Rank: Acting Corporal
Number: 9339
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 9 September 1916
Age: 24
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France

James had been born within the parish of the St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Stockport. He had joined the regular army as a young man and seen 8 years service in India, probably with the 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment which was in Jubbulpore until its arrival back in England on 24 December 1914. James will have been transferred to the 1st Battalion as one of a number of experienced NCOs who were needed by 1915 as replacements for casualties.

He is believed to have been seriously wounded in the fighting a few days before he died described here. James will have been evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station a few miles behind the front line where his condition will have been stabilised. He would then have been transferred to hospital at Rouen. A sister at the hospital wrote to his mother saying that he had been severely wounded in the left arm and left side and had died after an operation.

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