Rank: Private
Number: 49095
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 4 October 1917
Age: 20
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

James' parents lived at 30 Bulkeley Street, Edgeley, Stockport. The 1901 Census showed his father, also called James, to be working as an engine fitter's labourer and was then aged 34. His mother, Emma, was 33. James's older brother, William, was then aged 13 and working as an office boy. After the war, Mr & Mrs Smale moved to 33 Pitt Street, Edgeley.

James worked at Shaw Heath Mill and enlisted in the army in October 1914. He had been on active service for 15 months and had been expected home on leave when he was killed in the trenches as described here, whilst acting as a stretcher bearer. An officer wrote to his parents saying he had been killed by a shell and had died instantly.

Reporting his death, the local newspaper noted that his brother, Will, was also serving with the Cheshire Regiment in Salonika. He appears to have survived the war.

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