Rank: Private
Number: 12581
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 5 October 1915
Age: 41
Cemetery: Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France

James was born in the parish of St Paul's C of E Church, Great Portwood Street, Stockport. In the spring of 1894, he married Jessie Conway at St Mary's Church in the town centre. At the time of the 1901 Census, James was working as an outside labourer and Jessie as a winder in a cotton mill. They lived at 16 Marshland Street in the Portwood area. It's not known if they had children.

James' service number indicates he enlisted into the army in August or September 1914 and, after training, he would have gone overseas with the newly formed Battalion in July 1915. The Battalion's War Diary makes no reference to the day James was killed in action and it is not possible, therefore, to speculate about what might have happened to him.

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