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  • 8913 Private James Alfred Dooley 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action on 5 July 1916 on the Somme. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
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James was born in 1882 the son of Alfred Henry and Emma Caroline Dooley and the brother of Charles Henry, Joseph Arthur (killed in action 7/6/1916), Percy and Harry Dooley. In 1891 They lived at 7 Parkinson Terrace Radford Nottingham. In 1901 the family (although not James Alfred) lived at 37 Pleasant Row Hyson Green Nottingham. In 1911 James Alfred was in India with 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters. There exist two Army Forms for his Plaque and medals - April 5th 1921 - Mrs McFarlane, 104 Park Street, New Lenton, Nottingham and October 9th 1923 - Mr H Dooley, 39 Pleasant Row, Hyson Green, Nottingham. A letter from Notts and Derby records dated 1920 mentions that his AF W 5080 (family form) has been returned with no information on it.
In 1903 he was a barman. In 1911 he was a cook serving with the 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment ) at Gough barracks Trimulgherry Deccan India.
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Hyson Green Nottingham
Private
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
James was already in the militia when he enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) on 6th October 1903. He was posted to the 2nd Battalion on 7 January 1904. James signed on for 3 years and 9 in reserve but on 19 October 1905 was permitted to extend the period in the line to 8 years. On 13 December 1906 at Aldershot he was examined and found fit to serve in India, leaving on 19th to join the 1st Battalion. Except for a couple of minor medical problems, his service in India continued until 3 November 1911, when he was transferred to the Army Reserve and returned home. On the 5 August 1914, James was mobilized and posted to 2nd Battalion on 19 th October, although his medal index cards shows him arriving in theatre on 10 October. He was awarded 7 days Field Punishment No 1 by the O.C., on 11 December 1914 for absence. On 20th March 1915 he was at the 6 Division rest camp suffering from conjunctivitis. He was appointed unpaid Lance Corporal in June 1915. On 8 August 1915 James was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the left wrist, neck and left groin. Treated at 18th Field Ambulance and 18th General Hospital, Etaples. He was then moved by hospital ship to England and arrived at H.M. Queen Mary's Royal Naval Hospital Southend on 18 August remaining there until 31st. Between 29 September and 16 October he was in the Military Hospital Derby. He was then posted to 3rd Reserve Battalion at Sunderland. On 8 December 1915 he was declared a deserter, although by 21 January 1916 he had returned. On trial (District Courts Martial) at Sunderland for desertion. Despite 'losing his army clothing and other military items, he was found not guilty. He was given six months in custody for being absent and losing his uniform. On 19th May 1916 the remainder of his sentence was remitted and on 31 May he was posted to 1st Battalion. On 5th July 1916 the battalion was tasked with attacking, capturing and consolidating a line near La Boiselle (Somme). Progress to the jump off was slow and trenches congested. So soon after 1st July nothing was clear and in fact part of the trench system the battalion should have attacked was already filled with British troops. The battalion eventually went forward in three columns at 2.15 pm, The centre column advanced but were held up by a 12 feet high block of earth and despite several costly attempts had to give ground as the enemy bombers attacked the exposed flanks. This was because the right column after gaining its objective, had been driven back by bombs, whilst the left column had been held up from the start. Close quarter fighting continued for several hours but by 7 pm, it was obvious that all except 'D' company had been driven back. At 9 pm, 'D' company was withdrawn as it was in danger of being cut off. The early casualty returns showed - 4 officers and 50 other ranks killed. 10 officers and 175 other ranks wounded. At some point James Alfred was killed. He has no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A
His brother Private Joseph Arthur Dooley, 1st Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire, was killed in action on 7th June 1916. He landed in France with the battalion on 4th November 1914 and is buried in Tranchee de Mecknes Cemetery, Aix-Noulette. Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged) 22 September 1916: 'Private James Dooley DCM (sic), Sherwood Foresters, of Park Street, Lenton, killed in action July 5th.' An obituary appeared the same day for 'Private Joseph Dooley, Sherwood Foresters, Park Street, Lenton, killed in action June 5th.' (photographs) Lenton War Memorial erroneously awarded him a DCM. His DCM was District Courts Martial.
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  • 8913 Private James Alfred Dooley 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action on 5 July 1916 on the Somme. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
    James Alfred Dooley name on Memorial - 8913 Private James Alfred Dooley 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action on 5 July 1916 on the Somme. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
  • Photograph was published on 22nd September 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and James Alfred Dooley and his brother Joseph Arthur Dooley and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    James Alfred Dooley - Photograph was published on 22nd September 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and James Alfred Dooley and his brother Joseph Arthur Dooley and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918