John Burns

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: About 1874 in Crossmaglen, Armagh, Ireland.

Family: In 1915 he gave his next of kin as his foster brother, John Holdbrook, also living at 9 Pepper Street.

Residence: He gave his address as 9 Pepper Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire on enlisting in 1915. In 1911, 9 Pepper Street was a licenced lodging house.

Employment: He was a labourer in 1915.

Died: Not known

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Private

Service Number: 8006

Date of Enlistment: 23 January 1915

Date of Discharge: 10 June 1915

Reason for Discharge: Not likely to become an efficient soldier

Medals and Awards

None awarded; issued with an armlet –  N75441 – which was to be worn with civilian clothes to show that the man was ready to fight if called upon


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