John CARNEY
Rank: Private
Number: 11767
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 May 1915
Age: 42
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

John lived with his mother, Mary, at 32 James Street, Edgeley, Stockport. He had been born locally, within the parish of St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. In 1915, his father, William Carney, was no longer at the family home and it is not known what had become of him.

John's service number indicates he volunteered for the army in August 1914 and probably went overseas around the following January.

The Battalion's War Diary for 4 May makes no reference to casualties, only recording that the troops were part of the Brigade reserve and were based in casements in the ramparts of Ypres and a nearby school - the Ecole de Bienfaisance. 5 Cheshires, including John and John Gibbons, were killed during the day. None has a known grave, perhaps suggesting that they were killed by a direct hit from an artillery shell. The incident is mentioned in a letter home written by James Ryder.

   
           
   
     
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