Other names: John Ernest
Locations in this story: Travancore, IndiaShaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersSurrey
Story: John Ernest Tollemache was born in Travancore, India, on 19 Nov 1898 the son of Hugh Ernest Tollemache and Caroline Mary Tollemache (nee Payne). His family had returned to the UK in 1900 and by 1912 John was a Boarder/Pupil at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He had enlisted and joined the 5th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders eventually becoming a 2nd Lieutenant. He served in France and Flanders and on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He had married Violet Edith Gertrude Sands. He appears on a list of Old Boys living in London or suburbs in the February 1922 edition of the Shaftesbury Grammar School magazine. By 1939 he had re-enlisted in WW2 serving in the Army. His death was recorded on 7 Apr 1969 in the Surrey North Western Registry.