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James Collinson


James Collinson was born in the summer of 1885 in Bradford, Manchester and he was the second of three children born to James and Sarah Ann Collinson (née Blackwell). He was baptised at Christ Church, in Bradford, on July 19, 1885. His father was a Grocer who ran his small business from a shop with living quarters above at 69 Grey Mare Lane, in Bradford, Manchester.

Early Life

James Collinson senior died in February 1910 and was buried at Christ Church, in Bradford, on February 8. At the time of the 1911 Census, the family were living at 40 Cross Street, in Bradford. Both James and his sister, Ann, were working as Teachers, and his brother, Frank, was employed as an Insurance Clerk. James and Ann had both been recorded as Pupil Teachers in the 1901 Census. James married Mary Frost in the spring of 1914 in Chorlton.

Chester College

James attended Chester College and left in 1906. By 1911, he was teaching in Manchester.

Military Service

James began his military career as a Private in the 2nd/10th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. This was a second line Battalion, where he would have completed his basic training before he was posted to the 1st/8th (Ardwick) Battalion, in which he served until his death. His service number was 377404, which likely meant that he did not enlist until 1916 when the six-digit numbers were introduced. The 2nd/10th were stationed in Colchester from March 1916, until they were posted to France in February 1917.

Lest We Forget

James died of wounds received in action on April 30, 1918. His Battalion was in minor action April 25 onwards.

Post Mortem

James is buried at Bagneux British Cemetery, in Gezaincourt, France. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his service to King and Country.