Private John IBBITSON
Born. Yeadon, Leeds, 1877
Killed in action. 14/7/1916, Age 39.
John Ibbitson was living at Heathfield in the village of Yeadon, Leeds when he enlisted on 5th of September 1914.
After training at Colsterdale and service in Egypt and France, he was transferred to the 10th Battalion West Yorks Regiment.
On the 1st of July 1916 the 10th along with the 15th (Leeds Pals) suffered terrible casualties in the opening part of the Somme offensive. Private Ibbitson was one of the few men who managed to survive the initial attack unwounded.
The 10th lost 710 men, killed or wounded on the 1st of July. A handful of men were brought out of the line by their surviving officer, a young wounded, 2nd Lieutenant.)
When the 10th had been brought up to some sort of fighting strength with replacements from other battalions they were back in the line manning the forward trenches at Contalmaison. It was there on the 14th of July that Private John Ibbitson was killed in action by enemy shell fire.
Having no known grave he is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial to the missing, Somme, France.