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Place of Birth: Fleetwood, Lancashire
Service No: 480430
Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Engineers
Battalion / Unit: 460th Field Coy
Division: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division
Date of Death: 1917-04-17
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. J. 83.
CWGC Cemetery: VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE
James Riley was the son of James and Margaret Riley, née O'Hare. James, senior, was born in Co. Tyrone and Margaret in Co. Armagh, Ireland.
1891 Fleetwood, Lancashire Census: 4. Poulton Grove - James Riley, aged 8 years, born Fleetwood, son of James and Margaret Riley.
1901 Fleetwood, Lancashire Census: 4. Poulton Grove - James Riley, aged 18 years, born Fleetwood, son of James and Margaret Riley.
James was married to Florrie Grisdale (or Grisdall) in 1910.
1911 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 18, Valley Road - James Riley, aged 28 years, born Fleetwood, Lancashire. [James and his wife Florrie were living with John Thornber, widower.]
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Spr James Riley, 480430, (T) 3538, Royal Engineers & 4262, West Riding Regiment.
A short biography of James is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).
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:
RILEY, Sapper James, aged 34 years, R.E., 13, Ethel Street, [Barnoldswick], died in France, April 17, 1917.
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Sapper James RILEY
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division
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