Service No:


Date of Death:

05/11/1917 Aged: 25


Canadian Infantry

47th Bn. 

Grave Reference

I. C. 28.



William E James was born on 12 August 1892 in Morland.

His religion was given as C of E on his enlitment.

James was 23 and single when he enlisted in Vernon, British Columbia on 28 August 1915
He was 5 feet 8 inches tall
Had a chest measurement of 37 inches with an expansion of 3 inches.

1901 census Family living at Carleton Penrith

Edmund James  b1865 Cliburn Horseman on farm                                 

Margret James b1866 Scotland wife                   Jane E b 1889 Temple Sowerby                           Hellen M b.1891 Morland                                   William E b.1893 Morland                                   Margret S   b. 1901 Carleton                             Thomas W Hindson b 1900 Penrith nursechiild James Farrar b.1871 Scotland Relation General labourer

1911 census Jame's family living at Greengill Syke Farm Morland   

Jane and Hellen and William are not on census 

William Edmund JAMES, was a servant, aged 18, a Domestic Groom, born Morland and resident Morland. 

;additional children                                                                                                                     Beatrice Annie b.1905 Morland                           Eliza Agnes b.1907 Morland                               Thomas Hindson  still with family                                                                                                 Fredrick Taylor b.1888 Clifton Horseman in Farm

William emigrated to Montreal Quebec Canada sailing  on the Corsican from Liverpool on 6th November 1908-described as a labourer. 

He married  in 1916 in Chester-le-Street His wife was Beatrice Annie Raine who was living at The King's Arms Morland in the 1911 census- her mother was the Innkeeper aged 50 who subsequently married John Parkin of Cragg House Sleagill in1916 . They had a child

Herald Nov 1917 

Photo . Information: Died 5.11.17 buried Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery West Vlaaden Belgium. Private WE James 47th Battalion Canadian Infantry    Service No 629576

Herald 17th Nov1917

Mrs James has received official notice that her husband Private WE James Canadian Transport Section France was killed on 5th November by a shell bursting in the midst of them. He was killed instantly. Son of Mr H James Syke Farm Morland now of Vancouver Canada. He was formerly a groom in the employ of Colonel Markham and left there for Canada. He joined the army soon after the war broke out. He had been 15 months in France when he got leave and had only been back in France a few days when he was killed. Private James was only 25 years of age. He married Miss Raine daughter of Mrs Parkin of Sleagill and leaves her and one child.

Herald 24th November

Mrs James Backholme Lodge Lowther has received 2 letters regarding her husband Private WE James Canadian Contingent whose fall in France was recorded last week. The chaplain reported a shell made a direct hit on his tent at 4.30a.m. Captain Neal wrote 'not a finer or more trustworthy man in all my section...died having done his duty by serving his country in her hour of will be glad to know he died instantly and without pain'.

This page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on the following days: June 10 & June 11

Commemorated on Page 262 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

Next of Kin Listed as:
 Henry James of 1156 Rose Street, Vancouver, British Columbia