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James Arthur Gravett commissioned as a 2/Lieutenant into the 10th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 24th November 1914. Three months later, February 1915 he was promoted to Lieutenant.

James embarked for Boulogne as part of the transport party on 30th July 1915, the day before the rest of the Battalion.

The second half of 1916 saw James promoted to Captain (30 June), Mentioned in Dispatches (26 September) and awarded the Military Cross (28 October).

Military Cross Citation

For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led an attack on strongly occupied enemy trenches. Though wounded by a bomb early in the advance, he refused to leave his men till the objective had been gained. He was wounded a second time and his arm shattered by a bullet, but he stuck to his command with the greatest determination. He was the first man to reach the objective, where heavy loss was inflicted on the enemy.

James was promoted to Temporary Major in March 1917.

On 28th November 1917 he was awarded both a first and second bar to his Military Cross.

First Bar Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed the utmost gallantry and determination when leading his company. By his behaviour and coolness he kept his men together, and rendered most valuable at a critical time.

Second Bar Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On two nights in succession he made daring personal reconnaissances of a farm which was the objective of a raid, and brought back valuable information. He commanded the raid and was completely successful, afterwards remaining in No Man’s Land until all the dead and wounded had been brought in. It was due to his good leadership and indomitable courage that the object of the raid was successfully attained with comparatively slight loss. He set a splendid example to all ranks.

James Arthur Gravett, M.C, relinquished his commission on completion of service on 30 January 1920, and retained the rank of Major.


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  1. […] heavy mist prevented activity of snipers and allowed Lieutenant James Arthur Gravett, who went out with a patrol at 04:00hrs, to make a proper survey of the disused German trenches. […]

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