Rank: Private
Number: 12277
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 May 1915
Age: 27
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

John had been born locally and was the son of Ann and the late Michael Gibbons, 90 Bridgefield Street, Stockport. He worked as a hatter for Sutton & Torkington Ltd.

John's service number indicates he enlisted in August or September 1914, probably going overseas around January 1915. 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 Carney, 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 suggestion that there was nothing left to bury is supported by the fact that John was originally posted as "missing" and it was not until August 1916 that his family were officially informed that he was presumed to have been killed. The incident is mentioned in a letter home written by James Ryder.

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