Cann War Memorial

John Chown

Surname: Chown
Other names: John
Other people in this story:
Samuel Chown
Annie Chown
Lucy Chown née Hayward
John William Chown
Locations in this story:
Cann Common, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
Motcombe, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury
Devizes, Wiltshire
Le Touret Memorial, France

Story:
John Chown was born in 1888 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Samuel Chown, a carpenter, and Annie Chown. In the second quarter of 1914 he married Lucy Hayward in Shaftesbury. At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Cann Common, Cann, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in Devizes as a Private in the Duke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Regiment (Service No. 7612). He joined the 1st Battalion and served in France and Flanders.  He died on 31st October 1914 and his name appears on Le Touret Memorial in France (Panel 33 & 34). At the time his wife Lucy was living in Enmore Green and their son John William Chown was born on 7th May 1915. Lucy did not remarry and at the time of the 1939 Register she was living with her son at Hill Crescent, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.

John Chown was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star (clasp) medals. He is remembered on the war memorials at Motcombe, Enmore Green and Cann, Shaftesbury.  

Images:
  • Names on Cann War Memorial
  • Names on Enmore Green War Memorial
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 03
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 02
  • Motcombe War Memorial 4
  • Motcombe War Memorial 2
  • Motcombe War Memorial 02
  • Motcombe War Memorial 03

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives