John Jess

ID# 7717, (1893 - 29 Apr 1916)

John Jess was born in 1893 at Dalmellington, Ayrshire, Scotland ,

Parents: John Jess & Ann McKie.1

John and Jean recorded the birth of John Jess on 2 May 1913 74 Percy Street, Larkhall, Lanarkshire, Scotland ,

John Jess
at 3.40 AM

Parents: John Jess, Coal Miner & Jane Milne Sharp, Envelope Folder
Not Married

Both Jane M Sharp, Mother & John Jess, Father of 6 Meadowhill, Lanark signed the registration.2,3

John Jess married Jean Milne Sharp on 23 May 1914 at 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland ,

By Declaration in presence of James Smith, Packer & William Stewart, Clerk
Warrant of Sheriff Substitute of Lanarkshire dated May 23rd 1914.

John Jess,
Coal Miner, Bachelor aged 21
Usual Res: 39 Meadowhill Rows, Larkhall
Parents: John Jess, Iron Stone Miner (dec) & Ann Jess MS McKie (dec)
Jane M Sharp,
Hand Folder, Spinster, aged 23
Usual Res: 39 Meadowhill Rows, Larkhall
Parents: James Sharp, Paper Ruler & Jane Sharp MS Moffat (dec.)2,4

John recorded the birth of Jane Moffat Jess on 30 Aug 1914 39 Meadowhill Rows, Larkhall, Lanark, Scotland ,

Jane Moffat Jess
at 9.45 AM

John Jess, father was the informant of the birth on September 4th.5,6

John began Military Service on 20 Oct 1915 Hamilton, Lanark, Scotland ,

John Jess
Born Dalmellington, Ayrshire
Enlisted: Hamilton, Lanarkshire
Private, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), 9th (service) Battalion. No S/9842
Served in the Western European Theatre
Died of wounds, France and Flanders.
29 April 1916.

Recieved Medals: Victory, British and Star

Details of Effects:
Record No 290491 - JESS John, 9 Royal Hdrs Pte S/9842. Died 29-4-16 France.
Credits: £2 3s 4d rounded up to £3, paid 4 July 1916 to Widow, Jane M, - to self and children.7

John died on 29 Apr 1916 at Flanders, France, at age 23 years

John Jess
aged 22 -
Died of Wounds
Service Returns Scotland.8

John was buried in May 1916 at Chocques Military Cemetery, Bethune, France,

J Jess
Private No 9842,
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 9th Bn
Grave Ref: I. H. 143.9

Chocques Military Cemetery, France

John and Jean had 2 Known Children.

Children of John Jess and Jean Milne Sharp


  1. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1893 Dalmellington Ayrshire, 586/19. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.
  2. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  3. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1913 Larkhall Lanark, 638/1 210.
  4. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1914 Blythswood Glasgow City Lanark, 644/10 0718.
  5. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1914 Larkhall Lanark, 638/01 0353.
  6. [S216] Letter or email from Laura Potts (UK) to Ailsa Corlett, Various letters or emails; Held by Ailsa Corlett (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) Laura Potts - email July 2015.
  7. [S99] "Military Record";; UK Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914 - 1919 - via Ancestry
    WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls, Class: WO 329: Piece No 1352
    Soliders details of effects.. Hereinafter cited as "Military Record."
  8. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1916 Service Returns, 123/ AF 0396.
  9. [S46] Transcription: War Records; Commonwealth War Graves . Online; Publish Date 1999, Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais France. 4 Kilmetres north west of Bethune on the road to Lillers. Grave Ref: I H 143.