Rank: Private
Number: 3373
Unit: 1/8th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 28 December 1915
Cemetery: Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Helles, Turkey

Very little is known about John. He had been born in the Ancoats district of Manchester but, at the time of the Great War, was living at King Street West with his parents, brothers and sisters.

His service number suggests that it was during 1915 that John enlisted into the Army at Manchester. He will have gone to Gallipoli as part of a draft of replacements for earlier casualties and had probably not been there for too long when he died. He is recorded as having died of wounds he had received, indicating that he was not killed outright. As such, it cannot be said with certainty when he was injured but as he died before he could be evacuated away from the peninsula, it is most likely that it was only a couple of days or so beforehand.

After a short period in reserve, the Battalion moved back into the front line on the 24th, for what would prove to be its last time in the trenches at Gallipoli. The area they were in was between positions known as Brennan's Post and Cawley's Crater. The Battalion War Diary records that on the 27th, there was particularly heavy enemy shelling and this may well have been when John was wounded.

The campaign at Gallipoli was a failure. None of the strategic objectives were achieved and it made a severe dent in British morale. The day after John died, the 7th Battalion left the peninsula. During the following two weeks, all the British troops left.

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