John Challener

John Challener

John Challener


52021, Private, John Challener, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire light infantry, formerly 48418, Lancashire Fusiliers.

Born in 1899 at Macclesfield, son of Harry and Harriet, (nee, Bagnell), Challener, of, 29, Brook Street. John attended St Paul’s Church and Sunday school, and at the time of his enlistment he was employed as a clerk by Messrs Gaddam’s of Brook Street. John was also an active member of the St Paul’s Boy Scout Troop.

John enlisted at Macclesfield, and was drafted to France in the April 1918, he was killed action, Sunday, 11 August 1918, aged 18 years.

Medals: British War Medal and Victory Medal. J

Private, John Challener has no known resting place and he is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
C.W.G.C. Ref: – Panel 8.

Also refer to

  • Macclesfield Troops pre WWI
  • Photos from Barnswood archive Macclesfield WW1
  • WWI List of Addresses Trevor Druce Macclesfield Reflects
  • ‘Big Hats, Shorts and Dyb Dyb Dyb’ – a history of Macclesfield and Congleton Scouts by Norman Gosling
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