Rank: Private
Number: 40544
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 30 May 1918
Cemetery: Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France

Nothing is known of James Moult's life other than Regimental records suggest he was born in Stockport and enlisted in the town. His service number is consistent with him joining up in mid-1915.

After four years of war, the Germans still had the resources to launch massive assaults on the Allied positions in March and April 1918. On 27 May, they started their final major attack of the war, it became known officially as the Third Battle of the Aisne and the British were, once again, in retreat.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Cheshires' official War Diary carries scant information on these days but notes, for the day, James was killed that they started a route march at 2am. The route was Rosnay - Gueux - Chaumuzy - Nanteuil - Fleury - Damery, reaching their destination in a clearing in the Foret d'Epernay at 10pm. Rations were very short. Somewhere along the way, James had been killed, probably by shellfire or accident. His body was never recovered and identified.

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