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James Bradshaw enlisted into the Army at Hindley on 4th September 1914 and joined the 9th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 14677. At the time of his enlistment he was 25 years 120 days old and was living at 1 Clayton Street, Wigan with his wife Honora (nee Gallery) who he had married in 1912.

For his next of kin he gave his wife’s name, Honora Bradshaw, but this was later amended to Mrs Honora Brown of 2 Waddington’s Yard, Wigan. His mother and father’s names were recorded as William and Mary.

The medical officer described James as being Roman Catholic, standing 5ft 4in tall, weighing 131lbs with a 36.5in chest. He had dark brown hair and dark blue eyes.

Whilst training at Aldershot in April 1915 he found himself getting a Regimental entry for being ‘absent off pass from 11pm (20th) until reporting himself to his Coy Ord. Sgt at 09.20pm on 22nd’ – for this he was punished by being confined to barracks for 5 days and forfeited 3 days pay.

James sailed to France with the main body of the 9th Battalion on 25th September 1915 and died on 13th May 1916 from wounds received in the trenches near Camblain L’Abbe.

The war diary for the period shows;

9th May 1916: The Battalion relieved the 11th lancashire Fusiliers taking over Trenches Q90 to Q93. About 1930hrs the enemy exploded a Mine opposite to Q90 and attacked the position, a counter attack was immediately launched, the near lip of crater being won and consolidated. Heavy loses were inflicted on the enemy, and 1 prisoner taken, from whom valuable information was obtained. Casualties:- Lieut. J.D. Crichton, Lieut. F. G. Laurie, and 2nd Lieut. F. C. Happold wounded and to hospital. Lieut. C. C. Yates slightly wounded and at duty. O.R. 4 killed, 33 wounded.

10th May 1916: 2 wounded.

11th May 1916: 1 killed, 6 wounded.

12th May 1916: 2nd Lieut. H.G Priestland wounded and to hospital. O.R. 1 killed, 1 wounded.

13th May 1916: 5 wounded, includes 2 slightly at duty.

James was buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery and later his widow, Honora Brown, received his war gratuity along with his 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal. She would also have received a memorial plaque and scroll bearing the name of her late-husband in recognition of his sacrifice.

Rank: Private
Service No: 14677
Date of Death: 13/05/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.
Cemetery: AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

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