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Company Sgt  Major A.T.Bilbey of the Yorks and Lancs 12th Battalion

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Company Sgt  Major A.T.Bilbey of the Yorks and Lancs 12th Battalion “The Sheffield Pals”

He was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.any information would be gratefully received,i have just acquired an item of his fild kit

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Born c1874 In Sheffield (Hallam). Birth reg 2nd quarter 1874.  1881 and 1891 census in Sheffield. 1881 as a scholar and 1891 as a carter. 

Enlisted in Y&L regulars in 1895 (though previousy in a Vol Battalion). Served in Mauritius, South Rhodesia and India. Number 4209

Marries Eunice Mabel Lawrence in Deesa, India 26/6/1901. All overseas service with 2nd battn Y&L. Reserve 1903-11. Sgt on discharge.

1911 census in Sheffield with wife and 3 children, 2 daughters and a son. Postman. Found another record showing him as postman in 1908.

12 Y and L formed in Sheffield Sept 1914. Given his number 12/4 - number 4 12th battn suspect that is hen he joined up.

Medal index card shows just British War and Victory pair. So did not serve abroad in WW1 before 1/1/1916

LongLongTrail says 12th Battn went to Egypt in Dec 1915 and France in March 1916.

His son Harold dies 23/5/16 aged 10.

His death on 1/7/16 is presumed - i.e. last seen alive on that day. Effects to his widow Eunice M. War Gratuity £15. Will have to calculate if that confirms enlistment date. On Thiepval Memorial. 

Cannot see any surviving WW1 service papers

Edited by Mark1959
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