John Ernest ALLOTT
Rank: Private
Number: 54898
Unit: 10th Battalion ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 25 January 1917
Age: 34
Cemetery: Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

Jack Allott originated form Bradford, Yorkshire and lived there until he was in his 20s. His parents were James and Eliza. James had died by the time of the 1901 Census but Eliza and her three children - Mabel, John and Isabel - were living at 64 Bowland Street. Nineteen year old Jack was working as hotel manager but, sometime after that, he moved to Stockport where he found work in one of the two hat shops owned by Jacksons Ltd. In the closing months of 1912, he married Florence Mary Wood at St Matthews Church and the couple are thought to have lived together at 12 Elm Road, Cheadle Heath.

Jack enlisted into the army at Stockport and was assigned to the Fusiliers. His service number suggests that this was towards the end of 1915 or early 1916 and it is probable he didn't go overseas until the autumn of 1916. Reporting his death, the local newspaper suggested that he had died of wounds received in action. However, whilst he is buried in a cemetery used by a field hospital at the time, army records published after the War indicate he "died" - normally a designation indicating a death from natural causes or an accident unconnected with combat. The Battalion's war diary for January 1917 confirms they were well away from the battle area undertaking training. There was plenty of time for sporting events such as football matches and cross country runs.. There is no mention of any accident and it seems likely that he did indeed die of natural causes.

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