First Newfoundland Regiment
Regimental No. 547
Name in full: John Lukins
I, John Lukins, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty and that I will faithfully serve His Majesty in any place where I may be needed (or in the Colony of Newfoundland as the case may be) against all his enemies and opposers whatsoever according to the conditions of my service
(Signed) John Lukins
Declared before me this first day
Descriptive Report On Enlistment
Reg. No. 547
Name: John Lukins
Information Supplied by Recruit
Name and Address of next of kin, May Lukins, 12 Bell St
(a) (b) (c) (d)
Particulars as to Children.
Statement Of The Services
Service towards limited engagement reckons from 16/9/14
Joined at St. John's on 16th September '14
Embarked S.S. Florizel for UK 3 10/14. Embarked for ? 20/8/15 Disembarked in train for Cairo 31/8/15 Embarked for Gallipoli 13/9/15 Landed Sulva Bay night of 19-20 Sept 15. Embarked Port Seuz 14/3/16, Disembarked Marseilles 22/3/16, Bomb wound France 28/6/16.
Mrs. J White
I am writing to enquire of my two nephews of the 1st Newfoundland Reg as I saw the name of one of them on Mondays Paper being killed named J. Lukins No. 547 which is his correct number and name and we are very anxious about the other brother name G. Lukins will you kindly send us word of anything concerning the end of the one killed or of the safety of the other one his number is 544.
547 J. Lukins killed in action
544 G. Lukins no report
18th June, 1918
The Secretary of the War Office requests that you will be good enough to return this letter as early as possible, with a statement in the margin showing whether the following report, received in an official German list of dead, could be found to apply to 544 Pte. G. Lukins, Newfoundland Regt., "Luking J., Rank and Regt. unknown, fell on the 28/6/16 in a British reconnaissance South of Beaumont Hamel, from shot wound, heart.
Please state the date on which Pte. Lukins became missing.
Pay & Record Office
547 Pte. J. Lukins, 1/Bn., Royal
Newfoundland Regt., was reported killed in action on 28/6/16, near
Beaumont Hamel during a raid on the German lines. He was not posted
Chief Paymaster & O.i/c Major Records
Pardon the liberty I am taking in addressing these few
lines to you, but I heard I could get particulars of Soldiers Graves from
your Department and would like to know if such is correct.
if I am not taking up too much of your
time would like to know if I could get a photograph of his grave, he, poor
boy, is buried so far away that I will never be able to see or visit his
grave unless I succeed in getting a photo of it, which would be a great
consolation to me, and his darling little children, who are now too young
to realize their great loss.
If you cannot give me any particulars of his
grave would you be kind enough to let me know who to apply to for same.
Yours in Deepest Sorrow,
(Mrs. Mary. Lukins).
Note: The above is an example of some papers that would be contained in a member of the Royal Newfoundland Regiments Service Files.
Pte. J. Lukins was killed in a mission on June 28, 1916 when he was out on a German raid that was taking place prior to July 1, 1916. His brother George was killed a few short days later during the actual battle that took place on July 1, 1916.
Source: The Rooms, Provincial Archives, St. John's, NL