Rank: Able Seaman
Number: J38333
Date of Death: 27 October 1918
Age: 19
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

The Toole family had lived at 40 Toll bar Road, Stockport for many years. James Toole worked as a packer for a rope manufacturer and was married to Eliza. They had two sons – William and James. Both would serve in the forces during the War. Neither would come home.

Jim was born on 25 July 1899 and little is known of his prewar life. Before he enlisted into the Navy in April 1915, he had worked at Smith’s Mill. T & J Smith Ltd manufactured sewing cotton at its premises on Brentnall Street. William enlisted into the army within a few weeks of War being declared and was killed in action on 3 July 1916.

Jim’s burial at Stockport confirms that he died in the UK. He had recently been home on leave and HMS Lion was, presumably, still at its home port. The cause of his death was pneumonia – most probably a complication resulting from the virulent influenza pandemic which claimed millions of lives worldwide in the autumn of 1918.

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