John Colin Sproston was from Little Hamwood,
Staffordshire, the son of Christopher Sproston and Ellen (nee Morris). He
died on the 20th of October 1918 at Tank, Waziristan, of pneumonia coming
after influenza. This was the time that influenza was sweeping India, and
many other soldiers were also affected.
On October 20th, Pte. Sproston of 12 Platoon "C"
Company died at Tank, and the news of his death came as a shock
to all. He was not a native of London, but came up from
Staffordshire in order to enlist in a cyclist corps. Joining the
First Battalion at Chiseldon, he at once became popular in his
platoon, and as he became better known this popularity extended
not only to his Company but to the whole Battalion. He
represented the Londons at football both in the Battalion and
Third Line teams and also played regularly for his platoon and
Jack, as he was known to the great majority of
the battalion, was always ready to help a friend in any way
which lay in his power, and everyone was sorry when he
volunteered for service as a sanitary man with the Miran Shah
Moveable Column, though we little thought when he went that in
that service he would find his death. He was one of those men of
whom it could be truthfully said that in sport or in anything
else he always played the game. Requiescat in pace!
[The Londoner magazine, Feb 1919 - V.III, No.2
Documents forwarded to the family on his death were
kindly provided by his great nephew Colin Sproston.
John Colin Sproston
Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19
Sproston, John Colin, resident Little Hamwood, Norths Staffs, enlisted
Fulham, 740966, Pte., died in India, 20 Oct 1918.
['Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19', Vol. 10, Part
76, Page 207, 25th (County of London) Battalion (Cyclists), pub. 1921 by
His Majesty's Stationary Office]