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Private 51325, West Yorkshire Regiment, The Leeds Pals

John was born on 23rd April 1882, in Latebrook, Goldenhill, Staffordshire, the son of William Neate, coal miner and later licensed beer seller, and Eliza Blurton, who had married in Wolstanton in June 1883.
They had two children, John and his younger brother Frank.
In the 1891 Census the family address was Latebrook, Wolstanton
In the 1901 Census their address was 10 High Street, Goldenhill, Staffs.
In March 1906, in Wolstanton, John married Ethel May Poole, and they had two children, William and Iris.
In the 1911 Census their address was 23 High Street, Goldenhill, Staffs, and John’s occupation was given as butcher, purveyor (of meat). (All info from Census records)

No Service Record has survived, but the medal card shows only one regiment, and his service number suggests that, despite being 32 when war broke out, he was not an early volunteer. (Medal Card)
John was captured on 27th March 1918 at Hamlincourt, unwounded, and held first at Parchim POW Camp, then at Friedrichsfeld. He must have been part of the rearguard during the retreat, as the Battalion HQ had reached Monchy du Bois by 27th, three days further on.
His next of kin was given as Mrs Neate, 15 High Street, Golden Hill, Stoke on Trent. (POW Records)
He was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal. (Medal Card)

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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