John Stanley MALLALIEU
Rank: Private
Number: 28756
Unit: 20th Hussars Hussars
Date of Death: 30 October 1916
Age: 44
Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe, Somme, France

John’s birth was registered at Manchester between October and December 1872. In the last quarter of 1903, he married Edith Elliott at St Matthew’s Church, Stockport and they set up home together at 34 Chapel Street, Edgeley. They would have two children. John’s father, also called John, lived nearby at 213 Northgate Road.

John worked at the India Cotton Mill of Kershaw, Leese & Co until he enlisted into the army in July 1915. In 1915, the usual maximum age for new recruits was 38 but for John this proved to be no problem as he was an old soldier and was welcomed back. He had served with the 14th (King’s ) Hussars in South Africa, during the Boer War, as a private (service number: 3191). He had been awarded the Queen’s medal with four clasps.

John died of injuries he had received and was at an army field hospital when he died. It is not possible, therefore, to be certain when he was injured or the circumstances under which it happened. As he died at a field hospital, rather than a permanent facility well to the rear, he cannot have been there more than a few days. Over this period of time, the Hussars were not in action and his injuries may well have come from an accident. The unit’s War Diary records that, on 30 October, 2 men were sent to hospital but no names are mentioned, nor are there any details of what the Hussars were doing that day. It mentions only that they were near the French village of Morlancourt and that there was a torrential downpour during the afternoon.

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