James, Daniel

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Sychdyn

Name / Enw: James, Daniel

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Field Artillery

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Driver 190628

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Kirkee 1914 -1918 (Also known as Khadki) (Note 2016 this cemetery is now called Ferozepore Military Cemetery)

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Face 2

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: India

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War Medal 1914 -1920

Date of Death: 7th July 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died of sunstroke 7th July 1918

Daniel was born in 1885 and he lived in Mold with his father John (an auctioneer’s assistant) and his mother Hannah. In the 1891 census the family lived at number 6 Conway Street and there were 7 children living at home at that time. (John 17, Emma 15, William 10, Daniel 6, Edith and Agnes 4 and Robert 2).

By 1901 the family lived in number 13 Conway Street and only three of the children were still at home. These included Daniel who was listed on the census as a 16 year old cellar man – a bottler.

In 1906 when he was 21 Daniel married Sychdyn girl Catherine Whitley.

The census of 1911 records this married couple still living in the James family home of 13 Conway Street, Mold. Head of the household was the 62 year old mother Hannah. Daniel and Catherine had three children, Agnes 4, Daniel jnr 2 and John 1. Daniel who was then 26, was listed as a hewer of coal. Daniel’s younger brother Robert was also resident.

We know from family information that  the family, which eventually included  four children (Ernie was the youngest),  later moved to Chapel Walk in Sychdyn. The Commonwealth War Grave Commision includes Daniel on their data base. It includes the following information. Driver 190628 Driver James of 1094 th Btty The Royal Field Artillery died on 7th July 1918,  aged 33 son of John and Hannah James, husband of Catherine James of Chapel Row Sychdyn.

Daniel’s name appears on the war Memorial in Mold as well as on Sychdyn’s but he is not included on the Northop Parish memorial.

The Memorial in Khadki commemorates all British servicemen that died in India during The Great War.