Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private John Palmer
2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
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John Wallace Palmer was one of a number of children of Jessie and Sarah Palmer. Born in January 1873 in Alvechurch, Worcestershire, Private Palmer lived with his wife Eda in Aston before moving to Shustoke Green. He worked as a domestic gardener and in 1911 is listed as having two children, Nellie and Annie. Private Palmer enlisted in Birmingham into the 2nd battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, service number 3982 and was killed in action on 19 December 1914. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.
Coleshill Chronicle 22nd December 1917 DEATHS IN MEMORIAM PALMER – In loving memory of Pte. John Wallis [sic] Palmer, Royal Warwickshire Regiment (beloved husband of Edith Palmer), killed in action in France December 19th, 1914. Ever remembered by his loving wife and children.
Coleshill Chroncile 23rd January 1915 KILLED IN ACTION We regret to learn that Private J. Palmer, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was killed in action on December 15th, although intimation was not received by his wife in Coleshill until last Friday morning. Palmer was a reservist, and almost immediately after the outbreak of the war rejoined his regiment at Warwick. After a short stay there he was sent to the Isle of Wight for training, and he had not long been with the active forces when he met his death. This is the first of the Coleshill contingent to be killed.