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Forename(s): James Douglas
Place of Birth: Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
Service No: 28555
Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment
Battalion / Unit: 11th (Service) Battalion. (Accrington)
Division: 31st Division
Date of Death: 1917-03-09
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 C.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE
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.
‘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
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division
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