CATTERALL, JAMES RICHARD 19322 Lance Cpl 12th Battalion 61st Bde 20th Div


Born Leyland  Enlisted Southport  Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  16 September 1916

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 13.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat 14th October 1916

Mr F. Catterall of 7 Bretherton Terrace has received news that his son L/Cpl James Catterall was killed in action in France on September 16th. He was 23 years of age and enlisted at the outbreak of war.

He worked at Wood-Milne Works and attended Leyland Parish Church and Sunday School and was a Corporal of the Church Lads Brigade (photo in ‘C.G.’ of 21st Oct. A similar report is also in the Preston Guardian of the same date, also with photo).

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine November 1916

‘For King and Country’

A Memorial Service was held in church on the evening of 26th October for three Leyland men, who, within the last few weeks, have died in France: the three include James Catterall.

“Lance-Corporal James Catterall, King’s Liverpool, was severely wounded in autumn last year, and returned to the front in February. He was killed in action on September 16th (1916). He had been a Corporal in the Church Lads Brigade, and his kindly and courteous nature had made him popular in the Company, and with all who knew him.”

James Catterall’s name is on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

James R. Catterall is buried in the:-


Grave Ref: Plot 9 Row H Grave 11. No next-of-kin information. Location: London Cemetery is in Longueval, a village 40 km north-east of Amiens and 12 km east-north-east of Albert, a town on the D929 road from Amiens to Bapaume and Cambrai.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Baptismal Register

14th May 1893  Bapt: James Richard son of Frederick and Elizabeth Catterall of Leyland.

Electoral Register – Leyland, 1918. St. Andrew’s Ward Division One.

7 Bretherton Terrace  Frederick and Mary Ann Catterall.

Lancashire Daily Post Saturday 15th September 1917

‘In Memoriam’

CATTERALL – In sad but cherished memory of my dear brother Lance/Corpl James Catterall, Leyland. Killed in Action in France September 16th, 1916, aged 23 years.

A loving brother true and kind No friend on earth like thee I find;

Some day, somewhere in the better land We shall meet again and understand.

“One of the best”

From his ever loving sister Grace, Father, Mother, Brothers and all, Bretherton Terrace, Leyland.

Memorial Inscription in St. Andrew’s Churchyard

The whole inscription has not been copied but it appears to be the family grave of the Catteralls’ dating from the late 19th / early 20th Century. James Catterall (Died 1913) and his wife Mary Ann

(Died 1919) are, surely, James Catterall’s grandparents. There is no commemoration however of James’s death.

Note 1:- The 20th Division, of which the 12th King’s was a part, was fighting in XIV Corps Fourth Army at the ‘Battle of Flers-Courcelette’, 15th-22nd September, 1916. It was the first day of this battle that saw the use of ‘Tanks’ for the first time in the Great War. James Catterall was killed in action on the 17th.

Note 2:- On the Church Road memorial and on the St. Andrew’s plaque, James’s name is given as ‘Catterall, James H.’, whereas the Baptismal Register entry above clearly gives his name as ‘James Richard’: I have accepted this as his correct name.

The Electoral Register shows that the father’s name is Frederick, and Mary Ann Catterall is, presumably, the grandmother. Their address is confirmed as 7 Bretherton Terrace.

Catterall, James Richard. WE Waring  2003