Rank: Private
Number: 39261
Unit: 10th Battalion ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 16 August 1916
Age: 44
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

James was born in Oldham but is thought to have lived in the Portwood area of Stockport for a number of years. He lived at 33 Queen Street with his wife and three children and worked locally at Palmer Mills on Mersey Street.

The Battle of the Somme had opened on 1 July 1916 and James will have taken part in his first and last attack on the 20th. The Battalion was relieved from the front line of the 25th and moved back into reserve for rest and refitting after losing many men in the previous days. On the 16th, they moved back to the trenches near the village of Guillemont ready for an attack the next day. They moved up, under shellfire, along congested roads and trackways covered in deep mud. Sometime during the day, James was killed. He was originally posted as missing and it was not until June 1917 that the War Office made the official presumption that he must have died. His body was never found and identified.

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