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John Silcock

Tyne cot memorial. Ypres Salient. Flanders. Falkirk District
Tyne Cot Memorial. Authors image

34288 Private

10th Brigade Machine Gun Company, 10th Brigade, 4th Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 14.10.17

Buried: Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 154 to 159 

Family history: Son of John and Janet Silcock, 66 East Russell Street, Falkirk. He had four brothers and a sister. Prior to being called up in 1916, John was employed as a   grocer. John had joined the 3/7th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders on 18 January 1915. He was then aged 17. He was posted to the Machine Gun Corps at Grantham for training on 4 May 1916 having reached the age to serve overseas.


The action that lead to his death

The 10th Company was in the line supporting the attack of the Household Battalion and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Poelcappelle. John was killed in this action with the War Diary reporting that two guns involved in this action were lost.

Map from the 10th Brigade Machine Gun Company War Diary

Medals Awarded:

The British War Medal, Victory Medal.

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