John Harold Luke was born in 1898 and his birth was registered in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915, July-September registration quarter of Holywell, volume 11b, page 208.
John was son of Harriett Luke and the late Joseph Luke of Derwen Bach House, Milwr, Holywell, Flintshire, he was 20 years old when he died at home of wounds received during the war, on 8th February 1919.
In the 1911 wales Census, the family were living in Hwylfanfer Cottages, Milwr, Holywell, a two room property with five occupants. The head of the household was his father, Joseph Luke aged 41 years and his occupation being described as a Quarryman, his mother being Harriet Luke aged 42 years. His parents had four children born alive of which three were still living. The three boys were Edward Daniel Luke aged 14 years his occupation being a milk boy, John Harold Luke was 10 years, being described as being in school. His younger brother was Elias Luke aged 10 years, also in school. At this stage his parents had being married for 15 years and were bilingual.
John’s older brother, Edward Daniel Luke, survived the war and served as a Private 87231 in the Royal Welsh (Welch) Fusiliers and as G/40311 in Royal Munster Fusiliers.
John’s younger brother, Elias Luke also served in the war, from 17/6/1918-24/11/1919 as Private 85294 in the 2nd Battalion Welsh Regiment.
John’s Uncle, John Edward Luke, is another fallen soldier on the Brynford Memorial. John Edward Luke was John’s fathers younger brother.