John Head was born in Halesowen and attended Cradley C of E School. By 1914 he was living in Shifnal and volunteered for the Shropshire Territorials. He went to the 1/4th Battalion who had been in India. They arrived on the Western Front in August 1917 to join the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division in Flanders. By October they were ready to take a place in the front line and were involved in an attack on the Passchendaele ridge. The mud and the weather were atrocious when they advanced on the 26th October and the losses were considerable. They included Private John Head who is commemorated on the Tyne Cot, Cradley, Halesowen and Cradley C of E School Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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