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Name Elijah Jane
Nick Name "John"
Last Known Address Fenwick Street, Old Penshaw, Philadelphia, Co Durham.
Family Circumstances Married to Agnes Louisa.

Unit of Service Yorkshire Regt                       19th Bn Durham Light Infantry
Number and Rank 13509 Private.                         Private  19/779
Date & Place of Death 20 August 1917.  Flanders. Belgium.
Grave Location
(if known)
Villers-Faulon Communal Cemetary. Grave E59.
Where Commemorated
(if known)
All Saints Church Memorial Window, Old Penshaw.

Details of any Medals, conflict, training or operations which the deceased had participated in during service.

Elijah would have been awarded the 1914 - 1918 British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His Medals record could not be found and this may be due to many records being destroyed during the bombing in WW2.

Elijah joined the 19th Battalion Durham Light Infantry in 1915 which was a Bantam battalion. This was a battalion where the soldiers were normally from hard working industries and fit but did not not meet the minimum height of 5'3" (160cm) .

The rules on this changed and in January 1917 the battalion lost its Bantam status and the unfit soldiers were transferred to the Labour Corps. Elijah stayed with the battalion throughout his service.

He was known to serve in France and around the Belgium border.

 

Other general information. online links, images etc.

Elijah was born at 157 Gordon Street, Newbottle, in 1880.

In the 1881 Census he is recorded living in Catherine Terrace aged 1 year old.

In the 1891 Census he is recorded as living in Catherine Terrace with his Parents and 4 siblings and 2 lodgers.

In the 1901 Census he is recorded as living as living at the same address and working as a Coal Miner.

In the 1911 Census he is recorded as living in Wellington Row, Philadelphia. He was married and still working as a Miner.

He Married Agnes Louisa on 25th May 1901 at West Herrington.

Elijah joined the Yorkshire Regt in 1914 but left after a short service. (This may be due to height restrictions).

He then joined the Durham Light Infantry in 1915.

 

Below: The register showing Elijah's birth.

 

 

Below: The 1881 Census

Name:

Elijah Jane

Age:

1

Estimated Birth Year:

1880 

Relationship to Head:

Son

Father:

Thomas Jane

Mother:

Mary Ann Jane

Gender:

Male

Where born:

Herrington, Durham, England

Civil Parish:

West Herrington

County/Island:

Durham

Country:

England

Street address:

39 Catherine Terr

Registration district:

Houghton Le Spring

Household Members:

Name

Age

Thomas Jane

30

Mary Ann Jane

30

Elizabeth Jane Jane

5

Thomas Jane

2

Elijah Jane

1

 

Below: 1891 Census

 

Name:

Elijah Jane

Age:

10

Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1881

Relation:

Son

Father's Name:

Thomas Jane

Mother's name:

Mary A Jane

Gender:

Male

Where born:

New Herrington, Durham, England

Civil Parish:

West Herrington

Ecclesiastical parish:

West Herrington St Aidan

Town:

New Herrington

County/Island:

Durham

Country:

England

Registration district:

Houghton Le Spring

Household Members:

Name

Age

Thomas Jane

40

Mary A Jane

40

Elizabeth Jane

15

William T Jane

12

Elijah Jane

10

Tryphena Jane

8

Eleanor Jane

7

James H Pellow

27

Charles Johns

20

 

 

Below: 1901 Census.

Name:

Elijah Jane

Age:

20

Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1881

Relation to Head:

Son

Gender:

Male

Father:

Thomas Jane

Mother:

Mary An Jane

Birth Place:

New Herrington, Durham, England

Civil Parish:

West Herrington

Household Members:

Name

Age

Thomas Jane

50

Mary An Jane

50

Elijah Jane

20

Tryphena Jane

18

Eleanor Jane

17

James E Fellow

35

Samuel Witcherly

3

John Tansey

50

 

 

Below: 1911 Census.

(please note the errors on the ages)

 

Name:

Elijah Jane

Age in 1911:

39

Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1872

Relation to Head:

Head

Gender:

Male

Birth Place:

New herrington, Durham, England

Civil Parish:

Newbottle

County/Island:

Durham

Country:

England

Street address:

37 Wellington Row Philadelphia

Marital Status:

Married

Occupation:

Miner

Registration district:

Houghton le Spring

Registration District Number:

553

Sub-registration district:

Houghton le Spring

ED, institution, or vessel:

10

Piece:

30061

Household Members:

Name

Age

Elijah Jane

39

Agnes Louisa Jane

33

 

 

Below. Elijah's attestation to The Yorkshire Regt.

 

Below: Attestation into the Durham Light Infantry.

 

Below: The central Death's Register recording Elijah's death.

 

 

Below: The Graves Report noting the position of Elijah's Grave.

 

 

Below: The Headstones register.

 

The record of the 19th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.

19th (Service) Battalion (2nd County)
13.01.1915 Formed at Durham by the Durham Parliamentary Recruiting Committee as a bantam battalion.
May 1915 Moved to Cocken Hall and then Masham, Yorkshire to join the 106th Brigade of the 35th Division.
July 1915 Moved to Perham Down, Salisbury Plain.
15.08.1915 Taken over by the War Office.
01.02.1916 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western front including;
1916
The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, The fighting for Arrow Head Copse and Maltz Horn Farm, The fighting for Falfemont Farm. 
Jan 1917 After medical examination ceased to be a bantam battalion, removing unfit men to the Labour Corps.
1917
The pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The fighting in Houthulst Forest, The Second Battle of Passchendaele. 
08.02.1918 Transferred to the 104th Brigade of the same Division.
1918
The First Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Ypres,

The Battle of Courtrai, The action of Tieghem. 
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Everbecq west of Grammont

 

The Certificate if Remembrance from the Commonwealth Wargraves Commision.

 

 

Below: Details of the Cemetary where Elijah is buried.

 

VILLERS-FAUCON COMMUNAL CEMETERY

     

Location Information

Casualties:222

 

Villers-Faucon is a village about 12 kilometres north-east of Peronne. The Cemetery is situated north of the village on the road to Guyencourt-Saulcourt.

Historical Information

Villers-Faucon was captured by the 5th Cavalry Division on 27 March 1917, lost on 22 March 1918, and retaken by the III Corps on 7 September 1918.

The Commonwealth graves in the COMMUNAL CEMETERY are those of soldiers who died in February-August 1917, or (in the case of two who are buried in Row B) in September 1918. They were made by the cavalry, the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division, and other fighting troops.

The communal cemetery contains 227 First World War burials, five of them unidentified, and 91 German graves.

The adjoining EXTENSION was begun in April 1917 and used until March 1918. It was then used by the Germans, and Commonwealth burials were resumed in September and October 1918. Further Commonwealth graves were brought in after the Armistice from a wide area round Villers-Faucon.

The extension contains 459 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 144 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to six casualties believed to be buried among them. The extension also contains 66 German graves.

The Commonwealth plots were designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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