FRANCE, JAMES 28475 Private 8th Battalion 75th Brigade 25th Division

THE BORDER REGIMENT

Born Leyland Enlisted Chorley Living Leyland Killed in Action France / Flanders 3rd August 1917 Formerly 24001 or 24061 The Loyal North Lancs. Reg.

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 39.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 27th October 1917

Information has been received by Mrs France, 26 Fox Lane, Leyland of the death in action on 3rd August 1917 of her youngest son Pte James France, Border Regiment.

He was 25 years of age and enlisted April 1915 and was previously attached to the Loyal North Lancs. Reg. and the Suffolks.

Prior to enlisting he worked at the Leyland Bleach and Dye Works. He attended Leyland Parish Church and was formerly a member of the choir (a similar report appears in the Preston Guardian of the same date with photo).

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine November 1917

A Memorial Service was held on 31st October 1917 for those who have recently fallen in action. The names include – James France, the Border Regiment.

James France’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, James France is commemorated on the:-

YPRÈS (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, IEPER, BELGIUM

His name is on Panel No 35.   Brother of Mrs Ethel Parkinson, 26 Fox lane, Leyland. Age 25.

Yprès (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The memorial is situated in the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin and Courtrai, and bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Yprès Salient in the First World War.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Baptismal Register

13th Dec. 1891  Bapt:  James son of John and Mary Ann France.

Note 1:- From Brigadier James’s ‘Records’ – The 25th Division, of which the 8th Borders was a part, was in II Corps Fifth Army and was engaged in the ‘Battle of Pilckem’ – 31st July 1917. It was the day after this battle that James France lost his life.

Note 2:-  James France’s address that appears in the Chorley Guardian report above as 26 Fox Lane, is the late 19th / early 20th century street numbering: it became c.1939 No. 267 Fox Lane.

France, James. WE Waring 2003