James PARTINGTON
Rank: Private
Number: 90667
Unit: 2nd Garrison Battalion King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
Date of Death: 18 August 1918
Age: 24 (based on 1901 Census information)
Cemetery: Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece

James was born in Stalybridge and, when the 1901 Census was taken, was living there with is widowed mother, Sarah and his two older siblings, William and Mary. Their address was 32 Stamford Street. By the time of the Great War, they had moved to the Bredbury area of Stockport and were living at 1 Park Street, Lower Bent's Lane. The family worshipped at George Lane Congregational Church and James had also attended the church's Sunday school.

Garrison battalions were formed early in the war and were usually comprised of men unfit for the rigours of trench warfare. They were often posted to various countries of the Empire, releasing Regular Army units for the Front. Other Battalions, like James', were posted to theatres of war where they undertook non-fighting duties in the rear areas where a military presence might be required - for instance, on the supply lines, sentries at ports, etc.

The 2nd Garrison Battalion of the King's was sent to northern Greece to support the troops opposing the Bulgarian Army north of Salonika (now Thessalonika). A characteristic of this part of the conflict was the high number of men who died of natural causes - for every man killed in action, three died of malaria, dysentery or other illness. James was one of those to succumb to malaria and was, almost certainly, in a military hospital when he died.

   
           
   
     
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