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MOODY, James William. Pte 1030677 24th Btn Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment).

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Yarm1914 believe that James William was was born in Haswell, Durham (Easington District) in 1901. His mother Ellen, aged 23 from Hetton le Hole died just after James William was born. He lived in Station Street with his father William (a Railway signalman for NER) aged 24 and born in Hart. His mother was buried on 8 May 1901 in South Hetton. William married Louisa Rodgers from Harpurhey, Manchester at Methodist Chapel (ex-Wesleyan Methodist), Rochdale Road on 16 August 1904 when he was 27 and she was 31. They lived at Headshope, Castle Eden where William was signalmaster. James William was 10 in 1911 and living with his father and step mother there being no other children. James William signed up on 25 April 1917 recording his profession as sailor and his father living at 1 Railway Cottages, Yarm on Tees. He records his name as James, religion as C of E and date of birth as 26 February 1899. In 1917 he would have been 16, too young to sign up, however, it is estimated that a quarter of a million men who signed up were under age. He joined the New Brunswick kilties also known as Sir Sam's own. After training in Quebec and Montreal, the Battalion some 1087 strong, embarked for England on HMT (His Majesty's Troopship) Canada and arrived in Liverpool on November 19, 1917. A final name change resulted in the battalion becoming the 236th O.S Battalion, C.E.F. MacLean Highlanders. By the end of February, they were passed as ready for France and in March 1918 they went. The battalion was immediately broken up and used as reinforcements for those battalions already in France. James joined the 24th Canadian Infantry. The Canadian forces were engaged in breaking the Hindenberg Line and pushing the Germans back in October 1918 when James fell in action and died on 15th Oct 1918. Cemetery: BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, FICHEUX IV. G. 6.

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His father William died on 14 June 1925 whilst living with Louisa at 1 Railway Cottages in Eaglescliffe (not Yarm as James recorded). James William is commemorated on the Egglescliffe War Memorial and Yarm Methodist Church memorial and his father is buried in Yarm cemetery GPR Grave 282183.

Thanks to Charles Sale, Gravestone Photographic Resource

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