2nd Lieutenant, Attached 16th Royal Sussex Regiment.

Died of wounds 22nd November 1917, aged 30.

Remembered on the Cairo War Memorial, Egypt.

Former student of engineering.


John was born on 30th March 1887 at Burton Wood Road, Didsbury to Joseph, a shipping merchant’s buyer, and Henrietta Amelia Walker, their youngest son. He attended Hulme Grammar School (1898-1905) where he was the captain of the lacrosse team and a player on the 1st cricket team. He came to Manchester University to study engineering graduating with a Bsc in 1908 and an Msc in 1911. After his studies he took up employment with Taylor, an engineer on King Street, Manchester.

John was a member of the University Officer Training Corps from April 1908 to September 1909. He enlisted with the Manchester Regiment in September 1914 and was commissioned to the Royal Sussex Regiment in January 1917. He served in Egypt, Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine. He died at Nasrieh School Hospital Cairo of wounds received in Palestine (the University Roll of Service notes his date of death as 22 December 1917). He left effects worth £52 6s to his father. His gravestone notes his Msc. from Manchester University.

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