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Jim Rylott

Biography of Private Jim Rylott, (242061)
2nd/5th bn, Leicestershire Regiment
Died 30th March 1917

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Jim Rylott

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Billingborough, Lincolnshire England

Date of Birth registration:
Jul – Sept 1897

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England



Jim has not been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
James Rylott Avison

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Boston, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Labourer Poulterer

Mother’s Name:
Catherine Gale

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Boston, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1885 Boston

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Harry Rylott 1895, Boston
John Edwin Rylott (Jack), 1896, Boston
Jim Rylott, 1897, Billingborough
Alfred Rylott, 1900, Billingborough
Annie Rylott, 1903, Billingborough
Mabel Rylott, 1905, Billingborough
Plus 7 more which names are unknown taken from the 1911 census

1901 Census:
Jim is living with his family in Billingborough, Lincolnshire

1911 Census:
Jim is living with parents in Billingborough.

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions

Grantham Journal Saturday 14 April 1917
OUR HEROES. – Mr and Mrs J Rylott of High Street have received the sad news that their son Pte. Jim Rylott (Leicestershire Regiment) has died from pneumonia, while on active service abroad. He was in Ireland during the troubles last year. Much sympathy is expressed for the family in their bereavement.

Lincolnshire Echo Wednesday 11 April 1917
Mr and Mrs Rylott of Hgh Street, Billingborough have received the sad news that their son Pte. Jim Rylott, Leicestershire Regiment has died from pneumonia while on active service in France and sympathy is expressed with them in their bereavement.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Jim Rylott, 2nd/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment was killed in action on 30th March 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders..

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
Jim’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal

UK:Billingborough, Roll of Honour in Billingborough St Andrews Church

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Private Jim Rylott, 2nd/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment who died on 30 March 1917 Age 19
Son of James and Catherine Rylott of High Street, Billingborough, Lincs
Remembered with honour, Bray Military Cemetery.

More information:

Military Service Timeline:

The 2/5th Battalion, Leicestershire embarked in Southampton and sailed on the SS Huntscraft arriving in Harve, France on the 21st February 1917.

After a night in rest camp no 1, the battalion entrained for Saleux where they were billeted for three nights before moving to Bayonvillers.

In the early part of March the Battalion was in line around Bayonvilles and on the 8th March went into trenches on the main Amiens to Estrees Road to relieve the 8th Durhams.

The brigade received word on the 17th that the enemy had retired from their positions. They advanced on the 17th and consolidated the new positions on the banks of the River Somme, sending patrols over the river the following day without seeing any enemy.

After a few days in divisional reserve in Foucaucourt the Battalion was moved to Le Mesnil and then Eterpigny. By the following day, 29th, the division was based at Catelet and the 2/5th Leicesters moved to Hancourt.

It is not known when Jim fell ill during this period and how long he was in the line during the early part of March 1917.

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.