Rank: Private
Number: 2289
Unit: 1/6th Battalion, (probably C Company) CHESHIRE reGIMENT
Date of Death: 25 May 1916
Age: 38
Cemetery: Browns Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, France

John lived at 200 Stockport Road, Cheadle, having been born in Harpurhey, Manchester. The 1901 Census shows him to be still living in Manchester and working as a railway carriage cleaner.

In early 1915, he and his best friend, Albert Hough, travelled to Stockport to join up. They will have originally joined the 3/6th Cheshires, which was effectively the reserve training Battalion, before going on active service with the first line unit in early 1916. He and Albert would serve together and die within a few days of each other. Albert is also remembered on this memorial.

On 25 May 1916, the Battalion went into the front line after a period in reserve when they were undertaking road repairs. None of the official records makes any mention of any casualties that day, but John was the only member of the Battalion to be killed. Both sides knew when the troops opposite were due to be relieved and it was a favourite time for the artillery to shell the front line. John was possibly killed by a shell or, like his friend Albert, shot by a sniper.

(Note: Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website))

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