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Name James Scowcroft
Date/Place of Birth 2 Sept 1883 / 30 or 40 Falmouth Road, Newington, London
Parents' Names John Scowcroft; Elizabeth (nee Dalgleish)
Father's Occupation/Location Mercantile Clerk; Newington
Father's Death/Incapacity Heart Disease
Admitted to AO 19 Aug 1892 (Aged 9)
Admission No 4804
Left OWS&AO 25 May 1897 (Aged 13)
Occupation/Residence Boy Telegraphist; Clerk, London County Council
Enlistment Location Not known
Service/Rank/Number Army; Rifleman; 553740
Battalion/Regiment 1st/16th Battalion (Queen's Westminster Rifles)
Killed/Death 14 Apr 1917 (Aged 33)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Bootham Cemetery, Heninel
Memorial Reference C.29
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
James was born to John and Elizabeth Scowcroft on 2 September 1883 at Newington in London. His father died in 1887 and James joined the Orphan Working School in August 1892, aged 9. He left the School in May 1897, when he was thirteen. The 1901 Census shows him living in Stoke Newington and employed as a Telegraphist for the General Post Office. In 1911, the Census shows him working for the London County Council (LCC) as a Clerk. By this time James is married to Agnes, a teacher employed by the LCC, and they are living at Kensington Park in London. Immediately before James’s enlistment into the Army he is working in the County Council’s Education Department. On enlistment, James joined 1st/16th battalion (Queen’s Westminster Rifles), London Regiment. Rifleman Scowcroft served on the Western Front in France and was killed in action on 14 April 1917, during the Battle of Arras. He is buried in Bootham Cemetery, situated in the village of Henimel, several miles south of the town of Arras, in the Pas de Calais area of France. The cemetery contains the graves of 186 casualties of the War, of which 71 are unidentified. At the time of Rifleman Scowcroft’s death his widow was living at “Varenna”, Canonbie Road, Forest Hill, London.
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