John (Jack) CLIFF
Rank: Private
Number: 12789
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 12 November 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

Jack Cliff was one of the Stockport area's earliest recruits to the army. He survived all the rigours of four years of war yet died, from influenza, the day after the Armistice.

Jack is thought to have originated from Stockport and, certainly, at the time of his death, his brother and sister were living locally. Harry lived at 11 Westwood Road, whilst his sister was at 379 Hempshaw Lane. Jack's service number indicates he enlisted in August or September 1914.

1918 saw a world-wide epidemic of influenza that caused the deaths of millions. He was at No. 2 Stationery Hospital when he died and is buried nearby. After the war, his parents, Henry and Agnes were living in Haslington, Nr Crewe

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