James William Haskins

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Private

Service No:           32566

Unit:                      8th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry

 James was born in St George Bristol in 1888; he was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Haskins.  A 3 year old in 1891 he was living with his parents & siblings at 5 Morley Street Barton Hill; his father was a Chemical Works Labourer. Sadly James's mother, Elizabeth, died in 1892, Henry married widow Harriett Woodey in 1895 & the family are found living in 20 Morley Street in 1901. James father Henry died in 1909 so by the 1911 census James is living with his step mother still at 20 Morley Street and he is employed as a blacksmiths striker.

8th (Service) Battalion SLI was formed at Taunton in October 1914 as part of K3 and came under command of 63rd Brigade, 21st Division.
10 September 1915: landed at Le Havre.8 July 1916: transferred with Brigade to 37th Division. The division participated in the first three phases of the 1917 Battle of Arras, capturing the village of Monchy-le-Preux during the First Battle of the Scarpe. A monument to the division stands at Monchy. 37th Division fought in the Third Battle of Ypres, under the command of  Corps of Second Army, taking part in the battles of the Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, first and second Passchendaele in September, October and November 1917.

James was killed in action on the 4th October 1917

He is remembered with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 41 to 42 and 163A

 Image from D R Crew collection.

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


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1891, 1901 & 1911 UK census

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