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Name: John BABE
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: J Service No.: 20/297
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham Age at Death: 43
Unit: 2nd Garrison Bn Northumberland Fusiliers.
Former Unit(s): Originally enlisted in 20th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (1st Tyneside Scottish) 20/297 then transferred or posted.
Place Enlisted: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 5 Wallace Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: Formerly of Spencers Buildings, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery. In 1901 John's occupation is given as barman.
How Died: From the effects of malaria fever, while returning home as an invalid from service in India.
Date of Death: Monday 24th September 1917
Place of Death: Cape Town, South Africa.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St Mary and St Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Roll of Honour, Stella, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. Holy Cross Church Shrine, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton Social Club, Roll of Honour, Cross House, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Capetown (Plumstead) Cemetery, South Africa. Grave ref. BI. UO. 21.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 6th October 1917.
Family Details:
Son of Brian and Mary Babe, of 5 Wallace Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brother: Brian. Sisters: Ellen and Catherine. Siblings served throughout World War One. John's sister, Catherina Babe (known as the Reverend Mother Lucy) was awarded the Albert and Elizabeth Medal for her nursing services in Belgium during the Great War. In January 1941, aged 65 years and having completed 31 years in nursing at the Hospital of Our Lady of Consolation Roman Catholic Church, the Reverend Mother was killed along with two colleagues during an air raid in Sothwark, London.
Notes : John was a member of Ryton Social Club, Cross House, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
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