Randall, John William

Poppy on a wooden cross

Age: 18
Date of birth: 13th March 1923

Parents: John Charles and Florence Arletta Randall
Wife: Single
Address: 28 Chapel Street, Warwick

Occupation: Employed as a clerk with Warwickshire County Council

John’s parents were John Charles Randall (1893-1959) and Florence Arletta nee Warr (1893-1951). At the time of the 1939 Register the family were at 28 Chapel Street and John’s grandmother, Harriet was also living with them.

This branch of the Randall family died out with the loss of the only son and the family grave in Warwick cemetery is now derelict. The inscription on one kerbstone is just legible:
“Treasured memories of our only son John William Randall. Died 29th April 1941 aged 18 years”

Following John’s mother’s death in 1951, his father remarried – to Frances Charlotte Venables – in Rugby in 1952. He died in 1959 and was still living at 28 Chapel Street at the time.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Civilian, n/a
Regiment/Service: ARP (Air Raid Precautions)
Brigade/Division: County Control Motor Cycle Messenger Service
Date of death: 29th April 1941
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in a road traffic accident on Banbury Road, Warwick
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Warwick Cemetery, Section K Row 14 Plot 2 (kerbstone)
Awards:
Commemorated locally at: Warwick School

John was killed on the Banbury Road whilst overtaking an army lorry while on an Air Raid Precautions exercise. He served with distinction during the Coventry Blitz. This report on the inquest gives full details of what happened

Warwick Advertiser 9th May 1941

Contributors

  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

Leave a Reply