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John Cunliffe Pickersgill Cunliffe

Captain with the 6thBattalion, Worcestershire Regiment, John C Pickersgill Cunliffe died on 4thJune 1915 in the Dardanelles and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey, the Storrington and Haileybury War Memorials, The Storrington Roll of Honour and in the Storrington Book of Remembrance.            

John Cunliffe Pickersgill Cunliffe was born on 27thJanuary 1884 and baptised on 1stMarch in the same year at St Mary, Oxted Surrey, the son of Charles Pickersgill Cunliffe and Evelyn Audrey Pickersgill Cunliffe nee Masters, the first of their 4 children.

The 1901 census shows Charles and Evelyn and their two daughters were living at Beacon Park, Frensham (near Farnham) Surrey (where Charles died on 26thSeptember 1905 aged 42) while John and his Brother were at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire.

Haileybury was originally built by the East India Company as a training college for civil servants to staff India. It had closed in 1854 but re opened 4 years later as a public school.

John joined the Sussex Militia in 1898 and served with them in the Boer War 1901-2 and was awarded the Queen’s Medal with Clasp. The Roll of Honour site for Sussex says that the 3rdBattalion volunteered for overseas service and embarked for the Cape on 29thMarch 1901 where it undertook duties on lines of communication, security and as convoy guards, returning on 11thSeptember 1902. De Ruvigny also states that John was gazetted to the 2nd Worcestershire Regiment on 4thJuly 1903 as Lieutenant. The 1911 Census shows him as being with that Battalion in India aged 27 years.

The 1911 census also showed John’s mother (who dropped the “Evelyn” and was enumerated as Audrey) living at Cobb Court Cootham with her daughter Valentine (Valentine married Revd. Lancelot Frewer in the autumn of 1915. He was the Rector of Sullington) It is this address that is shown as his residence on the Probate Calendar of 1915.

De Ruvigny’s Roll says that John retired from the Army on 1stJuly 1913 and took part in the Cape to Cairo Motor Expedition. On the outbreak of war he rejoined his old Regiment and embarked for France on 27thAugust 1914. He was promoted to Captain on 1stSeptember and was injured on 24thOctober near Lille, being invalided back to England. He had recovered by 12thMay 1915 and embarked to rejoin his Regiment in the Dardanelles where he was shot in the head on 4thJune while exhorting his men to advance.

John was awarded the 1914 Star, the Victory and British War Medals.


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