Rank: Acting Sergeant (Corporal)
Number: 14471
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 8 February 1917
Cemetery: Nieppe Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

John was born in the parish of St Chad's C of E Church, Romiley and is thought to have lived all his life in the locality until he enlisted in the army. He worked locally at the Chadkirk Printworks. The Company was a member of the Calico Printers Association and John is commemorated in the Association's entry in the Manchester Battalions' Book of Honour (page 777).

He is commemorated on the Romiley War Memorial as serving with the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires. However, his entry in the National Archives on-line medal entitlement records does not support this. His service number is entirely consistent with him enlisting, in September 1914, directly into the 10th Battalion. He probably first went overseas in September 1915 with the rest of his unit. At some time during 1916, he was home on leave and it was reported that he married.

On 8 February 1917, the Battalion was in trenches outside the village of Nieppe, near the French town of Armentieres and close to the border with Belgium. The Battalion's War Diary for the 7th and 8th makes no mention of casualties. John's entry in regimental records indicates he died of wounds received. The Cemetery where he is buried was used by field ambulance units at the time. It is reasonable to suppose, therefore, that he was badly injured whlist in the trench, probably by shellfire, and was in the process of evacuated down the casualty chain, when he died.

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