World War I
W S SKINGLEY

Name: SKINGLEY, W S
Initials: W S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment: Essex Regiment
Unit Text: 1st/5th Bn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 04/11/1917
Service No: 250892
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: B. 96
Cemetery: DEIR EL BELAH WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Henry and Lucy Skingley, of Montpeilers Cottages, Writtle, Chelmsford.
William's Pedigree
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On 28 February 1917, the cavalry of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force entered Khan Yunus, midway between the Egyptian border and Deir el Belah causing the Turks to withdraw to Gaza and Beersheba. The railway was pushed forward to Deir el Belah, which became the railhead in April 1917, and an aerodrome and camps were established there. The cemetery was begun towards the end of March and remained in use until March 1919. Most of the burials were made either from field ambulances from March to June 1917, or from the 53rd, 54th, 66th and 74th Casualty Clearing Stations, and the 69th General Hospital, from April 1917 until the Armistice with Turkey.
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