WW1 Casualty: Private 23691 James Mercer Clements -
Private 23691 James Mercer Clements
||8th Bn, Royal Fusiliers
|Date of Death
||Age at Death
Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery
IV D 25
||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 Registered Q1/1897, Prescot, 8b, 726
|SDGW – Where Born
||Died of Wounds
||Theatre of War
||France & Flanders
|Research Ref. No.
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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