Biography of Private Jim Rylott, (242061)
2nd/5th bn, Leicestershire Regiment
Formery 5752 2nd/5th Leicestershire Regiment
Died 30th March 1917


  • Name: Jim Rylott
  • Date of birth: 1897
  • Place of Birth: Billingborough, Lincolnshire England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1897
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

  • Name: James Rylott Avison
  • DOB: 1866
  • Place of Birth: Boston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Labourer Poulterer

  • Name: Catherine Gale
  • DOB: 1866
  • Place Of Birth: Boston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1885 Boston District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Kate Rylott, 1886, Boston
  • James Rylott, 1887, Boston (Died 1889)
  • George Rylott, 1889, Boston (Died 1894)
  • Grace Rylott, 1890, Billingborough (Died 1891)
  • Arthur Rylott, 1891, Billingborough (Died 1892)
  • Beatrice Rylott, 1892, Billingborough (Died 1894)
  • Harry Rylott 1894, Billingborough (Died 1911)
  • John Edwin Rylott (Jack), 1896, Billingborough
  • Jim Rylott, 1897, Billingborough
  • Charlie Rylott, 1899, Billingborough (Died 1899)
  • Alfred Rylott, 1900, Billingborough
  • Gertrude Rylott, 1902, Billingborough (Died 1902)
  • Annie Rylott, 1903, Billingborough
  • Mabel Rylott, 1905, Billingborough

  • 1901: Jim is living with his parents in Billingborough, Lincolnshire
  • 1911: Jim is living with parents in Billingborough, Lincolnshire.
Relatives in services

  • None found

  • No marriage for Jim has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.
Newspaper Mentions

  • 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.


  • 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.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • 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

  • Available


  • Father James

  • 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.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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.


  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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