HART, James Pte. 15440

James Hart was one of five brothers who served in the Army. He was born in Chorley in 1881 and was recorded on the 1901 Census as living at 21 Gilbert Street in the town and working at a Bleachworks.

He was wounded serving with the Pals and then transferred to the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment as Private 28843. He was killed on the 27th September 1917 serving as a Lance Corporal in the 8th Battalion of the King’s Own. He is buried in Lowrie Cemetery just north of the village of Havrincourt, near Cambrai in northern France.

The cemetery was made by the 3rd Division Burial Officer at the beginning of October 1918, and named after him. The original 211 burials were increased after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields on all sides of Havrincourt, which is close to the German Hindenburg Line.

Other Information: James was the eldest of the Hart brothers who included Ernest, Thomas, John, Edmund and Robert. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission record that a Thomas Hart from Chorley was killed on Gallipoli in June 1915, serving with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.