Worcestershire. 18 July 1916

John Chance was born in Brierley Hill and was a pre-war regular soldier in the 2nd Battalion of the Worcesters. He had probably been a reservist in 1914 who was called up to join his battalion at Aldershot in the BEF. He had seen a great deal of serious action from Mons to Ypres, but after its losses at Loos the battalion had been in a quiet sector. They joined the 1916 Battle of the Somme for its second phase which started on the 14th July. They were ordered to attack High Wood, which was strongly defended by the enemy and approached over open fields. During the next six days the Worcesters tried to dislodge the enemy but did not succeed. Their casualties exceeded 300 and among the wounded was Private John Chance. He was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station but died on the 18th July. He is buried at Heilly Station Military Cemetery (II D 34) and commemorated on the Stourbridge Memorial.

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Stourbridge Lye and Wollescote

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Lye / Wollescote Cemetery, Stourbridge West Midlands, United Kingdom

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