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

James Henry Waring was from Ingleton, and was the son of Henry Waring, labourer on the highways, and Mary Agnes Duckett, who married in Settle in March 1884.

They had three children, William Thomas, John and James Henry, who was born in Settle in 1893.  He was baptised in Ingleton on 7th January 1894.

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, and John, who was a farm labourer, and servant to the Parker family.  William, meanwhile, had become a rural postman. (Find My Past)

When the war began James was 21, but does not appear to have rushed to volunteer.  He enlisted in the 15th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Leeds Pals), probably late in 1916.  It is possible that he waited to be conscripted, and transferred to the 15/17 Battalion on amalgamation of the 15th and 17th Battalions in December 1917.  He was clearly however, both a good and a brave soldier.  He was awarded the DCM in 1918 (probably for gallantry during the German Spring offensive).  Although the citation published in the London Gazette refers to him attending the wounded, he was not serving in the medical services, though he could possibly have been a battalion stretcher bearer. (There is no evidence to support the claim that he was recommended for the VC).

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)

He rose to the rank of L/Corporal and was also awarded the MM on 14th May 1919, although no citation was published for this award and, due to the Battalion disbanding earlier in 1919, it was not recorded in the War Diary.  As the award was announced in mid-1919 it was probably for bravery in the latter stages of the war.  He survived the war and was discharged on 23rd February 1919; he later received the British War Medal and Victory Medal for his service. (Ancestry)

His brother John enlisted in the West Riding Regiment, The Duke of Wellington’s, and served in France from 14th April 1915, initially with the 1/6th Battalion and 1/7th Battalion before joining the 9th Battalion. He rose to the rank of Sergeant, was also awarded the MM, and was discharged from the Army on 3rd March 1919. He gained the 1914-15 Star, War Medal and Victory Medal. (Ancestry)

In 1920 in Settle James married Mary Ann Robinson, the daughter of Joseph and Annie Robinson, also of Ingleton.  In the same year and the same place John married Annie Drinkall.  They were still in Settle in 1939, but no children are mentioned, although they had two, Elizabeth (Betty), born 1922, and Harold, born 1924.  There is no record of James and Mary Ann at all, until James’s death, in Lancaster in 1942.  Mary Ann died, also in Lancaster, in 1978, and both are buried in the churchyard at Ingleton.  Annie died in 1959 and John in 1970. (Find my Past)

Researchers: Peter Taylor and David J Owen, with information supplied by Les Waring.

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