2nd Lieutenant Thomas Henry Andrew BELL
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Private David CHALLIS. 10453
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Private David CHALLIS, 10453

2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Died 1 July 1916. Aged 20.
Born Middlesbrough, Enlisted Middlesbrough.

John Sly (<sly211@btinternet.com>) has researched the career of Private Challis in connection with Private Challis's medals. John has written a short biography of Private Challis.

Army Medal Office rolls confirm the award of the medals, and record that he disembarked in France 24 February 1915.
Soldiers Died In The Great War records that he was born and enlisted at Middlesborough.
GRO records show that he was born David Challice, 14 March 1896, at 47 Dundas Mews, Middlesborough, the son of George William Challice, a salt worker, and his wife Fanny (née Green).
He enlisted 29 April 1914, giving his age as 19 years 47 days, and his trade as labourer in ironworks. He was five feet seven inches tall, weighed 143 pounds, with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. He had previously served in the 4th Battalion of the regiment.
He was killed in action 1 July 1916 while serving with the 2/Yorkshire Regiment in the 30 Division attack at Montauban. 21 Brigade assaulted between Glatz Redoubt and the railway.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission data records that he was age twenty, and is buried in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, III.C.40.
(Refs: WO 329/953 p 590; WO 329/2669 p 276. The Green Howards In The Great War, Wylly, pp 76-77
Regimental enlistment records, Richmond General Register Office)