John Edward HOLT
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 9358
Unit: 2nd Battalion CHESHIRE reGIMENT
Date of Death: 17 October 1915
Age: 23
Cemetery: Lodge Hill Cemetery, Birmingham

John was born in Wakefield, but at the time of the 1901 Census was an "inmate of a Boys Industrial School", aged 9. This was Townend House on Offerton Lane in Stockport. It was a residential school which gave industrial training with clothing, food and lodging for boys thought to be at risk of becoming offenders. John's family background is not known, but it would seem as though his time at Townend House may have been beneficial for him as his service number suggests he probably earned his living serving as a regular soldier.

He died of wounds whilst, presumably, in a military hospital in Birmingham. It cannot be known for certain when John was wounded, but the Battalion was in action on 3 October. Click here for details of this Battle. Whenever John was wounded, he would have been evacuated from the battlefield to a Casualty Clearing Station a few miles behind the front line. Here military surgeons would have examined him and undertaken any necessary emergency operation. Once stabilised, he may well have spent a few days in hospital near the Channel ports in France, before being moved to Birmngham.

   
           
   
     
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