John Alfred FAULKS

  • 1911 Occupation               Wheelwright
  • Domicile                           John and Fanny Faulks of Colston Bassett
  • Occupation                      Wheelwright
  • Age in 1911                      21
  • Unit                                  12th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, (City of London) Regiment
  • Service Number             1370 Enlisted in Nottingham
  • Rank                                 Corporal
  • Date of Death                  3rd June 1916, Killed in Action
  • Age at Death                    26
  • Battle SitRep                   Mount Sorrel (Hill 62)
  • Commemorated              Grave II.C.58. Berks Cemetery ext Hainaut, Belgium.


John’s parents, John Smallwood Faulks & Fanny Stubbs marriage was registered in the second quarter of 1886 in the Registration District of Market Drayton, Shropshire.

John Alfred Faulks birth was registered in the first quarter of 1890 in the Registration District of Bingham, Nottinghamshire. His surname was listed as Faulkes.

In 1891, John aged 1 was living in the Village, Colston Bassett with his family. They were John S Faulks, father aged 33 born Colston Basset, Fanny (mother) aged 28 born Market Drayton, Shropshire, Arthur (brother) aged 4 years old.

In 1901, John listed under his middle name of Alfred aged 11 was living in Colston Bassett. Living with him were his parents, John S Faulks aged 42, Fanny Faulks age 37, his brothers Arthur age 13, George aged 9, William R aged 6.

In 1911, John aged 21 and employed as a wheelwright was living in Colston Bassett, Bingham, Nottinghamshire. Living in the house were his parents. John Smallwood Faulks, aged 53, Farmer born in Colston Bassett, Fanny Faulks, aged 48, brothers George aged 19 was working on farm, William Ronald Faulks aged 16 was working on farm. Sister, Agnes May Faukls aged 8. Michael Faulks aged 84 father of John (Senior) widower and a retired farmer born Colston Bassett and also,
Edwin Spencer aged 18 farm servant born Colston Bassett.
John’s parents had been married for 25 years and had 6 children, 4 of which were still living.

John’s brother William Ronald Faulks enlisted into the army at the age of 21 and served with the Royal Garrison Artillery, service no. 89845 .

John Alfred Faulks joined the 12th (Service) battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment sometime between 1911 and 1915.

Royal Fusiliers
12th (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment.

It was formed at Hounslow on the 13th September 1914 as part of K3 and came under command of 73rd Brigade, 24th Division and moved to South Downs.
November 1914 – June 1915 Moved to Shoreham then Brighton and Pirbright.
Landed in France 1st September 1915.
17th October 1915 : transferred to 17th Brigade in same Division.

The 24th Division which included the 12th (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment between 14 February – 13 June 1916 were involved in localised operations seeking tactical advantage. They include fighting when the Germans first used Phosgene gas, and the loss and recapture of high ground east of Ypres in the Battle of Mount Sorrel.
John Alfred Faulks was killed in action on the 3rd June 1916 probably in the action to recapture the lost ground in the Battle of Mount Sorrel. By the time of his death he had become a Corporal.
John is buried in Grave II.C.58. Berks Cemetery extension Hainaut, Belgium
Berks Cemetery Extension Hainaut, Belgium.

Berks Cemetery Extension now contains 876 First World War burials.
Medal Rolls
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills & Admin)
John Alfred Faulks of Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire corporal in H.M.Army died 3 June 1916 in France. Administraion Nottingham 6 September to John Smallwood Faulks farmer. Effects. £233.7s.5d.