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2nd Lieutenant John Frederick George Rew


Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916


Born in Brentford,London in 1892.

He was baptised on 30/06/1893.

His parents were Harry Rew(1859-1923) and

Caroline Elizabeth Hubel(1865-1944). They were married on 17/01/1891.

John had 1 brother; Charles Henry(1898-1972).

In the 1901 census,the family were recorded as living at 62 St Mary's Grove Chiswick. His father was employed as a tapestry merchant.

In the 1911 census, the family had moved to

Elmdale, Uxbridge Road,Hampton Hill ,Middlesex.

John was employed as a warehouseman,whilst his father was still in the same employment as the previous census.

He enlisted in London into the 16th Battalion London Regiment as a Private,number 733,before gaining promotion to Lance Corporal.

His date of disembarkation into France was on 01/11/1914.

He was commissioned as  2nd Lieutenant in 8th(Service)Battalion Devonshire Regiment on 14/08/1915.

He was killed in action on 14/08/1915. 

Originally he would only have been awarded the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals, for his time with the Devonshires but on 14/07/1918 his father applies for 1914-1915 Star in respect of the service of his late son and he is awarded the Star with clasp.


He is remembered on the stained glass window in Newton St Cyres Church in Devon and  by a brass plaque also in the Church.  

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