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John Henry Code DCM
« on: September 17, 2009, 06:04:14 AM »

John Henry Code was born on 16th February 1869 in Audenshaw. As a young man he had been employed by Manchester Corporation as a carpenter at the Clayton Gas Works. Like many others at the time, he was released to serve in annual Territorial Army camps.
In 1886 he enlisted in the 5th Ardwick Volunteer Battalion of the Manchester Regiment and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1890.
Code soon demonstrated that he was a highly skilled rifleman and actually won the Singleton Trophy for sharp shooting. Code also served during the Boer War in the Imperial Yeomanry where he was promoted Colour Sergeant in December 1902 - here he attracted increasing recognition for his excellent marksmanship.
In 1914 the Ardwick Battalion was posted to Egypt and later on to Gallipoli where Code was appointed Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant. His service at Gallipoli gained him the Distinguished Conduct Medal for "...conspicuous gallantry, devotion to duty and continuing good services, courage and skill". He spent the remainder of the War serving in France.
After the First World War, John Henry Code left the army and found work with his former employer at Clayton Gas Works. In 1920, he founded St. Andrews Ladies Hockey Team based at Edge Lane, Droylsden, where both of his daughters played for several years.
Code retired from the Council's employment in 1934 and he died of natural causes on the 27th February of the same year.

Offline Robert Bonner

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Re: John Henry Code DCM
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2009, 11:30:54 AM »
Also go to the museum website and look up under memorials - blue plaques.

A blue plaque is located at his former family home, 122 Droylsden Road, Audenshaw.