Rank: Private
Number: 362714
Unit: Clearing Office LABOUR CORPS
Date of Death: 19 April 1919
Age: 41
Cemetery: St Chadís Churchyard, Romiley

Other than the information recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, almost nothing is known about James. Although his age is recorded, it has not been possible to establish a place of birth from family history websites, such as FreeBMD.

It is known that he was married to Alice and they lived at 1 Guywood Cottages in Romiley. James had married late in life, marrying Alice Fenna at St Chad's Church in 1917. It is, of course, possible that she was not his first wife.

An examination of on-line medal entitlement records at the National Archives confirms that James served abroard on active service. His service was always with the Labour Corps, his age generally precluding him from service with a fighting unit. Although he died at home some months after the Armistice, he must have still been a serving soldier for his grave to be recognised as an official War Grave. It is not known if his death was due to him being injured on duty or due to illness.

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