Ware, John Wilson


He was the second (but elder surviving) son of John Tatham Ware, of York and 9 Rutland Road, Harrogate. His mother was Sophie Isabel Ware, the daughter of the Reverend James Allen Wilson, Canon of Ripon. His younger brother was Robert Remington Ware (D & Coll.1918-1922). He entered College third on the Roll from Bramcote Preparatory School, Scarborough, and won the Senior Duncan Prize for mathematics in 1914. He passed into RMA Woolwich in October 1914, and obtained a commission in the RE in the following April. He joined 74 Field Company of 15th (Scottish) Division in France in the summer of 1916, and on July 11th of that year was detailed to lead a bombing (hand-grenade) attack on an enemy trench near Vermelles, during a night raid. He was standing up on the German parapet encouraging his men and directing them where to throw their hand-grenades when he was struck himself and killed, aged eighteen. He is commemorated in panels 4-5 of the Loos Memorial.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Ware
  • Forenames or initials: John Wilson
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1911-1914
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Engineers
  • Date of Birth: 11th November 1897
  • Date of Death: 11th July 1916
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 4-5 of the LOOS MEMORIAL