Lt John Flitcroft, Kings Own

Given as age 24 on ADRIC register. He appears to have added the Aloysius during WW1 but did not continue with it. MIC shows him in ADRIC. His full name appears to be John Aloysius Diagman Flitcroft

1896 Mar 8 Born Lancs

1901 census at Swinton, Manchester, Lancs

1911 census at 27 New Cross St, Swinton Manchester

1914 Joined the Salford Pals 16th (Service) Battalion , D Company, Platoon No XIII .

The 16th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers were known as The 2nd Salford Pals, the battalion was raised in Salford on the 15th of November 1914, by Mr Montague Barlow MP and the Salford Brigade Committee. They began training near home and on the 28 December 1914 they moved to Conway for training. They became part of the 96th Brigade, 32nd Division and moved in May 1915 to concentrate in Shropshire at Prees Heath. The camp was found to be too wet for training and the Division moved on the 21st of June 1915 to Catterick in North Yorkshire. using the firing ranges at Strenshall. In August 1915 they moved for final training and firing practice at Codford on Salisbury Plain. They proceeded to France, landing at Boulogne on the 22nd of November 1915. Their first taste of action was at Thiepval Ridge on The Somme on the 1st of July 1916, the battle resulted in the Salford Pals being almost wiped out. The battalion was reinforced and saw action throughout the war. In 1917 they were involved in Operations on the Ancre and the pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line.

1915 Nov 23 Lands in France

1917 Mar His mother Ann died, and L/Cpl John Flitcroft of 27 New Corss St , Swinton, put a notice in the paper .

1918 Jan 30. Commissined 2nd Lt to be 2nd Lt. J..Flitcroft (R. Lanc. R., Spec. Res.). 20 June 1918, with seniority 30 Jan. 1918. Royal Lanc Regt

1919 Jul 30. The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be Lts. : — 3rd R. Lanc. R.—J. Flitcroft.

1920 Apr 1. The undermentioned relinquish their commns. 3rd R. Lanc. R.—Lt. J. Flitcroft, and retains the rank of Lt.

1921 Mar 2. Joined ADRIC with service no 1790. Posted to J Coy

1921 Aug 28 to 15 Oct. In Cork Military Hospital

1921 Oct 10 to 23 Nov. Medical Leave

1922 Jan 23. Discharged on Demobilisation of ADRIC

1923 Dec 18 married • Rochford, Essex to Daisy Mary Ward (1897–1962)

1925 & 1926 Electoral Registers living at Finsbury, London

1939 Register Living with wife Daisy . He is a Corporation Storeman. 27 Essex Street , Southend-on-Sea C.B., Essex,

1969 Apr 6. Died Southend on Sea