James William West was born in 1891, in Beverley, to shipbuilder John Robert and Alice Mary West (nee Dove)
He joined the Yorkshire Regiment in November 1914 and by April 1915 was in France. He was reported killed in action on 4 October 1917, on the Western Front. A month later, on 12 January 1918 the Beverley Guardian ran an article to say that his sister Agnes, had received a letter from the Record Office in York informing her that her brother was alive and had rejoined his Battalion.
James was subsequently awarded the Silver War Badge and he was discharged from the army in August1918.
In 1939 he was living with his sister Agnes and her husband in Chatham Kent. He was employed as a labourer
James died in Chatham in 1972 aged 82
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