Banks, James


War Service:

Lance Serjeant James BANKS service number 8590 entered France on 6/11/1914 with the 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.

(He is shown as a Corporal on the East London Industrial School memorial and on some of the War records but appears to have been promoted to this higher rank prior to his death)

He was killed in action on 1 July 1916 on the first day of the battle of the Somme aged approx 22 years (his exact age upon death is not shown on any records, however he is shown as aged 17 on the 1911 census - overseas military section)

Location of Memorial:

He is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial in Somme, France and on the East London Industrial School memorial (First World War) in Lewisham.


He was the brother of Mrs J.M. Hedgecock of 6 Lindfield Terrace, Wick, Littlehampton, Sussex.


Contributed By: Jon Notley

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