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James was born in Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1878. He married Agnes Rhodes in Alston, Preston on 27th April 1909. In the 1911 census they are living in Alston Row and he is a farm labourer. They had two children Joseph (1911) and Helen(1913).

James enlisted in Preston on 9th December 1915 into the army reserves and was posted to 5th Battalion on 6th August 1916. He was given the service number 8578, later 243742.

He served in France from 27th January 1917 till 30th November of that year when he was listed as missing. Records then show that from 1st December 1917 to 1st June 1918 he was a prisoner of war. James was discharged on 15th April 1919 and was awarded a disability pension due to gunshot wounds received to his legs and right arm.

James received British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

James Masterson died in 1959, aged 81 years in Lancashire.

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