John Thomas EDWARDS
Rank: Private
Number: 16196
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 19 May 1916
Age: 42
Cemetery: Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St-Eloi, Pas de Calais, France

John was born in the parish of St Thomas' C of E Church, Wellington Road South, Stockport. He was married man and is believed to have married Emily Howard between January and March 1895. They lived at 37 Lancaster Street, Portwood and, over the years, had seven children.

John worked locally as a gasser at Bunting's Mill until he enlisted in the army on 7 September 1914. By 1916, one of his sons was also old enough to be serving with the forces. John was killed during a tour of duty in the trenches. Click here for details.

Sergeant Wood later wrote to his wife explaining that John had been outside his dugout in the trench, eating his dinner, when a shell burst over him. He was hit by shrapnel and died within a few minutes. "It was a blow to all who knew him for he was respected by everyone."

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