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John Stanley Charlton was born in Farnworth in about 1894. He was the eldest son of William Henry and Ann Charlton.  He had two brothers, Aaron (b. c1896) and Harry (b. c1899) and a sister named Annie May (b. c1902).

In 1901 the family were living at 298, Manchester Road, Farnworth.  By 1911 they had moved to 10, Gower St, Walkden, New Bury, Bolton.

Pre-war, John was an organist at New Bury Wesleyan Chapel and worked as an overlooker at Horrocks & Crewsdon’s Mill in Moses Gate.

On 26th April 1916 John enlisted in the Army at Farnworth. He was posted into the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and given the number 23984.

Having completed his training at Felixstowe, in August 1916 he was sent to France to reinforce the 1st Battalion who were sustaining heavy losses on the Somme.

John was killed in action during the night of 14th July 1917 whilst conducting working party duties at Nieuport Bains. One officer and six men were killed, and a further eight men were wounded. The exact nature of their death is not explained in the War Diary, but is likely to have been due to enemy shelling.

1st Battalion Casualties for 14th July 1917

23984 Lance Corporal JOHN STANLEY CHARLTON
26515 Private JOHN BRIGGS
34209 Private ROBERT GABRIEL
26525 Private DAVID GIBBON
24367 Private JOHN NEWTON
11415 Private WILLIAM TRAVIS

36040 Private ROBERT LEE

John was awarded the British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal.  His next of kin would have received the Memorial Plaque and Scroll in recognition of John’s sacrifice.

Lance Corporal John S Charlton was buried in Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery and is remembered on the memorial in St James’s churchyard.

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 23984
Date of Death: 14/07/1917
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Information is limited as unfortunately his service papers appear not to have survived.

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