Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private John Faulkner
14th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
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John Faulkner was born on the 3rd November 1891 in Dudley to parents Rowland and Isabella Faulkner. In 1901 the family were living at 19 Tibbets Garden, Rowley Regis and Rowland was working as a chain maker. John had a younger sister Sarah (born 1894) and two younger brothers, Job Randalf (born 1895) and Arthur Rowland (born 1897). In late 1901 their father Rowland died, and in 1905 their mother Isabella (nee Gilner) also died. This left John and his three siblings in the care of the Dudley Union Workhouse. On the 12th February 1906, at the request of the Priest from Dudley, John was transferred to the St Vincent’s Home for Working Boys on Moseley Road in Birmingham. Sarah was sent to The St Joseph’s Home for Girls, and Job and Arthur were both sent to the St Paul’s Home for Boys in Coleshill. Whilst at St Vincent’s John was employed by Messrs Hoods Ltd, Wholesale Warehousemen, on Church Street, Birmingham, as a warehouse boy. He was discharged from St Vincent’s to lodgings on the 6th June 1908. On the 21st April 1910 John’s brothers were emigrated to Canada aboard the steam ship ‘Corsican’. In 1911 John was boarding with the Lawrie family at 60 Moseley Road, Birmingham, and working as a screw cutter. His sister Sarah got married in 1912 to John W Homer at Dudley, and they later lived at 51 Beehive Street, Cradley Heath. Following the outbreak of war, John Faulkner enlisted in the 14th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment at Birmingham. The Battalion was formed at Bristol as a Bantam Battalion in April 1915, and by August of that year they were at Salisbury Plain. The 14th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment first served in France on the 30th January 1916. Sometime during 1916 Private John Faulkner (service number 21950)was wounded in action and transferred back to the UK. He was treated in the Princess Christian’s Military Hospital at Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey. The hospital was a temporary arrangement of huts on Englefield Green. On the 6th September 1916 Private Faulkner died from the effects of a gun shot wound to the head and a cerebral absess, aged 25. He is buried in Englefield Green Cemetery, Plot 10, Grave 770 and is also remembered on the memorial in St Teresa and the Sacred Heart, Coleshill. Private Faulkner was posthumously awarded the British War and Allied Victory medals. His sister Sarah also applied for his 1914-15 Star Medal.