Glenn, John. Died 8th Dec 1916

John Glenn was born on 30th April 1878 at 40 Church Street, Rugby to William and Ann (nee Dobson).

His schooling is unknown, but it is believed that he worked as a gardener at one of the large houses in Bilton, Rugby.


He married Sarah Ellen Mawby at St Matthews Church, Rugby on 20th August 1908. The marriage certificate states John’s age as being two years older than he was. They lived at 35 Rowland Street Rugby.

On the 29th November 1913 their first child, Joseph William was born.

John joined up with the 10th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Private (No. 20054) and was sent to France.

John Glenn, back row middle. In France 1914-18 War

John Glenn, back row middle.
In France 1914-18 War

In December 1916 he contracted acute bronchitis and was treated at the 29th Casualty Clearing Station, BEF France. Coincidentally he was attended there by Dr C Hoskyn, also of Rugby. John died there on 8th December 1916.

He is buried at the Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, south-west of the town of Doullens in France.

Grave of John Glenn

Grave of John Glenn

John’s wife, Sarah Ellen, was known to Dr Hoskyn, haying been before she married, a maid to Mrs Elliott at the Royal Oak in Dunchurch Road, Rugby. The good doctor wrote to Mrs Elliott asking her to break to Sarah Ellen the news of her husband’s death, since John had told him that his wife was expecting their second child. The child was born in March 1917 and named John after his father.

On his return to Rugby, Dr Hoskyn founded what was then called ‘The Hoskyn Cripple Fund’ which continues to this day under the name of The Hoskyn Centre, Hamilton House, Bilton Road, Rugby.



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