John Commersky (c.1885-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
John Commersky


Courtesy of David Simmons:[1]

Private, 7th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Regimental No 22219. Born in New York USA, a British National. Killed in Action 16 August 1917 in France. Aged 32 years. Son of John and Ellen Commersky[2], Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire. Employed as a Coal Miner (Hewer) at a local mine and lived in Emley. Husband to Ellen Kendrew his second wife, after Martha Goward who bore his two children Dorothy and Alvin before her death in 1910. Enlisted in Barnsley.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

COMERSKEY, JOHN. Private. No 22219. 7th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Born Emley. Married, with two children. Employed as a miner at Emley Moor Collieries. Enlisted in 1915. Was wounded in the Somme offensive. Reported missing, presumed killed, at Passchendaele, 16.8.1917, aged 32 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
ROH:- Emley War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

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  2. There are a wide variety of spellings of John's surname, including: Cuniersky (1901 Census), Commerskey (1909 baptism of daughter), Commersky (1911 Census), and Cummersky (Emley War Memorial). Even transcriptions of the name on the war Memorial vary in spelling. The spelling "Commersky" was used by John and his daughter Dorothy when they signed their names.