Edward William James was baptised at St Mary’s Church on 25th August 1895, one of seven children of William and Jane Elizabeth (nee Hunt) James, who lived in 63 Lower High Street, Thame.
He enlisted with the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry early in the war, service number 17525, and served with the 6th Battalion; embarking for the western front in July 1915, first to northern France, and then to Belgium.
Over the next few months the battalion was not engaged in any major actions, but nevertheless the number of casualties suffered continued to grow due to the regular exposure in the frontline trenches.
In the early hours of the morning of 13th February 1916, Private Edward William James was one of three from the battalion killed when they came under shellfire whilst returning over open space from the trenches back to billets at Elverdinghe Chateau. He was 20 years of age.
Edward is buried in Ferme-Oliver Cemetery, near Ypres, and is commemorated in Thame on the town war memorial and All Saints’ church memorial board.