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James was born in 1884 (Jan/Feb/Mar), the son of Richard and Clara (née Birkhead) who were married in 1876. Richard was a mechanic/engineer. They had five children, Ada Gertrude, Florence, James, Clara and Richard all of whom apart from the youngest, Richard, who was born in Newcastle, were born in Nottingham. In 1881 Richard and Clara with their first child, Ada (2), were living at 19 Commercial Street, Spring Close, Nottingham. However, they had moved to 9 Cheviot View, Newcastle upon Tyne, by 1891 and had five children; Ada, Florence, James (7), Clara (3) and Richard (1), although Florence was not at home on the night of the census. James' father died in 1897 (Oct/Nov/Dec) aged 47, and by 1901 his mother was living with all her children at 30A Meadow Lane, in the parish of St Stephen's, Sneinton. With the exception of Richard who was still at school all the children were in work; Ada and Florence (19) were dressmakers, James a junior clerk and Clara an errand girl. His mother, Clara, died in 1903 (Oct/Nov/Dec) aged 48. Her address according to the Probate record was Priory Road, Gedling. James has not been traced on the 1911 Census, nor have his brother, Richard, or sister, Florence. However, Ada Gertrude had married in 1902 and was living in Cheshire while Clara was a boarder with a middle-aged couple, Thomas and Larisa Walker, at 157 Alfreton Road, Nottingham. It is possible that James had already emigrated to Australia.
He was a junior clerk in 1901.
02 Jul 1916
58551 - CWGC Website
24th Bn Australian Infantry (AIF)
Private James Horne enlisted at Melbourne on 16th July 1915, aged 31. He had served on the Western Front since landing in Marsailles on 26th March 1916.He is buried in Ration Farm Military Cemetery La Hapelle-D'Armentieres (grave ref. I.I.2).
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 17 July 1916: ‘Horne. Killed in action Private J Horne, Australian M.F. late of Nottingham aged 32. Sisters Florrie and Clara.’ Probate: ‘Horne Clara of Priory-road Gedling Nottinghamshire widow died 27 December 1903 Administration Nottingham 12 January to Ada Gertrude Simpson (wife of Edward Albert Simpson) Effects £153 4s 6d.’ Note: Ada Gertrude Simpson, nee Horne, had married in 1902 and later moved with her husband, a lithographic artist, to Cheshire. In 1911 they were living in Port Sunlight with their three children, Florence, Gertrude and Albert. Her husband enlisted in 1914 but was discharged 'under para 392 (iii) King's Regulatations', on 7 October the same year.
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