John was in the East Yorks regiment and was tragically killed in the battle of Wadi Akarit, Tunisia, 6 April 1943, whilst taking part in the advance over an unprotected plain under heavy shelling. He was hit by the allies' own creeping barage falling short. John Bousfield and Bill Cheall had spent three weeks together on the Queen Mary, sailing to Egypt.

Paul Henderson, a great nephew of John's has helped piece together the following background on John.

Paul's grandmother was John's sister, Eva, to whom John wrote his last letter from Egypt. John's mother was known locally as 'Ma' Bousfield and ran the Turk's Head Hotel in Stockton. Bill Cheall visited the family after John was killed in action

John had a sister, Dorothy, who was pregnant and had died, aged 18, during childbirth about five years before John was killed in the war.

The family had never had full knowledge about how John had died. Paul commented:

When I was a kid my grandma had a photo of John and Dorothy on her sideboard. I was told he died in the war so I’d always wanted to know how and where. About a year ago I was scouring the internet without success so I gave up but then tried again the other day and bang - every question answered thanks to you and your Dad, but friendly fire is not what I expected.

Ma Bousfield died aged 87 in 1970, having run the Turk's head till she was 73!

Another descendant, Kathleen Bousfield, wife of John's nephew through his brother, William, added:

Below are some of Bill's photos plus several that Paul kindly sent in.

My husband John Bousfield is the son of William Bousfield, John's brother. He was named after John, his father's brother and also spent a lot of his growing up in the Turks Head. We also have a son, John Bousfield, and a grandson John Bousfield so the name goes on!

School picture of John Bousfield.

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