James HORNE

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HORNE, James

Service Number: 2367
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, 1884
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Hotel Porter
Died: Killed in Action, France, 2 July 1916
Cemetery: Ration Farm Military Cemetery, la Chapelle-D'Armentieres
Grave I. I. 2.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

29 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2367, 24th Infantry Battalion
29 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2367, 24th Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Births Mar 1884   Horne James Nottingham 7b 248
 

James was  the son of Richard and Clara (née Birkhead) who were married in 1876. Richard was a mechanic/engineer. They had five children, Ada Gertrude, Florence, James, Clara and Richard all of whom apart from the youngest, Richard, who was born in Newcastle, were born in Nottingham. In 1881 Richard and Clara with their first child, Ada (2), were living at 19 Commercial Street, Spring Close, Nottingham. However, they had moved to 9 Cheviot View, Newcastle upon Tyne, by 1891 and had five children; Ada, Florence, James (7), Clara (3) and Richard (1), although Florence was not at home on the night of the census. James' father died in 1897 aged 47, and by 1901 his mother was living with all her children at 30A Meadow Lane, in the parish of St Stephen's, Sneinton. With the exception of Richard who was still at school, all the children were in work; Ada and Florence (19) were dressmakers, James a junior clerk and Clara an errand girl. His mother, Clara, died in 1903 aged 48. Her address according to the Probate record was Priory Road, Gedling. James has not been traced on the 1911 Census, nor have his brother, Richard, or sister, Florence. However, Ada Gertrude had married in 1902 and was living in Cheshire while Clara was a boarder with a middle-aged couple, Thomas and Larisa Walker, at 157 Alfreton Road, Nottingham. It is possible that James had already emigrated to Australia.

James enlisted at Melbourne on 16th July 1915, aged 31. He had served on the Western Front since landing in Marseilles on 26th March 1916.

Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 17 July 1916:

‘Horne. Killed in action Private J Horne, Australian M.F. late of Nottingham aged 32. Sisters Florrie and Clara.’ 

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