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James Smith was the son of William and Nancy Smith, of 28, Old Rd, Astley Bridge, Bolton.

Soon after the outbreak of war, James enlisted in the Territorial Army. He sailed to France with the 1/5th Battalion on 12 February 1915.

During the Cambrai Operations, On 30 November 1917, James was noted as being ‘presumed dead’. On this day their Division (55th) had faced a strong enemy counter attack. Its effect was later examined by a Court of Enquiry, as the front line of defence had apparently crumbled and allowed the enemy to have a “rapid and almost bewildering” advance.

The losses for the 1/5 Battalion of the Loyal North Lancs that day were huge, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission recording at least 87 names.


Rank: Private
Service No: 240593
Date of Death: 30/11/1917
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/5th Bn.

Unfortunately no further service papers have been found.

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