Albert James

Rank Private
Service No 32742
Date of Death 26/03/1918
Age 41
Regiment/Service King's Shropshire Light Infantry 1st/4th Bn.
Cemetery Euston Road Cemetery

Albert James was born in Bromyard, Herefordshire in 1876 to Thomas James, a bricklayer, and his wife Emily. They had five other children – George (b.1878), Charles (b.1879), Frederick (b.1881), Elizabeth (b.1884) and Rose (b.1886) – as well as two ‘nurse children’, Edith Turley (b.1889) and James Weathersby (b.1891) who they fostered. In 1911, Albert was employed as a bricklayer and still resided at home, as did George and James. He enlisted some time before 1916 with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. 

In the early hours of the 26th March 1918, the Albert’s battalion had just been withdrawn from the line and entered billets in Hebuteme. The Germans managed to enter the village, the Brigade were ordered out of their billets and doubled down the road. Albert’s battalion charged at the Germans with fixed bayonets, causing the Germans to flee, unfortunately not before they had killed Albert and others.