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James Kenyon was born in Preston on 23 April 1898 – he is noted as being 3 years of age in the 1901 Census, living at 42 German Street, Preston (later renamed Owen Street), son of Elisha and an Irish mother Mary. Both worked in the cotton industry.

James enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 2nd January 1914 and was posted into the 1st Battalion. He was a Private, service number 2369. With the outbreak of war later that year he was part the lead elements of the British Expeditionary Force, sailing to France on 22nd September 1914.

The 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment were part of 2nd Brigade, in 1st Division.

James was present and ‘under-fire’ at the infamous Retreat from Mons.

James was wounded whilst in France, and was discharged on 26th June 1916. It is assessed that he was wounded whilst in the trenches, and not during a major battle, as their Division hadn’t fought in such since the Battle of Loos (25 September – 18 October 1915). James was awarded Silver War Badge number 53602. According to the family he had a ‘hole in his arm’.

James was later awarded the 1914 Star (with clasp), the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Post war he was an active member of the Old Contemptible’s association. James died in 1967.

Unfortunately no service or pension papers survive.

 

 

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