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John William Poole was born in Preston, Lancashire in the second quarter of 1892. He was the son of Thomas (b. circa 1865) and Ann (b. circa 1867).

In 1911, John was 18 years old and living with his parents at 98 Cemetery Rd, Preston. His father was working as a salesman in a butchers shop. John was working as a weaver in a cotton manufacturers. John was the eldest child of four siblings. He had two sisters and a brother; Alice (b. circa 1897), Thomas (b. circa 1903) and Ann (b. circa 1906).

With the raising of Kitchener’s New Army, John enlisted and served in the 9th (Service) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was given the service number 14341.

John sailed for France on 25th September 1915 and landed in Boulogne the following day.

The 9th Battalion were part of 74th Brigade, in 25th Division, as such he would have been present at the following major actions (see link)

In the second quarter of 1918 John married Elizabeth Alice (nee Moss) in Preston.

John survived the War and was finally discharged to Class Z reserve. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

In 1919, John and Elizabeth had a son they named Thomas.

John William Poole died in Derby on 13th February 1961.

Unfortunately his service papers have not survived.

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