Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
John Haycox was born in Alveley in 1893 where he was baptised on 4th June. He was one of the nine children of Edwin Haycox, labourer, and his wife, Mary Ann. They lived at Turley Green, Alveley. In 1901 Edwin was working as a coal miner. He died in 1906 aged 34. John's mother remarried in 1911.
In 1911 John was living with his mother and was working as a grocer's carter. At some point, possibly before the outbreak of war, he joined the Worcestershire Yeomanry. He went to the Balkans with the Yeomanry in April 1915 - and was probably still with them when they landed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, on 18th August. He was returned to England (probably sick or wounded) and after spending some time with the reserve battalion of the Yeomanry he was transferred to the 1/8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. He was killed in action in France on 24th April, 1917, a few days after his division occupied Peronne during the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Lance Corporal John Haycox, 242408 Worcestershire Regiment (formerly 2508 Worcestershire Yeomanry) was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star.
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