Lambert, John

John Lambert was born in Rhyl, Flintshire in 1894.

The 1911 Census shows that the family lived at 4 Rose Hill Terrace, Mill Bank, Rhyl, Flintshire.   The head of the family was William Henry Lambert aged 43, who was employed as a Gardener.  His wife Mary Catherine Lambert aged 41 and their 7 (seven) children – John Lambert aged 17, a Butcher, Elizabeth Lambert aged 14, a Domestic Servant, Nellie Lambert aged 11, Flossie Lambert aged 9, Dolly Lambert aged 6, Margaret Lambert aged 5 and Freda Lambert aged 3 years.  The family later moved to ‘Tel-Asur’, 17 Vezey Street, Rhyl, Flintshire.

On Saturday 24 October 1914, John enlisted at the Recruitment Centre, Flint, Flintshire with 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  His Attestation Papers state that he was 20 years of age and lived at 5 Caradoc Terrace, Caradoc Road, Prestatyn, Flintshire.  He was described as 5′ 6″ tall, 36″ Chest Measurement with a 2″ Expansion.  He was declared fit for Military Service.

John embarked on HMT ‘Caledonia’ at Devonport on Monday 19 July 1915 for Gallipoli via Alexandria.  He was killed in action at Tel Asur and it would appear that the family named their house as a tribute to him.

On Friday 4 October 1918 his mother received the following property from the War Office, which was found on his body – An Identity Disc, letters, cards, 4 Religious books.

John Lambert is also remembered on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire and on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, Flintshire, which is dated 11 September 1919 but is unsigned.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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