Service Number 43848
Regiment Leicestershire Regiment
James Maurice Thirlwall was born in Kirk Deighton on the 19th December 1895, the son of James and Eleanor May Thirlwall. The family, including James Maurice was living in Kirk Deighton in 1901, having previously lived in Bilton. By 1911, the family had moved to Collingham, although James Maurice was not present on census night and we have not traced his whereabouts on that night.
James Maurice Thirlwall served in the Northumberland Fusiliers with a service number 32/306. He served in the 32nd, 13th, 20th, 18th and 14th Battalions of that regiment. Around May 1917 he was injured; the Wetherby News reporting:
At some stage in the war, perhaps after his injury, James was transferred to the Leicestershire Regiment with a service number 43848.
After the war, James Maurice Thirlwall returned to Yorkshire and worked as a Railway Guard/Porter. He lived variously at Ripon and in 1939 was at 18 Avenue Terrace, Starbeck, Harrogate. He died in 1952.
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