James BELL
Rank: Private
Number: 63062
Unit: 9th Battalion WELSH REGIMENT
Date of Death: 9 June 1918
Age: 19 (probably - based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France

It has not been possible to confirm any family details for James. Regimental records, published after the War, show he was born in Stockport and enlisted in the town. The 1901 Census suggests one person born in the town and of age to have served in the army in the War. This boy was then aged two and lived with his parents, Matthew and Sarah, at 57 Bowden Street, Shaw Heath. He had two brothers - Harry, then aged 6, and Walter, 4 months.

When he joined up, James was assigned to the 2/1st Battalion, Pembrokeshire Yeomanry and was given the service number of 290628. The number is one issued after the beginning of 1917. The Yeomanry were the cavalry units of the Territorial Force and James will have undertaken his training with them and probably served for a while in the UK. He will have transferred to the Welsh Regiment before going overseas on active service. He died in an army "base" hospital on the Channel coast, of wounds he'd received in action. He may have been in hospital for some time before he died and it is not known when he was injured or under what circumstances.

   
           
   
     
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