Born: 6 October 1876 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 27 October the same year in St. Alkmund’s parish church.
Family: He was the second of four children of John Harding, a railway signalman, and his wife Sarah. He married May Davenport in 1903 in Whitchurch and together they had 9 children – Jack, Doris, Joseph, Harry, Mary Elizabeth, Jessie, Joan, Eric and Dennis.
Residence: At the time of his baptism, the family were living in Smallbrook, Whitchurch. By 1881 they were living in Alkington Road and in 1891 in Egerton Road. The 1911 census records showed them at 50 Oddfellows Cottages, Whitchurch; the 1919 Absent Voters’ Register had him living at 50 Smallbrook Road which is the same address. He was still living at this address when he died in 1957.
Employment: John was an iron moulder working for W H Smith of Whitchurch. The 1939 Register shows him as ‘incapacitated’.
Died: In March 1957, in Whitchurch, aged 80, and buried in Whitchurch Cemetery on 14 March the same year.
Regiment: Labour Corps (previously King’s Shropshire Light Infantry)
Service Number: 636650 (previously 204178)
Date of Enlistment: 11 December 1915
Date of Discharge: 8 April 1919
Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation