A Company, 16th Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers
At the time of enlistment, he worked for his mother on the farm, which was mainly arable but included some livestock.
John was killed on 4th November 1918, just seven days before the war ended. He was involved in the crossing of the Sambre Canal, 1,000 yards North of Ors, in France in the last days of the German retreat.
In the face of severe enemy machine gun fire from the east bank, his regiment eventually secured a bridge made from cork rafts wired together but losses were high.
Two posthumous VC’s were won in the same action. Second Lieutenant James Kirk and acting Lieutenant Colonel Marshall.
The scene today is just as described in Jon Stollworthys biography of Wilfred Owen: small irregular fields leading down to a deep ditch then fifteen yards beyond is the Ors canal. The difference being that all is peaceful now!
Ors lies 31 Km. East South East of Cambria down the road marked N43, then 2Km. North on the D160.