Bilston, Chapel Street, Chelsea, Express & Star, John Burke, Royal Army Service Corps, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Snow Hill, Ss. Mary & John Church, Staffordshire Yeomanry, Temple Street, Tramways, Wolverhampton Cemetery, Wolverhampton Council
John was born in Wolverhampton in 1882, the son of Margaret Burke. In 1901, he was living with his widowed mother and grandfather, John Ryan, at the back of 105 Temple Street, Bilston. John was a wheelwright. On 25 July 1910, John enlisted with the Staffordshire Yeomanry (number 2438), by which date his address was given as 15 Chapel Street, Bilston. He was living with his mother at this address in 1911, by which date he was an Inspector on the Wolverhampton Corporation Tramways. On 26 September 1914, he was discharged from the Staffordshire Yeomanry as being medically unfit for military service.
However, he appears to have served for a period with the Royal Army Service Corps (number 285435), before joining the 17th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (number 60553). He was wounded, and died of these wounds in a British military hospital in Chelsea on 21 August 1917. His body was brought back to the Church of Ss. Mary and John, Snow Hill, Wolverhampton, and was buried at Wolverhampton Cemetery. The Express & Star reported on his funeral on 25 August 1917.