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chadwickJohn was born on 30 September 1879 in Longton, by Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, the son of John and Eliza Annie Chadwick. By 1911, he was living with his parents at 727 Parkfield Road, Wolverhampton. John was a hotel porter. At some point he worked at Bullers Ltd in Tipton. He also served with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment during the South African War.

When war broke out, he volunteered for service (number 9768) and was sent to France, serving from 17 December 1914. He was invalided home to Manchester Military Hospital, where he was treated for frostbite. He recovered, and after stints in Lichfield, Jersey, and Southampton, he returned to France. He succumbed to gastritis and was sent back to Leeds Military Hospital, where he died on 31 December 1915. An account of this was printed in the Express & Star on 7 January 1916. He was buried at Wolverhampton Borough Cemetery.