John Samuel Prince (1875–1916)



Leicestershire Regiment 22921 10th (2nd Res) Battalion

John's father was a canal boatman and John, born in the Crich area (registered 1875 Q4 in the Belper registration district). He was brought up on the canals. He married Elizabeth Lenton in 1903, enlisted at Leicester in 1915 and was posted to France in 1916. He died of his wounds at Rouen in the October of that year. He is buried in St Sever Cemetery, France and is also remembered on the war memorial at Burton-upon-Trent.

Army Service Record
Attested 15 November 1915 at Leicester, John Prince of 118 Cranbourne St Leicester, married boatman; aged 39 years and 60 days; height 5ft 1in; born Whatstandwell
British War and Victory medals
Married Elizabeth Lenton 24/05/03 at Burton on Trent; children Thomas Eli 17/09/08, Winifred Beatrice 01/01/11, Leslie 08/09/13, Charles 07/11/15
30/03/16 Embarked
03/03/16 Etaples
27/04/16 Proceed to join 10th Bn
27/04/16 Joined in the field
25/05/16 Rejoined Battalion
15/09/16 Wounded
03/10/16 Died of wounds

CWGC Record
Prince J, Private 22921, Leicestershire Regiment; death Tuesday3 October 1916; St Sever Cemetry Rouen
Aged 44 Husband of Elizabeth Ann Prince of 85 Horninglow Road North, Burton on Trent
Inscription "Died of wounds ever remembered wife and children"

War graves certificate for John Prince

John Samuel Prince is remembered on the Burton on Trent war memorial in the Town Hall

WW1 memorial Burton on Trent


Soldiers' Effects Book
John Prince; 8th (S) Bn Leicesters; Private 22921; died No 10 General Hospital Rouen 3.10.16; War Gratuity £3; paid out to:
2.1.17 widow Elizabeth D.A. £2 10s 2d
24.9.19 widow Elizabeth D.A. £3 0s 0d


1881 Fradley, Alrewas

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Richard Taylor Head 53 Blacksmith Warwick
Elizabeth Taylor wife 38   Tamworth
John S Prince grandson 5   Crich

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1891 Canal boats

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel Prince Crew 39 Master"Mersey" Whatstandwell
Mary A Prince   37   Yardley
John S Prince masters son 15   Alrewas
Eli Prince masters son 1   Alrewas
Elizabeth Prince masters daughter 5   Alrewas
Sarah Prince masters daughter 4   Alrewas

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1911 76 Horninglow Road North, Burton on Trent

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Samuel Prince Head 35 Canal boatman Matlock
Lizzie Ann Prince wife 28   Tutbury, Staffs
Thomas Eli Prince son 3   Horninglow
Winifred Beatrice Prince daughter 3 mo   Horninglow

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