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James was born in Easington, Durham in 1883. He was the youngest son of James, a Schoolmaster. He had two older brothers, Henry and Richard, an older sister, Selina, and a younger sister, Anna.
He was educated at King Edward VI School, Morpeth, then Armstrong College where he trained as a teacher. He later worked as a Schoolmaster in Bedlington and was a member of South Northumberland Cricket and Tennis Club.
James was killed in action on 18th October 1915, aged 32. A mistake appears to have been made on the memorial, giving James' middle initial as "M" instead of "N".
James is buried in Hebuterne Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
A family headstone commemorating James is in St. Nicholas' Churchyard, Gosforth and his name is inscribed on a plaque in the church itself.
UK Census registers, National Archives (available via Ancestry.co.uk)
UK Military Service Records, National Archives (available via Ancestry.co.uk)
Newcastle University Archives (Roll of Service, Armstrong College Calendars, The Northerner Student Magazine)
North East War Memorials Project
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Sophie Anderton, Ian Johnson.
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