James BURNS
Rank: Private
Number: 49596
Unit: 13th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 7 December 1916
Age:
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

James was the son of Arthur and Mrs Burns, 23 Pitt Street, Edgeley, Stockport. His service number indicates he enlisted into the army in the early part of 1916, leaving his job at the Brinksway Dyeing Company. He'd previously worked for Messrs Sutton & Torkington for 12 years.

He had a brother, Arthur, who also served in the army during the War.

James had probably undergone training until the summer of 1916 and had then joined the Battalion overseas. In early December, they were in trenches in Ploegsteert Wood. This is just north of the French town of Armentieres, over the border into Belgium. James was, almost certainly, wounded on the 6th,  when the Battalion's War Diary records that the day was quiet, although the enemy shelled their positions in the morning. It records that they were again shelled, in the afternoon, by "minnies" (the British slang for German "minenwerfers" - trench mortars). One man was killed. James and four others were wounded.

He would have received attention from the Battalion's medical officer and would then have been evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station at Bailleul, perhaps 12 kilometres to the rear. Here military surgeons would have tried to save his life but without success.

   
           
   
     
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