34150 Private JAMES ALLISON

12th Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

who died on the 13 April 1918.

Born and enlisted in Doncaster.

of 31 Wharton St, North Skelton, N Yorkshire.

The Ploegsteert Memorial.

Private Allison's name does not appear on either of the Skelton War Memorials, nor on the Skelton Church plaque.
A Skelton Parish Magazine list dated 1914 records James Allison as living at 31 Wharton St, N Skelton killed 13th April 1918.
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.
At the time of James' death the Division was fighting in the Battle of the Lys, West of Armentieres, in which many men were killed when the Germans launched their second offensive of the Spring of 1918.
The Ploegsteert Memorial stands in Berks Cemetery Extension and commemorates more than 11,000 men who died in this sector and have no known grave.

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