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JOHN RICHARD MADDOCKS                                                                                                                                                    FULL REPORT
John MaddocksJohn Maddocks was born in 1888 in Wolverhampton, the only son of John Richard and Kate Mary Maddocks, but with three older sisters, Florence, Sarah and Kate.  In 1891 the family were living at 32 Pond Lane Wolverhampton.  John had 3 older sisters, Florence (8), Sarah (7) and Kate (4).  His father was a blacksmith.  By 1901 the family had moved to 396 Pleck Road, Walsall and his mother and three sisters worked as leather stitchers.  On leaving school he worked at the offices of Richardson Ltd, Charles Street in Walsall until he joined the Worcester regiment in 1905, serving for seven years in Malta and India.
After his service, John joined the Birmingham Police in May 1913,
serving on ‘A’ Division with the warrant number 8298.
On 4th August 1914 he is recalled to Worcestershire Regiment and goes to France on 12th August.  By January John is serving in the trenches south of Ypres when he fell victim to a sniper whilst in the trenches at Spanbroekmolen near Kemmel. Company Sergeant Major P. Bland wrote to his family stating, "At about 8.30 on the morning of 13th January, your son, whilst in the trenches, was hit in the head by one of the enemy's snipers. The doctor was in attendance almost immediately and everything was done that was possible. However, he did not regain consciousness and died about 3pm. We removed him from the trenches after night fall and he is buried here, some way back out of the firing line".  John is buried at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetary, Ypres.

ALBERT GAVIN MALCOLM

JAMES MAPLES

JOSEPH MARSH

LENTON WILLIAM MARSHALL

WILLIAM HENRY MARSHALL

WILLIAM EDWARD MATTHEWS

PETER McCARTIN

PETER McHALE

RICHARD McHALE

HAROLD WILLIAM MEACHAM

CHARLES JAMES MEADOWS

JAMES MEADOWS

JOHN ROBERT MEARS

WILLIAM MELLORS

ALFRED FREDERICK MERRY

JOHN HENRY MILLS

ALBERT ARTHUR MITCHELL

CECIL MITCHENSON

FRANCIS MONK

CHARLES MOORE

FRANCIS RICHARD MOORE

ARTHUR MOORE

ROGER MORAN

WILLIAM THOMAS MORGAN

JAMES FRANCIS MORONEY

JOHN JOSEPH MORONEY

WILLIAM MORONEY

GEORGE WILLIAM MORRIS

ERNEST MORRIS

EDWIN MORRIS

ALEC MOSS

GEORGE MOULDER

ARTHUR SIDNEY MOULES

GEORGE MOUNTFORD

WILLIAM MULVIHILL

HERBERT MUNDAY