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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Leslie Victor Frank James -

Unknown person Name : Leslie Victor Frank James

Son of : Frank James and Kate James (née Meecham), of 1, Hillside Terrace, Newport, Isle of Wight.

Born : 1894, Shanklin.

Kate James apparently remarried in 1906, Arthur Kemp.
  Census information :

1901 : Frank and Kate James, with their children, including Leslie aged 7, are at Regents Parade, Station Road, Shanklin. Frank James is a Dairyman.

1911 : Arthur and Kate Kemp, with their children, and her children from her first marriage, including Leslie aged 17, are at 1, Hillside Terrace, Newport. Leslie James is a Gas Fitter.

  Service Details :

Rfn 330099 Leslie Victor Frank James, 1/8th Bn. Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles).

Entered the Balkans theatre of war on 10 August 1915.
Casualty Details :

Died : 19 Apr 1917, aged 23.

Commemorated at : Jerusalem Memorial, Israel.

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Carisbrooke Castle County War Memorial Panel 07
Carisbrooke Castle Isle of Wight Rifles Memorial Panel 08
Newport Barton School War Memorial
Newport Borough War Memorial
Newport Drill Hall Isle of Wight Rifles War Memorial
Newport Oddfellows War Memorial WW I
Newport St Paul's Church Parish War Memorial WW I
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :

Isle of Wight County Press, 28 August 1915



Rfn. L.V.F. James, B Co., of 1 Hillside-terrace, Newport, who was hit three times, writing from hospital at Malta on August 24th, says : "I have been in hospital nearly a fortnight, and I shall be glad when I can get up. We are having a fine time here. They have a concert once a week and we have got a gramophone in the ward. It is painful to hear some of the men groaning when their wounds are dressed, but coming across in the hospital ship was worse. Over 30 died, 2 close to where I was sleeping, one of them being Charley Stark, of Fairlee. The first day when we were nearly up to the firing line we had shells bursting over us all the time while we were digging ourselves in. But when we did go up it was "perfect hell" - they were coming from all ways, and any number of our company were cut up."

[the preceding report relates to service in Gallipoli]

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