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Private 19/61, 15/17th West Yorkshire Regiment, The Leeds Pals

Very little is known about James, and little of his service record other than the medal card has survived.  He was born in Glasgow, and enlisted at Colsterdale.  He initially joined the 19th Battalion,  which was a Reserve Battalion, formed at Clipstone Camp in August 1915, along with the 20th.  On 1st September 1916 they became the 88th and 89th Training Reserve Battalions in 21st Reserve Brigade, but presumably before then James had been transferred to the Pals, initially to the Bantams but then to the 15th Battalion, where he was posted to A Company, No.4 Platoon, No.2 Section. (Battalion War Diary)

He was killed in action on 24th March 1918, and is named on the Arras Memorial. (Medal Card on Ancestry) (CWGC)

He was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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