James Connah attested 29th August 1914 at Dinningon Yorkshire. He was 26 years old and had previously served 5 years with the field artillery in the Territorials. We went to France on the 29th August 1915.
James Connah was one of seven brothers who joined the Army, and one of three to sacrifice his life in the war. From census records, Benjamin and Mary Ann Connah are known to have had 11 children:
- Charles 1882 – served and wounded
- Mary 1887
- James 1888 – served, died 1915 in France
- Benjamin 1890 – served and wounded at Salonika (Married 1924 Lucy Williams, died 1947 Hawarden Dist.)
- Walter 1892 – served (Married 1927 Elizabeth Millington, died 1955 Hawarden Dist.)
- John 1893 – served, died 1917 in Belgium
- Arthur 1895 – served
- Alexander (Alec) 1897 – served, died 1918 in France
- Gladney 1899 (Married 1926, Died 1957 Wrexham Dist.)
- Bertha 1902
- William Harris 1904
Mary Ann Connah died in 1933.
James Connah’s death was announced in the County Herald on December 31, 1915:
Mrs. Connah, of Spon Green, Buckley, whose seven sons enlisted at the outbreak of war, has received a notification that her son, Lance-Corporal James Connah, was killed in France, on the 4th inst. He was a popular soloist at Buckley, and from a letter from his pal Lance-Corporal Lewis, it is elicited that he met his death whilst on sentry duty. Lance-Corporal Lewis was speaking to him five minutes before he was killed and states that he was a popular member of the company. Both were lately promoted to Lance-Corporal, and had been workmates for years before joining the Army. Great sympathy is felt for Mrs. Connah and her family. H. M. the King some ago sent Mrs. Connah a letter of congratulation upon the patriotism of her family. A memorial service will be held