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John Hopkins was born in the parish of St Marys in Wigan in July 1890.

On 3rd September 1914, John entered the recruitment office in Wigan and enlisted for a short service engagement with the Colours. At the time of his enlistment he was living at 1 Alliance street in Wigan with his aunt, Margaret Ann Stableton, whom he elected as his next of kin. John was 24 years 62 days old and had been working as a collier. He had no previous military experience.

The medical officer described John as being 5ft 3in tall, weighing 126 lbs with a 35.5in chest. He had light blue eyes, brown hair and was of a sallow complexion.

John was posted into the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and given the number 13448. He sailed to France on the same day as the 9th Battalion on 25th September 1915 and rejoined his Battalion when he arrived. The 8th Battalion had sailed on 6th September but several of their number tagged along with the 9th Battalion a couple of weeks later, as did John.

John Hopkins was wounded in action on 11th May 1916 whilst they were in the trenches at Monchy-Breton. He arrived back in the UK for treatment two weeks later, 25th May, and remained here until 18th August 1916 when he was sent back to France. He then served in France for the next two years.

John Hopkins tidy

Photo courtesy of John Barton, August 2015

On 29th September 1918 he was sent back to the UK for the final time and posted into the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion. John Hopkins died of heart failure on 24th January 1919 and was laid to rest in Wigan Cemetery. He was 28 years old.

Of his war gratuity, £22 2s 8d was awarded to his aunt; and £5 2s 6d was paid to funeral directors Messrs Middleton & Wood.

Rank: Private
Service No: 13448
Date of Death: 24/01/1919
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 3rd Bn.
Grave Reference: D. R.C. 671.

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One Response to 13448 PTE. J. HOPKINS. L.N.LAN.R

  1. John Barton says:

    Paul, this is amazing, thank you for such a detailed report. My family and I are very grateful for your efforts!

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