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James Booth was born in Royton in 1883. his parents being Thomas and Mary. He had at least four siblings - Sarah,William,Elizabeth and John. At the time he signed up he was living with one of his sisters in the Luzley Brook area, he worked as a packer at the Belgian Mill. Before that he had attended Blackshaw Lane school.Upon joining the army he was put in the 12th Manchesters and was there when they arrived in France on July 16th 1915. They were in and out of the front line after that until they went into action on July 3rd 1916 on the third day of the Battle of the Somme. They succeeded in their aims that day but three days later were ordered into an attack in bright sunlight without any cover. The result was a disaster with 555 men killed,wounded and missing.
It is unclear as to how James met his death in August 1918. Some sources suggest he died of wounds whilst others say he was killed in action. If you have any further information please get in touch.
Date of Death:26/08/1918
12th (Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry) Bn.
Cemetery:Fienvillers British Cemetery
Grave Reference:B. 7.