- Place of Birth Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire
- 1911 Occupation Joiner and Cowman
- Domicile Glebe Farm, Barnstone
- Age in 1911 27
- Unit 1st/1st Dorset Yeomananry (Queens Own) formally 53rd South Nottinghamshire Hussars.
- Service Number 281928 Enlisted in Nottingham. Address Cropwell Bishop
- Rank Sergeant
- Date of Death 22nd October 1918, DOD
- Age at Death 34
- Battle SitRep Allenby; Middle East
- Commemorated Grave B.90. Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Syria
• Other details: Son of Charles and Harriet Wagstaff, of Colston Bassett, Notts; husband of Mabel Oxby (formerly Wagstaff), of Cringle’s Farm, Kinoulton, Notts.
John (Alfred) was born quarter one 1884 in Colston Bassett, Nottingham. In his Birth, Marriage & War details Alfred was the name used.
In 1891, John’s family were living in the Village, Colston Bassett, John was missing. In the household were father Charles aged 37, mother Harriet aged 30, brothers Harry aged 5 and William aged 1.
In 1901, John’s family were living in Mann House, Colston Bassett, John was still missing. His family members were, father Charles aged 41 Farmer born Liston, Bedfordshire, mother Harriet aged 40 born Colston Bassett, brothers Harry aged 15, William aged 11, Thomas aged 9, Herbert aged 6 and George H aged 3 years old.
In 1911, John aged 27, single, was working as a Cowman on Glebe Farm, Langar Lane for his uncle and aunt, William & Annie Faulks.
John first joined the 53rd South Nottinghamshire Hussars and then transferred to the 1/1st Dorset Yeomanry (Queens Own).
John , (using his middle name of Alfred) married Mabel Dawn. Their marriage was registered in the second quarter of 1917 in the Registration District of Bingham.
1/1st Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry
The 1st Line regiment was mobilised in August 1914 and attached to the 1st South Western Mounted Brigade. In September 1914, they were moved to the 2nd South Midland Mounted Brigade, 2nd Mounted Division.
In 1915, they were deployed overseas to Egypt, then onwards to participate in the Dardanelles campaign, where they served as dismounted troops and were involved in the Battle of Gallipoli, the Battle of Sari Bair and the Battle of Scimitar Hill.
After the evacuation of Gallipoli, they returned to Egypt in January 1916 and became part of the 6th Mounted Brigade an independent brigade that was involved in the Action of Agagia in February 1916. At this battle, the retreating Senussi were attacked by the Dorset Yeomanry with drawn swords across open ground. Under fire, the Yeomanry lost half their horses, and about a third of their men and officers were casualties (58 of the 184 who took part). Colonel Soutar, leading the regiment in this charge, had his horse shot from under him and was knocked unconscious. When he came to, he found himself alone amongst a group of the enemy. He drew his revolver, shot several, and took the Turkish leader Jaffir Pasha prisoner.
In February 1917, 6th Mounted Brigade joined the Imperial Mounted Division and took part in the First and Second Battles of Gaza, they later transferred to the Yeomanry Mounted Division in June 1917, for the Third Battle of Gaza and the Battle of Beersheba.[
In July 1918, the Brigade was re-designated the 10th Cavalry Brigade and the Division the 4th Cavalry Division.
John Alfred Wagstaff died on the 22nd October 1918, not sure if wounded or illness.
The Regiment remained with them in Palestine until the end of the war.
With thanks to Wikipedia.
Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery
DAMASCUS COMMONWEALTH WAR CEMETERY now contains 661 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 74 of the burials are unidentified and, in the new part of the cemetery, a special tablet commemorates six men of the Indian army who were buried in Damascus Indian War Cemetery but whose graves are now lost. Second World War burials number 504, of which 14 are unidentified. The cemetery also contains seven war graves of other nationalities.
After John’s death, his wife Mabel was married to George H Oxby in the second quarter 1921 in the Registration District of Bingham.
John Alfred Wagstaff – Medal Rolls
Soldier’s Register of Effects