James Wilfred Alfred Denham

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Bitterne, Southampton
Regiment: Wiltshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 203057
Died: 17th October 1918, aged 22 years
Buried: Glageon Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Plot II, Row A, Grave 1)

 

James was the elder of 2 siblings born to James Augustus and Matilda Denham (nee Edwards), who married in Bitterne in 1892.

James Augustus was the manager of a Soldiers’ Mission at Bulford Camp in Wiltshire. He was born in Shrewsbury in 1869 and died in Southampton in 1952.

Matilda was born in Camden Town in 1869 and passed away in Southampton in 1961.

 

The family lived in Bedford Place in Southampton.

 

Siblings

James William Alfred 

Ernest Charles   b. 1913 Bulford Camp   d. 1961 Southampton   Ernest was a school teacher, who died in a traffic accident.

 

The 2nd Battalion had been based in Gibralter when war was declared, and landed back at Southampton in September 1914.

They immediately moved to Lyndhurst, under the command of the 21st Brigade in the 7th Division.

The 21st Brigade landed at Zeebrugge on 7 October 1914, and transferred to the command of the 30th Division.

 

In May 1918, the 2nd Battalion joined the 58th Brigade in the 19th (Western) Division.

 

James must have died of wounds received earlier than October 1918, because his battalion was based at Rieux, Brittany on 17 October, not involved in any warfare.

 

Glageon village was in German hands for practically the whole of the war. The communal cemetery was used for the burial of German soldiers and Allied prisoners from September 1914 until August 1918.

The extension was then begun and used until October 1919.

The German, American, Italian and French graves have now been removed from both burial grounds, only the British and Russian remain.

There are now a little over 300 WW1 casualties on site.

 

James’ headstone reads: “Until the day break and the shadows flee away.”

 

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th July 2016
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