James WALL
Rank: Private
Number: 11749
Unit: 1st or 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 3rd May 1915
Age: 38
Cemetery: Le Treport Military Cemetery, France

James had been born in the parish of St Matthew C of E Church, Stockport, his father also being called James. The family history website, FreeBMD, suggests that he married between April and June 1897. When war was declared, he was living with his wife and four children at Thomas Street West in the town.

James had worked, for 26 years, for Harlow & Sons, brassfounders and the 1901 Census described his job as a Brass Finisher. In his spare time, he was a member of St Thomas' Conservative Club.

He enlisted in the army in Stockport and was sent to one of the Cheshire Regiment's regular army battalions. It is unclear, from official records, if this was the 1st or 2nd Battalion. The regimental history records it as the 1st, whilst the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the local newspaper described it as the 2nd.  Both battalions were in combat areas in the weeks prior to 3 May and, at some time, James was wounded. He was evacuated to a nearby Casualty Clearing Station and, once stabilised, moved to a hospital in the French coastal town of Le Treport where he subsequently died.

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