James Henry ELWELL
Rank: Pioneer
Number: WR/21724
Unit: Roads & Quarries Department ROYAL ENGINEERS
Date of Death: 24 August 1918
Age: 45 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Willow Grove Cemetery, Stockport

James had been born in the Gorton area of Manchester, the eldest son of John and Ann. When the 1901 Census was taken the family had moved to nearby Reddish and was living at 10 Railway Avenue. James had two younger sisters, Mary and Martha and a younger brother, William.

In the late spring of 1901, James married Martha Goddard at St Matthew's Church, Stockport and, two years later, they had a son who they named James Robert. Martha died in 1916, aged 47.

James worked as a brick setter and, no doubt, had practical skills which the army utilised when he joined up and was assigned to the Engineers. His medal entitlement records at the National Archives confirm that he served abroad during the War but was based in the UK when he died from natural causes.

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