Born: 15 November 1882
Died: 13 July 1916
Service number: 21122
Regiment/Service: 8th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Family information: Son of John and Ann Wootton
Private John William Wootton enlisted in Pontefract.
He went over the top at the beginning of July 1916. Even to this
day, where they charged across No Man’s Land towards Ovillers can be clearly
seen as completely open ground, a couple of enfilading German machine guns
turned it into a death trap. Both leading assault battalions lost over five
Private Wootton was wounded in the stomach on 1 July in the
above action on Ovillers. He died 12 days later at Etaples.
He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Grave 14.A.14.
He is commemmorated on Streethouse Memorial.
Etaples Military Cemetery, known to the Tommy as ‘eat apples’, is
on the main road from Boulogne to Paris, 2 miles from Etaples Station. It was
the site of immense British reinforcement camps and hospitals, being remote from
attack except by aircraft. There are records of 8,767 U.K., 1,122 Canadian, 461
Australian, 261 New Zealand, 67 South African, 28, B.W.I., 18 Newfoundland, 5
U.S.A., 2 Belgium, 47 Portuguese, 1 Chinese and 655 German burials, and 11
John William Wootton was born in Cfen Mawr, Wales and lived in Streethouse.
He was the husband of Harriet Hellen Wootton and brother of Joseph Isaiah
A family story is that he joined the colours to avenge the death of his
brother but brave as it sounds this cannot be so as his brother, Joseph Isaiah,
survived until September 1918.
Story submitted by Tony Lumb.