John E STREET
Rank: Private
Number: 3989
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 13 November 1916
Age: 17
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

John Street was born and raised in Cheadle. He lived with his mother at 1 Platt Street. The 1901 Census shows a number of people named Street living in the village. The family originated from Bowden, Cheshire and had not been in the area too long as John, then aged 2, was the only one not born in Bowden.

The original members of the 1/6th Cheshires had gone to France in November 1914. Subsequently local recruitment was into the 2/6th and 3/6th  Battalions. Men were then transferred to the first line unit after training. There were many complaints about the fitness and discipline of the Territorial soldiers and many were returned from active service as being unsuitable. Eventually, the Battalion was withdrawn from front line service in March 1915 and did not return to duty until January 1916. It is likely that John will have joined them around this time. Seventeen year olds were not eligible for overseas service so it seems as though John must have lied about his age or, at least, a "blind eye" was turned due to the need for fresh recruits.

John was killed in the Battalion's first major attack described here. His body was never recovered and identified and he is commemorated on the nearby Memorial to the Missing.

(NB: Original research  by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

   
           
   
     
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