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John Cain from Liverpool served with the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. John sailed for France sometime after January 1916 to reinforce the Battalion in the Field.

John was promoted to Corporal, but held the rank of acting Serjeant. An act of gallantry during the final days of the War would see him presented with the Distinguished Conduct Medal; the citation for which is shown here;

32917 Cpl. J. Cain, lst Bn., N. Lan. R. (Liverpool) (LG 10 Jan. 1920).
For conspicuous gallantry and good work during the crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal on 4th November, 1918. Coming across a house with a sentry posted outside, he rushed the Sentry and prevented him from giving the alarm. He then bombed the garrison and secured twenty-six prisoners and two machine guns.

John Cain survived the War. In addition to the DCM, he received the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Unfortunately his service and pension records appear to have been destroyed.

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One Response to 32917 CPL. J. CAIN. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Steve Mackay says:

    I think this is my maternal grandfather John Cain who died in 1960 /61 when I was 2/3 years old.My mother still alive often referred to him winning this medal which I believe is in the possession of my uncle Ronald Cain himself a veteran of Korea.

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