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Article written and submitted for inclusion by Paul Templeton, the grandson of John. Thank you.

John Edwin Templeton was born on 19th February, 1884, in Bradford, Yorkshire. He was raised in Manchester, Lancashire, where his family had returned when he was a child. John followed the occupation of his father as a law writer.

On 19th June, 1901, John enlisted in the Royal Marines Light Infantry. The records show his age as being 18 years when he joined, but he would have been only 17 years old. John transferred to the Royal Navy on 20th December, 1902, and served as a Sick Berth Steward 2nd Class. He served on several ships, some of which were later in action during the First World War. John left the Royal Navy on 9th January, 1912, and, in Manchester in 1914, he married Mary Elizabeth Jones from Mold, North Wales.

John joined the 9th (Service) Battalion, which remained training in England before arriving in France on 25th September, 1915. He was wounded twice, and was awarded the three medals: 1915 Star, 1914-1920 British War Medal and the 1914-1918 Allied Victory Medal.

Sergeant John E. Templeton, 9/LNL

A document written by Sergeant Templeton states that he was with “G Coy 3rd L.N.L. Regt. Felixstowe, Suffolk, Orwell House 12/3/17.”

Sergeant Templeton was discharged medically unfit on 8th February, 1919. He was issued Silver War Badge number B159330 and was also given the King’s Certificate stating he had “served with honour and was disabled.”

John had five children, one of whom died in infancy. One of his son’s died whilst serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

It has been estimated that, during the First World War, some 40,000 soldiers on the Western Front were received into the Catholic Church. John was received into the Catholic Church 15 years after the end of the war, in St Chad’s Church, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, a month before his 49th birthday.

John Edwin Templeton died in Manchester, on 2nd December, 1964, and is buried in Manchester’s Southern Cemetery.

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