James Cuthbert Hussey

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           242187

Unit:                     1st/5th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment

James was born in Bristol in 1898.  He was the 2nd Child of William and Isabella Hussey.  As a 3 year old in 1901 we find him living with his parents, Sister Gladys, Grandmother and aunts & uncles at 62 Old Bread Street Bristol.  At the time of the 1911 census we find him living with his parents & siblings at 42 Hudds Hill Road, St George Bristol, his father was Brewer Foreman.

The 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment was a territorial unit based in in Gloucester. serving with the South Midland Brigade in South Midland Division. The units had just departed for their annual summer camp when war broke out in August 1914 and they were at once recalled. They mobilised for war service on the 5th of August 1914 taking up station on the Isle of Wight, soon moving to Swindon, then to Maldon in Essex in the second week of August to concentrate with the Division and commence training. They proceeded to France from Folkestone, landing at Bologne on the 30th of March 1915 The Division concentrated near Cassel. On the 15th of May 1915 the formation was renamed 145th Brigade, 48th (South Midland) Division. In 1916 they were in action in the Battle of the Somme, suffering hevy casualties on the 1st of July in assaulting the Quadrilateral (Heidenkopf). They were also in action at The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, capturing Ovillers, The Battle of Pozieres Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights and The Battle of the Ancre. In 1917 the Division occupied Peronne during the The German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line and were in action in the Third Battles of Ypres. On the 21st of November 1917 they entrained for Italy. In 1918 they were involved in The fighting on the Asiago Plateau. On the 11th of September they left the Division and returned to France to join 75th Brigade, 25th Division fought in the Final Advance in Picardy.

James died in France on 13th August 1917 (during the Third Battle of Ypres) and is buried and remembered with honour within the St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension Grave reference G.21. His mother having just lost her son was to lose her husband William before the end of the year. At this time she was living at 38 Hudds Hill Road.

 

Image by kind permission of CWGC.

James was awarded The British War Medal & the Victory Medal.


References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK household census