11355 Pte James DILLON 6th Battalion the York and Lancaster Regiment
KILLED IN ACTION GALLIPOLI 21st August 1915
James DILLON was born c.1895 at St Vincents, Sheffield.
Mother – Margaret – shown as died 24.03.1919 – most likely Spanish Flu.
Father – James
Sisters Mrs Marie DILLON
1901 Census shows family at Hollis Croft, Sheffield.
1911 census – no record but Marie DILLON shows up on records of a FOULDS family at 86 Solly St, Sheffield. I am guessing they may have all been there or there abouts as in James service papers the whole family are living with the FOULDS at 34/2 Solly St.
On 28th August 1914 James enlisted at Sheffield and was drafted into the ranks of the 6th service battalion York and Lancaster Regiment as Pte 11355.
He was aged 19, 5’5″ tall and had been employed as a carter.
He was disciplined a number of times as follows :-
1. Dirty on church parade – punished by being confined to barracks for 2 days.
2. Disrespecting an NCO – punished by being confined to barracks for 3 days.
3. Making an improper remark to an NCO – punished by being given 168 hours detention.
4. Overstaying his pass by 4 days – punished by being confined to barracks and fined.
He entered Gallipoli on 27th July 1915 and was killed in action on 21st August 1915.
The divisional war diary for this date shows the 6th York and Lancaster Regiment involved in the attack on Chocolate Hill. The troops were subjected to sustained artillery and machine gun fire causing massive casualties. The hill was taken at great cost but could not be held so it was given up to the enemy and our troops retreated to where they had started.
He is remembered at the Helles Memorial.
James is also remembered on the St Vincents Church memorial, Sheffield.
James uncle 3/1203 Pte Patrick McGUINNESS Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was also killed in action on 17th April 1915 in France and Flanders. He is buried in the Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery.
Patrick is mentioned on the same church memorial as Dillon.