3 October 1916 : Pte John Hargreaves

John Hargraves was born in Burnley in 1894

The son of John (a coal miner) and Mary. 

John became a weaver and the family lived on Bivel Street, Burnley, Lancashire.

Bivel Street, Burnley (c) Google Street View and Location of Burnley in the north west of England (cc) OpenStreetMap

At the 1911 John was also a keen footballer and secretary of the Burnley and District Junior Football League. He married Ada and they had a daughter Anne born in September 1916. 

He enlisted into the 3/4th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in early 1916 but was transferred to the North Lancs whilst at Witley in Surrey, prior to embarking on overseas service in August 1916.

British Army WWI Service Records

Severely wounded in the leg and spine at Ginchy during the Battle of the Somme on the 9 September 1916, he was evacuated to hospital in the UK but died of his wounds at Queen Mary's Hospital, Whalley, Lancs on 3 October 1916.

John is buried in Burnley Cemetery, Lancashire.

Pension Card from The Western Front Association Pension Cards & Ledgers digital archive on Fold3 by Ancestry

6222 Pte John Henry Hargreaves, 1/4th Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


3 October 1916 died of his wounds

Research by David O'Mara

Sources: 1911 England Census,