Other names: John Edward Primrose
Locations in this story: Weymouth, DorsetMelcombe Regis, Weymouth, DorsetSt. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel IslandsShaftesbury, DorsetSt. Columb, CornwallLaunceston, CornwallFrance & Flanders
Story: John Edward Primrose Strange was born in the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry area in 1895 and baptised at St. John's Church, Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, on 25 Aug 1895 the son of Edward Frank Strange and Mary Clarke Strange (nee Wishart). The family had moved to St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, by 1901 until by 1903 they moved to 5 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where they were in business. John enlisted on 8 Dec 1915 and joined the Cyclists Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 2085 & 29607). He served in France and Flanders variously with the 9th, 2/9th and 2nd Battalions. On 27 Jul 1916 he received a high explosive wound to the face with a complicated fracture to the lower jaw. He was repatriated to the UK on 22 Oct 1916 and finally discharged as unfit for further service on 5 Jun 1918. He received the Silver War Badge No. 397218 and later was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Alice Elizabeth Magdalene Hellyar in St. Columb, Cornwall, in 1928. Unfortunately he died on 4 Apr 1934 in Launceston, Cornwall. His widow eventually remarried Frederick Price Sharwood in 1941. John's brother, Stuart Menzies Frank Strange, also served in the conflict.