Friday, 22 May 2015

Riley, James Henry - Private (240815)

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1st/5th Battalion,
East Lancashire Regiment,
Killed in Action,
30th August 1918
Age 23
Buried at Adanac military Cemetery Miraumont.

Newspaper Report:

MARRIED AUG 19th, KILLED AUGUST 30th

Private James Henry Riley, (23), East Lancashire Regiment, whose wife lives at 19 Bury Road, Haslingden, was killed in action in France e;leven days after his marriage.  He enlisted four years ago, went through the Dardenelles campaign; was married on August 19th this year; returned to France August 23rd; and was killed August 30th.  He was formerly a weaver at Britannia Mill, Haslingden.

Newspaper Memorials:

In loving memory of Private James Henry Riley 240815 1/5th East Lancs., killed in Action in France, 1918.

"Some day we hope to meet him,
Some day, we know not when,
To clasp his hand in the better land,
Never to part again.

From his loving Sisters and Brothers.

"He sleeps beside his comrades,
In a hallowed grave unknown,
But his name is written in letters of love,
On the hearts he left at home.

May the heavenly winds blow softly,
O'er the sweet and hallowed spot;
Though the sea divides his grave and us,
He never will be forgot.

We loved him Oh! No tongue can tell,
How much, how dearly, and how well.

From his sorrowing sisters, Bella and Maggie, and brothers, Jack and Will, 87 Bury Road.