HOPKINS James

7512 L/Cpl James HOPKINS 1st West Yorkshire Regiment

DIED OF WOUNDS 22nd October 1914

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The India general Service Medal for campaigns 1908 – 1935. Awarded for minor campaigns in India before and after WW1. James was also entitled to the 1914 trio with bar.

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James HOPKINS was born in Sheffield in 1886.

The census records shows him as follows

1891 – 26 Water Street with parents Henry and Margaret

1901 – 11 Cotton Mill Walk, Moorfields – employed as a mill hand

Cotton Mill Row today

Cotton Mill Row today

1911 – 1st West Yorkshire Regiment, India – Drummer

His address in 1914 is known from newspaper articles to be Stafford Street in the Park area of Sheffield.

Staffor Street housing 1980's

Staffor Street housing 1980’s

James would be one of the old contemptibles entering France on the 8th September 1914.

There are no surviving military service records for James but we can see from other sources that he was wounded on the 22nd October 1914 and he died the same day.

He is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery in France.

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He is remembered on the memorial of St Johns Church, Park, Sheffield.

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