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40133   Lance Corporal John William Silkstone
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 10/04/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment (British Army)
Died: 31/07/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 33
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.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Menin Gate
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen
Grave Ref: Panel 55
CWGC Casualty 916746
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.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 303
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1 1901 Census lists Silkstone family 1901 does not list John William, living at house 42 in Sherrigrim, Stewartstown, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Silkstone family 1911 census lists John William, age 27, as a manufacturer's clerk, living at house 42 in Sherrigrim, Stewartstown, Tyrone
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
4 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Lance Corporal John William Silkstone
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