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Silkstone Camp

Jul 1915 15th BTn Yorks & Lancs Formed  15th (Reserve) Battalion is formed at Silkstone Camp in July 1915 from depot companies of 12th, 13th and 14th Battalions.

Nov 1915 15th BTn Yorks & Lancs move to Brocton Camp  15th (Reserve) Battalion moved from Silkstone Camp to Brocton Camp, Cannock Chase in November 1915

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Silkstone Camp

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Conway Thomas. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Davies John Henry. L/Cpl. (d.20th June 1915)
  • Thompson James Edward. Pte. (d.21st Apr 1916)

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Pte. James Edward Thompson 13th (1st Barnsley) Battalion Yorks and Lancaster Regiment (d.21st Apr 1916)

James Edward Thompson was a miner and enlisted in the Barnsley Pals on the 7th December 1914 and trained at Silkstone, moving to Penkridge Camp in May 1915, Ripon in July and on to Salisbury Plain in October 1915. On 28 December he embarked at Devonport for Egypt. He then embarked for BEF in France on 11 March 1916. On the 9th April 1916 he received gunshot wounds to both legs and a fractured tibia in his left arm. On the 13th April he was moved by the 17th Ambulance Train to the 1st General Hospital in Etretat arriving on the 14th. Sadly James died from his wounds at 7.20am on 21st April 1916. He is buried in the local churchyard in Etretat.

Clockwise James, Dorothy, Sarah and Margaret Thompson in 1914

Roy Warren


L/Cpl. John Henry Davies 171st Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers (d.20th June 1915)

John Davies was born on the 1st April 1880 at Newcastle upon Tyne, the eldest son of Charles Davies, and his wife Ellen. John married Esther Ann of 15 Vernon Street North, Barnsley at Morcott, near Uppingham, Rutland, on the 13th April 1903. They had three sons John, born 12th July 1904, Charles, born 7th May 1908 and George born 18th September 1910. They moved to Barnsley at some stage and John enlisted in the 13th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, in September 1914, and trained at Silkstone Camp. He was transferred to Royal Engineers. He was killed on the 20th June 1915 whilst working near Hill 60. Sapper E. Roberts wrote:- "We have lost one of the finest men who came out of Newhall Camp, Silkstone. There was not a more willing or better lived man in the camp. A man who did his duty thoroughly and everyone thought the world of him, and all that we can say is that he died a noble death."



Pte. Thomas Conway 13th Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment (d.1st Jul 1916)

Thomas Conway was my grandad he lived at Hope Street, Low Valley, Darfeild. He was in the 13th Battalion Yorks and Lancs and was killed on the 1st July 1916. His name is on the Theipval Monument in France. He was married to Mary Conway and had three children James, Kate and Thomas (my father). He enlisted at Silkstone.

Cathy Heggie

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