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James Cording

 

Name: James Cording

Rank: Private

Service Number:  3\6864

Regiment: Somerset Light Infantry

Battalion/Unit number: 8th Battalion

Date/year of Birth: c. 1896

Place of Birth: Oake, near Taunton

Place of Residence: Flook Cottages, Station Road

Date of Death: 1st July 1916

Place of Death: The Somme, France

Burial/Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, France

James was born in Oake in 1896, the son of William and Jessie Cording, who had married in 1895. He had a younger sister Florence Mary. His father was an agricultural labourer and in 1901 the family were living at Stoford near Bradford on Tone. By 1911 they had moved to Cheddon Fitzpaine; and James had started work as a gardenerís boy. In 1914 the familyís address was Flook Cottages Station Road.

James joined the 8th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry in 1915, his medal roll shows that he was awarded the 1915 Star, and that he served in France from the 11th October 1915. He was killed in action during the first day of the Battle of the Somme, a day which saw the single highest casualty figures in British military history.

 

 

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