James Colclough, Private 37114, 1/4th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Killed in action 9th April 1918 in Palestine, aged 19
James Colclough was born in 1898 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 9th November, the son of Annie and Moses Colclough, a labourer of 124 Black Road, Macclesfield. James’ younger sister Alice was born the following year.
In 1911, at the age of 12, James was living with his family at Court 1, 9 Fountain Street, Macclesfield and working part-time as an embroiderer. He now had another sister, Phyllis, who was born in 1906.
James was educated at St Paul’s School and he attended St Peter’s Church and the Bible Classes; he was also a keen member of the Parish Church Football team. Prior to his enlistment, James was employed at Adshead and Geeson’s Dyehouse, off Green Street.
James enlisted at Macclesfield and after completing his initial training he was drafted with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, sailing for Egypt on 29th November 1917. Having arrived, their unit was then drafted with the Palestine invading force.
James was killed in action on 9th April 1918, aged 19 years.
The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In memory of James Colclough, from his workmates and employers, Adshead and Geeson.”