Private James Wilkinson
7367 1st Royal ScotsFusiliers
Died 23rd August 1914, aged 29
Lived at 46 Scarlett Street
Commemorated on the La Ferte sous Jouarre Memorial, France
Burnley Express 16th March 1915 - 21st April 1917

James had been a regular soldier for almost 12 years and had war not broken out would have completed his Army service in December 1915.
Unfortunately that was not to be the case and James found himself with his regiment at the battle of Mons on the 23rd August 1914 and was reported missing after the battle. British casualties were over 1600 men killed, wounded or missing.
He was still classified as missing in 1917 when the death of his brother Harry was reported in the Express of 21st April of that year.
James’ body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the La Ferté-sous-Jouarre memorial in France which commemorates over 3500 British soldiers who were killed between August and October 1914 and have no known grave.




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