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Private James Booth, 8th Battalion, King's Own, 1917
In Burnley Cemetery, Lancashire, there is a memorial to Private James Booth, number 241973, of the 8th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, who was killed in action in Belgium (although the memorial states France) on 26th September 1917. His regimental number, and other records, confirm that Private Booth had previously served with the 2nd/5th Battalion of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Private James Booth is buried in Perth Cemetery (China Wall), near Ypres, Belgium.
This obituary appeared in the local newspaper:
"Killed after thirty month's service.
Mr and Mrs Booth of 325 Briercliffe Road, during the week end had the misfortune to receive official intimation that their son, Private James Booth, 241913, of the King's Own Royal Lancasters, had been killed in action on Sept. 26. The deceased soldier, who enlisted on March 3rd, 1915, was 30 years of age. After training at Salisbury and Oswestry, he was drafted abroad about two years ago, and saw much service. He was slightly wounded in one battle, receiving a bayonet thrust in the shoulder, though he had a narrow escape, and was invalided home for sickness for a period. After being in Nottingham Hospital, he rejoined his regiment last February. Previous to joining the Army the deceased was employed at the pit top at Bank Hall, and then went to work on munitions. Brought up at Myrtle Bank, he was of a very quiet, retiring disposition, and took no part in outdoor games. Several more or less distant relatives are in the service of the country."
From a series of 14 images of the memorial taken by the Curator for the Museum.
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