John Worsley, Private 49365, 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 20th April 1917 in France & Flanders, aged 21
John Worsley was born in Macclesfield in late 1895, the son of Minnie Elizabeth and William Worsley, a Fustian Cutter in the Velvet Trade, of 22 Newgate.
John was educated at Duke Street Day School.
By 1911, the family had moved to 40 Nixons Yard, Macclesfield, and John had two younger siblings, Minnie and Frederick. Aged 15, John was then employed as an apprentice in the silk industry. John was later employed as an embroiderer at A. W. Hewetson’s Mill of St George’s Street, Macclesfield.
John attested in Macclesfield on 8th January 1915. His army medical record describes him as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds, with a 33 inch chest. His first posting for training was to Bedford, then on to the 7th Battalion (1st Reserve Cheshire Regiment).
The following year, on 30th August 1916, John embarked from Southampton to Rouen to join the Base Depot, and on 12th September 1916 he was transferred to the 1st Battalion. At the build-up to the Second Scarpe battle the 1st Battalion had been working hard preparing for the attack, carrying supplies and building tracks, and during the period between the 9th and 24th April their casualties totalled over 100 officers and men. John was one of these casualties, killed in action on 20th April 1917.
Private John Worsley has no known grave and he is commemorated on Panel Ref. Bay 5 and 6 of the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for John Worsley.