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Iball, James

James Iball is not named on the Hawkesbury Memorial but he is listed on the plaque at Bistre Church. Two major sources, CWGC and Soldiers Died do not provide family details or age for James, but do provide that he enlisted at Chester. In the 1911 census we find Private James Iball, born Mold, age 30 in barracks with the North Staffordshire Regiment on the North West Frontier in India. Based on the regiment and the very uncommon Iball name this is almost certainly the James who died in 1916. His age in 1911 provides a birth of c. 1881. Looking then at the 1901 census, this then points that James was almost certainly the son of Peter Iball, and with Charles and George the third of three brothers to die. James was the son of Peter’s first wife Harriet.

Peter Iball, the father, married twice: (1) Harriet Roberts (2) Martha Thomas. He had 9 children from the two marriages. The family was living at Nant Mawr in 1901 with Peter (coal miner age 57), wife Martha and children Peter, James, Joseph, Isaac, Charles, George, John, Kate. By 1911 Peter the father is living in Mansfield with his daughter Lillian and her husband John Davies – along with Peter, Joseph, Charles, George, John – all listed as coal miners at Sherwood Colliery.


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