Allan Rushworth
Courtesy of Halifax Courier

Born in 1899, Allan was living at 18 Ford Hill, Queensbury in 1901 and by the 1911 census was living at 100 West End, Queensbury.  His parents were William and Sarah and he had two older siblings, Harold and Nelson and two younger siblings, Alice Ann and Raymond.  Nelson is listed on the Queensbury roll, however his service details are unknown.

Allan was serving in “C” Company, 1st/6th Battalion. North Staffordshire Regiment when he was killed in action on 24th August 1918.

It is unclear when or how Allan was killed, the Battalion had been in the front line in the Essars sector from the 20th/21st August until the 23rd/24th August when they were relived and moved into Essars (near Bethune) and into Brigade support.  On the 24th August enemy artillery was active on the Battery (artillery) positions but otherwise the day was very quiet and there is no mention of any casualties.

The war diary does record that three other ranks were killed during the above spell in the trenches, however the CWGC records show that five men of the Battalion lost their lives between the 21st and 24th August 1918.

Allan was aged 19 at the time of his death is buriedat FOUQUIERES CHURCHYARD EXTENSION (IV. D. 12).