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Forename(s): William James

Place of Birth: Clitheroe, Lancashire

Service No: 289751

Rank: Sapper

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Engineers

Battalion / Unit: 266th Railway Construction Coy

Division: ---

Age: 35

Date of Death: 1918-01-02

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: A. 146.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

William James Balderstone was the son of William and Susan Balderstone (née - ). William was born at Silverdale, Lancashire and Susan at Redruth, Cornwall.

1891 Workington, Cumberland Census: 8, Isley Place - William J. Balderson [sic], aged 7 years, born Clitheroe, Lancashire, son of William and Susan Balderson.

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 9, Gas Street - William Balderstone, aged 17 years, born Clitheroe, Lancashire, son of William and Susan Balderstone.

William was married to Mary Ann Abra in 1907. Mary was the sister of Private George Abra (266933) (q.v.). Mary married Thomas Jones in 1919.

1911 Giggleswick, Yorkshire Census: Garstang's Yard - William Balderstone, aged 27 years, born Clitheroe, Lancashire, husband of Mary Balderstone.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Spr William Balderstone, 289751, R.E.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Spr William Balderstone, 289751, Royal Engineers.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Spr William Balderstone, 289751, 266th Rail. Co. Royal Engineers. Date and Place of Death: 2.1.18. 21st Gen. Hos., Alexandria, Egypt. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Mary A. Jones. £9 15s. 1d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for William. Date and cause of death: 2.1.18. Dysentery contracted whilst on Active Service. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Mary A., born 26.9.84. Address: 19, Midland Street, Broughton Road, Skipton. Children: George Fenton, born 7.5.10. Adopted.

William is commemorated on the Midland Railway War Memorial at Derby.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Sapper William James BALDERSTONE

Sapper William James BALDERSTONE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

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Forename(s): William

Born: Clitheroe, Yorks

Residence: Skipton, Yorks

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 289751

Rank: Spr

Regiment: Corps of Royal Engineers



Died Date: 02/01/18

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: Egypt

Notes: (266th Rly. Constn. Coy., R.E.)

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Forename(s): W

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 289751

Rank: Sapper

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Unit: 266th Railway Coy.

Age: 35


Died Date: 02/01/1918

Additional Information: Son of William and Susan Balderstone, of Skipton; husband of Mary Ann Jones (formerly Balderstone), of 45, Brougham St., Skipton, Yorks.





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