CRITCHLEY, James Herbert Pte. 15848

James Herbert Critchley was wounded on the 1st July 1916.

According to his medal roll index card he was awarded the 1914-15 Star for service in France from the 19th December 1915 and could well have been part of the advance party from the 11th Battalion who went there before joining the rest on the Suez Canal in January 1916. Sometime later he transferred to be Private 29655 in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

The 1901 Census recorded him as being born in 1895 and living on Spendmore Lane in the village with his parents John and Catherine; they eventually had six children. By 1901, James was still single and living at Park Road in Coppull, working as a Mill Worker. He married Edith Daniel at Trinity Methodist Church on Gillibrands Walk in Chorley during 1918; they had two daughters, setting up home at Bentham Street in Coppull and attending St. Gregory’s Church.