Regiment : C Battery 72nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Service number : 101281
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 25 on 13th August 1916
Buried : Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, France, Grave II. C. 3.
Memorial : Stourbridge Old Swinford Hospital School
Additional information on the memorial: Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 13 August 1916. Age 25.
Mark Billingsley was born on 3rd July 1891, the son of Alexander and Emma Billingsley of Kingswinford, Staffordshire. He entered Old Swinford Hospital on 20th December 1898 and left on 23rd August 1905 when he was apprenticed to Joseph Brighton, Shoeing Smith of Lea Brook.
County Express, 7th October 1916:
Gunner Mark Billingsley, of the Royal Field Artillery of Wall Heath, was killed in France while serving his gun on August 13th. Testimonies have been received of the esteem and respect in which he was held by his Comrades.
A death notice was placed in the County Express by his “loving sweetheart Gertie Moor”.
County Express 16th August 1919:
BILLINGSLEY. In loving memory of our dear brother Gunner Mark Billingsley R.F.A. killed in action in France, August 13th 1916. Ever remembered by his loving sister and brother, Nell and Jack.
Source for additional information: Old Foleyans Remembered Casualties of WW1 published by the Old Foleyans Association, October 1998.