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John Leonard Caton


John Leonard Caton was born in January 1888 in Isel, Cockermouth, in Cumberland. His father, Henry, was 28 years old and his mother, Isabella, was 25 years old.

Early Life

By the age of 13 John had moved with his family to 25 Woodland House in Blindcrake. He had one sister.

Chester College

John attended Chester College and left in 1909. He went on to teach at Childs Hill School in Hendon, in London.

Military Service

John joined the Army on November 11, 1914 and served with the 7th Border Regiment as 17668 Private John Leonard Caton. He was 26 years old at the time. On July 12, 1915 he was made a Lance Corporal.

Lest We Forget

On the night of September 7, 1915, John was part of a bombing led by a Captain Tailford and between them threw 20 bombs into an enemy trench. This led to John being killed in action, as recorded in the war diary of the 7th Border Regiment.

Post Mortem

John was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and 1915 Star for his service to King and Country. He buried at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, in Belgium.