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In Memory of

Private John Britch

277313
2nd/7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment
Killed in Action 23rd April 1917 Age 34

Born in Newton-le-Willows, Private John Britch was a ticket printer at McCorquodale's before moving to live and work in Accrington. According to the obituary published in the NEG on 25th May 1917, his mother lived at 75, Mill Lane, Newton-le-Willows. As a boy, he went to St. Peter's School.

John had only been on active service for five weeks. According to a letter from his officer, "he died shortly after being hit, and every effort was at once made to save him".

He is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, in Plot VI Row B Grave 11, the plot idicating his body was moved there after the Armistice from a smaller cemetery.