Regiment : 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 9230
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds on 18th July 1916
Buried : Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, France, Grave II. D. 34.
Birthplace : Born and resident Brierley Hill, Staffordshire, enlisted Worcester
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window - first name incorrectly given as Jesse.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
John Chance was born in Brierley Hill and was probably a pre-war regular soldier in the Worcesters, recalled from the Reserve to join the 2nd Battalion at Aldershot in the British Expeditionary Force. During 1914 they were in the Retreat from Mons and at Gheluvelt in defence of Ypres. In 1915 they fought in the Artois battles of Festubert in the Spring and Loos in the Autumn. They moved to the Somme in 1916 for the second phase of the battle, fighting at Bazentin on the 14th July. They were ordered to attack High Wood, which was strongly defended by the enemy and approached over open fields. During the next six days the Worcesters tried to dislodge the enemy but did not succeed. Their casualties exceeded 300 and among the wounded was Private John Chance. He was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station where he died of wounds on the 18th July. He is also commemorated on the Brierley Hill Memorial and Brierley Hill church.