Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Charles James

'B' Company, 10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers). Regimental Number 15636
Born: ---- Died: 1916-07-01 Aged: -- Enlisted: Londonderry.

Name listed on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, and recorded on Christ Church (Church of Ireland), Londonderry, World War 1 Memorial. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Brother of Gilbert and Miss H. James, 13, Epworth Street, Londonderry.

Private James and his brother, Private Gilbert James, joined the Derry Battalion shortly after the outbreak of war, and went to France with the Ulster Division. Private Gilbert James was subsequently invalided home and attached to the 12th Battalion at Finner.

The name of Charles James was read out during a memorial service held, on Sunday, November 4, 1917, for the members of the congregation of Christ Church (Church of Ireland), Londonderry, who had given their lives in battle during the previous year.

Charles, Gilbert, Matilda, Elizabeth and Harriet James, 13, Epworth Street, signed the 1912 Ulster Covenant pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland. Elizabeth James, above address, wife of Robert James, Churchhill, died on January 29, 1922, and was interred in Londonderry City Cemetery.

On the eighth anniversary of the death of Private Charles James, his sister and brother-in-law, Harriet and Company Sergeant Major Cross, Dover, placed the following lines in a Londonderry newspaper:

'Sleep on, dear brother, in your unknown grave.

Your life for your country you nobly gave;

No one stood near you to say good-bye,

But in God's keeping you safely lie.'