2nd Lieutenant, 10th Battalion King’s Own, attached 6th Battalion.

Killed in action 24th April 1917.

Remembered on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

Student of medicine.


John was the eldest son of Dr. Joseph Bentley Mawdlsey of Oldham. He was born in 1895, educated at St. Bede’s College, Manchester and started his medicine studies in 1914 at Manchester University.

Having joined the University Officer Training Corps in October 1914 John was gazetted to the King’s Own in September 1915. Soon after joining the army he underwent an operation for appendicitis. From April to August 1916 he was in charge of a labour company of the Devon Regiment at Romsey, Hants. In October 1916 he sailed for Mesopotamia. During his time there he contracted dysentery, resulting in a month in hospital, and he was killed during an attack on Dohute, along the River Shatt-el-Aohaim on 24th April 1917.

John left effects worth £179 15s 3d to his father.