Rank: Private
Number: 265687
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 29
Cemetery: White House Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

Military records show that James Smith was born in Heaton Norris. Although it is not possible to be certain, particularly with a common name, he is probably the boy recorded in the 1901Census, then aged 13 and working as a "cotton throstle doffer". He enlisted at Stockport into the local territorial Battalion very shortly after war was declared. He probably went overseas as early as January 1915. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele, along with many other local men.

White House Cemetery is not close to where he would  have been killed and it is reasonable to assume that his body was discovered, when the battle field were cleared after the war ended in 1918, and was brought here for burial.

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