Service no. G/17678
Private, Royal Fusiliers, 4th Battalion
Killed in action age 28 on 26 March 1918
Born in Battersea; enlisted in Southwark; lived in Wandsworth
CWGC: “Son of the late Joseph and Mary Ann Packer; husband of Lily Cecilia Packer, of 2 Heyford Terrace, South Lambeth Road, London.”
Remembered at Arras Memorial, France
Information from the 1911 census
John Packer, 21 in 1911, was a carman. He was born in Battersea and lived with his widowed father, Joseph Packer, 59, a grocer from Chelsea, brother George Packer, 18, a clerk, and sister Elizabeth Packer, 29, who kept house for the family. Joseph Packer and his deceased wife Mary Ann had had 11 children, of whom eight survived. The Packers occupied 5 rooms at 4 Currie Street, Battersea.
John Packer married Lily Cecilia Baker on Christmas Day 1914 at All Saints Church, South Lambeth. John Packer’s father had died by then.