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James was born in Wolverhampton in 1899, the son of Charles and Sarah Elizabeth Hill. In 1901 they were living at Bushfield Place, Tettenhall, along with James’s siblings John C., Alfred and Jane M. By 1911 they were at 25 Bushfield Place, Wrottesley Road, and James was the only child still living at home. By now, the 21-year-old James was a groom and gardener.

I have not been able to clarify further details of James’s life or military service. However, his name appears on the memorial at St Michael & All Angel’s Church in Tettenhall, so he clearly served and died as a result of the war. It is possible that he died after the war, as there is a James Hill of the right age whose death was registered in Wolverhampton in 1923. However, I have been unable to confirm this, so if anybody has any more information, it would be great to hear it!