Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Thorpe, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
Bulawayo, Rhodesia
Mining engineer

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Second Lieutenant
 —  Royal Engineers, 179th Tunnelling Coy.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Dozinghem Casualty Clearing Station, Westvleteren, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Dozinghem Military Cemetery
Plot: X
Row: G
Grave: 7

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Place of wounding
#4 Place of death or original burial place

My story

John Lamb, a former mining engineer, was born on the 21st of September 1880 in Thorpe, Norfolk, England. The was the son of John and Muriel Lamb. Educated at Rugby, he moved to Rhodesia in 1902. On August 14, 1914, he married Muriel Wrey at Bulawayo, Rhodesia. He had two children. His daughter was born on October 4, 1917, thirteen days before he died. In January 1917 he returned to England. From the 1st of 1917 he served as a Second Lieutenant in the 179th Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers.

In October 1917 the “C” and “D” Section of the 179th Tunnelling Company was working on a bridge over the Hanebeek, a stream south of Langemark. The bridge was being built near Regina Cross, the crossroads of the Bruine Broekstraat and the Peperstraat.

John, aged 37, died of wounds on October 17, 1917. He is directing the repair of the bridge over Hanebeek when he was wounded by a shell. He was brought to the Casualty Clearing Station near Dozinghem forest but died on the same day. Second Lieutenant Lamb is buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Plot X, Row G, Grave 7.

Sources 3

179 Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO95/244/9).
Sources used
UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1919, Volume 4, 102.
Sources used
University of London Officers Training Corps Roll of War Service 1914–1919. (London: Military Education Committee of the University of London, 1921), 36.
Sources used

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