Jack Richard LAWSON
Rank: Private
Number: 12276
Unit: 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 6 May 1915
Age: 18
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Little is known about Jack's short life. His family home is thought to have been at 36 Maitland Street, Stockport. His father, John, is known to have died by the early 1920s but nothing is known of his mother.

His service number indicates he enlisted into the army in late August or early September 1914. After training, he was assigned to the 2nd Cheshires. This was a Regular Army Battalion, but replacements for casualties were now coming from men, like Jack, who had joined up for the duration of the War only.

On 6 May 1915, Jack and his comrades were at Potijze, just north east of the town centre of Ypres (now Ieper). They were the reserve unit for their Brigade. The Battalion's War Diary makes no mention of casualties but they would have been within range of enemy artillery and this is the likely cause of Jack's death. If his comrades were able to give him a proper burial, the location of the grave was lost during the War and Jack is now commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

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