FETCHAM U3A LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 1
John Diment was born in 1884 in Cobham and the 1891 census shows him as a 7 year old living at Barracks Farm in Fetcham with his family.
He was only thirteen when his mother died.
John was attested for service with the Royal Fusiliers, Labour Corps, regimental number 26457 in December 1915. He was unmarried, 32 years old, and had been working as a cowman living at The Bothy, Millfield, Cobham.
He was mobilised on 24 May 1915 and served in France. It is likely that he took part in the Battle of the Somme, later transferring to the 101st Labour Corps with the regimental number 60117.
Whilst on active service he suffered from gas poisoning and pneumonia and returned to England where he died on 24 May 1918. He is buried in St Mary’s, Fetcham.