Private 31302 John Roland York

York John Roland 96CWGC Grave of John Rowland York

Died of Wounds on Sunday, 15th July 1917, age 22.
Buried in Grave II. A. 8. at Croisilles Railway Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France.

1st Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 91st Brigade of 7th Division.

Son of Mr W. E. York, of 51, Forrester St., Walsall Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Walsall, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/316859/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
11 Forrester Street, Walsall, Staffs.
Will Elliot York (36, Railway Labourer, born Bilston), his wife Harriet (31, born Princes End), and their 5 children: Charles (10, born Tipton), Leonard (8, born Tipton), John (6, born Tipton), Walter (4, born Walsall), and Beatrice (8 months, born Walsall).

1911 Census
51 Forrester Street, Walsall, Staffs.
William Elliot York (46, Iron Worker, born Tipton), his wife Harriet (41, born Princes End), and their 7 surviving children of 11: Charles Randolph (20, Clerk, born Tipton), William Leonard (18, Butcher, born Tipton), John Roland (15, Errand Boy, born Tipton), Walter (14, Errand Boy, born Walsall), Gertrude (8, School, born Walsall), Vera (6, School, born Walsall), and Edward Ernest (2, born Walsall).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The 1st South Staffs were part of 91st Brigage of 7th Division. They had been involved in the Battle of Arras with the 'Flanking Operation at the Battle of Bullecout" in May 1917, and "the actions on the Hindenburg Line" in May and June 1917. It was some time after this that John York was wounded, and subsequently died. He is buried in Croisilles Railway Cemetery, one of the most attractive cemeteries on the Western Front.

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