According to St Peters War Memorial Private James Smith is serving in the South Lancashire Regiment cannot trace Private James Smith serving in the 6th Bn Kings Own Royal Lancashire Regiment
According to the Pension Record of Private James Smith serving 6th Bn Kings Own Royal Lancashire Regiment has 3 Children James born 7th December 1913, Dorothy Agnes born 21st December 1913, Edith Minnie born 9th January 1916.
According to the Merseyside Roll of Honour Database Private James Smith was the eldest son of James and Agnes Smith, 6 Quarry Street, Woolton; Husband of Minnie Smith of 6 Pit Place, Woolton
He sleeps besides his comrades In a hero’s grave unknown But his name is written in letters of love. On the hearts he has left at home. Fondly remembered by his loving Father, Mother, Sisters Aggie and Jessie, and Willie and Bertie (in France).
According Garston and Woolton Weekly News 4th May 1917
WOOLTON MAN KILLED IN MESOPOTAMIA.
Private James Smith, K.O.L.R., of 6, Pitt Place, Woolton, has been killed in action in Mesopotamia. Twenty-seven years of age, he was married and leaves a wife and three children. His father, who lives at 6, Quarry Street, Woolton, was for many years in the employment of the Longton family, and has been caretaker of the Woolton Congregational Church for about fourteen years. Much sympathy is felt for his parents in the loss of their eldest son and for his wife and little ones. He had been on service all through the war, having enlisted in August, 1914. Captain Simpson, the officer commanding his company, writing to his father, says:- “The War Office will have informed you of your great loss, but we feel we must write and ask you to accept our deepest sympathy. Your son was the officers cook, and we were all very fond of him. He was also a great favourite with his comrades, and we all mourn his loss. He took part in a glorious advance, but never reached the enemy trench. We did not see him after his death, but he must have been shot through the heart, as I had his pay book returned with a bullet hole through. He was a gallant man, and died a brave death.”
Private James Smith serial number 11527 6th Bn Kings Own Royal Lancashire Regiment died 9th February 1917.
Private James Smith is remembered with Honour Basra Memorial near Zubayr IRAQ