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WW1 Casualty: Corporal 14695 James Byron -

Corporal 14695 James Byron

Unit/Regiment 12th Bn., King's (LIverpool) Regiment
Date of Death 15/02/1919 Age at Death 33
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Prescot Churchyard
Plot Unknown
Census Details 1901 Census -

James lived with his grandmother, Ann Byron, at 15, Bond Street, Prescot. He was 16 years old and employed as a Labourer in a Glass Works
Notes James is not commemorated by CWGC, although I have made a submission to have him commemorated due to the fact that he died of Gas Poisoning., probably due to the effects of his military service.
Research Ref. No. P036

Service Details

James Byron served as Private 14695 with the 12th Bn., King's (Liverpool) Regiment. He went to France on 24th July 1915. This tallies with the information in the regimental history, which reports that the 12th Bn landed at Bolougne on 24th and 25th of the month.

I am indebted to Kathy Donaldson who informs me that Pte Byron appeared in the "Wounded List" twice in 1916, firstly on 21st March and secondly on 21st April.

His service papers have not survived but his Medal Index Card shows he also served as Corporal 570676 with the Labour Corps. This number was issued between May and September of 1918

Records held by the museum of the King's (Liverpool) Regiment show that James Byron was ultimately discharged on 1st February 1919.

His medal entitlement was to the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

James died on 15th February 1919 at his home address of 20, Market Place, Prescot. His death certificate states that he was male, aged 33, "Of No Occupation, ex Corporal 12th Kings Liverpool Regiment"

The cause of death is stated as (1) Gas Poisoning (2) Pneumonia. The informant was his mother, M. Green, of the same address, noting that she was 'present at death'.

James was buried in Prescot Churchyard on 20th February 1919 and this was entered in the parish burial register which is now held at Lancashire Records Office, reference PR3404/1/59

His name is recorded on the Prescot civic war memorial.

James Byron was the brother of Pte Henry Byron, of 20, Market Street, Prescot. Henry Byron died of wounds received on 24/06/1917 and is buried at Dickebusch Military cemetery Extension

James Byron's Medal Index Card

James Byron's Death Certificate, showing that he died of Gas Poisoning.

The burial register entry for James Byron

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