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James SMALLEY

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Surname: SMALLEY

Forename(s): James

Place of Birth: Grindleton, Yorkshire

Service No: 4203

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 20th (Service) Battalion. (3rd Public Schools)

Division: 33rd Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1916-06-28

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: G. 15.

CWGC Cemetery: CARNOY MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GRINDLETON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

James Smalley was the son of Robert and Catherine Smalley (née -). Robert was born at Grindleton, Yorkshire and Catherine at Low Moor, Clitheroe, Lancashire.

1901 Grindleton, Yorkshire Census: Brow Top - James Smalley, aged 7 years, born Grindleton. [James was living with his unmarried uncle and aunts - James, Alice and Martha Smalley.]

1911 Grindleton, Yorkshire Census: James Smalley, aged 17 years, born Grindleton, son of Robert and Katherine Smalley.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James Smalley, GS/4203, R. Fus. Theatre of War first served in: (1) [France]. Date of entry therein: 5.10.15. K. in A. 28.6.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte James Smalley, GS/4203, 3rd R. Fus. 5.10.15. to 20.10.15. 1st R. Fus. 21.10.15 to 24.11.15. 20th R. Fus. 31.5.16 to 28.6.16. Theatres of war in which served: 1(a) [France].

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 33rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 33rd Division

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Surname: SMALLEY

Forename(s): James

Born: Grindleton, Clitheroe

Residence: Grindleton

Enlisted: Clitheroe

Number: 4203

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Battalion: 20th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 28/06/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: SMALLEY

Forename(s): James

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 4203

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers

Unit: 20th Bn.

Age: 23

Awards:

Died Date: 28/06/1916

Additional Information: Son of Robert and Catherine Smalley, of 5, Fox St., Clitheroe, Lancs. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: HE GAVE HIS LIFE THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE)

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'Clitheroe Times’ (21 July 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

VILLAGE VICTIM

This has been the most tragic week Grindleton has experienced for a long time, for two well-known young men have paid the utmost price of their patriotism. One, Gunner Fred Slater, is referred to elsewhere, and the second is Private J. Smalley, of the West Surrey Regiment, only son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Smalley, of Pendle-view. He joined the army early in the war and was quickly drafted to France, undergoing great hardships and realising to the full the horrors of war. It is not very long ago that Private Smalley was buried in a shattered trench, and at the same time he was ‘gassed,’ being set to hospital and later enjoying a furlough at home. Now comes official news that he was killed on June 28th. Private Smalley was well-known and respected in Grindleton. He formerly attended the Quaker Chapel, and also the Parish Church. He was employed as a weaver at the bottom mill. Private Smalley was 22 years of age.

‘Clitheroe Times’ (28 July 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

VILLAGE VICTIM

PRIVATE J. SMALLEY of the West Surrey Regiment, only son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Smalley, Pendle View, Grindleton, and a member of the village band, who, as recorded last week, was killed in action on June 28th.

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Grindleton War Memorial - Biographical Notes by Shirley Penman

JAMES SMALLEY, son of Robert and Catherine nee Whalley (marriage not found), was born at Grindleton; resided at Grindleton and enlisted at Clitheroe. He went to France as part of 3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers on 5-10-1915 but was transferred to 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers on 21-10-1915 when the brigade was sent to Egypt; he then moved to 20th Battalion Royal Fusiliers between 31-5-1916 and his death on 28-6-1916. It seems that James was killed in the run up to the Battle of Albert (1st day of the Somme) which started on 1st July after a bombardment of artillery fire of one month; raiding parties were sent out before the battle to observe the “fall” of the shells, these raiders found the enemy to be in greater numbers than before and far more alert - perhaps James was on one of these raids? James worshipped both at the parish church in Grindleton and the Quaker chapel in Sawley. He was a weaver at the Bottom Mill previous to enlistment.

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Grindleton Memorial

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CWGC Headstone - personal inscription

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