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James Wood HANSON

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Surname: HANSON

Forename(s): James Wood

Place of Birth: Waddington, Yorkshire

Service No: 20790

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 'C' Coy 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 37th Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1917-05-31

Awards: M.M.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 6.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

James Wood Hanson was the son of John and Mary Elizabeth Hanson, née Wood. John was born at Waddington, Yorkshire and Mary at Liverpool, Lancashire.

1901 Waddington, Yorkshire Census: 6, Back Fold - James W. Hanson, aged 3 years, born Waddington, son of John and Mary E. Hanson.

1911 Waddington, Yorkshire Census: 76, Waddington - James Wood Hanson, aged 13 years, born Waddington., son of John and Mary Elizabeth Hanson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: L/Cpl James W. Hanson, 20790, 8th East Lancashire Regiment. Theatre of war first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 2 September 1915.

Photograph: ‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (15 June 1917).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


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


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L/Corporal James Wood HANSON

L/Corporal James Wood HANSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 37th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 37th Division

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Surname: HANSON

Forename(s): James Wood

Born: Waddington, Yorks

Residence: Waddington

Enlisted: Clitheroe, Lancs

Number: 20790

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 8th Battalion

Decorations: M.M.

Died Date: 31/05/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: HANSON

Forename(s): James Wood

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 20790

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: "C" Coy. 8th Bn.

Age: 19

Awards: M M

Died Date: 31/05/1917

Additional Information: Son of John and Mary Elizabeth Hanson, of 76, Waddington Rd., Clitheroe, Lancs.

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‘Clitheroe Advertiser' (16 March 1917)

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

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Another Waddington soldier has won distinction, the Military Medal having been awarded to Private James Hanson, East Lancs. Regt., son of Mr. John Hanson, Waddington. He stuck to his post as a machine gunner after his comrades had been killed.

‘Clitheroe Advertiser' (15 June 1917)

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



The sad news reached Waddington, through official channels, on Tuesday morning, that Lance-Corporal James Wood Hanson, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Hanson, had been killed in action in France. Deceased joined the East Lancashire Regiment, on Whit-Tuesday, 1915. He was then only 17 years of age and, after about three months’ training, was drafted to France. He reached home last February, on a short furlough and, only a week after returning to the front, he had the distinction of being awarded the Military Medal for working a machine gun when the rest of his company had become casualties. Lance-Corporal Hanson was formerly associated with the village troop of Boy Scouts, and his bravery was naturally regarded with pride by his former comrades. He also received an autograph letter from Sir R. Baden-Powell, as follows:

“I write to congratulate you on the honour you have won for conspicuous bravery in the field. I have not yet heard full details, and should very much like to do so, if you have leisure to write, because what you have done will, if presented to the Scouts, be a tremendous incentive to them to follow in your footsteps in doing their duty for their country, at no matter what sacrifice to themselves.”

Deceased was a member of the Parish Church Choir, his genial and unassuming disposition having made him very popular. He was also associated with the Sunday School and before enlisting, worked as a weaver at Low Moor.




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