L/Corporal 40183, 15/17th West Yorkshire Regiment, The Leeds Pals

James Waring was awarded the DCM, gazetted on 3rd September 1918. The citation reads as follows:

40183 Private JH Waring (Ingleton)
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Under an exceptionally
heavy artillery and machine-gun barrage this man dressed and attended to
the wounded, running from one to the other and succouring in all about
fifty. When wounded in the head he carried on until he dropped from
exhaustion and loss of blood. After his wound had been dressed he had to
be forcibly prevented from returning to the line. (London Gazette, 3.9.18)

Assuming that James Henry Waring was from Ingleton then the following scenario is possible.
He was the son of Henry Waring, labourer on the highways, and Mary Agnes Duckett, who had married in Settle in March 1884.
They had three children, William Thomas, John and James Henry, who was born in Settle in 1893. (Census records on Find My Past)

In 1901 the family was living in Rock Cottage, Ingleton, and in 1911 they were still there, apart from James, who was now at Fell End, where he was the cow boy, a servant to the Capstick family. William, meanwhile, had become a rural postman. (Census Records on Find My Past)

It looks possible that he waited to be conscripted, as he has a late number and is listed as 15/17th Battalion. The DCM citation suggests that he may well have been a stretcher-bearer.

He was discharged to Class Z on 23rd February 1919, and was subsequently awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

In 1920 James may have married Mary A Robinson, in Settle. (Free BDM)

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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