27 March 1915 : Sgt John Robert Bannister

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

Ever remembered

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.