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James Sorley

124842 Private

49th Brigade Machine Gun Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). It was amalgamated on 9 March 1918 to form No.16 Battalion, Machine Gun Corps and attached to 16th (Irish) Division


Date of Death: 15.4.18 DoW

Buried: La Clytte Military Cemetery Special Memorial between Plots IV. and V. Row A 

Family history: James lived with his sister Mary Smith and brother-in-law John at 16 Union Street, Bainsford, Falkirk. Also living at the property was Mary’s four children and her other two brothers and sister. Prior to enlisting he was    employed at a local iron foundry as a grate fitter.


The action leading to his death

On the 3 April 1918 the 16th (Irish) Divisional Artillery and machine guns were left to cover the 14th (Light) Division when the 16th Division was relieved. During this time James was wounded and subsequently died of his wounds. He was buried in the cemetery associated with the Casualty Clearting Station located in the village of La Clytte. You can read more about the evacuation and treatment of the wounded here


Medals Awarded

1915 Star, British Medal, Victory Medal


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