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  • Family headstone of the Dalby family commemorating James Dalby at Arnold Redhill Cemetery.
Photo taken by Peter Gillings
Person Details
Daybrook
Note: name given as James Daley and James Dolby on two memorials. He was born in Daybrook in 1898, the son of John and Elizabeth Dalby. In the 1911 Census the family are shown living at Cottage Row, Daybrook. James is 13 years of age and is working in the bottling department of the local brewery. He has eight siblings. His mother, Elizabeth, died on 4 January 1915 aged 55 years, and his father, John, on 12 January 1917 aged 66 years.
He was employed at the bottling department of Home Brewery, Mansfield Road, Daybrook.
03 Sep 1916
758267 - CWGC Website
7865
Rifleman
10th Bn The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
He enlisted into the Rifle Brigade at Nottingham, and was with his battalion on 3rd September 1916 as it waited in the assembly trenches near Guillemont ready to attack the village. There they suffered considerable discomfort from over-crowding and many casualties from shell fire. At noon, which had been set as ZERO hour, the advance began, rapidly contested by the Germans who laid down a heavy artillery barrage and much machine gun fire. However the attack proved completely successful, reaching the Guinchy-Wedgewood Road. James was one of the casualties of this attack. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme.
Inscription on family grave, Redhill Cemetery: 'In loving memory of Elizabeth the beloved wife of John Dalby who died Jan. 4th 1915, aged 55 years. Peace after pain. Also John, the beloved husband of the above who died Jan 12th 1917 aged 66 years. Thy will be done. Also Rif'n J Dalby, the beloved son of the above, killed in action (Guillemont, France) Sep 3rd 1916 aged 21 years. Duty nobly done. Also Albert the dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth Thyrza Dalby and son of the above, fell asleep July 28th 192(-).'
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  • Family headstone of the Dalby family commemorating James Dalby at Arnold Redhill Cemetery.
Photo taken by Peter Gillings
    James Dalby - Family headstone of the Dalby family commemorating James Dalby at Arnold Redhill Cemetery. Photo taken by Peter Gillings
  • Family headstone of the Dalby family commemorating James Dalby at Arnold Redhill Cemetery.
Photo taken by Peter Gillings
    James Dalby - Family headstone of the Dalby family commemorating James Dalby at Arnold Redhill Cemetery. Photo taken by Peter Gillings