John William THOMPSON
Rank: Private
Number: 62148
Unit: 3rd (Reserve) Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 23 August 1917
Age: 31
Cemetery: Willow Grove Cemetery, Stockport

John was the son of William and Jane Elizabeth Thompson, St Petersgate, Stockport. The family owned a local printing business. The 1901 Census records William, then aged 40, working as a letterpress printer and stationer. John was then serving an apprenticeship as a compositor. The Census also records a 69 year old man called William Thompson, who was a retired printer and was probably John's grandfather.

John was married to Gertrude and they lived on Farmer Street, Heaton Norris with their one-year old child. By the time he enlisted into the army, in April 1917, John had been in business with his father for some years.

During the same summer, John was in training with the 3rd Battalion at Bidston, on Wirral. He returned home on leave before going overseas when his health deteriorated. On 10 July, he saw a specialist and was admitted to Greek Street Hospital, Stockport. He was later transferred to Whitworth Street Hospital in Manchester where, in due course, he seemed to have recovered. He was reported to be just leaving the hospital when he suffered a "haemorrhage of the lungs". He collapsed in unconsciousness and died very shortly afterwards.

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