Pte 17/45 West Yorkshire Regiment, Prince of Wales Own. 17th Battalion, Leeds Bantams

James Henry was born in Leeds in 1893 to James, a steel dresser, and Mary Reynolds. The two had married in Leeds several years earlier in 1877. They had eleven children, of whom nine were still living in 1911 – Mary Ellen, Sarah Elizabeth, Theresa, John, Ann, Veronica, James Henry, Clara Alice and Grace. (Source: 1911 Census)

They appear to have always lived in Leeds, from 1881 at 53 Clay Lane, 1891 at 37 Catherine St, 1901 at 9 Dufton St and then in 1911 at 23 Ellerby Rd. However, James does not appear on this Census and seems not to show up anywhere else. (Source: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 Census)

His service record is missing, though it is known that he was a member of A Company, No. 4 Platoon, No. 2 Section. He joined the Bantams rather early judging by his regimental number.

He married a Miss Daisy Hepper in 1915, in Leeds.

Sadly, James Henry was killed in action on the 13th April 1918 and is named on the Ploegsteert Memorial, south of Iper. (Source: CWGC)

He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

At the time of James’s death, his parents were living at ‘Highfield’, Ing’s Crescent, Osmondthorpe. At the time of his death being recorded, his wife had also died, but the only apparent record of her death was in 1920, in Bramley, so perhaps she went back to her parents once she had heard that James had died.

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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