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  1. Footnote says:

    Born in 1897, John Kipling was the youngest of three children of the author Rudyard Kipling and his American wife Caroline Starr Balestier. Kipling was 16 when the First World War broke out in August 1914. His father was a keen imperialist patriot who was soon writing propaganda on behalf of the British government. He sought to get his son John a commission but John Kipling was rejected by the Royal Navy due to severe short-sightedness. He was also initially rejected by the British Army for similar reasons. However, Rudyard Kipling was friends with Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, commander of the British Army, and Colonel of the Irish Guards, and through this influence, John Kipling was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards, having just turned 17 in August 1914. After completing his training, John Kipling was sent to France in August 1915, along with the rest of the battalion, which was part of the 2nd Guards Brigade of the Guards Division. His father was already there on a visit, serving as a war correspondent.
    The casualty rate amongst junior officers (or subalterns) in the trenches was extremely high, much higher than NCO’s or other ranks. On average, a junior officer leading from the front survived six weeks before becoming a casualty – either killed or injured.
    Kipling was reported injured and missing in action in September 1915 during the Battle of Loos. A shell blast had apparently ripped off his face. With fighting continuing, his body was not identified.

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