Regiment: Cheshire Regiment
Service No: 1298
Boer War service: 7 Jan 1900 to 4 Dec 1901
Date of enlistment: 14 Nov 1884
Date of discharge: 6 Dec 1901
Reason for discharge: Termination of Engagement
Other information: John had previously served in the Mediterranean, Egypt, Burma and India
Born: 27 March 1866 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 13 April the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church. His surname was also spelled Mathews
Family: He was one of five brothers born to John and Mary Matthews (nee Johnson). He married Emily Jones in 1896; no children can be identified for the marriage.
Residence: In 1871 he lived with his parents and brothers in Grindley Brook, Whitchurch; by 1881 they had moved to Dodington, Whitchurch. In 1891 and 1901 he was serving with the military.
Employment: He was a labourer when he enlisted.
Death: 1952 aged 85 and buried 22 January same year in Whitchurch Cemetery