Rank: Private
Number: 12273
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 10 August 1916
Age: 21
Cemetery: Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme, France

James had been born in the parish of St Mary's Church, Stockport. His parents, George and Mary, lived on Newbridge Lane but it is understood that by the time war was declared, his father had died. James lived with his married sister, Mrs Sarah Ann Ferguson, 48 George Street, Newbridge Lane and he worked as a labourer at Ward's hatworks in Stockport.

James enlisted in the army at Stockport in September 1914 and had probably been on active service since the spring of 1915. Military records show that he died of wounds received, but it is not known when or how he was injured. He will have been at either No.2 or No. 5 Stationery Hospital, based at the town of Abbeville,  when he died and may have been there for a considerable time or only for a couple of days.

When the local newspaper reported his death, it also noted that that his brother, Harry, was a prisoner of war and that another brother (not named) was serving with the army at Salonika in Greece.

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