John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme

Title in English
John Duesbery - letter written dying on Somme

Description
John Duesbery was from Swinefleet, Goole. His surname is spelt incorrectly as Dewsbury on the medals, and also sometimes in the official documents. He joined 2nd Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) as a machine gunner, in March 1915 (army number 18260). He fought and died in Battle of the Somme, in the attack near Guillemont, September 15, 1916, aged 25. A letter was sent to his mother on 22nd August 1917, saying that it was assumed he had been killed in action on September 15, 1916, or later. More official correspondence ensued, and finally a pocket book with his last letter to his mother was found on his body and returned to the family (some time after November 1917). It contained the last letter to his mother, written while lying mortally wounded in a shell hole at the Somme. The story has been used in Peter Barton's book, The Somme. John Duesbery has no known grave, and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing. See also the entry for his brother Ernest (BL96)

Summary description of items
Casualty Search Results Letters and postcards to mother during the war Letter from Infantry Record Office, Lichfield informing of death Letter from British Red Cross Newspaper extract of John and brother Ernest Letter from War Office, Imperial Institute Letter from Minstry of Pensions Birth Certificate Pocket book with last letter to mother Various medals incl 2nd Sherwood Foresters badge Map of where Foresters were in action Photos of War Memorial at Swinefleet x3 Photographs of John x2 Commonwealth War Graves Commission letter Book of postcards: Lan Grande Guerre 1914-17; Arras Apres le Bombardement The Somme: Peter Barton page 308 shows the likely position of body Letter from Peter Barton to Kenneth Duesbery. Plaque sent to parents when deceased .

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ID
17050
Source
http://europeana1914-1918.eu/...
Number of items
128
Person
John Duesbery
Born: February 23, 1891 in Swinefleet
Died: September 15, 1916 in Battle of the Somme
Origin date
February 23, 1891 – August 28, 2005
Languages
English, Español, Français
Keywords
Army postal service, Artillery, Building, Home Front, Map, Military, Red Cross, Remembrance, Sherwood Foresters, Trench Life
Fronts
Naval Warfare, Western Front
Location
Battle of the Somme
Contributor
Kenneth Duesbery, great nephew of John
License
http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
Collection day
BL01
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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 118

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 110

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 109

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 108

    Guillemont, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 107

    Carnoy, France

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    Email from Peter Barton to Kenneth Duesbery re diary of Lt. Brandt.

    Carnoy, France

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    Letter from Peter Barton to Kenneth Duesbery re the John Duesbery archive

    Somme, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 104

    Somme, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 103

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 102

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 101

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 100

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 99

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 98

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 97

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 96

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 95

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 94

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 93

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 92

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 91

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 90

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 89

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 88

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 87

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 86

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 85

    Arras, France

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    Book of postcards:  Arras after the bombing

    Arras, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 76

    Beaval, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 75

    Mericourt, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 74

    Somme, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 70

    Somme, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 66

    Flanders, Europe

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 63

    London, UK

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 62

    London, UK

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 60

    Yorkshire, UK

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 59

    London, UK

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 58

    London, UK

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 57

    Lichfield, UK

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    Letter from War Office, Imperial Institute re John Duesbery's accounts and personal effects

    London, UK

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 53

    London, UK

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 51

    Guillemont, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 50

    london

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 49

    Somme, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 48

    Le Cateau, France

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    Letter from Infantry Record Office, Lichfield, informing of death

    Lichfield, UK

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 46

    Somme

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 35

    Swinefleet, Goole, UK

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 31

    France

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    Letter of 31st August 1916 from John Duesbery to his mother

    France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 26

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 25

    London, UK

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    Letter of 1915 from John Duesbery to his mother

    Plymouth, UK

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 18

    Swinefleet, Goole, United Kingdom

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 17

    Thiepval Memorial, Authuille, France

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    Map of where Foresters were in action

    Guillemont, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 15

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 14

    Thiepval Memorial, Authuille, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 13

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 10

    Swinefleet, Goole, England

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 9

    Swinefleet, Goole, England

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    Photos of war memorial at Swinefleet

    Swinefleet, Goole, England

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    Letter from British Red Cross re John Duesbery

    Guillemont, France

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    John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 6

    Thiepval Memorial, Authuille, France

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    Sherwood Forester roll, with John Duesbery's date of death

    Goole, Yorks, England

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    Map showing location of John Duesbery's body, from Barton's book, The Somme

    Rancourt, France

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    Map showing location of John Duesbery's body, from Barton's book, The Somme

    Guillemont, France

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