Rank: Private
Number: 24155
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 31 May 1915
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

John was born in the parish of St Thomas' C of E Church, Wellington Road South, Stockport. He worked as a doubler in the Manchester cotton mill of Robert Marsland & Co Ltd (and is included in the company's entry on page 502 of the Manchester Battalions' Book of Honour). He was married and lived with his wife and four children at 40 Branwell Street, Stockport.

John enlisted into the army, at Stockport in January 1915 and went overseas in March. John's Battalion spent most of the second half of March at Zillebeke, two kilometres south of the Belgian town of Ypres (now Ieper).

At some point, shortly before he died, John was injured. The unit's official War Diary rarely records casualties during this time so it is impossible to be precise about when he might have been wounded. He would have been evacuated from the front line area to a Casualty Clearing Station a few miles away, just over the border into France, where military surgeons would have tried to save his life, without success.

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