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Hotton, J W

Mont-Bernanchon British Cemetery

Mont-Bernanchon British Cemetery, Gonnehem, Near Bethune


Younger son of Alfred de Ste croix Hotton and Sarah Johns Hotton, of "Woodville," St. Saviour's Rd., St. Helier, Jersey. One of two brothers who both fell in 1918.

Killed in action, aged 19 years.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 15 July 1918

Roll of Honour. During the past few weeks Mr A Hotton of Woodville, St Saviours Road, has received two great blows. The first was the intimation that his elder son, Alfred, had been missing since 18 April and now he has received the distressing news that his younger son, John, was killed in action on 5 July. This loyal young soldier had just passed his 19th birthday and will be remembered by a large circle of friends as a promising juvenile member of the Jersey Society of Gardeners and a bugler in the St James' Company Boys Brigade. He was for a time a bugler in a Young Soldiers Battalion and proceeding to France with the Somersets made the supreme sacrifice on the date mentioned. Letters have been received from him dated 3 July but the officer of his company writes stating that he was instantaneously killed in the Front Line during the day, the officer adds that the deceased was most popular with everybody. We tender the family, who still have the anxiety of awaiting another son's fate, our sincere condolences.

John William Hotton

Private John William Hotton
1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry


Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 19 July 1918

Commemorated on Old Boys of St James' Boys Brigade Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record


Pictures courtesy of Mike & Rosemarie Thomas