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69866 Private Jack Mitford

69866 Private Jack Mitford was born on the 24th February1898 in Rode Heath, he was christened on the 12th February 1899 in All Saints Church, Odd Rode, he was the eldest son of George Nathan and Minnie Mitford, who married on the 27th January 1898 in All Saints Church, Odd Rode. Jack had a brother called Fred and a sister called Phyllis (twins) born in 1902. In 1911 the family lived in Rode Heath, Stoke-on-Trent.


Jack enlisted in Grove Park after 1916, when he first enlisted he was attached to the Motor Transport in the Army Service Corps, Service number M/285769 and then was transferred to the 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers and given a new Service number 69866. There are no service records for him, we do not know when he went to France, but would probably have been in 1917 due to his age and the fact that he only received a pair of medals, he was killed on the 9th October 1918 age 19, his body was never found, he has no grave but is remembered on the Vis-En-Artois memorial panel No 3.

Medal Card