The Bairstow family were members of the Primitive Methodist Church on Old Road where this memorial to the war dead of the congregation was erected.
JAMES WILLIAM BAIRSTOW
Date of Death:14/07/1918
Regiment:Royal Field Artillery
Unit:12th Ammunition Col.
Memorial:Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial
Panel Reference:Face 1
All photos kindly provided by James' relative, Peg Griffin
Sister Hannah and wife Leah at the Tandle Hill Monument after the war
James & Leah
James joined the army in 1916 and was posted to India in March 1917. He died from enteric fever in Amritsar in July 1918 and was buried in the cantonment there. Unfortunately, many of the old British cemeteries have fallen into disrepair since Indian independence in 1947. Sadly the one at Amritsar is now neglected,overgrown and home to several illegal dwellings. James' name, like others buried in cantonments like Amritsar, was inscribed on the Kirkee Memorial.
The year after his death the following appeared in the Oldham Chronicle:
We have lost,heaven has gained,
One of the best the earth contained,
From his loving wife Leah,and his sisters,Mary H and Hannah J.
(his father had passed away in March of that year)
James Bairstow was born to Robert and Jane in Royton c.1887. They lived on Jones Street but from there moved to Crossley,Longsight in time for the 1911 census. His mother Jane passed away in 1900 leaving his father to bring up William and his two sisters,Mary and Hannah. Another sister,Sarah, had passed away in 1892 at the age of 10.
James worked at the Co-Op as a Grocers Assistant before becoming branch manager. He married Leah Schofield at the Trinity Methodist Church in 1915.He and Leah lived at 35 Glen Grove.