Remembered with honour Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery: Row D, Grave 61.
He enlisted in Watford, and was formerly Private 23622 Bedfordshire Regiment. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and was killed in action. Unfortunately, James’ Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is an article about and two Death announcements for James in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 21 April 1917; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 13 April 1918 and 12 April 1919.
Son of James and Martha Ann (nee MEAD) CARPENTER of Watford; husband of Elizabeth Sarah FEATHERSTONE (formerly CARPENTER, nee FARMAN) of Sleaford, Lincs.
His parents married 31 October 1885 at St James’, Bushey, Herts. James died 1944 in Watford aged 84, and was buried 12 August in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Martha died 1947 in Watford aged 82, and was buried 22 February, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
James was born 13 November 1891 in Watford, and baptised 8 January 1892 at St Mary’s, Watford. He attended Beechen Grove Board School, Watford, from 2 March 1903 to 3 November 1905. He married 25 November 1915 at St Michael’s, Watford. Elizabeth remarried 1918 in the Sleaford district to John C FEATHERSTONE and died 1951 in the Watford district aged 57.
On the 1901 Census, aged 9 he lived in Watford, with his parents and eight siblings. On the 1911 Census, a general labourer in an ice factory aged 19, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and eight siblings.
Date of death10/04/1917
Age at death25
Place of death
NotesRecorded as serving in the Bedfordshire Regiment in the Borough Roll of Honour (a former regiment)
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