No.G/67622, Private, John JAGGARD
Aged 18

6th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment
Killed in Action on Thursday, 16th May 1918

John Jaggard was born in 1899 in Mildenhall (Mildenhall Q3-1899 4A:866), son of Norman and Fanny JAGGARD (née HOOD).

1901 census...Aged 1, he was at Cemetery Road, Mildenhall with his father Norman JAGGARD [30] postman; his mother Fanny [28]; brothers William [9] and Arthur [7]; sisters Kate [5] and Letty [4]. All were born in Mildenhall.

1911 census...Aged 11, he was at Kingsway, Mildenhall with his parents; sisters Kate, Annie [8] and Doris [6]; brother Augustus [4]. The new siblings all born in Mildenhall.

photo: His family believe this to be John

Enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.
On the 16th May 1918 the 6th Battalion, The Queen's had relieved the 6th Battalion, The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) in the trenches in Mailly-Maillet.
The Battalion war diary has:-
"16th- Normal MG activity. Aerial activity considerable, enemy low flying machines driven off by Stokes guns. One of our patrols was fired on by enemy MG; one man wounded: patrol followed by large patrol of enemy and wounded man had to be abandoned. It is believed he was dead. Casualties 3 O.R. killed, 4 O.R. wounded. 1 O.R. wounded and missing (believed killed)".

CWGC records just four killed.

The Bury Free Press of 29thMay 1918 reported :-

Prvt John Jaggard, son of Mr. and Mrs N.W.Jaggard, of Kingsway, Mildenhall was recently killed in France. Prvt J Jaggard, who was not quite 19 years of age, was in the 6th Queen's West Surrey Regiment, and writing of the event, his officer says : "He was standing in a trench with one of his chums, when a shell dropped at his feet, death being absolutely instantaneous". The Officer adds "I and all the platoon feel that in him we have lost one who it will be very hard to replace, for in addition to his efficiency as a soldier, he had a warm spot in all the other men's hearts".

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

John Jaggard is buried in Mailly Wood Cemetery, Mailly-Maillet grave 2:L:8

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