BYE, John

No.27268, Private, John BYE
Aged 22

2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
formerly No.2389, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday, 4th May 1917
"Soldiers Died" has 14th May

John Bye was born in 1895 in Saxon Street, Cambridgeshire, (Newmarket Q2-1895 3B:621), the son of James and Alice BYE (née CLAYDON).

1901 census...Aged 5, he was at Victoria Row, Ashley cum Silverley with his father James BYE [51] brickmaker, born Woodditton; his mother Alice [37] born Stetchworth; brothers Arthur [19] bricklayer's labourer, born Newmarket, Charles [13] telegraph messenger, born Kirtling and Walter [3] born Saxon Street; sisters Daisy [11] born Kirtling, Alice [8] born Saxon Street and twins Dorothy and Doris [1] born Ashley.

1911 census...Aged 15, farm labourer, he was at Front Street, Ousden with his parents (father now a labourer); brothers Charles and Walter (farm labourers) and Richard James [6] born Ousden; sisters Dorothy and Doris.

His younger brother Walter died of his wounds in France in 1918. see here

He enlisted in Bury St. Edmunds.
Battle of Bullecourt was 3rd to 17th May 1917. At 4am on 4th May 1917 a heavy German bombardment hit the 2nd Royal Warwickshires and 20th Manchesters while they formed up ready to advance from the direction of Ecouste towards Bullecourt where the Germans were dug in in the Hindenburg Line. The CWGC records 104 killed in the battalion, of which only 2 have identified graves

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

John Bye is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, bay 4

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