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John Bishop

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

250854 Private

17th Battalion Royal Scots, 106th Brigade, 35th Division

Age: 33

Date of Death: 20.10.17

Buried: Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 11 to 14

Family history: Son of Robert and Jemima Bishop, 10 Kinneil Lane, Bo'ness. He had three younger brothers, Robert, James and William and four sisters, Jessie, Agnes, Bella and Marion. He was married to Andrina and they lived at 32 Furnace Row with their three children, Maggie, Jemima and Robert. William died of wounds in 1918 and James, wounded at Gallipoli, survived the war.

John enlisted in the 5th Battalion Royal Scots on 21 December 1914 and was given the service number of 3047. He fought alongside his brother James at Gallipoli and both were wounded in this campaign. John received a gunshot wound to the knee on 29 June and was sent back to the UK. After recovering from his wound he was sent to France on 16 March 1917, and he joined the 17th Battalion Royal Scots and his service number was changed to 250854.

The action leading to his death

On the 20 October 1917, the battalion was involved in the Third Battle of Ypres, in what the nomenclature listed as the ‘Battle of Paschendaele I’ which was fought from 12 October to 26 October. The 106th Brigade was holding the line between Poelcappelle in the north and the Paddebeek in the south. The 17th Royal Scots War Diary records that on the 20 October battalion causalities were 4 men killed and 21 wounded. On the night of the 20/21 October the 106th Brigade was relived in the line by the 104th Brigade.

(Linesman Map)

Medals Awarded

1915 Star, The British War Medal, Victory Medal

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