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James was born at Arnold in 1887, the son of William and Elizabeth Rimmington. He was raised in Arnold and attended the local British School. In the 1911 census he and his family are shown living at Church Moor Cottages, Calverton Road, Arnold, he is shown as being 22 years of age and together with his younger brother Edward 20 years as engaged as scavenging contractors. He has 3 siblings.
He was employed as a scavenging contractor
01 Dec 1917
338644 - CWGC Website
South Staffordshire Regiment
He is known to have enlisted into the South Staffordshire Regiment at Nottingham and after receiving his initial basic training he was posted to their 2/5th Battalion.On November 20th 1917, the British opened the battle of Cambrai, led by 476 tanks which were used for the first time en masse during the war. The initial attacks were very successful indeed and the German line was pierced to a depth of some six miles. That is, except at Flesquieres, where the German defenders fought with great courage and knocked out quite a number of the tanks in the area. This, along with the poor coordination between the tanks and the infantry caused the advance at this point to falter and ever increasing resistance is met with and the battle concentrated around Bourlon Ridge to the west of Cambrai. The battle continued into December, and the Germans launched many successful local counter-attacks. On the 1st December, one such counter attack was made by the Germans using a short bombardment which was quickly followed up by their new units of Storm-Troopers. It was during this attack that James was killed in Action when aged 30 years. He is buried in Orival Wood Cemetery, Flesquieres, France, Plot II. Row C. Grave 16.
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