Lance Corporal 200622
John Wilfred Topham
'D' Company 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Killed in action at 5pm on Wednesday 26th September 1917 aged 24.
John was killed by shellfire at Passchendale.
Officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele became infamous not only for the scale of casualties, but also for the mud.
The infantry attacked at 5.50am on Wednesday 26 September on a frontage of near five miles amidst the clamour of an immense protective bombardment. Smoke and dust mixed with heavy ground mist made visibility poor, but the leading waves, keeping close to the barrage quickly overran dazed defenders in the forward zones.
John has no known grave and is commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing which bears the names of almost 35,000 officers and men whose graves are not known.
John was the son of Thomas Topham a Frame Work Knitter and Ellen Topham, of 30, Belper Lane, Belper.
Prior to enlisting John worked at the Ambergate Wire Works.
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