Details about John Byrne are sketchy. Perhaps the main contender is John, born 1897 who in 1901 was residing with his father Bernard and mother Mary Ellen at Furlong Road, Tunstall. By 1911 the family were living on Stadmoreslow Lane – a stone’s throw away from Brindley Ford. This census records John as aged 13 and born at Brindley Ford. His father was an ironworker.
If this is the correct ‘John Byrne’, then his medal card and the details available from ‘Soldiers Died’ suggest that he was Private 20182 in the Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment), 2nd Battalion.
He had initially joined the North Staffords (8379), enlisting at Burslem, and then the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery (87311).
We have been unable to locate any service records but the CWGC reports that he died on September 25th 1915. John would have been only 18 years of age. He is remembered on the Loos memorial and on the Brindley Ford war memorial.