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James Graham PRESTON

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Surname: PRESTON

Forename(s): James Graham

Place of Birth: Askrigg, Yorkshire

Service No: 22738

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Lancashire Fusiliers

Battalion / Unit: 18th (Service) Battalion. (2nd South-East Lancashire)

Division: 35th Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1917-11-02

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VI. F. 21.

CWGC Cemetery: WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: ASKRIGG, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

James Graham Preston was the son of James and Margaret Ann Preston, née Chapman. Both parents were born at Askrigg, Yorkshire. James, junior, was the cousin of 2nd Lieutenant Bernard Grime Lodge (q.v.).

1901 Askrigg, Yorkshire Census: North side of Askrigg - James Graham Preston, aged 3 years, born Askrigg, son of James and Margaret Ann Preston.

1911 Askrigg, Yorkshire Census: West End House - James G. Preston, aged 13 years, born Askrigg, son of James and Margaret A. Preston.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James G.Preston, 165297, Royal Field Artillery, TR/3/1223, Shropshire Light Infantry & 22738, Lancashire Fusiliers.

A short biography of James is included in: ‘Wensleydale Remembered - The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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

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Private James Graham PRESTON

Private James Graham PRESTON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Lancashire Fusiliers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Lancashire Fusiliers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 35th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 35th Division

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

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Surname: PRESTON

Forename(s): James Graham

Born: Askrigg, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Leeds

Number: 22738

Rank: Private

Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers

Battalion: 18th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 02/11/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 165297, R.F.A.

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: PRESTON

Forename(s): James Graham

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 22738

Rank: Private

Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers

Unit: 18th Bn.

Age: 20

Awards:

Died Date: 02/11/1917

Additional Information: Son of James and Margaret Ann Preston, of Askrigg, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: UNDERNEATH ARE THE EVERLASTING ARMS)

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The family of James and Margaret Ann Preston

The family of James and Margaret Ann Preston

The family of James and Margaret Ann Preston, née Chapman (before James Graham was born): standing (l-r) Charles, John; sitting (l-r) - James, Isobel, Margaret Ann

Courtesy of John Whitton

Private James Graham Preston

Private James Graham Preston

Private James Graham Preston (This photograph was taken when James was in training - his cap badge and shoulder titles are of the King’s (Shropshire Light Infantry)

Courtesy of John Whitton

Wimereux Communal Cemetery

Wimereux Communal Cemetery

CWGC Headstone

Courtesy of Colin Chadwick, Harrogate

Wimereux Communal Cemetery

Wimereux Communal Cemetery

CWGC Headstone - personal inscription

Courtesy of Colin Chadwick, Harrogate

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

09 November 1917

PRESTON – October 22nd 1917, in hospital in France, from wounds received in action on the Western Front, Private James Graham Preston, Lancashire Fusiliers, second son of Mr. and Mrs. James Preston, Askrigg, aged 20 years.

09 November 1917

ASKRIGG LAD DIES FOR HIS COUNTRY

The sad news was received on Monday by Mr. and Mrs. James Preston, Askrigg, that their second son, Pte. James Graham Preston, Lancs. Fusiliers, had died from wounds received on his 20th birthday, October 22nd. Private Preston volunteered for service in 1915, and joined up in September 1916. He went to France in January this year. He first joined the R.F.A., but was later transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers. He twice refused a commission, once in England and once in France, preferring to serve as a private. He wrote home every day after he was wounded right up to Oct. 31st, and he died on November 2nd, a bullet having pierced his lung. He returned to France six weeks ago after 10 days’ house leave. Mr. and Mrs. Preston received two letters from the assistant matron of the hospital to which their son was conveyed, the first letter stating the seriousness of the wound, and the second was as follows:–

“Dear Mrs. Preston, – It is with the deepest regret that I write to tell you that your boy died at 11-30 this morning. All day yesterday he was becoming gradually worse, and when I saw him this morning I felt he could not last long. He was perfectly conscious then, and when I asked him how he felt he said, ‘I’m rather weak.’ I told him I would write to you today and he said, ‘Send my love and remember me to all my relations.’ I am so very sorry, he was such a sweet boy, and I can imagine what a grief the news of his death will be to you. I don’t really think he suffered much; it will comfort you to know that.”

Jim Preston, as he was familiarly known, was in training at Ludo College, for the teaching profession, and joined the Army while there. He won two medals and three certificates for swimming and beat the five miles’ Junior College record for running, doing the distance in 32 mins. 30 secs. He was a member of the Askrigg Church Choir and a Sunday School teacher for several years, and right up to his going to College. He was also a pupil teacher at Askrigg Day School and a great favourite with the scholars, as he was with all who knew him. His was a gentle kindly nature and though a soldier’s life appealed not to him, yet loyalty to his country and his high sense of duty triumphed over every other feeling. The greatest sympathy is expressed for the parents, brothers and sister in their great loss. Mr. and Mrs. Preston’s eldest son is also in the Army.

16 November 1917

ASKRIGG – THE LATE PRIVATE PRESTON

A memorial service was held at St. Oswald’s, Askrigg, on Sunday evening in memory of Private James Graham Preston, who died in France from wounds received on the 23rd October, being his 20th birthday. The Vicar, the Rev. F. M. Squibb, in feeling terms referred to the great loss the relatives had sustained. He was near and dear to them all; he had known him from a little boy of eight years – first in the Sunday School and then as a teacher and a member of the choir. The deceased was earnest in whatever he undertook. He would not have dreamt of being a soldier had he not felt it to be his duty. There was a large congregation and appropriate hymns were sung, and sympathy was shown on all sides to the sorrowing relatives. Mr. Haverfield, of Hawes, presided at the organ, and at the close the Dead March in ‘Saul’ was played.

16 November 1917

PRESTON – In sad, but loving and honoured birthday remembrance, of Private James Graham Preston, Askrigg, who died November 2nd 1917, from wounds received in action.

“After the day’s work well and nobly done,
Rest from all the noise and strife of this terrible conflict.”

“No more shall the smile of his countenance brighten
The long weary hours of his friends left behind;
For no one who knew him could ever forget him,
His ways were so loving, so true and kind.”

“Always worthy of everlasting love.”

“A loving brother true and kind,
A beautiful memory left behind.”

Sadly missed by his loving Father, Mother, Isabel, Frank, Jack (serving in Egypt), and his dearest friend Dick.

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