John Hogan was born on 8th April 1884 at 134 Heyside, Royton to Sarah
Hogan an Oldhamer of Irish descent.
His father was Matthew Creagon who was born in
Warrington and lived next door to Sarah.
Sarah and Matthew married in 1888, 4 years after John was born. He was an
employee of the GPO as a Postman in Royton before joining the army. John is
known to have lived on Hilton St. Heyside, later in his life.
He became a Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, The Manchester Regiment (later,
The King's Regiment, now The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment), and was awarded
the Victoria Cross Medal, the highest and most presigious
award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British
and Commonwealth forces.
John was 30 years of age when along with Second Lieutenant James
Leach, on the 29th October 1914 near Festubert,
France, performed a deed of great courage.
Their citation reads: "For conspicuous bravery near Festubert,
France on 29th October, when, after their trench was taken by the Germans,
and after 2 attempts at recapture had failed, they voluntarily decided on the
afternoon of the same day to recover the trench themselves, and, working from
traverse to traverse at close quarters, with great bravery, in a
bayonet attack, they gradually succeeded in gaining possession, killing 8 of
the enemy, wounding 2 and making 16 prisoners."