John James WILD
Rank: Private
Number: 266097
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 12 January 1918
Age: 22
Cemetery: Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

John's parents, Edward and Sarah Jane lived at 179 Lowfield Road, Stockport. In his youth, John had continued his daytime education by attending Edgeley Park United Methodist Sunday School. He worked at the cocoa works of Faulder & Co. in Stockport.

John enlisted into the Army in the town and his original service number, 3164, confirms he was not an early volunteer. Regimental records show that John died of wounds he had received. It cannot be said for certain when this happened, but the Battalion's War Diary does record one soldier being wounded on 11 January. The Diary notes that on this day, the Battalion went into the front line at Poelcapelle, 10 kilometres north east of the Belgian town of Ypres (now Ieper). They relieved the 4/5th Battalion Black Watch, starting at 3pm. The relief was completed by 10pm.

Assuming that this is the day John was injured, he would have received treatment from the Battalion's own medical officer before being evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station at Poperinge, approximately 20 kilometres away. There, military surgeons would have done all they could to save his life.

   
           
   
     
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