John Barker Milner was born in 1876 in Eccleshill the son of Joshua and Elizabeth, nee Ward who were married at St Wilfrid, Calverley on the 8th March 1863. By 1871 the family were living in Eccleshill and six children had been born. Ten yeas later they had moved to 24 New Line, Greengates and there were three more children including John.By 1891 the family had moved to 110 Haigh Hall and at 15 years of age John is working as a worsted spinner.On the 8th September 1900 John married Hannah Maria Johnson at
St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill. John was 25 years of age living at 118 Brunswick Road, Greengates and Hannah was 25 years of age, a drawer of 14 Westgate and the daughter of Samuel Johnson (deceased) a joiner. John and Hannah went to live with John’s family at 118 Brunswick Road. They had one son, Robert Edmund born on the 19th December 1902, named for his uncle who had died in 1896. Robert was baptised at St Luke’s
Church, Eccleshill on the 19th of August 1903. In 1911 John, Hannah and Robert were living at 9 Westgate and John was working as a stone planer in the quarry.He enlisted in August 1916 at the age of 40 years as Private 242852 in the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment). His Regiment landed in France in January 1917 and took part in many of the Battles on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918.
John died of wounds on the 15th of October 1918 but it is not known how or where he received these injuries. He was 42 years of age.He is buried in the Bois-Guillaume Communal Cemetery. The burials took place, for the most part, from No.8 General Hospital, which was quartered at Bois-Guillaume in a large private house and grounds.He left his effects to his widow Hannah Maria who received £20.5.9d including a War Gratuity on the 27th of February 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks