SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
Private JAMES ALLISON
34150 12th Bn, King's Own Yorkshire
who died on the 13 April 1918.
of 31 Wharton St, North Skelton, N
The Ploegsteert Memorial.
Private Allison's name does not appear on either of the Skelton War
Memorials, nor on the Skelton Church
A Skelton Parish Magazine list dated 1914 records James Allison as
at 31 Wharton St, N Skelton killed 13th April 1918, confirming CWGC
Family not traced.
The 12th (Service) Battalion (Miners) (Pioneers) of the King's Own
Yorkshire Light Infantry were formed in Leeds on the 5th September
1914, by the West Yorkshire Coalowners Association.
In May 1915 they were attached as Pioneer Bn to 31st Division.
James Allison was killed in the area of Ypres at a time when the major
offensive was the German push
in the Somme.
It seems some major incident took place though, as two other Skelton
men from different units were killed at
the same date and appear on the same memorial - William Bennison and
The Ploegsteert Memorial stands in Berks Cemetery Extension, which is
located 12.5 kilometres south of Ieper town centre.
The sounding of the Last Post takes place at the Ploegsteert Memorial
on the first Friday of every month at 7 p.m.
The memorial commemorates more than 11,000 servicemen of the United
Kingdom and South African forces who died in this sector during the
First World War and have no known grave.
The memorial serves the area from the line Caestre-Dranoutre-Warneton
to the north, to Haverskerque-Estaires-Fournes
to the south, including the towns of Hazebrouck, Merville, Bailleul and
Armentieres, the Forest of Nieppe, and Ploegsteert Wood.
The original intention had been to erect the memorial in Lille.
Those commemorated by the memorial did not die in major offensives,
such as those which took place around Ypres to the north, or Loos to
Most were killed in the course of the day-to-day trench warfare which
characterised this part of the line,
or in small scale set engagements, usually carried out in support of
the major attacks taking place elsewhere.
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