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John Maddocks was born in Wolverhampton on 2 August 1888, the son of John and Kate Maddocks. By 1901 had moved to Walsall and were living at 396 Pleck Road. John was living with his parents and sisters Florence, Sarah and Kate.

On 20 November 1905, John enlisted in Birmingham in the Worcestershire Regiment (number 9645). Here his trade was listed as “butcher”. John became a Lance Corporal in the 3rd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He was killed in action on 13 January 1915 at Kemmel in Belgium. He is buried at the Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery.