|1235 Pte. D. Skillen, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Defence of Ladysmith (1/K.R.R.C.);
1914 Star & Bar (2/K.R.R.C.); British War Medal (K.R.R.C.); Victory Medal (K.R.R.C.).
With 28 photocopy pages of service documents, a photocopy of the QSA medal roll page and MIC details.
David Skillen enlisted at Middlesbrough 24 October 1898 aged 19. Born Darlington. Occupation labourer. Transferred to
Section ‘B’ Army Reserve 26 November 1906. Re-engaged 11 July 1910 and transferred to Army Reserve Section ’D’ 24
October 1910. Mobilised at Winchester 5 August 1914 and posted to 1st Battalion 20 September 1914. Discharged 30 October
1915. Attested as number 353357 in Royal Engineers in Army Reserve 10 December 1915. Mobilised 22 November 1916, posted
back to Army Reserve the following day and mobilised again 28 August 1917. Transferred to Shipyard Construction Company at
Chepstow 30 October 1917. Reached rank of Acting Warrant Officer Class II before being finally discharged 25 February
1919. A medical report dated 19 January 1919 stated that he was suffering from rheumatism of the knee which started about
January 1915 as a result of exposure in the trenches.
Re-enlisted in N.D.C. (National Defence Companies) North Riding Group at Middlesbrough 25 August 1939 aged 59. A medical
report stated that he had an attack of colitis brought on by wet conditions under canvas at Catterick 5 September 1939. He
also had rheumatic arthritis of knees and shoulders. Discharged physically unfit for any form of military service 23 November