John Thomas FORSHAW
Rank: Airman, Third Class
Number: 51604
Unit: Recruits Depot ROYAL FLYING CORPS
Date of Death: 4 February 1917
Age: 40
Cemetery: Willow Grove Cemetery, Stockport

Very little is known about John’s life. Records of Stockport births suggest he was born in the town in the late spring of 1876, the son of John and Elizabeth. In 1902, he married Jane A Curley in a civil ceremony registered in the town. In the 1920s, she is known to have been living at 134 Hesketh Street, Heaton Norris but it is not known if this was the home she shared with John.

The War Graves Commission notes his unit as being the recruits depot, yet his age suggests that he was possibly too old to be a recruit. He was probably undertaking duties at the depot and died of natural causes without seeing active service overseas.

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