Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
John Kirwan Gatacre was the son of Major-General Sir William Forbes Gatacre and Alice Susan Louisa née Kirwan. He was born on 6th September, 1883 in Dublin.
After education at Rugby and Sandhurst, John was posted to the Indian Army as 2nd Lieutenant. He served with King Edward's Own Bengal Lancers, rising to the rank of Captain.
When the war broke out, John was at home on leave. He was attached to the 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars and promoted to Major. He went to France with the British Expeditionary Force on 18th August, 1914. He was killed in action on 13th October while reconnoitring for the advance beyond Meteren, near Mont des Cats. He was memtioned in despatches [London Gazette 20th October, 1914.]
Major Gatacre, 11th King Edward's Own Lancers (Probyn's Horse) attd. 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars, was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the 1914 Star.
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