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Joseph James
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Joseph James

Sergeant

3756

2nd Coldstream Guards

World War I

Joe James was my maternal grandfather and lived, when 1 knew him, at 137, Spies Lane. These two photographs/postcards were sent to his sister-inlaw in Sheffield. The one in uniform mentions "Bruce" and that would have been his brother-in-law "Bruce" who was killed just after the Armistice.

Hospital Blues
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The second photograph, showing him in his hospitals blues, is dated 1916. 1 do not know when he joined up but he was badly injured, hence the long time spent in hospital. He ended up with a badly clawed left hand, a bullet had gone through one side, out through the other via his elbow, and into another man. Granddad said that when he asked the other man for the bullet back at the hospital station "he got his answer'. Like many of the old soldiers he never spoke much about his experiences.

He was very proud of his Sergeant's stripes and joined the Home Guard during the Second World War.

Mary J. Archer.

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