Rank: Sergeant
Number: 10346
Unit: 12th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 25 September 1918
Age: 22
Cemetery: Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece

It's understood, from military records, that James had probably been born in Heaton Norris. By the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living in Levenshulme, Manchester. His father, also called James, was born in Lincolnshire and had a business in the local area as a coal carter. His mother, Mary Ellen came from Knutsford, Cheshire. After the war, Mr & Mrs Chilton were still in Levenshulme, living at 4 Bowler's Cottages, Broom Lane.

James enlisted in the army at Stockport. His service number is very early, suggesting that he joined within a couple of weeks of war being declared on 4 August 1914. Military records show that he "died of wounds" and was in hospital when he died. It is not possible to be certain when or how he was wounded, but the Battalion was in action on 18 September. Click here for details.

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