Contributed by: Michael Coultas, on 2008-11-12
|Year of Birth||1898|
|Year of Death||1918|
|Regiment||Durham Light Infantry|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Ilkley, West Yorkshire|
John was one of 3 brothers, Reginald my father and Charles who survived the war but died a few years later in 1922.
John volunteered 17th november 1915 but was not mobilised till 1917 as he worked on the railway.
He was mobililsed at Pontefract 2nd march 1917as part of 3rd battalion York and Lancs regimental number 41090.
he left for France 26th july 1917 to join 9th battalion York& Lancs , on the 10th august 1917 transferred to the 1st /5th battalion York&Lancs A company and was wounded 9th oct 1917 at the battle of Poelcapelle 3rd Ypres (Passchendaele) recovering in England and returning to france 30th march 1918 to 8th battalion York & Lancs then transferred to 15th battalion Durham light infantry with new number 81600 and went missing in action between 27th 28th may 1918 and is commemorated on the Soission memorial.
90 years later my 3 sons and I laid a wreath there.