Main CPGW Record
Forename(s): James Henry
Place of Birth: Lunds, Yorkshire
Service No: C/13003
Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Battalion / Unit: 21st (Service) Battalion. (Yeoman Rifles)
Division: 41st Division
Date of Death: 1916-09-17
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 13 A and 13 B.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: GARSDALE HEAD, YORKSHIRE
Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE
James Henry Milner was the son of Thomas Spensley and Sarah Milner, née Wilson. Thomas was born in Arkengarthdale, Yorkshire and Sarah in Mallerstang, Westmorland. Thomas died in 1909. In 1919 Sarah married John Blades.
1901 Garsdale, Yorkshire Census: Junction Inn - James Henry Milner, aged 4 years, born Hawes, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Sarah Milner.
1911 Garsdale, Yorkshire Census: Junction Inn - James Henry Milner, aged 14 years, born Hawes, Yorkshire, son of Sarah Milner, widow.
The British Army Service Record for James Henry Milner exists but may be incomplete.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James H. Milner, G/13003 [sic], K. R. Rif. C.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte James H. Milner, C/13003, 21st Bn K. R. Rif. C.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte James Henry Milner, C.13003, 21st (S) Bn K.R.R.C. Date and Place of Death: 15-17.9.16. In Action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Sarah. £3 16s. 1d. Sister and Sole Legatee - Ethel A. £3 0s. 0d. [Ethel Annie Milner married Matthew Bell in 1932.]
Short biographies of James are included in:
‘Wensleydale Remembered - The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).
‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 - But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).
Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entryView Entry in CPGW Book
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
MILNER, Rifleman Jas. Henry, aged 20, Hawes Junction, killed in action Sept. 15, 1916.
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Rifleman James Henry MILNER
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 41st Division
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