James Widdows, Private 14705, 17th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action 13th June 1916 in France & Flanders, aged 34 years
James Widdows was born on 16th May 1882 in Sutton, Macclesfield, the son of Alice and James Widdows, a Silk Weaver. James had two step brothers, John and Herbert Stevenson, a younger sister Mary Ann born 1885 and younger brother Joseph born 1888.
James enrolled at London Road School on 19th March 1889, when the family was living at 7 Union Street.
At the time of the 1891 census, young James was visiting Elizabeth and Albert Turner, a butcher, at 938, Stockport Road, Rusholme, Lancashire, while the rest of his family was still at 7 Union Street, Macclesfield.
In 1901 James was living with his widowed father and siblings at 10 Lowe Street, and the following year, on 17th August, 1902 at the age of 20, James married 19 year old Ann Stubbs at St. Peter’s Church, Macclesfield. Both James and Ann were Silk Weavers living at 10 Richmond Hill.
By 1911 James and Ann had 3 children, Alice born in 1904, James born in 1907 and Mary born in 1909. The family had moved to a four roomed house at 21 Snow Hill, and James was still employed as a Silk Weaver. Another child, Annie, was born in 1913 and Eliza followed in 1915.
James enlisted at Macclesfield and after his initial basic training was drafted to France with the British Expeditionary Force. James was killed in action on 13th June 1916, at the age of 34 years.
James’ widow later moved to 17, Knight Street, Macclesfield.
Private James Widdows is buried in Grave Ref III. L. 8. at St Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue, Pas de Calais, France.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private James Widdows.
Thanks to Sue, wife of the great grandson of James Widdows, for her assistance in compiling this information.