Pack, John E

John Ernest Pack, Private 243862, “A” Coy, 1st/6th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 28th March 1918 in France, aged 38

 

EARLY LIFE

Husband of Elizabeth Mary Pack, of Foden St, Hibel Rd, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Usually known as Ernest.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

Private Pack’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 19 April 1918:

Pte John Ernest Pack, Ches Regt, whose wife resides at Foden St, Macclesfield, died in action in France on March 28th. Twenty-eight (sic) years of age and educated at St George’s School, Pte Pack was connected with the Parish Church and was formerly in the employ of Messrs Hill and Dixon. He joined the Army about fifteen months ago and had been at the front nine months. Pte Pack was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Pack, 49 James St, Macclesfield, who have two other sons serving – Driver Arthur Pack, Army Service Corps (who has seen nearly four years’ service in France); and Pte Ernest [sic – Sydney], Royal Inniskillings (also in France). Another brother, Driver Harry, Army Service Corps, has received his discharge. Four brothers-in-law are also in the Army.

His death was also reported in the Macclesfield Courier on 20 April 1918:

PRIVATE J E PACK – Private John Ernest pack (38), of the Cheshires… was killed in action in France on the 28th… He enlisted January 19th, 1917. Previous to joining the colours he was in the employ of Messrs Hill and Dickson, decorators, and was a member of the Parish Church congregation.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Pack is commemorated on Panel Ref. 35 and 36 of the Pozieres Memorial, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Ernest Pack, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Pack is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials, and on St John’s Church roll of honour.

 

NOTES

Brother of Arthur Pack, who served in France as Driver 27097 with the Army Service Corps; Sydney Pack, who served in France as Private 41049 with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; and Harry Pack, who served as a Driver with the Army Service Corps and was discharged.

 

SOURCES

WWI Absent Voters Lists (FindMyPast): Macclesfield Parliamentary Division
Lives of the First World War website

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 
19 April 1918
Macclesfield Courier: 20 April 1918


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