PRIVATE JOHN JOSEPH HUBBARD
THE KING'S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT)
20TH JUNE 1918 AGE 18
BURIED: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, FRANCE
I have very little evidence for this but I have a feeling that the background to this epitaph lies in spiritualism or even theosophy, both believed in the evolution of the spirit after the death of the material body.
Eighteen-year-old John Hubbard was the son of John Chamberlain Hubbard a blacksmith from Glen Parva in Leicestershire who had served with the Leicestershire Regiment in the Boer War. John Hubbard died from the effects of gas in a base hospital at Etaples.