William Beaumont Alliban


A Lieutenant in the 2/5th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters who was killed in action on Saturday 5th May 1917 aged 20. A member in the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps William obtained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 5th Sherwood Foresters on 11th March 1915. He arrived in France with the 59th Division in February 1917 and was killed during an attack on the fortified German trench systems at Malakoff and Cologne Farms at Hargicourt near St Quentin between 3rd and 5th May 1917. The Battalion suffered over 150 Officers and men killed, wounded or missing. William has no known grave and is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 10C 10D and 11A). William was the son of Mr. and Mrs. WH Alliban of Tupton Hall near Chesterfield.

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