Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 95648
Unit: 4th Battalion King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
Date of Death: 11 August 1918
Age: 19
Cemetery: Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

Little is known about John's life, other than he was living in Stockport when he enlisted into the army in the town, probably as a conscript when he turned 18. After the War, his parents, William Anderson Mitchell and Elizabeth Mitchell, were living at Ferguson Place, Inverkip, Renfrewshire, but it is not known if they and John originated from Scotland.

On 11 August 1918, the 4th King's were in trenches near the northern French village of Terdeghem. The Battalion's War Diary makes no mention of casualties, although John is recorded as being killed in action. However, he is buried about 25 kilometres away in the Belgian town of Ieper and it could be assumed that, on that day, he had been attached to another unknown unit. Alternatively, it is possible the he was not killed in action and was only wounded. This would account for him being evacuated from the front towards field hospitals in the rear, but that he died before reaching them. One of his comrades, Albert Moore, is also buried in the same Cemetery having died that day. It is, now, not possible to establish how John died.

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