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James Mercer attested into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 28th August 1914. He was posted into the newly raised 6th (Service) Battalion and given the service number 11947.

James was 27 years old and born in Preston, Lancashire.

He was married to Elizabeth (nee Hughes) and had been working as a labourer. James and Elizabeth had three children and lived at 17 Pleasant Street, Preston.

On 13th November 1914, James was tried by district court martial and sentenced to 84 days imprisonment with hard labour. He was then to be discharged with ignominy (public shame). This sentence was later commuted to 56 days by the GOC 38th Infantry Brigade, and his discharge remitted.

On 5th February 1915, James was tried a second time by district court martial. He was again sentenced to 84 days imprisonment with hard labour and to be discharged with ignominy.

On this occasion his sentence was upheld and he was discharged on 18th May 1915 under Kings Regulations 392 (XI) ‘Misconduct’.

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