26442 Pte James Robert PEPPER 1/4th York and Lancaster Regiment – Hallamshire Battalion.
Killed in Action 20th October 1917.
James Robert PEPPER was born at Broomhill, Sheffield in 1897. The 1901 and 1911 census show his parents to be John Thomas and Jane PEPPER. He had 7 brothers and 3 sisters all living at 5/10 Peel Street, Broomhill, Sheffield. At the age of 14 he is employed as a chemists errand boy but at the time of his enlistment into the army on 10th December 1915 he is shown as a butcher.
Initially James is attached to the 3rd reserve battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment. He was transferred to the 2nd Battalion on 17th September 1916 having entered France the previous day.
On 17th October 1916 James is awarded 21 days field punishment No2 for being drunk in the line of march.
On the 9th April 1917 James suffered shell shock after being buried for 3 days, presumably from the result of an enemy shell.
The 2nd Battalion war diaries show that they were in the front line of the Loos Sector and on the 9th April had endured heavy enemy shelling for a period of 3 hours on their rear positions and support line.
He was admitted to hospital and returned to England on the 21st April 1917.
James returned to France on 10th september 1917 and on the 19th day of that month was transferred to the 1/4th York and Lancaster Regiment.
During the month of October 1917 the 1/4th Battalion were operating in the area of Vlamertinghe, Ypres. They saw heavy fighting but on the 20th October they were in the line when the enemy shelled their positions and this is where James is likely to have been killed.
He now lies in Tynecot cemetery.