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James Edward Twaddle

Rank: Rifleman
Street: 24 Beauchamp Road, Gloucester
Town/Village: London
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.A.
Census 1901: Possible entry at the Boys Home, South Canal Dock Dublin
Census 1911: Likely entry at 24 Beauchamp Road, Bishopstown, Bristol, Gloucester
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Rifles, 12th Battalion / [formerly London Regiment]
Regiment Number: 43411 / [4801]
Date of Death: 07-06-1917
Cause: Killed in action, (Battle of Messines Ridge), Belgium
Memorial: Spanbrokemolen British Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

James was born in Brooklyn, c.1887, and enlisted in London.

Prior to the war James was working as a clerk in a clothing wholesalers in Bristol. In 1911 he was living with his aunt Mrs. Mary Janet Stephenson - possibly the sister of his father, as she was born in Longford - including her husband, also a clerk in the same field. 

James was one of six Longford men who died on the opening day of the Battle of Messines on the 7 June 1917, where the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division fought side-by-side. James 

After his death, his next-of-kin was his cousin Mrs. Dorcas Withers and Jenny P. Dean.

Parents Names: Son of James Twaddle of Longford
Notes: The Commonwealth War Graves Association (CWGC), appears to have associated the name Mrs. L. Withers, 101 Darer House Road, Upper Richmond Road, London SW 15 with his headstone entry.

Link to CWGC entry; Irish Soldiers Remembered Facebook entry; 

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