SEAMAN JOHN JAMES





The Mid Cumberland and Westmorland Herald of 19 January 1919 captions Seaman John James above as "A.B. James" 
I suspect this is a typing error for Able Seaman James.
The underlying text refers to him as A.B. John James of Warcop, died of wounds.


Rank:Able Seaman
Service No:
R/3608
Date of Death:
31/12/1917
Age:
29
Regiment/Service:
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
 
Howe Bn. R.N. Div.
Grave Reference
VIII. E. 18.
Cemetery
ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT

Additional Information:

Son of John and Mary James, of Brookside, Warcop, Penrith, Westmorland.


Able Seaman R/3608, Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died of wounds in 21st Casualty Clearing Station 31 December 1917. Aged 29. 

Born 19 June 1888 in Barnard Castle, Yorkshire. Resident Warcop, Penrith, Westmoreland. Son of John and Mary James, of Brookside, Warcop, Penrith, Westmorland. 

He was in the Army Reserve 21 February 1916, entered 20 June 1917, with the draft for British Expeditionary Force 13 October 1917, joined Howe Battalion 14 November 1917 until his death. 

Seaman John James is commemorated on the Warcop War Memorial.
http://www.lostancestors.eu/memwar/W/Warcop.htm


Able Seaman John James. Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. 

Born 19 June 1888 in Summerhouse, Co. Durham.

Son of John and Mary James, Brookside, Warcop, Penrith.

1891 England Census -

Family living in  Shoregill, Warcop 

John James - born 1860 in Bowes, Yorkshire. Occupation - railway platelayer

Mary James - born  1863 in Barnard Castle, Durham - wife

William James - born 1881 in Bowes, Yorkshire - son

Margaret James - born 1883 in Westwick Durham - daughter

Thomas James - born  1885 in Westwick Durham - son

lohn James - born  1889 in Summerhouse, Durham - son

Elizabeth M James – born 1890 in Startforth, Yorkshire – daughter


1901 England Census -

Family still living in Shoregill, Warcop at the time of the census.

John James - still a railway platelayer

Mary James - wife

Thomas James - joiner and carpenter

John James 

Elizabeth Mary James 

Frederick James - born  1894 in Warcop


1911 England Census 

John living at Sleagill House, Shap , Farm labourer for Thomas Dobson Farmer 


He was in the Army Reserve 21 February 1916, entered 20 June 1917, with the draft for British Expeditionary Force 13 October 1917, joined Howe Battalion 14 November 1917

Died of wounds in 21st Casualty Clearing Station 31 December 1917.aged 29 whilst serving with Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. 

He is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at

Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Near Etricourt, France. Grave reference -

VIII, E. 18.

Does not seem to have married. No Military records found


Herald 12th Jan 1918

Able seaman John James, Warcop. On Monday morning the sad news reached Mr and Mrs John James Warcop that their third son Able Seaman John James Royal Naval Division had died of wounds in France......

By the same post 2 letters were received from the Rev FR Wearmouth, Primitive Methodist Chaplain  one saying that their son was in hospital on account of wounds in the thigh and back and the other saying that he had died of wounds on 31st Dec and was buried in the military cemetery nearby.


Prior to the war Able Seaman James had been engaged in farm work and was in the employ of Mr Dobson Sleagill House, Shap for some 11 years. He was a most kindhearted and straightforward young man and a capital judge of farm stock. He went into training 19th June 1917 being his 29th birthday. He was home as recently as October and last wrote home on Christmas day

Herald

19th Jan 1918 Photo Able-seaman John James of Warcop died of wounds.






Photo Courtesy of British War Graves