1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Alexander Skiffington was the son of Alexander and Margaret Skiffington. He was born on 23rd December 1889 in Dungannon. He was the youngest of six children. His father died when he was five years old. Alexander Skiffington and Susan Kerr were married on 8th July 1912 in Dungannon. Private Skiffington arrived in the Balkans with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 16th October 1915. Private Alexander Skiffington was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action at the Somme on 1st July 1916.
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"