No 245413, Sergeant, John Colin INCE
20th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
John Colin Ince was born on 14th September 1892 in Clare (Risbridge Q4-1882 4A:647) son of Alfred George and Elizabeth INCE
Admitted to Clare Council School (living at Cavendish Lane) on 1st March 1899 and left to go to work on 16th June 1905.
1901 census...Aged 8, he was at Maltings Lane,Clare with his father Alfred INCE  journeyman bricklayer born Battersea; his mother Elizabeth  born Horseheath; sisters Alice  and Agnes [7 months]; brother William . All the children were born in Clare.
1911 census...Aged 18, a bricklayer, he was at High Street, Clare with his parents; brothers Willie Charles (errand boy) and Alfred ; sisters Agnes, Lily 8] and Emma Matilda . The new siblings all born in Clare, all 7 siblings survive.
He married Priscilla Lucy TWITCHETT (b.4-12-1887) in 1913. Their daughter Valerie Doreen INCE was born on 15th September 1913. The pension card has them at Bridewell Street, Clare
He enlisted in Clare.
The battalion were to the rear of Vaulx-Vraucourt. The war diary has:-
" 23rd- About 8 am the enemy launched an attack against the right companies of the battalion which was successfully resisted by rifle and machine gun fire. The attack was made by ? waves and was well carried on, but it did not penetrate our wire. The attack was repeated at intervals during the day, but each attack was withheld. Casualties: Officers killed Capt Iveson, 2/Lt Kay, wounded 2/Lt Turnbull. Other ranks, killed 18, wounded 60, missing 5
CWGC records show the battalion had 22 killed that day.
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