William James

The 1911 Census shows the James family living in a 13 roomed dwelling; West Haddon Lodge.   Head of the Household was John James, aged 55, a Dairyman/Grazier, and his wife Margaret, both born in Carmarthenshire; one daughter born in Carmarthenshire; two sons and a daughter born in Herefordshire; a son born in West Haddon and three servants, one born in Sussex, one born in Long Buckby and one born in Middlesex.   How did families move such distances in the early 1900s?.

William James was born in Bodenham, Herefordshire in 1890.   Military Records have an entry for William Morgan James, born 1890 in Bodenham, Herefordshire.   The record is a Territorial Form Attestation taken at the time he was 18 years of age at Guilsborough on 2nd May, 1908.   His unit was the Northamptonshire Yeomanry; his Regimental Number 224.

The record shows him as a farmer under the employ of Mr James, his father.

The ‘engagement’ was for 1 year 11 months but he re-engaged in 1910, 1911 and 1912.

His ‘postings’ were Home 18/3/1907 – 4/11/1914 and the British Expeditionary Force France from 5/11/1914 – 10th April, 1916.

He was promoted Sergeant on 5th August, 1914.

He was not very tall standing 5′ 3″ (160cms)

He was discharged from Territorial Service on 1/5/1916 after a total of 9 years 45 days.   His ‘discharge’ papers described him as “Honest, sober, thoroughly trustworthy, hard working and efficient”.

There is no information available at this time as to what he did or where he lived on his return home.

(Jim Blakey 15th November, 2015)