Private 13235 James Edward Cannell

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Died of Wounds on Saturday, 22nd January 1916 , age 26.
Buried in Grave VI. B. 2. at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France.

8th Bn., Yorkshire Regiment. 69th Brigade of 23rd Division.

Son of Agnes McNally Cannell and the late Joseph Cannell, of South Bank, Yorks; husband of Maud Cannell, of 119, Stapylton St., Grangetown, Yorks.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Middlesborough, Resident: Grangetown.

First landed France & Flanders, 26th August 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial, but commemorated on the Grangetown Memorial, and the Bolckow and Vaughan Works Memorial in Middlesbrough.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/499700/

Genealogical Data

1891 Census
12 Elwell Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Joseph Cannell (28, Furnaceman, born Tipton), his wife Agnes (21, born Tipton), and their 2 children: James (1, born West Bromwich), and Eliza (3 months, born West Bromwich).

1901 Census
25 Pearl Street, Normanby, Yorks.
Joseph Cannell (38, Labourer at Pig Iron Furnace, born Great Bridge), his wife Agnes (32, born Great Bridge), and their 3 children: James (11, born Great Bridge), Martha (7, born Great Bridge), and Agnes (1, born South Bank, Yorks).

1911 Census
26 Middlesboro Road, South Bank, Yorks.
Benjamin McNally (40, Labourer, born Ireland), his wife Agnes (41, born Great Bridge), and Agnes's 4 children: James Cannell (21, Labourer in Blast Furnace, born West Bromwich), Martha Cannell (17, General Servant, born West Bromwich), Lydia Cannell (4, born South Bank, Yorks), and Harold Cannell (1, born South Bank, Yorks).

Marriage of James E. Cannell and Maud Rollison registered December quarter 1912 at Middlesbrough.

Personal Data

James is commemorated here because 'Soldiers Died in the Great War' shows him as 'born Tipton', this is probably not the case. The 1891 census shows him as 1 year old, born in West Bromwich, and living in Elwell Street, West Bromwich; both his parents are shown as born in Tipton. Elwell Street is in Great Bridge, but in the part which is West Bromwich rather than Tipton. The family moved to the Middlesborough area before the 1901 census.

James married Maud Rollison in December quarter 1912 at Middlesbrough, their son James was born December quarter 1915. As James senior had embarked for France on 26th August 1915, sadly it is unlikley that he ever saw his son.

Although James is not commemorated on any Tipton Memorial, he is remembered on the Grangetown Memorial, and on the Bolckow, Vaughan and Company Ltd Works Memorial. Bolckow and Vaughan were an ironmaking and mining company, and were one of the firms that drove the dramatic growth of Middlesbrough in the 19th century. By 1907 they were possibly the largest producer of pig iron in the world. James is commemorated on the section for the South Banks works, which was close to his home in Stapylton Street, Grangetown.

After James' death, his widow Maud received his outstanding army pay and allowances of £2/10/6d (2 pounds, 10 shillings and 6 pence) in March 1916. His War Gratuity of £5/10/0d (5 pounds and 10 shillings) was paid in August 1919; by his time Maud was Maud Stanley as she had married Frank Stanley in June quarter 1918.

Action resulting in his death

The 8th Yorkshire Regiment, as part of 23rd Division, landed in France in August 1915, and by September were receiving instruction in the skills needed to hold the front line. In mid-September they were considered 'trench-ready' and were allocated to the Bois Grenier area, just south of Armentieres, near the Franco-Belgian border.

This was not considered a 'hot' sector as no major actions were taking place, but during their days in the front line they were still subject to German artillery and rifle fire. The 8th Yorkshires had four men killed in December 1915, and James was their first loss in January 1916.

It is not known how James was wounded, but he was a patient at the 20th General Hospital at Camiers at the time of his death on 22nd January 1916. James was buried in the nearby Etaples Military Cemetery.

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