James Bertram WATSON
Rank: Private
Number: CH/1512 (S)
Unit: 1st Battalion ROYAL MARINE LIGHT INFANTRY
Date of Death: 15 February 1917
Age: 20
Cemetery: Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, Pas de Calais, France

James lived with his parents at 145 Ladybridge Road, Adswood and had been born locally.

When James and Emily Watson had married, they fiorst lived in Salford and their eldest daughter, Emily was born there. The family had moved to Adswood in the about 1894 and had three more children who are recorded on the 1901 Census.

 He had attended Adswood Sunday School and had been working as a telegraph messenger at Cheadle Hulme Post Office. Shortly before he enlisted, he had changed jobs and was working for Mr Westhead, the village greengrocer. James is listed in Marine records as enlisting on 19 July 1916 at Blandford Camp, Dorset.

He was probably drafted to France on 25 September, joining his Battalion approximately two months later as one of the replacements for casualties suffered in the Battle of the Ancre

He went on active service in November 1916. On the night of 14/15 February 1917, James’ unit relieved the 10th Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the front line, north of the village of Grandcourt on the Somme battlefield. They were scheduled to attack during the evening of the 16th. Records for the 15th note only that six soldiers were killed, another three were missing and nine had been wounded. Unofficial reports to his family indicated that he had been killed by a shell whilst fetching rations.

   
           
   
     
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