Rank: Private
Number: 6347
Unit: 16th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 3 July 1916
Age: 18
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

He was the second son of Joe and Sarah Briggs. He was born in the Harpurhey district of Manchester and the family was living there, at 26 Alfred Street, when the 1901 Census was taken. Joe had a skilled job as a printer's compositor and this, no doubt, enabled them to later move to the more upmarket area of Heaton Chapel where they took up residence at 10 Langford Road.

John was an original "Manchester Pal" and is thought to have enlisted on the first full day of recruitment. Some details of this period and the men's later training can be found here. He was assigned to No. 4 Platoon on "A" Company.

He went overseas in November 1915 and took part in the Battalion's first attack on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. He was badly injured in the attack, on 1 July, and will have been taken to a field hospital some miles behind the lines. His condition will have been stabilised and he will have then been further evacuated to the full facilities of the military hospital at Rouen. Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save his life.

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