William James Denton Milson was born in Beverley in 1890, the second of six children born to William Carr, a shoemaker who also served in the Army and Ann Maria Milson
William, at the age of 14 years 7 months, and just under 5 ft tall, joined the Yorkshire Regiment as a regular soldier in 1904.
He served in France from 23 June 1915, with the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, and he was awarded the British War, Victory and 15 Star Medals. He was also awarded the Distinguised Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry in November 1915.
He was injured on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, while taking part in the assault to capture Montauban, and died on 4 July 1916, aged 26.
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