Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 265124
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 7 November 1918
Age: 24
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

Regimental records, published after the War, note that John had been born in the parish of Christ Church, Stockport. The 1901 Census only records one such person and that is a boy aged 7. Assuming this is the same person, it would make the soldier about 24 when he died.

An examination of the Census indicates that his father was James Craven, a stonemason and then aged 38. His mother, Emma, was 37. Other children listed are Florence, 8 and Hannah, 4.

John's original service number, 1251, indicates that he was a pre-war member of the local 6th Territorial Battalion of the Regiment. He would have been mobilised when War was declared in August 1914 and an account of the Battalion's early weeks of service is here. He must still have been the 6th battalion on 1 January 1917, when all Territorial soldiers were issued with six-digit service numbers, and transferred to the 9th Battalion at some time after that.

John died in a military hospital from wounds he had received in action. It is not possible to identify when he might have been wounded.

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