Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.

Robert J Haycocks

Not positively identified. There is no Robert Haycock[s], Heycock[s], Haycox etc listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Shropshire's Sacrifice in the Great War identifies a John Haycock who served with the 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment. I have not been able to link this man to Stockton.

This John Haycock was born at Garmston, Leighton nr Cressage in 1882 and was baptised at Leighton Church on 21st May. He was the son of James Haycock, a labourer, and his wife, Helen/Ellen.

John became a carter, working for a publican in Wellington in 1901, and a haulier in Shrewsbury in 1911. John had served for three years with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, spending a year in India with the 2nd Battalion.

With the outbreak of war in 1914, John re-enlisted at Southampton, giving Shifnal as his place of residence. He went to France in April 1915 with the 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 1st July, 1916 - the first day of the Battle of Albert, the opening phase of the Somme, 1916. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Lance-Corporal John Haycocks, 15354, Hampshire Regiment was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the 1915 Star.

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