discharged from the service and awarded a Silver War Badge and given a pension. His wife would subsequently receive his full medal entitlement of the 1914 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal together with a Memorial Bronze Plaque and Memorial Scroll.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 149769183
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John Collyer (1881–11 Jan 1920), Find a Grave Memorial no. 149769183, citing St Peter's Churchyard, Frimley, Surrey Heath Borough, Surrey, England ; Maintained by Jofen (contributor 48318749) .