James Ernest Lacey

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           30563

Unit:                     14th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment

 James was born in St. George, Bristol in 1879.  His parents were George & Emma Lacey.  At the time of his birth James had 7 older siblings his younger sibling, Ella, was to arrive in 1881. James father was a general labourer from Easton & the family were living at 35 Crews Hole St George. In 1891 George’s occupation is recorded as Furnace Stoker in Chemical Works.

In 1900 James married Louisa Maria Jones & they set up home in 3 Bennett Road, Bristol. James occupation recorded as a Warehouseman Stays & Louisa was a stay stitcher. By 1911 James and Louisa had two daughters, Ella & Lilian, and the family were living at 1 Strawberry Crescent Crews Hole.

The 14th (Service) Battalion (West of England) was formed at Bristol on 22 April 1915, by the Citizens Recruiting Committee, as a Bantam Battalion. In June 1915 it came under command of 105th Brigade in 35th Division at Masham. Adopted by War Office 23 June 1915 and moved to Salisbury Plain August 1915. Landed in Le Havre on 30 January 1916. The battalion was attached to the Army Service Corps.

James was killed in action on 29th October 1917; he is buried and remembered with honour in the Canada Farm Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave Reference III.E.45

A photograph and other details can be found at  http://www.ww1cemeteries.com/ww1cemeteries/canadafarmcemetery.htm

Earnest was awarded The British War Medal & The Victory Medal.

 

 

 

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Long Long Trail

1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.