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James Waterson (1899-1918)

Satley man served in the Durham Light infantry

James Waterson was born in Satley in 1899. His father was police constable Richard Waterson (1872-1934) who was born in Etherley. His mother was Ann Isabella Waterson nee Pace (1873-1955), a coal miner’s daughter from Murton. James’ parents married in Houghton-le-Spring in 1897 and had four children made up of three boys and one girl. In 1901 the Waterson family lived in Satley, a village south of Consett. By 1911 they had moved to 38 Albert Road, Consett.

James attested on 2 August 1917 in Consett and was initially put into the Army Reserve. He was mobilised on 21 September 1917 and became Private TR5/7760 in the 51st Graduated Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. James contracted influenza which developed into pneumonia and emphysema. He died from this at the County Hospital in Durham on 20 November 1918. At the time of his death, James’ parents were living at 8 Oxhill Villas, Stanley.

James is buried in Stanley New Cemetery in grave 7 C 201. He is remembered on several memorials in both Stanley and Annfield Plain. James’ older brother Henry Waterson served in the Coldstream Guards and was killed in action on 9 October 1917.

Civil Parish: Stanley

Birth date: 1899

Death date: 20-Nov-1918

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Satley (1901 census)
38 Albert Road, Consett (1911 census)
8 Oxhill Villas, Stanley (1918 Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Religion: Church of England

Family: Parents: Richard Waterson (1872-1934), Ann Isabella Waterson nee Pace (1873-1955)
Siblings: Henry Waterson (1898-1917), Thomas Pace Waterson (1903-1933), Margaret Waterson (b 1905)

Military service:

Training Reserve Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

Memorial(s): New Cemetery, Stanley (grave 7 C 201)
Book of Remembrance 1914-18, St Andrew’s Church, Stanley
Cenotaph 1914-18 1939-45, Park, Annfield Plain
Organ and Plaque 1914-18, United Methodist Church, Annfield Plain

Gender: Male

Contributed by David D, Stanley, Co Durham

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