Born in Burnley in 1880
The son of a nut and bolt maker. John had three younger brothers James, Harry, Gilbert and three younger sisters, including Mary and Elizabeth. Before the war he had been in the 1st Bn Cameronians serving in Mauritius and South Africa.
Sergeant (Bannister) Lavender was wounded whilst on ‘trench holding' duties near Bac St.Maur on 23-25 March. He died, in hospital in Rouen, of these injuries on 27 March.
He died that we might live
His loving wife
In 1913 John married Jenny Mochrie and the couple lived at 26 Lutner Street, Burnely, Lancashire. We learn from his Pension Card that they had a son, Robert, born 2 February 1915.
John was buried in St.Sever Cemetery, Rouen. He was 35 years old.
Sgt John Robert Bannister
27 March 1915
Original research by David O'Mara with additional material by Jonathan Vernon
Further information from the Dickinson Family Tree, Ancestry.