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WW1 Casualty: Private 23691 James Mercer Clements -

Private 23691 James Mercer Clements

Unit/Regiment 8th Bn, Royal Fusiliers
Date of Death 30/04/1917 Age at Death 20
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Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery
IV D 25
Census Details 1901 Census -

James was living at 58 High Street, Prescot, the home of his grandmother Jane Mercer, a 70 year old widow. Also at the address are Jane's daughter (James' mother) Jane Clements, a 38 year old widow, and James' younger sister Edna, aged 2.

1911 Census -

Living at 58, High Street, Prescot, were Jane Clements, a 48 year old widow, and her children James (14) and Edna (12) who were both Scholars.
Birth/Marriage/Death Registrations Birth Registered Q1/1897, Prescot, 8b, 726
SDGW – Where Born Prescot, Lancs
Enlisted Prescot
Resided Prescot, Lancs
How Died Died of Wounds Theatre of War France & Flanders
Research Ref. No. P053

Service Details

James Mercer Clements was a pupil of Prescot Grammar School from 1910 to 1913. The family ran a Hardware Shop at 58, High Street (This is the last shop before Chapel Street).

It isn't known when he joined the Army, but he went to France with the 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, on 14th October 1916.

The Parish Magazine of 28th June 1917 reported 'The following are deaths in action, all in France or Belgium' and included 'Pte. J. Mercer Clements, 20, of High Street, Royal Fusiliers. Killed 30th April 1917, France'.

A family notice in the Liverpool Daily Post of 4th May 1917

James Clements' Medal Index Card

James Clements grave at Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery

James' service is commemorated on the Grammar School Roll of Honour

I took the pictures (below) of the Clements family grave in St Mary's Churchyard, Prescot, on 8th September 2012, and noted that James' death is carved in the stone but with a year of death of 1922, some 5 years after it actually occurred.

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