James Wilfred Loukes is my third cousin, thrice removed. He was born in Sheffield and according to the 1901 Census was a Bricklayer’s Labourer and lived at 2 Little London Place in Sheffield. Special thanks are owed to Trevor Higgins for writing the following text:-
James is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, which is situated in Berkshire Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Belgium. The memorial contains 11,000 inscriptions of men who died within a defined area, who were never recovered. None of them died in a major offensive, but were casualties during daily trench skirmish, or small engagements in support of offensives taking place nearby.
James was a member of the 2nd Btn York and Lancaster Regiment, which is recorded during the battle of Armentiere, as being part of an attacking force to capture Meteren, North West of Armentiere near the town of Bailleul. Bailleul has several large cemeteries with the greatest number of burials in each as ’known only to God’.
This is a revised version of a post which was originally published on my WordPress Blog on 06/01/2010 and republished on Mollekin Portalite on 09/05/2011. Special thanks are also owed to Mel Pack for donating the photo of James for this post.