Rank: Private
Number: 13717
Unit: 11th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 7 July 1916
Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

James was a native of Heaton Norris and the family home was at 10 Ince Street. He had three known brothers, William, Jack and Arthur, and a sister called Edith.  He worked as a piecer at the Portwood Spinning Company and in late August/early September 1914, he enlisted in the army.

He was wounded on 3 July 1916, in the fighting described here. It was usual for a seriously wounded man to be evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station, several miles behind the front line, where there were full surgical facilities. The fact that James is buried only a comparatively short distance from where he was in action, suggests that a doctor who examined him, along the route, decided that there was no hope for him. In such circumstances, he would have been made as comfortable as possible but it would be three days before he died.

James had two brothers serving with the army. William would be killed on 30 April 1917, whilst serving with the South Lancashire Regiment and is commemorated on the Memorial.

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