Private 17464 James Homer

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Killed in Action on Friday, 23rd July 1915, age 22.
Buried in Grave II. A. 6. at Brewery Orchard Cemetery, Nord, France.

2nd Bn., Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. 82nd Brigade of 27th Division.

Son of Mr and Mrs James Homer, of 22, Park Lane East, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Great Bridge, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 6th May 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/59082/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
Park Lane East, Tipton, Staffs.
John Homer (39, Puddler in Ironworks, born Tipton), his wife Annie (30, born Tipton), and their 2 children: Maud (9, born Tipton), and James (7, born Tipton).

1911 Census
Court 1 House 2 Park Lane East, Tipton, Staffs.
John Homer (47, Iron Worker, born Tipton), his wife Annie (40, born Tipton), and their 4 surviving children of 5: Maud (19, General Domestic Servant, born Tipton), James (17, Driller, born Tipton), Hannah (4, born Tipton) and Herbert (5 weeks, born Tipton).

Personal Data

The Tipton Library Memorial commemorates WJ Homers, the 'Staffordshire Roll of Honour' shows Pte J Homers, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Both the Memorial and the Roll of Honour are wrong, this should be James Homer.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald July 28th 1917
Private James Homer, the son of Mr and Mrs J. Homer, of 22 Park Lane East, Tipton, was one of those who entered the army soon after the outbreak of war in order to help in stemming the first great rushes of the enemy.
He was in the employ of Messrs. J. Ford, of Park Lane Nut Works, Tipton, for seven years as mechanic and toolsetter, leaving in December 1914 to join the army. He was a steady and industrious young workman, with a kind disposition, much liked and respected by his fellow workmen and employers, who heard with great regret of his death at the hands of the enemy on July 23rd 1915 - just two years ago.