Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 8814
Unit: C Company, 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 7 November 1914
Age: 25
Cemetery: Menin gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

John was a regular soldier who had been born in Disley. He was the eldest son of the late Mr and Mrs Thompson, 14 Pool Lane, Portwood, Stockport. He was due to leave the army in October 1914, when his time expired, but was retained when War was declared in August.

He was killed during a tour of duty in the trenches described here. John was posted as "missing" and it was over 12 months later when the War Office wrote to Mrs Thompson telling her that he must have been killed. The Stockport Advertiser reported this news, in its edition of 14 January 1916, when it noted that Mrs Thompson had a younger son, Tom, who was serving with the North Lancashire Regiment "but she had not heard from him for a considerable while".

Tom is believed to have survived the War. The body of his brother, John, was never found and identified.

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