John Richard Smyth McClure (1892 - 1918)

Born: 1892 | Died: 1918 | Grave: I 020 | Category: Military

Engineer officer in WW1. Born in South Africa, son of Revd Dr John J McClure, a Northern Irish minister in Cape Town. Educated in S Africa (BSc), and served with Transvaal Light Horse in South/ South West Africa. Came to England 1915, joined Royal Engineers and served in France, becoming Acting Captain, 250th Tunnelling Company in Nov 1917. (This company was involved in the mining of Messines Ridge in June 1917.), He was wounded twice, mentioned in dispatches and died in Hampstead of wounds.

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  1. Herbert Wiese
    August 3, 2020, 11:14 am

    To whom it may concern:

    John’s grave in Hampstead cemetery was completely overgrown. I belong to a group of volunteers that meet once a month to help maintain the cemetery. As such the grave of John has been cleaned up somewhat. Unfortunately, the granite cross lying on the grave is broken and the writing on the enclosure is barely legible. We will continue to look after his grave as best as possible.

    • peter
      November 12, 2020, 3:57 pm

      Many thanks. The cross became unstable and was laid down for safety reasons.

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