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James Henry PEEL

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Surname: PEEL

Forename(s): James Henry

Place of Birth: Bradley, Yorkshire

Service No: 39582

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Kings Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 7th (Service) Battalion

Division: 20th (Light) Division

Age: 36

Date of Death: 1917-04-14

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. D. 36.

CWGC Cemetery: CERISY-GAILLY MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BRADLEY, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: CROSSHILLS, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: KILDWICK, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

James Henry Peel was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Peel, née Watkinson. Thomas was born at Gargrave and Elizabeth at Bradley, Yorkshire.

1881 Bradley, Skipton, Yorkshire Census: Scawbutts - James H. Peel, aged 1 month, born Bradley, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Peel.

1891 Crosshills, Yorkshire Census: Wheatlands Lane - James H. Peel, aged 10 years, born Bradley, Yorkshire, nephew of Joseph and Margaret E. Sanderson [née Watkinson].

1901 Crosshills, Yorkshire Census: 49, Main Street - James H. Peel, aged 20 years, born Bradley, Yorkshire, nephew of Joseph and Margaret E. Sanderson.

1911 Bradley, Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 11, Victoria Terrace - James Henry Peel, aged 30 years, born Bradley, son of Elizabeth Peel, widow.

James was married to Sarah Annie Birch in 1911.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James H. Peel, 39582, Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

PEEL, James Henry, K.O.Y.L.I., 3, Railway Terrace, Skipton, killed in action, France, April 14, 1917.

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Private James Henry PEEL

Private James Henry PEEL

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Kings Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Kings Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 20th (Light) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 20th (Light) Division

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Surname: PEEL

Forename(s): James Henry

Born: Bradley, Yorkshire

Residence:

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorkshire

Number: 39582

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion: 7th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 1917-04-14

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: PEEL

Forename(s): J H

Nationality: United Kingdom

Service Number: 39582

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Unit: 7th Battalion

Age: 36

Awards:

Died Date: 1917-04-14

Additional Information: Husband of S. A. Peel, of 11, Hall St., Crosshills, Yorks.

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27 April 1917

PEEL – April 14th 1917 in No. 13 Casualty Clearing Station, France, as a result of shell shock, Pte. James Henry Peel, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, of 3 Railway Terrace, Keighley Road, Skipton, aged 36 years.

27 April 1917

A BRADLEY HERO

Mr. and Mrs. Walker Blades, of Prospect Terrace, Bradley, have received the following letter, dated April 15th:– “ It is with deepest regret and sympathy that I beg to inform you of your son’s death. He was killed by shrapnel yesterday, the 14th, and was buried last night. He was a good workmate and soldier, and I sincerely regret his 1oss.

“Yours sincerely, LANCE-CORPORAL J. LITTLEWOOD, Shoemaker’s Shop, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. “

“P.S. He was buried in an English grave and had a proper funeral service.”

Private Albert Blades, of the West Yorkshire Regiment, who was 22 years of age, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Blades, and enlisted on March 28th, 1916. He went to France in the following January. He was of a quiet and retiring disposition, but all his letters breathed a love of home and of his parents, for whom the deepest sympathy is felt. He was formerly employed as shoemaker by Mrs. Walker, of Skipton.

