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James Allison

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Service No:
315383 (N.B. Previously 2217)

Rank:
Sergeant

Regiment:
Northumberland Fusiliers, 1/7th Battalion Territorial Force

Died:
30/03/1917

Aged:
31

Commemorated / Buried:
Alnwick Cemetery

Service History:
Enlisted Alnwick on 8th September 1914 as a Private in the 7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.

Appointed unpaid Corporal 30 December 1914 & to paid Corporal on 19 January 1915. Promoted to Corporal on 13 April 1915 &d appointed paid Lance Sergeant on 14 April 1915.

He left Folkestone & arrived at Boulogne in France on 21 April 1915. On 27 April 1915, while in action at St Julien, he was struck by a shrapnel shell in the head & very severely injured. He was treated in the field & transferred to Rouen on 29 April. During the early part of May he became critically, then dangerously ill, but he improved slightly & was retued to England on 2 June 1915. He received further treatment at the Military Hospital & VAD Hospital, York for about 3 months.

He was provisionally transferred to 21st Battalion on 14 October 1915 & to the 3/7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers on 15 November 1915. He was again provisionally transferred back to 21st Battalion on 13 March 1916 & to the Army Reserves on 16 March 1917.

He died at Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle on 30 March 1917 from wounds received in France.

Awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War & Victory Medals.

Background:
James was born at Alnwick in 1886, the son of James & Annie Allison, & twin of John R. He worked as a mason before enlistment. He was almost 5 ft 7 in tall, with dark brown hair, blue eyes & a fresh complexion. He married Mary Farr from Denwick in the summer of 1914 & lived at 13 Market Street, Alnwick. The couple had two daughters, Annie & Mary.

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