John Espley is my wife’s 2nd cousin 2x removed. His parents are Daniel Tilstone Espley and Jane Roe. The common ancestors of my wife and John are James Espley and Martha Silvester, my wife’s 3x great grandparents.
John was born in 1883 in Stockport, Cheshire and his birth is registered in Q1.
John enlisted for service on 22 November 1915 at the age of 32 years and 10 months. His military service number was 550125 and he was assigned to the Army Reserve.
It appears from the records I have been able to find on http://www.ancestry.co.uk that John did not face active service in France.
John was eventually mobilised on 18 April 1917. There is a letter from the War Office dated 14 April 1917 posting him to the Inland Waterway & Docks Section of The Royal Engineers.
Although I can’t find details of the promotion in the records available on http://www.ancestry.co.uk it appears that John achieved the rank of sergeant major.
He was demobilised on 28 April 1919.
After the war John married Florence Stead in 1920 in Stockport. He died on 23 September 1938.