|Date of birth:||1888|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Regiment / Division:||Middlesex|
|Battalion:||2/10th (T.F) battalion|
|Died:||19 April 1917, aged 28 years|
|Buried:||Gaza War Cemetery, Israel (Plot VII, Row E, Grave 9)|
Life before the War
James was the youngest of 5 siblings born to Frederick Alfred and Charlotte Blandford (nee Rood), who married in Southampton in 1866.
Frederick was a bootmaker who was born in the city in 1843, and he died in Southampton in 1920. Charlotte was born in Bursledon in 1845 and she passed away in the city in 1926.
- Charles Frederick b. 1868 Southampton d. 1894 Southampton
- Annie b. 1870 Southampton d. 1933 Southampton Married George Sheath in Southampton in 1892.
- Frederick William b. 1874 Southampton d. 1920 Southampton Married Martha Parsons in West Ham in 1899.
- William Alexander b. 1880 Southampton d. 1918 Alverstoke Married Emily Ellen Lilly Currell in Southampton in 1906. Married Nelly M. Batson in Southampton in 1913.
- James Herbert
The Battalion was formed at Stamford Brook in September 1914. It soon moved to Staines and became attached to the 2/Middlesex Brigade (201st), 2/Home Counties Division (67th). Upon transferring to Cambridge on 24 April 1915, the battalion became part of the 160th (Welsh Border) Brigade in the 53rd (Welsh) Division.
On 18 July 1915, the brigade sailed from Devonport bound for Gallipoli. They landed at Suvla Bay on 9 August, and took part in operations until December.
The brigade then moved to Egypt, where it stayed until transferring to Palestine in early 1917.
At the end of March, Gaza was attacked and surrounded by the newly-arrived Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the first Battle of Gaza. The attack was broken off when Turkish reinforcements appeared on the scene.
The Second Battle of Gaza, 17-19 April, was when James lost his life; it left the Turks in control of the city.
The cemetery contains 3217 Commonwealth WW1 burials, the majority from the 52nd(Lowland), the 53rd (Welsh), the 54th (East Anglian) and the 74th (Yeomanry) Divisions.
James’ headstone reads: “In ever fond memory.”
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