Rank: Private
Number: 11629
Unit: B Company, 1st Garrison Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 9 June 1917
Age: 53
Cemetery: Gibraltar (North front) Cemetery

The Garrison Battalion was formed in1915 and sent to Gibraltar. It was comprised of men too old or unfit for front-line service.

John's birth was registered in Stockport between March and May 1864 and he had been born in the parish of St Josephs Roman Catholic Church. He was married to Annie who, after the war, was living at 24 Piccadilly, Stockport. The 1901 census does not record a John Higgins, of the right age, living in Stockport, although one is recorded in Liverpool, working as a fish porter. It is possible that this is our man as military records show John to have been a Liverpool resident when he enlisted.

An officer wrote to Mrs Higgins saying that John had been admitted to hospital with "kidney disease" and that he had died at 10.30pm. He was buried at 9am on 11 June, with full military honours, in the Roman Catholic plot of the cemetery.

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