Private John Foxcroft 15/349 and Private Harold Foxcroft 15/1240

Private John Foxcroft 15/349
Born Leeds 1897
Killed in action France KIA 1/7/1916

Private Harold Foxcroft 15/1240
Born Leeds 1893

At the outbreak of WW1, Sydney and John Foxcroft, were living with their parents John William a Licensed Victualler/Hotel keeper and Alice Jane Foxcroft at the Hyde Park hotel,Headingley,Leeds, they were the two youngest of ten children from this marriage.

John enlisted in Leeds with the Pals on the 4th of September 1914 he was 17 at the time and underage, an older brother Harold, joined him Later when he enlisted at Colsterdale in early 1915, they both served with 3 section, number 5 Platoon, B company, at Colsterdale, Egypt and France.

John Foxcroft was killed in action on the first day of the battle of the Somme.

He is buried in Serre Road Cemetery number 2, France.

Harold Foxcroft survived the war and was discharged on the 13th of June 1919.

Older Brothers Sydney, Arthur, Benjamin and Spencer also served in WW1.

Sydney enlisted in 1916 and Served with the East Kent regiment
Arthur also served with West Yorkshire Regiment Regiment
Benjamin & Spencer both served with the Royal Engineers.,

In 1943 during the second world War, Flight Sgt Kenneth Edgar Foxcroft RAAF, son of Edgar was killed in action age 20.
later in 1944 Flying Officer Phillip Spencer Foxcroft DFC RAF, son of Spencer, was killed in action with 627 Squadron

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