John Kipling

John Kipling  Lt John (Jack) Kipling

Born in 1897, Kipling was the youngest and only son of prominent author Rudyard Kipling. Known to his family as Jack he suffered from poor eyesight and was rejected as medically unfit for service by the authorities.

With his fathers influence he managed to obtain a commission in the Irish Guards and on his 18th birthday was posted to France. A few weeks after arriving he was involved in the Battle of Loos, a massive Anglo - French offensive on the Western Front.

Eye witnesses report seeing Kipling fall with a neck wound but intense machine gun fire prevented his recovery by stretcher bearers. He was subsequently reported missing.

His story is told in the book by his father " My Son Jack "