John Smallwood

John Smallwood

John Smallwood


2116, Private, John Smallwood, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.

Born 1885 son of Railway Station Master James and Frances Jane, (nee, Wyles) Smallwood of 41, Newhall Street, Macclesfield in 1901, and moving to 45, Station Street Macclesfield by 1911. John was the twin brother of Robert

He was educated at Christ Church School, and attended both Beech Lane Church Sunday school and the Parish Church. John worked for a short time at the Hovis Flour Mill before joining the station staff at Hibel Road as a booking clerk. He played cricket for the Oak Grove team.

John attested in September 1914 at Macclesfield, and as a serving Territorial was posted to the local 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Through the winter of 1914 they trained at Northampton and Cambridge, transferring to Bedford in May 1915. After training, he was drafted in the July with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force to the Dardinelles, landing at Sulva Bay 09/08/1915. He was killed by a sniper Tuesday 17 August 1915; John was aged 20 years, a few days short of his 21st Birthday.

Medals: 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Private, John Smallwood, is buried at Green Hill Cemetery Sulva, Turkey.
C.W.G.C. Ref: II. G.1.

Also refer to

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