John Dryland was born in Chester in the June Qtr of 1892 in Chester.( Volume: 8a Page: 403). He was the son of John & Susan Dryland (nee Foulkes) who had married at St.Mary’s Church, Dodleston, Cheshire in 1887 (CE19/1/200). Both were servants.
By the 1891 census they had set up home at 4, River Lane, Chester. (Ecc; Parish, St. Mary without the Walls.) John was 27 and a General Labourer, born in Eccleston and Susan was 24 and had been born in Sandycroft. They had 2 children, William 3 had been born in Dodleston and Mildred 1 had been born in Chester.
It seems likely that both John & Susan Dryland had died as I could not find them on the 1901 census, making “our” John Dryland an orphan before the 1901 census. Indeed I found their possible deaths on the Cheshire ‘Births Marriages and Deaths’. John (snr) died in 1894 age 30 (CAS/52/13) and Susan in 1895 age 29 (CAS/53/18) The 3 children that we know of were orphans by 1895.
John Dryland (Jnr) shows up age 9 on the 1901 census living at 42, Phoenix Street, Sandycroft, Flintshire (3 rooms) with his Grandmother Ann Foulkes who was a widow, 63 who had been born in Ireland. He is with another of Ann’s Grandsons, Joseph Roberts, 20 a Pattern Maker born in Flintshire. There were 3 Boarders living in the house as well.
I do not know what happened to John, William and Mildred, although there was a Millie Dryland working as a Servant in the household of Frederick & Charlotte Helen Allwood, Farmer on Wrexham Road, Chester on the 1911 census. She was 21 and had been born in Handbridge, Chester. She was 1 of 3 servants.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details above and tells us he was born in Sandycroft and that he enlisted in Shotton.
He is also named on the Sandycroft War Memorial in St. Francis’s Church.