Private John Henry ('Jack') LAKIN

Manchester Regiment
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Date of Death:
21st May 1918 - Died
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Personal History:

John was born in the September quarter 1895, in Salford, Lancashire, the son of Robert Knowles (Chemical Engineer) and Harriett Ann (née Spreat) Lakin. In 1901 (Census RG 13/3533) the family were living at 5 Lancaster Road, Birkdale, Southport, Lancashire. John had seven older sisters and brothers, Robert, Ellinor E., Dorothy, George M., Marie, Grace and Theodore. 
Ten years later (1911 Census RG14/21237) the family had moved to White Knowle Road, Buxton, although Robert and Harriett had lived in the area before, being married in the District in 1883. John's CWGC Record shows them living at "Westella," Robertson Road, Buxton, after the War. On John's Death Certificate his occupation is given as "Cotton Warehouseman".

Military History:
Jack joined the 2/7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment on the 26th September 1914. He was posted to the 45th Provincial Battalion, on home service, until he was discharged on the 4th September 1916 as physically unfit. On the day of his discharge he was admitted to hospital for 10 days with 'debility'. The fact that he has no Medal Index Card confirms that he did not serve aboard.

John died in Buxton on the 21st May 1918, not the 25th as stated on his headstone.
His War Service was recognised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission,
although he has no CWGC headstone. The cause of his untimely death is recorded
on his Death Certificate as "Acute Lobar Pneumonia" followed by "Heart Failure".  

His father, Robert, was present at his son's death which took place at their home in
Burbage. Two years later John's mother, Harriett, died and was interred in the same grave.

· I am grateful to 'Mack' and 'PhilipG' of the Manchester Regiment Group Forum for the details of
  Jack's Service and the details from his Death Certificate.

Commemorated on:

Pt. John Lakin's name is not included on any of the Buxton Memorials, possibly family choice.
He is buried in Buxton Cemetery 

Link to CWGC Record