Private 12581 John James Stride

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Photograph courtesy of the excellent 'The Fallen of Oldbury, Langley & Warley 1914 - 1918'.

Died of Wounds Home on Thursday, 14th September 1916, age 23.
Buried in Grave F. "U." 3711. at Oldbury Cemetery, Warley, Staffs, United Kingdom.

6th Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment. 53rd Brigade of 18th Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Smethwick, Resident: Birmingham.

First landed France & Flanders, 25th July 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.
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/364085/

Genealogical Data

Birth of John James Stride registered March quarter 1893 in Dudley. (So he was 23 old in 1916.)

1901 Census
4 Factory Road, Tipton, Staffs.
James Stride (7, born Tipton), living with his grandparents James Stride (70, General Labourer, born Hanbury, Worcs) and Selina Stride (69, born Tipton).

1911 Census
No trace.

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

As Pte. Stride died in England on 14th September 1916, it is impossible to know with certainty when he received his wounds. The 6th Royal Berkshires, as part of 18th (Eastern) Division, attacked at Montauban on the first day of the Somme - 1st July 1916. By the standards of the day this was a success with a gain of 2,500 yards; almost 100 Officers and Men lost their lives on this day, and over 250 were wounded. On 19th July, the 6th Royal Berkshires attacked Delville Wood but with less success being forced to defend a line well short of the overall objective. Almost 40 Officers and Men lost their lives on the 19th, and over 125 were wounded. They were then moved into Reserve until late September, during which time they were able to rebuild their numbers.
These two actions, at Montauban and Delville Wood, were the two main actions in the three months before Stride's death. It is likely that Pte. Stride was wounded during one of these actions.

From 'The Fallen of Oldbury, Langley and Warley 1914 - 1918' p. 28 & p. 120.
Pte. Stride died in Tooting Hospital from wounds received in action. He was buried with full military honours on 19th September in Oldbury Cemetery following a service at Spring Street Methodist Church. Wreaths included one from 'workmates' at Langley Forge. He has a private rather than a CWGC grave, and the edge bears the inscription "Signaller James Stride."
This book says age 32 and resident at Thomson Road, Langley. He was actually 23 years old.

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