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Sergeant, Royal Army Medical Corps.

Died of influenza pneumonia 6th March 1918, age 29.

Buried at Burnley Cemetery, Lancashire, UK.

Former student of science.


 

Born in Burnley in 1890 James was the son of James and Susannah Kippax. Educated at Burnley Grammar School he entered Manchester University in 1909 to study for a B.Sc and graduated in 1912 after which he became a teacher at Burnley Grammar School. When World War One broke out he was working as a master at Birmingham Secondary School and living in Birmingham. He initially served with the Army Service Corps as a Private in a Supply Company and was sent overseas with them to the Mesopotamian Front arriving on 24th December 1916. He transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps in theatre on 1st August 1917. On 3rd June 1918 he came down with dysentery which caused his eventual discharge and return home, arriving back in the U.K on 22nd February 1919. Unfortunately in his weakened condition he contracted acute influenza pneumonia on the voyage back to England and died shortly after his return on 6th March 1919 at his home, 13 Powell Street, Burnley. He left effects worth £932 10s to his wife Mary.