James HILL
Rank: Private
Number: 8803
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 24 (or 25) July 1916
Cemetery: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Somme, France

All that is known of James' life is that Regimental records show he had been born in the Hillgate area of Stockport. His service number indicates he was either a serving regular soldier or an ex-soldier who had been recalled from the Reserve when War was declared in August 1914.

There is some confusion about James' date of death. Regimental records show it as 24 July, whilst those of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission record it as the 25th. The latter is more likely to be accurate, particularly as the Battalion's War Diary for the 24th records nothing of significance. During the two days, the Cheshires were in a support trench near the village of Mametz, in the south of the Somme battlefield. During the evening of the 25th, "A" and "D" Companies relieved two companies of the 1st Devons in forward trenches between High Wood and Longueval. These reliefs would be visible to the Germans still occupying high ground near High Wood and it would be a favourite time for artillery shelling. The War Diary notes that there were about 20 casualties during the day.

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