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This name is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial as a soldier serving with a Lancashire Regiment. It has not been possible to positively identify him, due to a lack of next of kin information.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website shows that the Debt of Honour Register includes four casualties called J Grafton. None appear to have any local connection, nor did they serve with a Lancashire regiment.

There is a J C Grafton, who died on 13 April 1918, whilst serving with the York and Lancaster Regiment. In spite of its name, this is a "white rose" Regiment, with its origins in the Sheffield and Rotherham areas. This soldier enlisted in Sheffield, but it is possible that he had a relative living in Stockport who wanted him commemorating and was confused about the Regiment's origins.

The National Archives on-line medal entitlement records only record two men with the name and initial and who served abroad with a Lancashire Regiment. The first is John James Grafton, 5th Battalion, North Lancashire Regiment. The other man is John Grafton, 1st Battalion East Lancashires. As mentioned earlier, there is no evidence that either of these men died as a result of war service, but it is possible that one had been discharged from the army and died later of natural causes.

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