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John Cyril Watmough was born in Bramley, Yorkshire, in March 1891, the son of teacher, John Watmough, and his wife Helen Mary. He was the eldest of six brothers, Edmund, George Hugh, Henry Francis, Victor and Cecil, three of whom were also killed in the war. He also had three sisters Helen Madeline, Marianne and Nina. His father was a Languages and Science teacher, but turned to politics and had moved the family to South Shields in the 1890s, where he became Conservative Party election agent, and later moved to London, on his own, where he was "Secretary to Political Association". He was educated at Westoe Secondary School, South Shields, then Armstrong College, where he trained to be a teacher, returning to South Shields to teach. John was killed by a sniper on 10th July 1915 aged 26.
John is buried in the Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
John is also commemorated on a plaque remembering pupils of Westoe Secondary School (now installed in Harton Technology College).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The War Graves Photographic Project. The University of Durham Roll of Service 1914 – 1919. Durham University Gazette, Vol II, 1912-1929. http://www.boyshighschool.co.uk/thepast/wartime/ww1/info/watmough_jc.htm. London Gazette, 8th September 1914 (. North East War Memorials Project (). Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers (via Ancestry.co.uk). Ancestry military records. Ancestry Medal Roll Index Card. Ancestry census (1911).
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