James COY
Rank: private
Number: 265528
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Nothing is known about James' private life, other than he was born within the parish of St Mary's Church, Stockport and he enlisted in the army in the town. A number of people named Coy are recorded in the 1901 Census as living in Stockport, but he is not amongst them. He may have been out of the country at the time, perhaps serving as a regular soldier.

He was certainly a pre-war member of the Territorials, as confirmed by his original service number, 1780. He would have been mobilised when war was declared in August 1914. Click here for a description of the Battalion's early months of service.

James was killed in the attack described here. Of the 46 local men killed that day, James is one of only four to have a known grave.

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