1st Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment (British Army)
31/07/1917 (Killed in Action)
John William Silkstone was the son of Joseph and Mary Silkstone. He was born in Nottingham about 1884. He was one of at least four children, all of whom were born in Derbyshire, England. They were a family of cotton weavers who moved to Sherrygroom, Stewartstown. John was a manufacturer's clerk. He married in 1913 and moved back to Derbyshire. John Silkstone served for a time with the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, No.76568. Lance Corporal John William Silkstone was serving with the 1st Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment when he was killed in action on 31st July 1917.
Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.