|Date of birth:||1896|
|Place of birth:||Winchester|
|Rank / Service No:||Private, 9376|
|Died:||27th September 1914, aged 18 years|
|Buried:||Nantes (La Bouteillerie) Cemetery, France (Plot H, Row 2, Grave 10)|
James was the second of 3 known siblings born to Thomas and Alice Selina Duffy, who married in 1884.
Details are very sketchy about the family, although evidently 3 children died in infancy.
Only the 1911 Census reveals anything, and that is very confusing. It is known that the family lived at 4 Prince’s Road, Freemantle.
There are no details of Thomas, but far more on Alice.
She was born in Winchester in 1866 and passed away in Southampton in 1930. She remarried in 1916, to Henry A. Webb in Southampton.
Louisa Ellen b. 1887 Winchester d. ??
Kathleen Selina b. 1898 Southampton d. 1984 Southampton Married John H. Parnell in Southampton in 1920.
The 1st Hampshire became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division in III Corps prior to their landing in France on 23 August 1914.
The Battalion led the attack against the Germans at the First Battle of the Aisne on 13 September 1914.
James probably succumbed to injuries received during this action.
The Cemetery only holds 27 Commonwealth WW1 burials, all in Section H. they are from many different regiments, and were all buried between 11 September and 7 October 1914.
James’ headstone reads: “ Rest in peace until we meet.”
|Published:||12th July 2016|
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