John MARTIN
Rank: Private
Number: 26615
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 9 October 1917
Age: 20
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

John's birth had been registered at Stockport and his parents  lived locally at 9 Hampson Street, Hazel Grove. Further information about him, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Hazel grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton.

Details of his last tour of duty are here. After he was killed an officer wrote to his mother "It is with great regret that I am only able to inform you of your son's death. We came out of the trenches yesterday and I may mention my first point. It appears that your son was doing signalling duty with his company and was killed on the 8th October (sic). We were able to bury him before coming away. It was with deep sorrow that we laid him to rest,. I can assure you my dear Mrs martin by losing your son was one of the greatest blows I have ever had. He was a fine lad and good soldier. I liked him and my signallers and myself especially, wish to extend to you our deepest sympathy in your greatest bereavement. Hoping sincerely that you will soon recover from this terrible blow."

Although the officer mentions that John was buried, his grave could not be found after the Armistice and he is , therefore, commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Tyne Cot Cemtery which overlooks the battlefield.

   
           
   
     
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