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James Baron was from Kirkham in Lancashire. On 20th May 1916, he enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, he was 18 years 10 months old and had been working as a labourer. He was living at the Post Office Inn hotel, 18, Freckleton street, Kirkham.

James was posted into the 6th Battalion and given the service number 24388.

On 8th August 1916 he qualified as a bomber, and landed in Mesopotamia the following month (4th September), embarking in Devonport and landing in Basra, in the south of modern day Iraq.

James travelled to India on 1st July 1918, embarking on the ‘Egra’ at Basra. Whilst there, he was employed at the Divisional Soda Water Factory earning six Annas per day. On 20th September 1918 he began his return trip to Mesopotamia embarking at Bombay for Basra. He rejoined the 6th Battalion there on 12th October.

In March 1919 he was as far north as Baghdad, but was back down south in Amara by the May. That August he was north of Tikrit, he was admitted to hospital for a week, in Baiji with lavafly fever.

On 26th September he was in Kurdistan, returning back to Baiji on 10th October.

On 20th November 1919, he embarked on the S.S Chakdina, returning to England for demobilization.

For his war service he was awarded the British War Medal and Victory medal. He further earned a General Service Medal (GSM) with two clasps, Iraq and Kurdistan.


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