7721 Sergeant James Airey.

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18th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

Awarded the M.M. in the London Gazette of 11 February 1918.

Airey was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express of 23 August 1919 reported, Sergeant James Airey of 15, Paper Street, Burnley was presented with the Military Medal at a ceremony today. The medal was awarded for gallantry in action in September 1918. Four of his brothers also served with the colours. He enlisted in September 1914 and was overseas for three and a half years. He is employed at Messrs. Cooper Brothers' foundry as a iron turner.

A further report on the 11 November 1919 states that Sergeant Airey has been mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's Despatches and has received a certificate recording the award. The award is for gallant and distinguished service in the field on the 7 April 1918. He has been awarded the Military Medal for holding a strong point during September 1918 near Ypres.