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WW1 Casualty: Private 17468 James Chorley -

Private 17468 James Chorley

Prescot Reporter 11/08/1916

Unit/Regiment 2nd Bn, King's Own Scottish Borderers
Date of Death 23/07/1916 Age at Death 28
& Reference
Thiepval Memorial
Pier and Face 4A & 4B
CWGC Family Details (if shown) Husband of Emily Chorley, of 19, Ashworth House, Market Place, Prescot.
Census Details 1901 Census -

The Chorley family lived at 52 Beaconsfield Street. Henry, a 41 year old Bricklayer and his wife Mary, also 41, had children Annie (15), a watch frame maker, James, a 12 year old Errand Boy, Mary (9) and William (3).

1911 Census -

James was 24, single, and worked as a Telephone Cable Opener at the Wire Works. He lived at 50, Cyprus Street, the home of his parents Henry and Mary
Birth/Marriage/Death Registrations The birth of James Strettle Chorley was registered in Prescot in Q2/1888, Vol 8b, Page 689

Marriage to Emily Woodward registered in Prescot in Q3/1914, Vol 8b, Page 1376. Their son Harry was born in 1915.
SDGW – Where Born Prescot, Lancs
Enlisted St Helens, Lancs
Resided Prescot, Lancs
How Died Killed In Action Theatre of War France & Flanders
Research Ref. No. P052

Service Details

The 2nd Battalion, KOSB, moved from Arras on 13th July 1916, arriving at Franvillers on 16th. They went into action on 19th and were in action until 23rd, when they were relieved.

James Chorley's body was never identified, if found, and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial

Prescot Reporter, 04/08/1916 -

'Unofficial news has been received that Signaller James Chorley has been killed by shrapnel in France. The intelligence was conveyed in a letter written home by a Prescot soldier who also sent money and photos of the dead soldier's wife and brother picked up from the field of battle.

Chorley, who leaves a widow and one child, was 28 years of age and resided at 5, New Cross Street, Prescot. He was attached to the King's Own Scottish Borderers and had been in France only four months. His younger brother William is with the Royal Engineers of the West Lancashire Division in Salonika. Great sympathy is expressed for his widow and child, and also for his father and mother who live in Cyprus Street'

Prescot Reporter, 11/08/1916

'The news sent in a letter from a soldier at the front that Signaller James Chorley had been killed in action in France has now been officially confirmed. The deceased, who was 28 years of age, was the husband of Mrs. Chorley, of New Cross Street, Prescot, and had only been in France four months with his regiment, the King's Own Scottish Borderers. He leaves a widow and one child to mourn their loss.'

Prescot Reporter, 14th September 1917

James Chorley was included in a list of those who had died which was published in the Liverpool Echo on 30th August 1916

James Chorley's Medal Index Card. He was entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal

James Chorley's entry on the Register of Soldiers Effects

Although James Chorley has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, when his father Henry died in 1924, the family included an inscription to James on the headstone in Prescot Cemetery, as shown below. Years later, an additional inscription was added for James Chorley Washington, killed in Normandy in 1944 whilst serving with the Royal Engineers. This was the nephew of "our" James Chorley, being the son of his sister, Mary, and her husband, Edward Washington. I wonder if James Washington was named in honour of his late uncle, James Chorley?

The headstone is pictured below

James Chorley's inscription on the Thiepval Memorial.
Picture taken Monday 21st February 2011

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