John Richard Smyth McClure

Rank/ Unit - Service number: Capt, Royal Engineers | Died: 1918.10.29 | Age at death: 26 | Action: Messines Ridge | Burial place / memorial, TNA reference: Hampstead (St John) Additional Burial Ground (I020) - official war grave |

Mentioned in Despatches. Born 1892 in South Africa, son of the Rev. Dr. John J. McClure and Mary McClure (nee Denham); father was a Northern Irish minister in Cape Town. Educated at Capetown and Johannesburg (BSc). Served in South Africa and in German South-West Africa with the Transvaal Light Horse. Came to England in 1915, and joined Royal Engineers (Gazetted Temp 2nd Lieut. 17/10/1915). Served with BEF in France, becoming Acting Captain, 250th Tunnelling Company (Gazetted 14 Nov 1917). His company was involved in the mining of Messines Ridge in June 1917. Wounded twice, mentioned in dispatches; sent to hospital in Hampstead, discharged, died of influenza at 23 Netherhall Gardens. Buried next to Beesley (qv). Not found on Church Row War Memorial or in Parish magazine.

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