Rank: Private
Number: 52956
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 6 April 1918
Cemetery: Pont-d’Achelles Military Cemetery, Nieppe, Nord, France

John is believed to have lived all his life in the Stockport area. He was married (only his wife's initials - E. C. - are recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission) and lived with his wife and son at 43 Short Street, Heaton Norris. He worked at the Carrington Field Cabinet Works. His service number suggests that he was conscripted into the army in late 1916.

On 21 March 1918, the Germans had launched a massive and overwhelming attack on the British positions but, by the end of the month, the attack had run out of steam and positions were being consolidated. On 2 April, John and his comrades went into trenches in the St Yves sector, near the Belgian town of Neuve Eglise (now Nieukerke).

Unusually, the Batatlion's War Diary does not give a daily account of activities but summarises the tour of duty which lasted until the 7th. "The situation during the tour was rather quiet with the exception of some enemy trench mortar activity, particularly on the 6th - a few casualties being sustained. One prisoner of war was captured on the 4th". John was the only fatal casualty caused by the shelling.

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