Rank: Private
Number: S/10939
Unit: 2nd Battalion GORDON HIGHLANDERS
Date of Death: 1 May 1916
Age: 39
Cemetery: Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme, France

James originated from Stockport and his mother still lived at 1 Tame Street, Portwood. However, some years before the War, he had moved to Accrington, where he had married. He lived with his wife and two children at 14 Queen Street, Church, Accrington and earned his living at the nearby Kingston Mill.

He joined up on 6 July 1915 and, after training, went overseas on 19 November. The circumstances of his death are unknown as the Battalion’s War Diary makes no mention of casualties during the day. It was affine day and the men spent time improving the trench defences. James is buried nearby and was, probably, killed by random enemy shellfire.

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