John MADDEN
Rank: Private
Number: 266498
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 6 July 1917
Age: 22
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

John's parents, John and Mary Jane, lived at 71 Heaward Street, Stockport and he lived with them until he enlisted in the town, probably during the spring of 1915. His original service number was 3963.

He was wounded on 5th July, probably in this raid, described in the Battalion History:-

"In the early hours of July 5th a party of four officers and 133 other ranks (including ten R.E.s) raided the Caliban Trench and support trench, which were situated opposite the Hill Top Sector, Ypres. The object was to kill and capture as many of the enemy as possible, to destroy the enemy's defences, and secure information. In spite of strenuous opposition all objectives were achieved and information of considerable value obtained. Dugouts were destroyed and five prisoners taken. Two Military Crosses and four Military Medals were awarded for this raid."

John was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station a few miles behind the front line but nothing could be done to save his life. He is buried in the adjacent cemetery.

   
           
   
     
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