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James was born in Little Lever in 1877. He was the youngest son of stone quarryman Greenwood Greenwood, born circa 1833, and Sophia Greenwood (née Howarth), born circa 1834.

He first appeared on the Census in 1881 living at 38 Ellesmere Street, Farnworth with his parents and siblings Samuel b.1866, John b.1867, Frank b.1870 and Sarah Ellen b.1875.

In 1891 James was living at 60 Brackley Street, Farnworth with his parents and siblings Samuel and Sarah Ellen.

By 1901 his father had died and James was living alone with his mother – now a shopkeeper – at 20 Broad O’th Lane, Astley Bridge, Bolton. By now he was working as a brickyard labourer.

James’s mother, Sophia, died in 1908 and he appeared on the 1911 Census living as a boarder at 52 Turton Street, Bolton, when he was employed as a brickmaker.

In early 1915 James enlisted into the Army at Bolton and joined the 6th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 19916. His medal index card suggests he either arrived in, or sailed for Gallipoli on 10th September 1915 and died at the Canadian Hospital, Abbassia, Egypt on 24th January 1916. He was buried at the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery. The 6th Battalion had been evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt shortly before his death.

James’ next of kin would receive his 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal. They would also receive a memorial plaque and scroll bearing his name and in recognition of his sacrifice. James’ war gratuity was paid to his brother in law, Thomas, and nephews John and Harold.

Rank: Private
Service No: 19916
Date of Death: 24/01/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Cemetery: CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

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This article has been reproduced with kind permission from the DBBC young roots heritage project. The young people identified and researched the the servicemen pictured in a 1916 Bolton Journal and Guardian supplement who were killed at Gallipoli. You can visit their website by clicking on the DBBC logo.
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