John Collin Boocock attested on 6th December 1915 and was mobilized on 28th June 1916, joining the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment).  He disembarked at Calais on 15th January 1917 and went into the training deport at Etaples.  He was posted into the 8th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s on 19th January and joined his unit in the field on 28th January.  John was killed in action on 28th August 1917, he was aged 38.

Born in Northowram John is known to have had one brother and three sisters.  In 1901 he was living as a boarder with Mary Ellen Prout and her children at Glazier Road, Queensbury and in 1911 he was still recorded as a boarder living now at 1 Oakley Street, again with Mary Ellen Prout, his occupation was a coalminer.

John married Mary Ellen on 7th December 1916 the day after attesting into the Army and became step father to Mary’s two boys Edward and Frank.  The CWGC show that Mary Ellen lived at 69, Stone Terrace, Northowram.  John has no known grave and is commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL (Panel 82 to 85 and 162A)

Edward Prout (stepson) served in 1st/5th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) he died of wounds on 23rd November 1917, aged 19.