A memorial service was held in the Wesleyan Chapel, Bradley, on Sunday morning, conducted by Mr. Herbert Thornton, who said that it was their painful experience to have to record the passing away of another of their lads on the field of battle. Never surely in the history of mankind was there so much anguish and heartbreak on account of loved ones who had been prematurely cut off. Well might they cry out “How long, O Lord, how long?” When would the toll for human misunderstanding, avarice and inordinate ambition be expiated? They little thought a week ago, when paying a tribute to Sydney Mattock, that even then Albert had found a last resting place upon a foreign shore. Yet so it was, and his death made the sixth of their lads who had laid down their lives in their country’s cause, viz., Willie Brayshay, while in training on Salisbury Plain; Robert Henry Mawson, Leonard Troup, John Sydney Mattock, James Henry Peel, and lastly, they hoped, and so far as they knew, Albert Blades. Albert was of a quiet disposition; he didn’t wear his heart upon his sleeve, his innermost thoughts and aspirations were rarely, if ever, expressed. He was diligent and plodding, kind and considerate, strongly attached to all at home, purposely avoiding in his letters anything calculated to give uneasiness or anxiety; consequently, it was not known definitely whether he was killed in action or hit with shrapnel behind the line. He was one of their own lads, having passed through the Sunday School and previous to enlisting was connected with Mr. Bray’s Young Men’s Class. He was also a frequent attender at public worship and in their name and his own he extended to the bereaved relatives their sincere sympathy. It was some consolation to know that his death brought no remorse; that his end had not been hastened by fast and profligate living, but that he had died fighting the country’s cause. Might some comfort come to all those who were bitterly mourning the loss of loved ones at this time from the thought that their lives were given up in the most momentous struggle in history, and that they sacrifice their all in order that right and freedom should triumph and the world be made a brighter and a happier place in which to live.

At the close of the service ‘O rest in the Lord’ was played by the organist, Mr. Chapman.

The following letter was received by his parents yesterday morning from Private Joe Harry Mawson, another Bradley lad:–

April 19th 1917

“Dear Mr. Blades, - I beg to extend to you and your family my deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement, and I most sincerely pray that God will comfort and sustain you until that day dawns when you will be re-united in the better land. The news came as a great shock to me this morning. I made enquiries about him and learnt that he was wounded in the back and died in hospital. I have seen the place where he is buried, and let me assure you that he has been buried respectably. At present there is nothing but a bottle with his name and number and date of burial as follows: ‘Private A. Blades. No. 4,604, 14/4/17’ but in the course of a few days there will probably be a small wood cross put up to mark the place. I have been talking to his sergeant, and he told me he was a good soldier. There is only one consolation for you, that is that he has done his duty and paid the highest sacrifice for the sake of humanity.”

27 April 1917

SKIPTON'S ROLL OF HONOUR – PRIVATE JAMES HENRY PEEL

Pte. James Henry Peel of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, whose wife and two young children live at No. 3 Railway Terrace, Keighley Road, Skipton, died from shell shock in No. 13 Casualty Clearing Station in France on April 14th. Mrs. Peel first received a telegram to the effect that her husband was seriously ill and this was followed by two letters from a nurse, the first stating that he was suffering from shell shock and the second that he had passed away. On Monday morning, Mrs. Peel received official confirmation of the sad news from the Infantry Records Office, York.

Thirty-six years of age, deceased belonged to Crosshills where, for ten years, he worked as a tailor for Mr. Fred Smith, Station Road. He came to Skipton nearly two years ago to enter the employ of Mr. Leathley, Otley Street. He enlisted on September 15th last year and had been in France since January 8th last.

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27 April 1917

PEEL – Died from shell shock in France, April 14th, Pte. James Henry Peel, of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, husband of Mrs. Peel, of 3, Railway Terrace, Skipton.

27 April 1917

SKIPTON SOLDIER DIES FROM SHELL SHOCK

Mrs. Peel, of 3, Railway Terrace, Skipton, has received official information from the Infantry Records Office, York, that her husband, Pte. James Henry Peel, of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died from shell shock at the 13th Casualty Clearing Station, France, on April 14th. Pte. Peel is a native of Crosshills, coming to Skipton about two years ago. At Crosshills he was employed for ten years by Mr. Fred Smith, tailor, Station Road, Crosshills, and prior to enlisting he followed a similar occupation with Mr. Leathley, of Otley Street, Skipton. He joined the army on the 15th of September last, and had been out in France since January. He leaves a widow and two children to mourn their loss.

27 April 1917

ANOTHER BRADLEY SOLDIER KILLED

Mr. and Mrs. Walker Blades, of Prospect Terrace, Bradley, received the following letter last week from Lance-Corpl. J. Littlewood, of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment:– “ It is with deepest regret and sympathy that I beg to inform you of your son’s death. He was killed by shrapnel yesterday, the 14th, and was buried last night. He was a good workmate, and I sincerely regret his loss. He was buried in an English grave and had a proper funeral service.”

