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James Douglas JORDAN

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Surname: JORDAN

Forename(s): James Douglas

Place of Birth: Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

Service No: 28555

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 11th (Service) Battalion. (Accrington)

Division: 31st Division

Age: 33

Date of Death: 1917-03-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 C.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

James Douglas Jordan (born 17 December 1884) was the son of David Douglas and Margaret Ann Jordan (née - ). David’s place of birth has not been found; he died in 1889. The 1891 and 1911 Union Workhouse, Burnley Censuses give Margaret’s place of birth as Bolton Abbey, Lancashire and Bolton Woods, Yorkshire, respectively.

1891 Burnley, Lancashire Census: Union Workhouse - James Douglas Jordan, aged 6 years, born Todmorden, Lancashire [sic], son of Margaret Ann Jordan, widow. [Arthur and Frederick, Margaret's sons, were also inmates.]

1901 Brierfield, Lancashire Census: Finsley - James Jordan, aged 17 years, born Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. [James was employed by Rawson Atkinson, Farmer.]

James was married to Ruth Emily Raine, née Thompson, a widow, in 1908.

1911 Burnley, Lancashire Census: 10, Hallows Street - James Douglas Jordan, aged 28 years, born Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, husband of Ruth Emily Jordan.

The British Army Pension Record for James Jordan (11247) exists but may be incomplete. [James joined the 6th (Service) Bn East Lancashire Regiment on 13 August 1914 and was discharged on 29 September 1914.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James D. Jordan, 28555, E. Lan. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte James Douglas Jordan, 28555, 3rd East Lancs.; 11th East Lancs.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte James Douglas Jordan, 28555, 11th (S) Bn E. Lanc. Date and Place of Death: 9.3.17. In Action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Ruth E. £2 8s. 0d. Self and children. Widow - Ruth E. £3 0s. 0d.

The informal title of the 11th (Service) Bn East Lancashire Regiment (Accrington) was the Accrington Pals.

See also:
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).

Data Source: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Records

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: JORDAN

Forename(s): James Douglas

Born: Hebden Bridge, Yorks

Residence: Earby, Colne, Lancs

Enlisted: Burnley, Lancs

Number: 28555

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 11th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 09/03/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: JORDAN

Forename(s): James Douglas

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 28555

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 11th Bn.

Age: 33

Awards:

Died Date: 09/03/1917

Additional Information: Son of David Jordan; husband of Ruth Emily Jordan, of 5, White Lion St., Earby, Colne, Lancs.

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‘Burnley Express’ (24 March 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Robert S. Richardson)

PASSED AFTER BEING DISCHARGED

FATE OF A BURNLEY MAN

Mrs. James Jordan, who is at present living with relatives in Gorple-street, in the Brierfield district, has had information from Capt. A. Heys stating that the officers and men of the East Lancashire Regiment send their very sincere sympathy in the loss of her husband, Pte. Jordan, who was killed while out on patrol, and did not suffer at all.

Pte. Jordan, who was 35 years of age, enlisted on August 13, 1916. Some time previous to this, in 1915, he was discharged from the Army as medically unfit. In 1916 he was called on to be medically re-examined, with the result that he was passed, and once more found himself in the Army on the date mentioned. He was in training at Plymouth up to November 24th, when he was drafted to France

Previous to enlistment he employed in the coal department of the Burnley Co-operative Society, and lived with his family at 2, Rochester-street, Stoneyholme. He leaves a widow and three children, whose ages are respectively four years, two years, and ten months. Mrs. Jordan left Stoneyholme to go to relatives in Briercliffe.

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