Rank: Gunner
Number: 1903
Date of Death: 21 August 1918
Age: 24
Cemetery: Bagneux Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France

John was the son of John & Kate Ambrose of 122 Long Lane (later Wilmslow Road) and had been born in Gorton, Manchester. He was the older brother of Alfred who is also commemorated on the Long Lane War Memorial. Before the war, John worked in his father’s corn milling business.

He joined the army in March 1915, enlisting at Stockport.  The town of Albert was at the heart of the fighting on the Somme through out the war. On 21 August 1918, the allies launched a major offensive here and recaptured the town. John was seriously wounded (most probably by enemy shellfire) and had to have a leg amputated. Bagneux Cemetery was extensively used by Casualty Clearing Stations (field hospitals), so it seems likely that his operation only prolonged his life for a little while.

(Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

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