James PREECE
Rank: sergeant
Number: 265024
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 20 September 1917
Age: 31
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

James was born in Bridgenorth, Shropshire and lived there until he was at least 16. The 1901 Census records him, aged 15, working as a "creeler" in a factory. By the time war was declared, he had been living in Romiley for some time. He had married Louisa Hancock in 1912 and they had a daughter aged four and a son aged 2. They lived on Birch Avenue. James was by now a time-served hatter working at Wilson's of Denton. The family worshipped at Hatherlow Church.

In his spare time, James was a member of the Territorial Army and trained at Hyde. His original low service number, 461, confirms he had been a member for some years. He was mobilised when war was declared in August 1914 and he quickly volunteered for overseas service. A summary of the Battalion's early months of service is here.

James survived the attack near Ypres on 31 July 1917 and was back in action in the same area on 20 September when he was killed. Click here for details of this attack.

   
           
   
     
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