Lance Corporal John Thomas Bottrill PLY/295(S)

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Name:   Lance Corporal John Thomas Bottrill PLY/295(S)

Date of Birth:   30th May 1891

Address:  125, Church Lane, Anstey

Parents Names:   John Thomas Bottrill( Painter, deceased) and Sarah Jane

Occupation before the war:  Shoe Finisher

Siblings Names:  

Frederick Christopher b1883  |  William b 1887  |  Dora Elizabeth b1894  |  John George b 1897


Date Died:   17.7.1917

Age:  26

Place of Death:   Possibly Anstey

Place of Burial/Memorial:  788 Anstey Cemetery

Cause of death:   Result of wounds received at Gallipoli.


Unit – Royal Marine Light Infantry

Section – Plymouth Divisional Hq


Any other information (e.g. Service Record/ appearance etc)

  • John served with the Plymouth Battalion of the Royal Marine Light Infantry with the Middle East Expeditionary Force from the 6/2/15 – 6/9/15 when he was admitted to hospital suffering from debility.
  • He rejoined the 2nd Royal Marine Battalion and served between the 3/10/15 – 15/10/15 when suffering from chronic rheumatism and was invalided home to the UK on the 25/1/15 suffering from nephritis.
  • On the 9/12/15 he was withdrawn from the Royal Naval Division and transferred to Plymouth Divisional HQ where he served until he died.
  • He had been recommended for a commission in the Army on the 2/9/15, though that had been on withdrawn as no longer being desirous on withdrawn as no longer being desirous.
  • It seems from his service record that he had suffered wounds that led to deterioration in his physical condition whilst serving in Gallipoli, and had never really fully recovered subsequently succumbing to these on the 17/7/17.