John Lancelot WAINWRIGHT
Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death:

The name of J Wainwright appears on the Heaton Moor War Memorial and he is presumed to be the man shown above. Assuming this is correct, then he was the only son of John and Annie Wainwright.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family was living at 32 Princes Road, Heaton Moor. The future soldier was aged 5. His father ‘s occupation was shown as engineer's clerk, but this may have underestimated his role as he was certainly sufficiently wealthy for the family to employ a live-in servant - 18 year old Margaret Dickenson.

By the time of the Great War, the family had moved to "Glevering", Brownsville Road and later to Quorn House, Lea Road.

John was educated at Stockport Grammar School and later went to work for the clothing firm of Horrocks, Crewdon Ltd, 1017 Piccadilly, Manchester. He is commemorated on the firm's roll of honour published in the "Manchester City battalions Book of Honour".

John was quick to enlist into the army, joining up within a few days of War being declared. He joined the Manchester University Officer Training Corps and was commissioned into the 3/4th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment, but didn't go overseas until at least 1916. The 3/4th Battalion spent all of its time in the UK and John must have been transferred to another Battalion of the Regiment when he went overseas. However, there appears to be no surviving record of which this was, making it impossible to identify his military service.

It is known that he was promoted to Lieutenant with effect from July 1917 and, on 16 August 1917, the Stockport Express reported that he had been seriously wounded. This was probably during the Third Battle of Ypres, which had started on 31 July.

John's medal entitlement records, at the National Archives, suggests he was discharged from the army, due to his wounds, in March 1919. It has not been possible to establish when he died or where he is buried.

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