WWI Victory Medal Wounded 1st/2nd Day Somme

26/613 PTE. John Thomas Rice, 26th BTN (3rd Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers.

A resident of Newcastle Upon Tyne Rice enlisted in 1914, aged 37 years old.

He served with A.coy. and suffered a gunshot wound to the left chest on the 1st or 2nd day of the battle of the Somme.

(John Sheens book lists PTE. Rice as wounded in August but his papers show left France on the 2nd of July and spent 7 days in hospital from the 3rd of July back in England )

After 14 days convalescing, he was later downgraded medically  and served with the labour corps.

He also served as a steam crane driver with 321Coy, Royal Engineers




8-9 Dans Castle, Tow Law, County Durham, DL13 4AY