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Weigh, John

John Weigh was born in about 1895 in Buckley. He was the son of Thomas Weigh and Hannah Roberts who were married at Hawarden, St Deiniol’s in January 1885.

In 1901 the family was living at Spotted Row in The Pentre (Burntwood), Buckley.  Thomas  was 39 and worked as a kilnman, Hannah his wife was 38. The listed children were  Alexander 15, Thomas 13, Albert 11, Leonard 9, Llewellyn 8, and John 6. Thomas was born in Rainford, Lancashire (near St. Helens); the other children were born in Buckley.

By 1911 mother Hannah and the children had moved to Brick Works Cottage, Thornlea Lees, Oldham. Two children had been added, Robert was born in Buckley in about 1901 and Macdonald was  born in Wood, Lancashire in about 1908. John was 16 and listed as a piecer in a cotton mill. Hannah was head of household but not widowed. Thomas was living alone in Old Station Road, Drury, Buckley. It seems that Thomas died in 1934 registered in Chester District, and Hannah in Ashton under Lyne District in 1927.

John Weigh’s record with CWGC shows him the son of Hannah Weigh of Thornlea Fold, Grotton Lees, Oldham. He enlisted in Barnsley and was originally assigned to the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment. At the time of his death in September 1917 he was with the 15th (Service) Btn., Highland Light Infantry.

John Weigh, listed in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tell us that the sole Legatee was his mother Hannah who received £2 5s 4d on the 10th December 1917 and his War Gratuity of £6 on the 1st November 1919.

We have found no record of John on another memorial.

James Brown was also a resident of Spotted Row.


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