John James Waddicor

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Date of Birth: 1896
Date of Death: 1962

John James Waddicor was born in Edgworth on 25th June 1896. He was the son of John Waddicor and Margaret Knowles and he seems to have lived all of his life in Edgworth apart from a time at a school near Skipton and a short spell in the army during WW1. He attested in Edgworth on 7th December 1915 – as one of 104 men attested in The Barlow, Edgworth that evening – and assigned as a Private to the Army Reserve. On his attestation papers he gave his address as ‘Homer View’, Edgworth and his occupation as a ‘Commercial Traveller’ – although a later document gives his trade as a ‘Varnish Manufacturer’. He was mobilised on 28th April 1916 and posted on 9th May to the 2nd/3rd Monmouthshire Territorial Force in Preston at the age of 19. On 19th September that year he was discharged from active service on the grounds that he was ‘unlikely to become an efficient soldier due to chronic rheumatism in the right knee which prevented him from marching’ – a condition that he had had for about 10 years.
Following his return to civilian life John married Elsie Barton at St Anne’s, Turton in 1919, and they subsequently ran a Bakers & Confectioners shop at Homer View, 164/166 Bolton Road, Edgworth. It seems that the couple had at least 2 children, John born in about 1920, and Eileen born in 1926.
John James Waddicor died 7th May 1962 aged 65.

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