John Thomas Floy, Private 291825, 1st/7th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died of pneumonia 13th April 1918 in No. 17 General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, aged 28
John Floy was born on 4 March and baptised on 21 May 1890 at Christ Church, Macclesfield, the son of Lucilla and Henry Floy, a labourer of 10 Fowler St, Macclesfield.
John enlisted in Macclesfield on 19 November 1915, joining the local 7th Cheshire Regiment with service number 4112. After training, he was transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 1 July 1916 and drafted to Egypt two weeks later.
On 5 November 1917 near Gaza, Private Floy was wounded in his right side. After being treated at the local casualty station, he was transferred to No. 17 General Hospital at Alexandria, where, on 12th November, the wound was found to be septic, and treatment continued.
Private Floy underwent an operation to remove four small pieces of metal from his abdominal wall on 4 April 1918, but he developed pneumonia four days later and died on 13 April 1918.
Private John Floy is buried at Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, in grave ref. F. 121. His brother William paid for the inscription “SADLY MISSED BY THOSE THAT LOVED HIM BEST” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Floy, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
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