JAMES, Stephen Harold

No.5034, Private, Stephen Harold JAMES
Aged 24

8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
Killed in Action on 1st July 1916

Stephen Harold James was born in Shimpling (3rd qtr 1891 Sudbury 4a:708) son of Joseph and Jane JAMES(née BOGGIS)

1901 census...Aged 9, he was "near Little Chadacre Farm", Shimpling woith his widowed mother Jane JAMES [58] monthly nurse, born Bradfield St Clare; brother Herbert [25] horseman on farm born Shimpling. In 1891 there was a boarder, 5 years old John P HARRIS (there is a remote chance this may be the "unknown" Jack Harris on the memorial). His father had died in 1894

1911 census...Aged 19, a farm labourer, he was still "near Little Chadacre" with his mother and 2 boarders, Ada May SPARKES [12] and Gladys Audrey SPARKES [11], both Sudbury born. His mother had lost 4 of her 15 children.

On the pension card his mother had moved to c/o Mrs CHILDS at "The Plough", Downside, Cobham, Surrey.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds
The battalion was at Montauban Ridge. There is a very extensive war diary, with three pages just on this day, on the web.

click here for this war diary

The 8th East Surreys had 140 killed, on this infamous 1st day of the Battle of the Somme, of which 99 have no known grave

Stephen James is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme pier/face 6B/6C

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details