Rank: Acting Sergeant
Number: 1804
Unit: 1/3rd East Lancashire Field Company ROYAL ENGINEERS
Date of Death: 23 April 1916
Age: 45
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

Little is known of John's early life, other than he was born in the Stockport area in the latter months of 1870. In the late summer of 1895, he married Emily Preston at St Mark's Church in Bredbury and they set up home at 39 Hardcastle Street, Edgeley. In 1901, when the national census was taken, Emily's brothers, Harold and Talbot, were living with them.

In 1904, their only known child was born and they called him Frank Lee. John enlisted into the army in the spring of 1915. By then, the family had moved to 14 Katherine Street, Great Moor. John was a qualified property surveyor and worked for the City Surveyor's Department of Manchester City Council (and is commemorated in the Council's entry to the City Battalions Book of Honour).  

John's skills as a surveyor would have been greatly welcomed by the Engineers and he was quickly assigned to the 1/3rd East Lancashire Company - part of the Territorial Force. He was acting as the Company's Quartermaster Sergeant, in charge of stores and supplies. In the spring of 1916, the newly formed unit was in training at Colchester (it would not go abroad until the July). John died of natural causes whilst at the cavalry barracks in the town. His body was brought back to Stockport for burial on 27 April. The local newspaper reported that the service was conducted with full military honours. John's coffin was taken to the Cemetery on an open Windsor car, covered by a Union flag. Three volleys were fired over the grave and the "Last Post" was sounded.

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