Rank: lance corporal
Number: 299
Unit: “B” Company, 2nd Battalion King’s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment
Date of Death: 8 May 1915
Age: 27
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

When the national Census was taken in 1901 John, aged 13, was living with his father at 9 Adlington Square, Stockport. He was working half-time at a cotton spinning mill and would be just about old enough to start full-time work. His father, also called John, was 44 and worked as labourer for a pavior. He was a widower. Also at home, was his daughter, 21 year old Eliza and his two other sons: Edward (19) and Thomas (6). Also in the house was an older woman, Mary Grady (50) who was probably John's sister.

Little is know of John's private life except that he married Sarah (who, after his death, married a Mr Hallworth and lived at 9 Whitelegg's Buildings, Hazel Grove. His service number indicates that he was either a regular soldier or an ex-soldier who was still on the reserve list and was recalled to his Regiment when War was declared. The Regimental Museum has supplied information which confirms that John went overseas on 22 October 1914 with the 1st Battalion. This early service meant that Johnwould have regarded himself as one of the "Old Contemptibles". He must have transferred to the 2nd Battalion, sometime after January 1915, when it returned from India and went to the Western Front.

John was killed at the Battle of Frezenberg.

Further information about this man can be found in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton.

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