John Andrew BARLOW
Rank: Private
Number: 44058
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 30 August 1917
Age: 30
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

John was the son of John Henry Barlow, a hatter , of 12 Elizabeth Street, Stockport. He had been educated at St Thomas’ Day School and then also went to work in the local hatting industry. He had worked for Christy Ltd and was the book-keeper in the Soft Felt Finishing Department.

He was married and lived with his wife at 20 Norwood Road, Great Moor until he enlisted into the army in the late spring of 1916. After training, he went overseas on 2 October 1916.

On 30 August 1917, the Battalion moved from reserve positions near Steenvoorde (to the west of the Belgian town of Ypres), just over the border into France. They relieved front line troops to the east of Ypres (now Ieper) and positions known as “Leinster Street” and “Menin Road Tunnel”. The latter is thought to refer to a large culvert running under the road. John was one of five soldiers who were killed, most probably be shellfire, during the relief. He has no known grave.

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