John Belton

Born 4 September 1887

Died 30 May 1916

Studied at the RCA:  Oct 1913 – Oct 1914

Born in Gainsborough, John Belton came from a Lincolnshire farming family and lived at Redhill, Blyton Carr. He had taught art before starting at the College in October 1913, and appears to have been studying architecture before enlisting and leaving on 21 October 1914.

He served as a private in the recently formed 22nd Service Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment. The formation of ‘the Kensingtons’, as they were known, was the initiative of the borough council and keenly supported by the mayor of the time.

John arrived in France on 17 November 1915, and was killed in action the following May, probably when the military division the battalion belonged to became involved in very heavy, and reportedly confused, fighting at Vimy Ridge in the Pas-de-Calais.

His effects went to his brother and father.

John is buried at Zouave Valley Cemetery, Souchez, Pas-de-Calais, France.

Student file, Form 16 – Royal College of Art Archive
Student file, Form 16 RCA – Royal College of Art Archive