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Name:
James Albert Connell
Casualty No.:
Initials:
J A
Service No.:
9480
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Ireland
Age at Death:
30
Ranks:
Sergeant Major/ Warrant officer class 2
Unit:
15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Home Address:
Civilian Employment:
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Date of Death:
01-January-1916
Place of Death:
The Somme
Battles & Campaigns:
Locally Commemorated:
UK Commemorated:
St. Mary's Church, Staindrop Plaque
Overseas Commemorated:
Thiepval Memorial
Buried:
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
served 11 years with DLI (Durham light infantry)
Death Notice/Obituary:

The September 1917 Parish Magazine records, “A. Connell, Sergeant Major DLI, a soldier of ripe experience having over 11years service to his credit, has been killed.”

Family Details:

James was the son of James & Jane Connell of Staindrop. His father was a rural postman from Marylebone, London. His mother Elizabeth Jane had been born in Ireland as was James. The 1901 census shows James living with his family in Staindrop. In 1911 the family were living in two rooms in Staindrop but James wasn’t there.

Notes:

James served in the 15th Durham Light Infantry in France, having achieved the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 & by his death he had served for 11 years. James was killed on the Somme on 1st July, 1916 aged 30 & is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

A local source remembers a visitor from Canada coming to see their grandfather’s memorial & to place a wooden cross & poppy in memory of him.

Sources:
Teesdale Townships: Teesdale Poor Law Union 1914; Local Memorials: www.newmp.org.uk; Date of Death Day: www cwgc.org; Date of Death Month: www cwgc.org; Date of Death Year: www cwgc.org;