NORTH Milton

Milton NORTH

Milton NORTH

The middle born of Ben and Susannah’s seven children.  Milton was working in the mills by the age of 15 as a worsted spinner, his family were living at 32 Highgate Road, Clayton Heights with his father employed as a tramways motor inspector.

Milton enlisted early in the war and disembarked in France on 11th September 1915 with the 9th Battalion. Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  This Battalion were part of the 21st Division which were one of Kitchener’s new army divisions and amongst the first of these to see overseas service.  The Battalion had departed Milford station at 17:00hrs travelling down to Folkstone before crossing and arriving at Boulogne and going into a rest camp at Ostove.

The following days saw the Battalion moving, by foot, towards the front line and on the 25th September, they left their bivouacs marching through Vermelles to join the front line running north east from Loos.  They began to come under artillery fire whilst holding the line and received their first casualties.  On 26th September, the Battalion took part in the attack on Hill 70 (at Loos), this action cost them 215 other ranks casualties before they were withdrawn from the line.

Milton died of wounds no doubt received in the above action on 1st October 1915 aged 20, he is buried at LAPUGNOY MILITARY CEMETERY (I. D. 43).