James Henry BREDBURY
Rank: Private
Number: 265784
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 20 September 1917
Age: 24
Cemetery: Bedford House Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

James' birth was registered in Stockport between January and March 1893. He was married, to Annie Maria, and they lived at 145 Chestergate with their two children. This address is understood to have been the home of Annie's parents.

He worked at Beehive Mills and, on 1 October 1914, he went into town to enlist into the local Territorial Battalion (original service number 2619). He had survived the attack on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele and was killed in a subsequent phase of the continued advance described here.

A comrade later wrote to Annie telling her that he had died bravely, sticking to his Lewis gun in a shell hole when his Company was hard pressed, firing away till the Germans were close to him and then put a bomb under his gun and blew it up, sacrificing his own life in doing so. James is the only one of nine local men killed in the attack who has a known grave. The cemetery where he is buried is some distance away from where he was killed. This suggests that his body was possibly not discovered until after the Armistice in 1918.

By the early 1920s, Annie had remarried, to a Mr Spalding, and was living at 4 Owen Street, Chestergate, Stockport.

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