John Luke was the third born son of Daniel and Elizabeth Luke and was born about 1881 in Gronant, Flintshire. His older brother eleven years his senior, Joseph Luke, is the father of another fallen Brynford Soldier, John Harold Luke. In the 1891 Wales Census the family are living in Brynford.
In the 1901 Wales Census, John Edward Luke is now 20 years, single, living with his widowed mother, Elizabeth as head of the family and his older brother Thomas, senior to him by nine years. They were living at Gafna Gerrig, Brynford. John’s occupation was described as being a labourer in the quarry industry.
In the 1911 Wales Census, John Edward Luke, is now 30 years old, single, living in Pull Clai, Brynford with his widowed mother and older brother Thomas also single. The two brothers described their occupation as Quarrymen. The property had two rooms and occupied by the three of them.
John Luke enlisted at Flint, on 2nd April, 1917, having passed his medical for service at Wrexham, on 30th January, 1917. John indicated on his enrolment paper that the Royal Field Artillery was his preference, however he was initially, enlisted into the 4th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers. John was 36 years and 11 months old on enlistment, indicating his trade as being a blacksmiths striker and a home address of Limestone Cottage, Brynford. John’s next of kin was his wife, Grace (formerly Kennedy), who he had only married on 28th March 1917, in the district of Holywell. This is recorded in Marriage index 1916-2005 volume 11b, page 203.
John embarked from Southhampton, on 20/07/1917, disembarked at Rouen on 21/07/1917 and joined the base depot, 22/07/1917. John was then posted to C Company 17th Battalion RWF, on 05/08/1917. John was killed in action, on 28/08/1917, aged 37. Mrs Grace Luke was awarded a pension of 13/9 a week from 11/03/1918, having no children.
Grace received John’s memorial scroll and death plaque on 22/03/1920 and finally his medals, British War and Victory medal on 06/05/1922.
John Edward Luke is the Uncle of another Brynford fallen soldier, John Harold Luke. John Harold Luke was the second son of his brother Joseph Luke and his wife Harriet Luke.