Rank: Private
Number: 58218
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 14 November 1917
Age: 19
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Nothing is known of James Dobson's life other than he was born in Heaton Mersey and enlisted in Stockport. His service number indicates that he was conscripted into the army around the end of 1916.

On 14 November, James and his comrades were in front line positions at "Railway Dug-outs", Zillebeke. Zillebeke is a small village two kilometres south of the town centre of Ypres (now Ieper).

At daybreak, the Cheshires‘ positions were shelled by the enemy. Later enemy aircraft attacked their trenches. But, it would seem that casualties from these attacks were minimal. There are no precise details of what happened to James, but the Battalion's War Diary indicates that a raid on the enemy trench was organised. Such raids were a common feature of trench warfare during the hours of darkness. They were intended to disrupt enemy morale, gain intelligence and to capture or kill as many as possible. The War Diary only records "1 O. R. killed in unsuccessful raid". The Other Rank killed was James. He was probably killed in No Man's Land and this accounts for why he has no known grave.

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