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James ‘Jim’ Lockey (1888-1942)

Served with 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry and Royal Engineers

James Lockey, known as Jim, was born in 1888, in Bishop Auckland, to James Lockey, a draper, and Mary Ann, nee Miller. Jim, and his bother Ambrose, both enlisted with the new 18th (Pals) battalion, Durham Light Infantry, in 1914. At some point in his service, Jim transferred to the Royal Engineers, possibly after an injury which required a hospital stay.

The family have put together an account of Jim and Ambrose’s service during the war.

Civil Parish: Bishop Auckland

Birth date: 1888

Death date: 1942

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Bishop Auckland

Employment: Solicitor’s clerk

Family: Father: James Lockey
Mother: Mary Ann, nee Miller
Siblings: Elizabeth, Sarah, George, Philip, Alfred, Ambrose, Bertha, Isabella, Edwin
Wife: Ethel, nee Robson
Children: Joyce, Carol

Military service:

1914 – 18/310 Private, 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
Royal Engineers

Medal(s): 15 Star
Victory Medal
British War Medal

Gender: Male

Contributed by Carol and Bill Reed | Durham County Record Office