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CORNWELL, JOHN TRAVERS

Rank:
Boy 1st Class
Service No:
J/42563
Date of Death:
02/06/1916
Age:
16
Regiment/Service:
Royal Navy
 
H.M.S. "Chester."
Awards:
V C, Mentioned in Despatches
Grave Reference:
55. 13.
Cemetery:
MANOR PARK CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of the late Eli Cornwell, of 10, Alverstone Rd., Manor Park, Essex, and the late Lily Cornwell(nee King), of 745, Commercial Rd., Stepney, London. Born Leyton,West Ham.His father,Private E.Cornwell and half brother Private A.F.Cornwell also died.

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 15th Sept., 1916, records the following:-"Mortally wounded early in the action, Boy, First Class, John Travers Cornwell remained standing alone at a most exposed post, quietly awaiting orders, until the end of the action, with the gun's crew dead and wounded all round him. His age was under sixteen and a half years.

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MANOR PARK CEMETERY

Country:
United Kingdom
Locality:
Essex

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