Born in 1885 at Walthamstow, son of John (Dress Trimmings Manufacturer) and Martha Mary Muddiman. 1891: With his family at “Woodland View” Cleveland Road, Wanstead. 1901: A Ship Brokers Clerk with his family at “Avimore” 16 Churchfields, South Woodford. 1911: A steel manufacturers Clerk with his widowed mother at “Chislehurst” Malmesbury Road, South Woodford. His Father had died in 1909.
John arrived in France on 8th March 1915, and on 25th September 1915 was involved in the initial attack of the Battle of Loos, when British Forces advanced on German lines under cover of an artillery bombardment and gas cloud. 1 Division was allocated to the centre of the attack. When 14 London advanced at about 10.55, their direct frontal charge along with 1/9 Kings at Lone tree, was countered by concentrated rifle and machine gun fire and effectively halted with many casualties. A further attempted advance on 26th September 1915 was not successful.
At some stage during this fierce fighting John Muddiman was wounded, and he died from those wounds on 27th September 1915 in one of the Field Ambulances and was buried at Noeux-les-Mines.
Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian