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James Albert FOURACRE

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Forename(s): James Albert

Place of Birth: Bradford, Yorkshire

Service No: 3960

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 13th (Western) Division

Age: 36

Date of Death: 1917-02-20

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CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: E. "U." 1170.


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James Albert Fouracre was the son of Mark and Mary Ann Fouracre, née Bentley. Mark was born at Payton, Wellington, Somerset and Mary at Cononley, Yorkshire.

1881 Cononley, Yorkshire Census: Aireside Terrace - J.A. Fouracre, aged 2 years, born Bradford, Yorkshire, son of Mark Fouracre, widower.

1891 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 1, Rose Terrace - James H. [sic] Fouracre, aged 11 years, born Bradford, Yorkshire, son of Mark and [stepson of] Charlotte Fouracre. [Mark had married Charlotte Slater in 1882. Mark died in 1900 and Charlotte married William Dale in 1903.]

James was married to Elizabeth Robinson in 1906. Elizabeth died in 1910.

1911 Salford, Lancashire Census: 27, Belfort Street - James Fouracre, aged 32 years, single, born Skipton, Yorkshire. [James was living with his brother, William and sister-in-law, Mary L. Fouracre. William Henry (Harry), married Mary Selina (Lena) Foster in 1902.]

The British Army Pension Record for James Fouracre exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James Fouracre, 3960, Royal Lancaster Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: (5A) Asiatic. Date of entry therein: 13 June 1915. [James was discharged on the 21 July 1916. He received the Silver War Badge.]

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte James Fouracre, 3960, K.O.R.L. Date and Place of Death: Disch’d 21.7.16. Died 20.2.17. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sister in Law Sole Legatee - Lena. £8 10s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Dependant: Mrs Lena Fouracre of 9, Hyde Street, Salford. Relationship: Unmarried wife. [In the British Army Pension Record James names Lena as his wife, "their" children are named as: Alice, James and Lena. James probably named Lena and the children, as such, so that any pension due to him, would go to her.]

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

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Forename(s): J

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3960

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)




Died Date: 20/02/1917

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


FOURACRE Mark of the “Rusholme-road” inn Rusholme-road Manchester beerhouse-keeper died 10 February 1900 Probate Manchester 11 April to Charlotte Fouracre widow. Effects £623 12s.

‘Manchester Evening News’ (28 January 1901)



The death is reported this morning at the Children’s Hospital, Pendlebury, of a child aged three years named Gertrude Fouracre, daughter of Charlotte Fouracre, of Rusholme Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock. Shortly after the girl being put to bed with an elder sister on the 17th ult. a report was heard, and on rushing upstairs a servant discovered the child had been dangerously injured by a pistol shot. An elder brother of the child had had a pistol given to him by a soldier now in South Africa, and this he kept under his pillow, locking it up on going to work. On the morning of the date named this precaution was not taken, and Ellen Fouracre, a girl of nine years old, was playing with the weapon, when it exploded, the bullet entering the head of deceased.


The inquiry relative to the death of the little girl Gertrude Fouracre, was held to-day by Mr. J. F. Price, County Coroner, at the Children’s Hospital, Pendlebury.

Charlotte Fouracre, widow, and beerseller, 16, Rusholme Road, C.-on-M., said on Monday, Dec. 17th, deceased and two older sisters were taken to bed, and shortly afterwards a report of firearms was heard. An assistant named Rowe and her son Harry ran upstairs, and found deceased bleeding from the head. She was taken to Dr. Makinson’s, who attended her up to a fortnight ago, when she was brought to the Children’s Hospital. Helen [sic], a daughter, aged nine, told her she saw something shining on the mantelpiece, and reached it, and while looking at it, it went off. The pistol belonged to her son. He usually kept it under his pillow to frighten burglars with, the house having been twice broken into.

Robert Rowe, 10, Green Place, Ardwick, a soldier invalided home from South Africa, said while assisting in the vault he heard a report of a firearm and rushed upstairs. Deceased was lying on the bed bleeding from a wound in the left temple, and her sister Ellen was standing near crying. He took the child to Dr. Makinson’s at once.

Ellen Fouracre said deceased, her sister, Hannah, and herself slept together. The gas in the bedroom was put out, but the room was partially lighted by a street lamp opposite. After being in bed about five minutes she got out to reach her dolls, when she saw something shining on the mantlepiece [sic]. She reached it, standing on the edge of the bed. While she was examining it, not knowing what it was, the pistol went off–a small pocket-sized pistol now produced. “Fire came out,” she continued, “and went towards my young sister at the other side of the bed. She fell back on the bed, and I threw the thing down and began to cry. I had not seen it before.”

Police-constable Collinson, of the Manchester City Police, who produced the pistol, said in reply to the Coroner that the little girl had been before the city magistrates and remanded. Inquiries which had been made showed that the affair was a pure accident, and she would be discharged.

Harry Fouracre, brother of deceased, aged 21, said brother James, a soldier in South Africa, presented him with the pistol, which he brought over with him last August. He kept it loaded and placed it under his pillow at night because several burglaries had been attempted. He usually locked the pistol up in his clothes box during the day, but on the morning of the day mentioned he overslept himself and left in a hurry to go to work, placing the pistol on the mantelshelf. He usually left it at half-cock.

The Coroner: Why didn’t you leave the trigger down?

Witness: I thought it safer at half-cock.

The Coroner: It would have been less likely to go off if the trigger had been down. Did you intend to shoot the burglar?

Witness: No, I intended to make a report to frighten him though.

The Coroner: Why didn’t you extract the bullet then?

Witness said it never occurred to him. His brother, who understood firearms, advised him to keep the pistol at half cock.

Dr. Thackeray, resident medical officer at the Children’s Hospital, said deceased was admitted on the 14th inst. She had a wound in the skull, was paralysed and unconscious, in which condition she remained until her death on the 25th inst. He had since made a post-mortem examination, and traced the bullet to the back part of the brain on the right side. The bullet was produced. The cause of death was meningitis and inflammation of the brain caused by the bullet.

The Coroner said it was evidently a pure accident. Even if the little girl had pointed the weapon he doubted whether at her age she could be held criminally responsible. The young man had been careless in leaving the pistol where he did.

The jury immediately returned a verdict of accidental death.

‘Manchester Evening News’ (29 January 1901)



A painful case was heard at the City Police Court this morning by Messrs. P. Mooney and J. M. Elliott, in which a little girl named Ellen Fouracre, of 16, Rusholme Road, C.-on-M., was charged with shooting her three-year old sister.

It appears from the evidence which was given at an inquest reported yesterday, that the little girl arose from bed on the night of the 17th December, and began to play with a pistol, which had been left loaded by her elder brother on the mantelpiece. The pistol, which was at half cock, went off accidentally, and Charlotte [sic] was shot. She was taken to the Children’s Hospital, but after lingering unconscious for a fortnight, died yesterday. The verdict of the jury was accidental death.

No evidence was given to-day, and the charge was dismissed after the bench had addressed a few words to the little girl, her brother, and her mother. It was stated that the prisoner’s mother lost her husband last February, and had been very ill since the accident happened. The pistol was impounded by the police.

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Waltonwrays Cemetery, Skipton

Waltonwrays Cemetery, Skipton

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Waltonwrays Cemetery, Skipton

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07 May 1915


The list of casualties in the Canadian contingent published on Monday contains the name of Pte. H. Fouracre, of the 1st Infantry Battalion (Western Ontario), whose brother Mr. F. Fouracre, resides in Devonshire Street, Skipton. The injured soldier was also a resident here for many years and worked at the Alexandra Mills. Several years ago he went to Canada, where he has been engaged in the engineering trade.

At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Western Ontario Regiment, and has been at the front some time. Pte. Fouracre has a brother in the King’s Royal Lancasters, of whom nothing has been heard since Christmas. Prior to that time he wrote regularly to relatives in Skipton.

23 February 1917


Pte. James Fouracre of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, a member of a Skipton family, died at the house of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Fouracre, 9, Hyde Street, Salford, on Tuesday afternoon from phthisis, which early in the present year developed an acute form. The deceased, a single man aged 36 years, was discharged from the Army in August, 1916, after being treated in Whalley Military hospital for a wound in the foot received in the Dardanelles campaign. He came to live with his brother Fred, at 26, Devonshire Street, Skipton, and had a pension of 15s. per week. In October last, he wrote to the authorities for arrears of pay and was informed in reply that he was in debt to the Army, following which came a reduction in his pension of 2s. 6d. per week. Then followed a summons to appear before the Medical Board at Manchester, and though in the opinion of his friends unfit to travel, he made the journey just before Christmas. The result of the examination, we are informed, was an intimation to seek work!

Pte. Fouracre was manifestly unfit for work, and was almost immediately confined to a sick bed at the house of his sister-in-law, where he died, as stated. These facts have been placed before the War Pensions Committee at Skipton, but we are officially informed that they can do nothing in the matter of securing the arrears of pay due, and that only in the event of the expenses of the funeral falling upon the rates can the War Pensions Committee of Salford make a grant of £4 towards them.

As this practically means pauperising a soldier of the King who has served twelve years with the Colours, fought through the South African war, seen service in India and China, and done his ‘bit’ in the present terrible struggle, the Editor of the ‘Craven Herald’ has guarantee the costs of the remains being conveyed to Skipton and interred in the family grave at Waltonwrays Cemetery. The deceased’s brother, Fred Fouracre, has made every financial sacrifice he can, and we suggest that the deceased’s fellow Skiptonians should see to it that the whole of the expenses attendant upon the interment are raised voluntarily instead of falling upon the shoulders of those who are unable to bear the burden.

The Editor of this journal is prepared to receive subscriptions towards the funeral of a brave Skiptonian who has given the best years of his life to the service of his King and Country. It is little short of a scandal that such an appeal should have to be made, but the facts are as stated, and facts are stubborn things.

02 March 1917


In response to our appeal last week for contributions to save from a pauper’s grave the remains of Pte. James Fouracre, of the King’s Own Royal Lancashire [Lancaster] Regiment – a member of a Skipton family, who died at the residence of his sister-in-law, Salford on the 20th ult., and whose funeral took place at Skipton last Saturday – we have received the following sums:–

Mr. J. Mason, Thorleby House – £1 1s. 0d.
Rev. C.H. and Mrs. Lowe, Rylstone Rectory – £0 10s. 0d.
A Skipton Sympathiser – £1 0s. 0d.
J.R., F.S.B.B. – £0 5s. 0d.
Mr. A. Girling, Skipton – £0 2s. 6d.

Total up to date – £2 18s. 6d.

The deceased soldier had 19 years’ service in the Army, including the whole of the South African campaign, and was discharged from Whalley Military Hospital in August last year, following wounds received in the Dardanelles campaign. The cause of his death was phthisis. There was no help forthcoming from the authorities to give the brave soldier a decent interment, and we took upon ourselves to guarantee the expenses of the body being conveyed to Skipton and interred in the family grave. The response is disappointing, but we hope to receive further financial help to assist the relatives to meet the cost incurred. Their financial position, we have reason to know, prevents their finding the necessary money. As one subscriber writes:– “It seems to me a shame that after serving his country there should be any need to make an appeal.” We cordially agree, but the fact remains that, as the authorities declare that the deceased must have been suffering from phthisis when he took up service in the present war, there is no claim on the State to give him decent burial. If the State cannot do it, then it is ‘up to’ the deceased’s fellow townsmen to step into the breach. Contributions may be made payable to the Editor, and the fund will be closed next week.

09 March 1917


Our appeal for aid in defraying the cost of the burial of a brave soldier, who died from consumption after 19 years’ service in the British Army, and the circumstances concerning which have been explained in our columns in two preceding issues, has reached £3 18s. 6d.

We repeat that it is a scandal that the expenses of interment should be saddled on the shoulders of a brother of the deceased, who has not the means at his disposal, and we are proud of the fact that, rather than permit the brave fellow–who fought through the South African campaign, and has practically given his life because of the present campaign–to be laid in a pauper’s grave, we guaranteed the expenses of removal and interment in the family grave at Skipton. The response for help is very disappointing, bur the expense will be met privately, and the fund is now closed. We thank those of our readers who have contributed to a very deserving object.

17 May 1918

FOURACRE – May 12th, at 25, Devonshire Street, Skipton, Fred Fouracre, aged 31 years. [Died of lead poisoning - see 'Craven Herald' article, 17 May 1918 - not transcribed.]

[Brother of Private James Albert Fouracre.]

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02 March 1917

FOURACRE – Feb. 20th, at 9, Hyde Street, Salford, Manchester, James Albert Fouracre, aged 39.

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