Pte. Albert Blades, of the West Yorkshire Regiment, who was 22 years of age, was the only son of the above, and enlisted on March 28th, 1916. He went to France on Jan. 12th. The lad was of a quiet and retiring disposition, but all his letters breathed a love of home and parents, for whom the deepest sympathy is felt. He was formerly employed as shoemaker by Mrs. Walker, of Skipton.

The following letter was received by Pte. Blades’s parents yesterday morning from Private Joe Harry Mawson, another Bradley lad:–

“I beg to extend to you and your family my deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement, and I most sincerely pray that God will comfort and sustain you until that day dawns when you will be re-united in the Better Land. The news came as a great shock to me this morning. I made enquiries about him and learnt that he was wounded in the back and died in hospital. I have seen the place where he is buried, and let me assure you that he has been buried respectably. At present there is nothing but a bottle with his name, number, and date of funeral, ‘Pte. A. Blades. No. 4604, 14/4/17,’ but in the course of a few days there will probably be a small wood cross put up to mark the place. I have been talking to his sergeant, and he told me he was a good soldier. There is only one consolation for you, that is that he has done his duty, and paid the highest sacrifice for the sake of humanity.”

A memorial service was held in the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday morning, conducted by Mr. Herbert Thornton, who said that it was their painful experience to have to record the passing away of another of their lads on the field of battle. Never surely in the history of mankind was there so much anguish and heartbreak on account of loved ones who had been prematurely cut off. Rachel’s weeping for their children because they are not. Well might they cry out “How long, O Lord, how long?” When would the toll for human misunderstanding, avarice and inordinate ambition be expiated. They little thought a week ago, when paying a tribute to Sydney Mattock, that even then Albert had found a last resting place upon a foreign shore. Yet, so it was, and his death made the sixth of their lads who had laid down their lives in their country’s cause, viz., Willie Brayshay, while in training on Salisbury Plain; Robert Henry Mawson, Leonard Throup, John Sydney Mattock, James Henry Peel, and lastly, they hoped, and so far as they knew, Albert Blades. Albert was of a quiet disposition; he didn’t wear his heart upon his sleeve, his innermost thoughts and aspirations were rarely, if ever, expressed. He was diligent and plodding, kind-hearted and considerate, strongly attached to all at home, purposely avoiding in his letters anything calculated to give uneasiness or anxiety. Consequently, it was not known definitely whether he was killed in action or hit with shrapnel behind the line. He attested on his 21st birthday, and joined the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. He was one of their own lads, having passed through the Sunday School, and previous to enlisting was connected with Mr. Bray’s Young Men’s Class. He was also a frequent attender at public worship, and in your name and my own I extended to the bereaved relatives their sincere sympathy. It was some consolation to know that his death brought no remorse, that his end had not been hastened by fast and profligate living; he has died fighting your cause and mine. Death met him in the discharge of his duty. What worthier end? In the words of Mazzini, I would say “Life is a mission duty its highest aim,” for unselfish actions never die. May some comfort come to all those who were bitterly mourning the loss of loved ones at this time, from the thought that their life was given up in the most momentous struggle in history, and that they sacrifice their all in order that right and freedom should triumph and the world be made a brighter and a happier place in which to live.

All through life I see a cross
Where sons of God yield up their breath,
There is no gain except by loss,
No life – except by death.

At the close of the service ‘O rest in the Lord’ was played by the organist, Mr. Chapman.

12 April 1918

In loving remembrance of Pte. James Henry Peel, died of shell shock at a clearing station in France, April 11th, 1917.

“Till the day breaks.”

– From Aunt Maggie.

19 April 1918

In ever loving remembrance of my dear son, Pte. James Henry Peel, who died from shell shock in France, April 14th, 1917. He was a kind and affectionate son and brother.

– From Mother. 11, Victoria Buildings, Bradley.

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